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!
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).