Monday, January 2, 2012

SPACE WESTERN: "Geronimo's Return!" & "Trip to the Moon"

Let's start off the New Year with a finale!
The month after Space Western reverted to Cowboy Western, this story, featuring the Space Vigilantes, appeared, unheralded, in the back of Cowboy Western Comics #46 (1953)!
To make the closure complete, here's the very last appearance of Spurs Jackson himself, from the same issue...
Art on both stories by John Belfi.
That was it for the first sci-fi/western comic.
Cowboy Western Comics remained an anthology of various strips, some based on real Westerners like Wild Bill Hickok and Annie Oakley, and some fictional characters like Golden Arrow, whom Charlton Comics had acquired from Fawcett Comics when it went out of business.
As of #59, the generic Wild Bill Hickok strip became an adaptation of the TV/radio series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok starring Guy Madison as Hickok and Andy Devine as Jingles.
The covers also featured a new "Wild Bill" logo and illustrations of Madison and Devine.
As of #68 the book changed it's title to Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles, continuing until #75 in 1959, ending simultaneously with the TV/radio show.
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