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mutantcomixHobbyist Digital Artist
Do you read any old adventure strips?
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RyanValentineComicsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Not as many as I'd like to, but a few...

I've read a few of those giant hardbacks of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant. I've also gone over some of Chester Gould's Dick Tracy storylines and I've sampled Superman and Batman's newspaper runs. I've come across those 1930's Mickey Mouse comics by Floyd Gottfredson and I've enjoyed them immensely. There's also Little Nemo in Slumberland; I'd say that comic is essential reading for any comics enthusiast.

There are a lot of holes though. I haven't gotten around to Terry & The Pirates or The Phantom, for example.
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mutantcomixHobbyist Digital Artist
I highly recommend anything by Milton Caniff or Roy Crane. 

I've been thinking about doing my own take on the (non-superhero) genre. Like maybe science-fiction or present day. Centered around an oldschool soldier of fortune type. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on it. 
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RyanValentineComicsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Milton Caniff and Roy Crane were routinely cited as an influence by Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Will Eisner, and just about every other Golden Age creator who matters. I definitely plan on reading their stuff at some point.

I think you'd do interesting things with a "soldier-of-fortune" type of character. I say go for it.
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Cool. Let me know what you think when you do. If you read Terry and the Pirates, you can literally see Caniff start out as a bad copy of Roy Crane and develop into his own style from strip-to-strip. It's pretty amazing.