Tuesday, February 22, 2022

“Terry and the Pirates”. - Enter “Dragon Lady”

With Margot Robbie attached to a new "Pirates of the Caribbean" feature, there is now talk of updating Milton Caniff's "Terry and the Pirates" comic strip character
'Dragon Lady', based on 'Lai Choi San', a real woman pirate from the South China Sea :

Inspired by movie characters played by actress Anna May Wong, the 'Dragon Lady' term has since been applied to describe 'powerful women'.

Caniff's 'Dragon Lady', aka 'Madam Deal', debuted in in the first "Terry and The Pirates" Sunday strip story (1934), as a beautiful seductress, who fell in love with Terry's older sidekick 'Pat Ryan'.

In the years leading up to World War II, she became a force for good.

During the 1940's, actress Agnes Moorehead played the character on radio.

In the "Terry and the Pirates" film serial (1940), Dragon Lady was played by Sheila Darcy.

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