Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Put a Woman Outlaw Under Your Christmas Tree, Pardner!

The tradition of Old West-themed Christmas presents dates back to the late 1800s, and was immortalized in the modern Xmas film A Christmas Story written (and narrated) by the late, great, Jean Shepherd.
Ralphie's quest for a Red Ryder BB Gun was mirrored by countless little boys (and probably more than a few girls) of the 1930s-1950s!
We at Atomic Kommie Comics™ believe the tradition should be upheld...but with a twist!
As part of our ongoing Christmas List of Pop Culture Stuff, we suggest...Women Outlaws, one of the coolest lines in our Western Comics Adventures™ section!
These AIN'T no ladies!Think Barbara Stanwyck or Jane Russell in comic book form!
We're talkin' Horses! Leather! High-heeled boots! ShootOuts! Dominant females who don't take no sh!t! And...CatFights! Wah-HOO!
(And it's all rated PG-13 or PG!)
Besides the usual t-shirts, mugs, and other collectibles, these kool retro images also adorn women's duds! Jersey Tees, Spaghetti tanks! Thongs!

If women who can ride and shoot as well as any man ain't yer cup of prairie coffee, we also have Real-Life Westerners, Broncho Bill, The Cisco Kid & Pancho, Kid Cowboy, Masked Heroes, Native Americans, A Wealth of Westerners, and even Western Love!
Think of how they'll look under the Christmas Tree! (And they're safer than a
Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle! You won't shoot your eye out!)

Monday, November 11, 2013

MASKED RANGER COMICS "Frontier Killer"

Sometimes the line between "good" guy and "bad" guy is blurred...
...as we see in this never-reprinted one-shot tale from Premier's Masked Ranger Comics #4 (1954)
Future MAD Magazine artist George Woodbridge shows his versatility in penciling this tale of moral ambiguity in the Old West.
It's believed that Sid Check provided the inking, but there's no authoritative source for a writer's credit.

And now for a sad announcement.
Because of lack of readers, we're taking this blog off it's once-a-week frequency.
The blog will still be around, and there will be new posts, usually linked to something Western-themed occuring in movies or TV, or to note the passing of a Western media celebrity.
At that point, I'll gauge if there's enough interest to go back to weekly posting.

So it's "Happy Trails to you...until we meet again..."

Friday, November 8, 2013

ALERT: VALLEY OF GWANGI, LETTERBOX, UNCUT, AND COMMERCIAL-FREE !!!

We interrupt this blog to alert you!!!
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on Saturday Morning!
November 9th, 6:45 AM (Eastern)
NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD!
Heat up the DVRs or DVD recorders!
PLUS, you can read the comic book adaptation of the movie HERE!

Monday, November 4, 2013

DEATH VALLEY "Deadly Double Cross"

Here's a never-reprinted tale of six-gun justice deferred...
...by the talented team of then-up and comers, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito!
Anthologies without ongoing characters were a popular format for Western comics, allowing for life-or-death situations that sometimes actually resulted in a tale's feature characters ending up on Boot Hill!
The first issue of Comic Media's Death Valley (1953) was a showpiece for Andru and Esposito to demonstrate their storytelling prowess in all four stories.
While there's no author listed on any of the indexes for this issue, it's not unreasonable to believe Ross and Mike also wrote these four tales!
Besides the one we're running today, we presented the other stories HERE, HERE and HERE.

Monday, October 28, 2013

MASKED MARVEL "Beasts of Horror"

We end October as we began, with the hero who looks like a Dia de los Muertros sugar skull...
...in his final, never-reprinted appearance in Youthful's GunSmoke #16 (1952)!
Most of the time, the Masked Marvel, like the Ghost Rider, faced threats that appeared supernatural, but actually were people pretending to be ghosts or monsters, like the heroes themselves.
The writer is unknown, but the artist is Tony Tallarico, who went on to co-create Lobo, comics' first Black cowboy (and the first Black character to get his own comic book) in 1966!

Monday, October 21, 2013

THE ORIGINAL GHOST RIDER "Spectral Warrior"

Has it been almost a year since we ran a Ghost Rider tale?
Since it's almost Halloween, let's do something about that, with a never-reprinted story...
...from Magazine Enterprises' Ghost Rider #13 (1953).
Illustrated by co-creator Dick Ayers, it's typical of the stories, moody and entertaining, with what appears to be a supernatural threat simply being someone using tricks and misdirection to appear supernatural!
And isn't that the basic concept of "trick or treat"?

Monday, October 14, 2013

STRANGE STORIES FROM ANOTHER WORLD "Phantom Riders in the Sky"

While Ghost Rider and Masked Marvel II were guys pretending to be avenging spirits...
...these specters were the real deal...as Ed Sharlin discovered...
This never-reprinted tale appeared in Fawcett's Strange Stories from Another World #4 (1952), illustrated by Ed Waldman.
The writer is unknown.
BTW, Fawcett had one of the biggest Western comics lines in the business, with over 1/4 of their 140 or so titles (including one-shots) being Westerns.
And that's not even including back-ups in non-Western comics (like movie actor Rod Cameron's strip in Captain Video)!
Be here next week when we continue our journey during October through the Weird West...

Monday, October 7, 2013

MASKED MARVEL "Blood-Sucker of Banta Gulch"

...battling a real supernatural threat in this tale from Youthful's GunSmoke #15 (1951).
Most of the time, the Masked Marvel, like the Ghost Rider, faced threats that appeared supernatural, but actually were people pretending to be ghosts or monsters, like the heroes themselves.
The writer and artist for this particular story are unknown.

Be here next week when we continue our journey during October through the Weird West...
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