Monday, September 12, 2011

WANDER: The Man from Sirius 5

You thought Cowboys & Aliens and Space Western Comics were the only ongoing sci-fi westerns?
Wrong!
Though it was a backup feature (and never made the cover of the comic, except as a blurb), there was...Wander!
A extraterrestrial Shakespeare-spouting traveling-salesman (with superhuman abilities and alien technology) in the Old West!
Implausible?
Yep!
Genre-bending?
Obviously!
Popular?
Well, sorta...
It did last longer than either Space Western Comics! (also published, almost 20 years earlier, by Charlton Comics) or Cowboys & Aliens!
From the debut tale in Cheyenne Kid #66 (1968) seen above, to Cheyenne Kid #87 (1971), there were 21 chapters to the saga of the stranded traveling salesman from Sirius Five.
The series was created by "Sergius O'Shaugnessy" (then-neophyte comics writer Denny O'Neil using a pen-name based on a Norman Mailer character) and artist Jim Aparo, both of whom would go on to much bigger things a couple of years later at DC Comics.
We'll be presenting more tales of Wander in the near-future...

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