Monday, June 11, 2012

JOHN WAYNE "Dungeon-Keep of the Busted Circle"

John Wayne's Western movie adventures were rip-roaring, but typical, fare...
...his Western comics, on the other hand, tended to situations ranging from gothic to outright fantasy mixed in with the Western backdrop!
In the 40s and 50s, a number of Western movie, radio, and tv stars (not characters, stars) had comics based on them, including Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, Charles Starrett, Tim Holt, and Lash Larue. Even co-stars and sidekicks like Dale Evans and Gabby Hayes had titles!
Stars like Buster Crabbe and John Wayne also had comics which primarily ran Western tales, but also did stories based on the other genres they appeared in.
In the case of The Duke, his title also had WWII and high adventure stories.
Interestingly, the stories featured John Wayne as John Wayne, not as a character like Rooster Cogburn or Ethan Edwards!
Enjoy this tale from John Wayne Adventures #20 (1953).

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