Saturday, July 31, 2010

If Pappy Was Good Enough For Maverick...


So far as I know, I seem to have the only blog on the net currently devoted exclusively to comic books of the Western genre. (And if I'm wrong, tell me. I'd like to read and/or link any others that are out there!). However, other folks do post some very fine Westerns on their comics blogs, and I like to take a moment from time to time to point some of those out.

This time, I'd like to spotlight Pappy of "Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine" . If you don't know Pappy's blog, you need to stop reading this and go there. Pappy doesn't currently have a search engine for older posts, so I've listed a few of my favorite Westerns from his blog (url links listed below the covers):

As you can see, Pappy's blog is a treasure-trove of good Westerns! It's also chock full of Super heroes, horror, War, Good Girl, Sci-Fi and Kids comics!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Beware! The Swindler!

This fun little morality play is by Stan Lee with some right purty pictures by Jay Scott Pike. From Apache Kid #18, February 1956, here's "The Swindler"

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Star-Crossed Lovers and a Scout in White Pants.

I'm not sure how practical the Chyenne Kid's weird little over-the-shoulder knife sheath is, but I bet it makes more sense than his white pants! That guy should just be filthy-looking from the waist down.

From Cheyenne Kid #21, March 1960 here's "The Hostage" with art by John Severin.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Stuff Reviewed: Jonah Hex #57- "Tall Tales"

This month's issue of Jonah Hex is a real treat for me. The story is all told from the perspective of Nathan and Thomas, a pair of dime-novel fanboys who learn that there's a real-life bounty-killer passin' through their town- Jonah Hex!

But wait, it's not just Jonah Hex. This issue treats us to something I've been hopin' for fer ages. I believe my exact words last month were:

"Now I don't know about y'all, but for years I've daydreamed of how great it would be if either DC or Marvel finally got it into their heads to do a full-out "Magnificent Seven"-style story featuring their stable of Western heroes."

And fer those of y'all who aren't sure who these folks are, I'll let young Nathan give ya the roll call-

Of course, the rest of Dc's stable of Western heroes have formed a posse with the same aim as Jonah- to capture a wanted fugitive named Bloody Jack. But drunk and ornery as always, Jonah ain't about to stand by and watch someone else steal his bounty ...

This issue was worth the $2.99 (tarnation! can they really cost that much?). There's even a Jonah Hex / Scalphunter faceoff!

A couple of gripes :

1. What? No El Diablo or Johnny Thunder?

2. Should the Trigger Twins really count as two guys? Isn't their whole schtick pretending to be one guy who's in two places at once? It's kinda like how Marvel decided Red Wolf's wolf, Lobo could count as number seven in their "Sensational Seven".

Monday, July 26, 2010

Western Kid: Atlas' Dog and Pony Show.

Publish Post

The Western Kid (who has a singularly unimaginative moniker) is the original alias of Tex Dawson. Tex Dawson is a clean-cut, Hollywood-style cowboy hero who rides the range with his horse Whilrwind "The Wonder-Stallion" and his dog, Lightning "The Miracle Dog". Together, the three companions right wrongs and fight injustice in the Old West.

In the 1970's, Marvel reprinted the feature under a new name, Gun-Slinger.

I'm sure y'all will enjoy this beautiful five-pager from 1956's Western Kid #13, with artwork by a young Johnny Romita.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Rawhide Kid #4- "Bang the Drum Slowly!"

I meant to have this posted last night, but I had an offer of overtime I couldn't pass up. So, if y'all have been waiting to read this, I'm sorry for the delay. So, without further ado, here's the conclusion to 1985's Rawhide Kid mini-series...

You know, I still think of this comic whenever I hear "Streets of Laredo".