Monday, November 11, 2013


Sometimes the line between "good" guy and "bad" guy is blurred... 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


We interrupt this blog to alert you!!!
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on Saturday Morning!
November 9th, 6:45 AM (Eastern)
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... 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.

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