Just returned from Megacon in Orlando, Florida! This has become a fantastic annual event and it was bigger than ever. The cosplay at Megacon is fantastic. I would swear that almost 40% of all the attendees were in costume.
The mix of vendors was very appreciated, as was the unexpected surprise of comic dealers who not only brought western comics, but they brought a lot of them and were generally willing to make deals. The Holy Grail Comics booth was especially well organized with two long boxes of high quality westerns and great prices. I even found Australian, Spanish, and Mexican Western titles; a rare occurance at modern shows.
I will post cover shots of some of the finds soon.
Samuel Colt”s .45 revolver has proven to be the symbol of the gunslinging west and it has inspired several western comic titles over the years. He is a short list. I’d be glad to hear if you know of others.
Gypsy Colt (yes, I know it is a horse, but still…)
Crackajack Funnies began in 1938 and featured Tom Mix for the first seventeen issues, as well as his sidekick Wash Tubbs. It added Red Ryder as seen here on the cover of #9. Cowboy star Buck Jones also made an appearance in several issues. All of the titles covers were great looking and very colorful, even when it switched to mainly telling the tales of The Owl, a sort of Batman knock-off. It ended in the middle of WWII with issue #35.
I found four new Western Comics or western themed issues from the Golden and Silver Age and have added them to the Master List on this site. I will be trying to update the lists at least monthly for you. I will be updating the Modern Western list next week.
Just purchased one of my oldest westerns- a 1940 Tom Mix Comics #3. It was worth two box tops from the Ralston Purina Company, a long time sponsor of all things Mix. Thought I would share… and brag.