This little-known strip from the Golden Age of the newspaper strip might have languished in undeserved obscurity if it had not been rediscovered and collected in this handsome volume. Editor Rick Marschall calls Red Barry "one of the most individualistic strips of all time." Realistic action and expressionistic artwork combine to lend truth to that statement, and puts this unique crime strip in a class by itself.
"Opulent; florid; intermittently bizarre: Red Barry, Will Gould’s gangling, glowering, undercover cop, countered Chester (no relation) Gould’s grimly taciturn Dick Tracy with a ripely atmospheric, robustly theatrical, unflinchingly lurid theater, replete with run-on dialogues, soliloquies and, not infrequently, faces that appeared to be 'made up' in the pointed, dagger-like beards, eye patches, and whiskers that would earn a chuckle of recognition from George Jean Nathan (once-and-forever dean of American drama critics)." – Donald Phelps, The Comics Journal