Monday, July 19, 2010
Dances With Poles... Classic Rawhide Kid.
Back before the Rawhide Kid was...well... you know (not that there's anything wrong with that) he was a rootin', tootin', shootin' hombre who was always gettin' inta scrapes with desperadoes, the local authorities, drunken barflies and sentient pieces of religious iconography.
I'd say it all boils down to this: In 1960, Marvel decided to resurrect their predecessor, Atlas' western adventure comic, Rawhide Kid. But it feels to me like Stan Lee really wanted to write superhero comics and Jack Kirby wanted to draw monster comics and neither one seemed to be all that concerned about an historical, Western setting.
Heck, Totem poles (the ordinary, inanimate kind) aren't even found in the American southwest.
From Rawhide Kid #22, June 1961 here's "Beware!! the Terrible Totem!!"