Russell Heath, Jr. was an American artist best known for his comic book work his DC Comics war stories and his 1960s art for Playboy magazine's "Little Annie Fanny" feature. He has produced commercial art, two pieces of which, depicting Roman and Revolutionary War battle scenes for toy soldier sets, became familiar pieces of Americana after gracing the back covers of countless comic books from the early 1960s to early 1970s. Heath's drawings of fighter jets in DC Comics' All-American Men of War #89 served as the basis for pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's best-known oil paintings. Heath was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2009. Raised in New Jersey as an only child, Russ Heath at an early age became interested in drawing. "My father used to be a cowboy, so as a little kid I was influenced by Western artists of the time. Will James was one, an artist-writer—I had most of his books. Charlie Russell was my favorite because his work was authentic, because he drew what he lived..."
Self-taught, Heath began freelancing for comics during summers while he was in high school, both penciled and inked at least two installments of the naval feature "Hammerhead Hawley", in Holyoke Publishing's Captain Aero Comics vol. 2, #2 and vol. 3, #12. Heath was in Montclair, New Jersey's Montclair High School class of 1945, it is unclear. I made it, but the Air Force called me and in I went." He served stateside for nine months, drawing cartoons for his camp newspaper, but due to a clerical error, he said, he was on neither the military payroll nor any official duty roster for a significant portion of his time. A 2011 article in his hometown newspaper said that, "After a short stint in the military, Heath came back to Montclair, graduated from high school, got married and started a family." While spending several weeks arranging appointments with artists for an assistant's job, Heath was hired as an office "gofer" for the large Manhattan advertising agency Benton & Bowles, earning $35 weekly.
He continued looking for work as an artist on his lunch hour, in 1947, landed a $75-a-week staff position at Timely Comics, the 1940s predecessor of Marvel Comics. Working in the Timely offices, like some of the other staffers, soon found it more efficient to work at home, he and his new wife had been living at his parents' home and continued to do so for two more years, while saving money for their own house. By the mid-1960s, they had children and were divorced; the artist said in 2004 he believed his first work for Timely was a Western story featuring the Two-Gun Kid. Historians have tentatively identified his first work as either a Kid Colt story in the omnibus series Wild Western #4. Heath's first superhero story is tentatively identified as the seven-page Witness story, "Fate Fixed a Fight," in Captain America Comics #71. Heath drew several Western stories for such Timely comics as Wild Western, All Western Winners, Arizona Kid, Black Rider, Western Outlaws, Reno Browne, Hollywood's Greatest Cowgirl.
As Timely evolved into Marvel's 1950s iteration, known as Atlas Comics, Heath expanded into other genres. He drew the December 1950 premiere of the two-issue superhero series Marvel Boy, as well as scattered science fiction anthology stories. Heath produced combat stories both for the wide line of Timely war titles and the first issue of EC Comics' celebrated Frontline Combat, he contributed to Mad #14, illustrating Harvey Kurtzman's parody of Plastic Man. Heath did the first of many decades' worth of war work for DC Comics, with Our Army at War #23 and Star Spangled War Stories #22, both cover-dated June 1954. Other 1950s work includes an issue of 3-D Comics from St. John Publications and "The Return of the Human Torch" in Young Men #24, the flagship of Atlas' ill-fated effort to revive superheroes, which had fallen out of fashion in the post-war U. S. Heath co-created with writer-editor Robert Kanigher the feature "The Haunted Tank" in G. I. Combat #87. Heath stated in a 1999 interview that "I didn't like "The Haunted Tank" as much...
I liked less because there was always the same four characters – J. E. B. Stuart plus his three buddies – the same story every issue: He'd be talking to this ghost and over again. I couldn't believe kids kept wanting to look at it." With Kanigher, Heath co-created and drew the first issues of DC's Sea Devils, about a team of scuba-diving adventurers. DC Comics writer and executive Paul Levitz described Heath in 2010 as " master of texture and lighting and meticulous levels of detail. Given the chance he'd draw every barnacle on a sunken pirate ship." Several of Kanigher's characters were combined into a single feature titled "The Losers". Their first appearance as a group was with the Haunted Tank crew in G. I. Combat #138 drawn by Heath. Various Heath drawings of fighter jets in DC Comics' All
Western Gunfighters is the name of two American Western-anthology comic book series published by Marvel Comics and its 1950s forerunner, Atlas Comics. That initial Atlas series ran eight issues, from 1956 to 1957, featured artists including Gene Colan, Reed Crandall, Joe Maneely, John Severin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Wally Wood, with many stories written by Stan Lee. Volume two, published by Marvel from 1970 to 1975, consisted of Western reprints but featured new material, including stories of the masked Old West hero Ghost Rider and the introductions of such short-lived Western features as "Gunhawk" and "Renegades", by writers including Gary Friedrich and Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, artists including Dick Ayers and Tom Sutton. Marvel Comics' first comic book titled Western Gunfighters was an anthology series published by the company's 1950s forerunner, Atlas Comics, it premiered with issue #20, taking over the numbering of a previous Atlas series, Apache Kid, the star of which did not go on to appear in the revamped book.
Atlas editor-in-chief Stan Lee wrote many of the stories signing them. The artwork included at least two stories each by Dave Berg, Vic Carrabotta, Gene Colan, Don Heck, one story each from Reed Crandall, Russ Heath. Angelo Torres, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Wally Wood, George Woodbridge. Most covers were by Joe Maneely, it ran through issue #27. The series was one of several Atlas Western anthologies that included Frontier Western, Gunsmoke Western, Western Thrillers, Wild Western. Marvel's second series of that name was a Western anthology that ran 33 issue and used an identical cover logo. Consisting of reprints of Atlas / Marvel Western stories, it ran new material through issue #7, with the feature "Ghost Rider", a continuation of Marvel's 1967 series, headlining; these first seven issues were 68- or 52-page, 25¢ "giants", relative to the typical 15¢ comics of the times, with #8-on published as standard 36-page comics at the prevailing price of 20¢, rising to 25¢ by the time it ended publication.
The premiere issue featured a 10-page Ghost Rider story by the character's 1960s team of writer Gary Friedrich and penciler Dick Ayers, introduced three new features: "Gunhawk", created by writer Jerry Siegel, the co-creator of Superman, penciler Werner Roth, starred an unnamed Old West bounty hunter. The 10-page story marked the first professional comic-book work of the inker. After Ghost Rider-Gunhawk team-up stories in issues #4-5, the "Gunhawk" feature ran in issues #5-7. After a 28-year hiatus, his name now given as Lee Barnett, co-starred in the 2000 miniseries Blaze of Glory, where he is killed after murdering Kid Colt by shooting him in the back. Marvel predecessor Atlas Comics had published a short-lived Western title, The Gunhawk, from 1950-1951, starring an unrelated character named Red Larabee. "Tales of Fort Rango", by writer Friedrich and artist Syd Shores, starred a post-Civil War U. S. Army office, Major Brett Sabre, sent to instill order at an undisciplined fort in The Dakotas.
The feature did not continue, though the locale of Fort Rango reappeared in the first six issues of Red Wolf, starring a Native American hero. Saber returned decades in a single 10-page feature, "The Man from Fort Rango!", in the one-shot Western Legends #1. "Renegades", created by writers Roy Thomas and Mike Friedrich and artist Tom Sutton, concerned a quartet sent out by Colonel William Travis from the Alamo to seek reinforcements, unjustly branded as cowards. The foursome's only subsequent appearances were in issues #4-5. In addition, issue #4 included the one-off "The Outcast", about a "half-breed" Caucasian-Native American. According to a note at the story's end, the feature was "conceived by Roy Thomas and executed by Smith and Parkhouse nearly two years ago!"In issue #6, Marvel's original Western Ghost Rider, Carter Slade, was killed saving his brother Lincoln, a U. S. marshal. In the following issue, his place was taken by his young friend and sidekick, Jaime Jacobs, immediately killed in action.
In that same story, Lincoln Slade became the third Ghost Rider. Reprinted backup features in the first seven issues variously starred the Apache Kid, the Western Kid, Wyatt Earp, the Black Rider; the series thereafter became all-reprint. Issues # 8-9 featured the Apache Kid and the Outlaw Kid. Issues #10-15 swapped gunfighter Matt Slade for the Outlaw Kid. From #16 through the final issue, #33, the lineup was Kid Colt as the starring feature, plus the Apache Kid and the Western Kid, the latter dropping that handle and going by his regular name, Tex Dawson, in a feature called "Gun-Slinger". Herb Trimpe penciled most of the initial seven issues' covers, with Ayers supplying two and John Severin one; the bulk of the reprint issues' covers were by Gil Kane, with Severin drawing #8-10. The remainder were including Jim Steranko. Western Gunfighters vol. 1 at the Comic Book DB Western Gunfighters vol. 2 at the Comic Book DB Atlas Tales
The Rawhide Kid is a fictional Old West cowboy appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A heroic gunfighter of the 19th-century American West, unjustly wanted as an outlaw, he is one of Marvel's most prolific Western characters, he and other Marvel western heroes have on rare occasions guest-starred through time travel in such contemporary titles as The Avengers and West Coast Avengers. In two mature-audience miniseries, in 2003 and 2010, he is depicted as gay; the Rawhide Kid debuted in a 16-issue series from Atlas Comics. Most of the covers from the series were produced by acclaimed artists either Joe Maneely or John Severin, but Russ Heath and Fred Kida. Interior art for the first five issues was with Dick Ayers at the reins thereafter. After a hiatus, the Rawhide Kid was revamped for what was now Marvel Comics by writer Stan Lee, penciler Jack Kirby and inker Ayers. Continuing the Atlas numbering with issue #17, the title now featured a diminutive yet confident, soft-spoken fast gun underestimated by bullying toughs, owlhoots, crooked saloon owners and other archetypes squeezed through the prism of Lee & Kirby's anarchic imagination.
As in the outsized, exuberantly exaggerated action of the later-to-come World War II series Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, The Rawhide Kid was now a freewheeling romp of energetic slapstick action across cattle ranches, horse troughs, corrals and swinging chandeliers. Stringently moral, the Kid showed a gleeful pride in his shooting and his acrobatic fight skills — never picking arguments but forced to surprise lummoxes far bigger than he. Through retcon, bits of and pieces of the Atlas and Silver Age characters' history meshed, so that the unnamed infant son of settlers the Clay family, orphaned by a Cheyenne raid, was raised by Texas Ranger Ben Bart on a ranch near Rawhide, Texas. Older brother Frank Clay, captured by Native Americans escaped and became a gambler, while eldest brother Joe Clay became sheriff of the town of Willow Flats. Shortly after Johnny's 18th birthday, Ben Bart was murdered. A misunderstanding between the Kid and a sheriff over a cattle rustler the Kid wounded in self-defense led to the hero's life as a fugitive.
Kirby continued as penciler through #32, while helping to launch the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and other iconic characters of the "Marvel revolution". He drew covers through issue #47. Issues #33-35 were drawn by EC Comics veteran Jack Davis — some of the last color comics he would draw before gaining fame at the black-and-white, satirical comics magazine Mad. After several issues by Ayers, followed by a single issue by long-time Kid Colt artist Jack Keller, Larry Lieber, Lee's writer brother, began his nine-year run as the series' writer-artist, which lasted over 75 issues from 1964–1973. Lieber said in 1999, I don't remember. I think. I didn't do enough of the superheroes to know. What I didn't prefer was the style, developing, it didn't appeal to me.... Maybe there was just too much humor in it, or too much something.... I remember, at the time, I wanted to make everything serious. I didn't want to give a light tone to it; when I did Rawhide Kid, I wanted people to cry as if they were watching High Noon or something....
I'm a little unclear about going to Rawhide Kid. I know that at the time I wanted — what's the expression? — a little space for myself or something, I wanted to do a little drawing again. Rawhide Kid's full name was revealed in issue # 60 in the Letter's Column as John Barton Clay. By 1973, as superheroes became ascendant, The Rawhide Kid became a reprint title, though bearing new covers by such prominent artists as Gene Colan, Gil Kane and Paul Gulacy, it ended publication with issue #151. This initial volume of the series included a single annual publication, cover-titled Rawhide Kid King-Size Special; as well, including many Jack Kirby-drawn stories, appeared in the 1968-1976 title The Mighty Marvel Western. The Rawhide Kid appeared as a middle-aged character in a four-issue miniseries, The Rawhide Kid vol. 2, by writer Bill Mantlo and penciler Herb Trimpe. The Rawhide Kid reappeared in the four-issue miniseries, Blaze of Glory, by writer John Ostrander and artist Leonardo Manco, a 2002 four-issue sequel, Apache Skies, by the same creative team.
In contrast to the character's depicted appearance — a small-statured, clean-cut redhead — these latter two series depicted him with shoulder-length dark hair, wearing a less stylized, more appropriate outfit than his classic one. A controversial five-issue miniseries, Rawhide Kid vol. 3, titled "Slap Leather" was published biweekly by Marvel's mature-audience MAX imprint. Here the character was depicted as homosexual, with a good portion of the dialogue dedicated to innuendo to this effect; the series, written by Ron Zimmerman, drawn by artist John Severin, was labeled with a "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" warning on the cover. Series editor Axel Alonso said, "We thought. Enigmatic cowboy rides into dusty little desert town victimized by desperadoes, saves the day, wins everyone's heart rides off into
Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor and producer. He rose through the ranks of a family-run business to become Marvel Comics' primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that dominated the comics industry. In collaboration with others at Marvel—particularly co-writer/artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko—he co-created numerous popular fictional characters, including superheroes Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man. In doing so, he pioneered a more naturalistic approach to writing superhero comics in the 1960s, in the 1970s he challenged the restrictions of the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to changes in its policies. In the 1980s he pursued development of Marvel properties with mixed results. Following his retirement from Marvel in the 1990s, he remained a public figurehead for the company, made cameo appearances in films and television shows based on Marvel characters, on which he received an executive producer credit.
Meanwhile, he continued independent creative ventures into his 90s, until his death in 2018. Lee was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995, he received the NEA's National Medal of Arts in 2008. Lee was raised in a Jewish family. In a 2002 survey of whether he believed in God, he stated, "Well, let me put it this way... No, I'm not going to try to be clever. I don't know. I just don't know."From 1945 to 1947, Lee lived in the rented top floor of a brownstone in the East 90s in Manhattan. He married Joan Clayton Boocock from Newcastle, England, on December 5, 1947, in 1949, the couple bought a house in Woodmere, New York, on Long Island, living there through 1952, their daughter Joan Celia "J. C." Lee was born in 1950. Another daughter, Jan Lee, died three days after delivery in 1953; the Lees resided in the Long Island town of Hewlett Harbor, New York, from 1952 to 1980. They owned a condominium on East 63rd Street in Manhattan from 1975 to 1980, during the 1970s owned a vacation home in Remsenburg, New York.
For their move to the West Coast in 1981, they bought a home in West Hollywood, California owned by comedian Jack Benny's radio announcer Don Wilson. In September 2012, Lee underwent an operation to insert a pacemaker, which required cancelling planned appearances at conventions. On July 6, 2017, his wife of 69 years, died of complications from a stroke, she was 95 years old. In April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter published a report that claimed Lee was a victim of elder abuse. In August 2018, Morgan was issued a restraining order to stay away from Lee, his daughter, or his associates for three years. Stanley Martin Lieber was born on December 28, 1922, in Manhattan, New York City, in the apartment of his Romanian-born Jewish immigrant parents and Jack Lieber, at the corner of West 98th Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan, his father, trained as a dress cutter, worked only sporadically after the Great Depression, the family moved further uptown to Fort Washington Avenue, in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
Lee had one younger brother named Larry Lieber. He said in 2006 that as a child he was influenced by books and movies those with Errol Flynn playing heroic roles. By the time Lee was in his teens, the family was living in an apartment at 1720 University Avenue in The Bronx. Lee described it as "a third-floor apartment facing out back". Lee and his brother shared the bedroom. Lee attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. In his youth, Lee enjoyed writing and entertained dreams of writing the "Great American Novel" one day, he said that in his youth he worked such part-time jobs as writing obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center. At fifteen, Lee entered a high school essay competition sponsored by the New York Herald Tribune, called "The Biggest News of the Week Contest." Lee claimed to have won the prize for three straight weeks, goading the newspaper to write him and ask him to let someone else win. The paper suggested he look into writing professionally, which Lee claimed "probably changed my life."
He graduated from high school early, aged sixteen and a half, in 1939 and joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project. The Stan Lee Foundation was founded in 2010 to focus on literacy and the arts, its stated goals include supporting programs and ideas that improve access to literacy resources, as well as promoting diversity, national literacy and the arts. Lee donated portions of his personal effects to the University of Wyoming at various times, between 1981 and 2001. Lee died at the age of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, on November 12, 2018, after being rushed there in a medical emergency earlier in the day. Earlier that year, Lee revealed to the public that he had been battling pneumonia and in February was rushed to the hospital for worsening conditions at around the same time; the immediate cause
The Mighty Marvel Western
The Mighty Marvel Western was an American comic book series published by Marvel Comics. A Western anthology that ran 46 issues, it consisted of reprint stories of the Marvel Old West heroes the Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt, the Two-Gun Kid, Matt Slade, featuring much art by Jack Kirby, Jack Keller, others. New covers, on all but three issues, were among others; the Mighty Marvel Western was an anthology of reprinted mid-1950s to mid-1960s Marvel Comics Western stories. It ran 46 issues, cover-dated October 1968 to September 1975. Bimonthly, with an occasional lapse of a month, it had a five-month hiatus between issues #5-6. From 1972 to 1976, it was published monthly during the summer; the first 16 issues were 68- or 52-page, 25¢ "giants", relative to the typical 12¢ and 15¢ comics of the times, with #17-on published as standard 36-page comics at the prevailing price of 20¢, rising to 25¢ and 30¢ by the time it ended publication. Each issued featured three Old West heroes: the Rawhide Kid and the Two-Gun Kid in all issues, Kid Colt in all issues except #25-42, in which Matt Slade, from the 1956 series Matt Slade, published by Marvel forerunner Atlas Comics, was substituted.
Several Rawhide Kid stories were drawn by the penciler-inker team of Dick Ayers. All Kid Colt stories were drawn by the character's longtime artist, Jack Keller. All but three issues featured. Most were penciled by Herb Trimpe or Gil Kane, with Larry Lieber contributing seven and John Severin and Ayers four each. Rich Buckler and John Romita each drew one, three new covers are by unknown artists. Three are Kirby reprints. Gunsmoke Western Western Gunfighters Mighty Marvel Western at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
George Tuska, who early in his career used a variety of pen names including Carl Larson, was an American comic book and newspaper comic strip artist best known for his 1940s work on various Captain Marvel titles and the crime fiction series Crime Does Not Pay and his 1960s work illustrating Iron Man and other Marvel Comics characters. As well, he drew the DC Comics newspaper comic strip The World's Greatest Superheroes from 1978–1982. George Tuska was born in Hartford, the youngest of three children of Russian immigrants Harry and Anna Onisko Tuska, who had met in New York City. George's siblings Peter, the eldest, Mary, the middle child, were born in New York City. Years Mary died while giving birth to her second child, stillborn. Harry, a foreman at a Hartford auto-tire company, died when George was 14. Anna opened a restaurant in Paterson, New Jersey, where she had relatives, remarried. At 17, Tuska moved to New York City, rooming with his cousin Annie, a year began attending the National Academy of Design.
His artistic influences included illustrators Harold von Schmidt, Dean Cornwell, Thomas Lovell, comic strip artists Lou Fine, Hal Foster, Alex Raymond. At some early point, he took his first job in art. Tuska began working for comic book packager Eisner & Iger, one of a handful of companies at the time that supplied comics on demand for publishers entering the new medium, his first known published comic-book work appeared in Fox Comics' Mystery Men Comics #1 and Wonderworld Comics #4, both cover-dated August 1939. Tuska in the mid-2000s recalled: I went to art school at the same I was doing costume jewelry design. I put in an application with a professional agency in New York City. I told them I could do drawing. A week I got a call from Eisner-Iger, asking me to submit some samples.... Said,'That's pretty good, but we don't do that stuff', he showed me a comic book and said,'This is what we want'.... I made a page -- a whole story in one page; when I brought it back, he bought it for $5. He said,'We'd like to have you work for us'.
That's how I got started.... I gave up school.... I made $10 per week. At Eisner & Iger, Tuska said in 2001, "I worked alongside Bob Powell, Lou Fine, Mike Sekowsky", his studio colleagues grew to include artists Charles Sultan, John Celardo, Nick Cardy, writer Toni Blum. Writer-artist and company co-founder Will Eisner recalled of the period, "It was a friendly shop, I guess I was the same age as the youngest guys there. We all got along; the only ones who got into a hassle were George Tuska and Bob Powell. Powell made remarks about other people in the shop. One day, George had enough of it, got up, punched out Bob Powell"; the otherwise mild-mannered Tuska, thinking comic books "would last two or three years — a fad" left to seek non-comics work. After two weeks, however, he came across colleagues Sultan and Dave Glaser, on their way to meet with comics packager Harry "A" Chesler. Tuska, invited along, joined Chesler's studio, working there in 1939 and 1940, earning $22 a week, increased to $42 a week within six months.
Alongside colleagues that included Sultan, Ruben Moreira, Mac Raboy, Ralph Astarita, to Tuska helped to supply content for such Fawcett Comics publications as Captain Marvel Adventures. When Eisner-Iger client Fiction House formed its own bullpen to produce work on staff, Tuska left Chesler to join Cardy, Jim Mooney, Graham Ingels and other artists there. Tuska produced a prodigious amount of work that included, for Fiction House, the South Sea adventure feature "Shark Brodie" and the investigative feature "Hooks Devlin", both for Fight Comics. Before and during his six years at Fiction House, Tuska freelanced such features as the North Atlantic seafaring adventure "Spike Marlin" in Harvey Comics' Speed Comics. At some point, Tuska again worked for Will Eisner, now split from Jerry Iger, with a group of artists that included Alex Kotzky and Tex Blaisdell. "While with Eisner, I penciled some Spirit and Uncle Sam stories". Independently, he was assigned by Fawcett art director Al Allard to draw "a few more Captain Marvel stories.
Allard had asked me to draw as close as possible to the way Captain Marvel had first appeared in Whiz Comics.... After those freelance jobs, I never worked for Fawcett again". Tuska's earliest Captain Marvel work appeared in Captain Marvel Adventures #2-4. Drafted into the U. S. Army circa 1942, Tuska was stationed at the 100th Division at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, where he drew military plans and was honorably discharged after a year for reasons the artist did not specify. Returning home, he took up again with Fiction House, drawing a host of stories featuring Reef Ryan, Rip Carson, Lady Satan, the Western hero Golden Arrow, Camilla, Queen of the Jungle. Following the huge popularity of superheroes during the World War II years, those characters' appeal began to dwindle in the post-war era. Comic-book publishers, casting about for new subjects and genres, found a hit in crime fiction, the most prominent comic of, Lev Gleason Publications' Crime Does Not Pay. Tuska would soon make a nam
The Western Kid is a fictional Old West character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was the star of Western feature published by Atlas Comics. Tex Dawson, the Western Kid, debuted in Western Kid #1, from publisher Atlas Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics; the character was created by an unknown writer and penciler-inker John Romita Sr. who the following decade would become one of Spider-Man's signature artists. The feature, drawn by Romita, ran through issue #17, with cover art by Romita, Joe Maneely, John Severin, for one cover each, Carl Burgos, Russ Heath, Syd Shores; the character resurfaced as the lead feature of the omnibus title Gunsmoke Western #51, in a story written by Atlas/Marvel editor-in-chief Stan Lee and drawn by Dick Ayers. Western Kid reprints appeared in Marvel's 1970s omnibus series Western Gunfighters #3-6 and 17-33. In-between, the character starred in the reprint series The Western Kid vol. 2, #1-5 — the first issue of which sported a new cover by original artist Romita — and in Rawhide Kid #105 and Gun-Slinger #1-3, a series reflecting the character's temporary new name.
The first issue, with a cover drawn by Jim Steranko, was titled Gun-Slinger. The character returned in Apache Skies, a four-issue miniseries starring the Rawhide Kid and two persons called the Apache Kid: Dazii Aloysius Kare, his wife, Rosa; this was a sequel to the miniseries Blaze of Glory, which retconned that the naively clean-cut Marvel Western stories of years past were dime novel fictions of the characters' actual lives. Tex Dawson, a.k.a. the Western Kid, was a clean-cut Old West cowboy with a stallion named Whirlwind and a white German shepherd dog named Lightning. Unlike such fellow Atlas Western stars as Kid Colt and the Rawhide Kid, he was not hunted by the law for a perceived crime, unlike the Two-Gun Kid or the Outlaw Kid, he wore no mask. Wandering the range as a do-gooder adventurer, the Western Kid was respected by sheriffs and marshals, whom he helped, idolized by children. A modern-day version of the character stars in the five-issue ensemble miniseries Six Guns, by writer Andy Diggle and artist Davide Gianfelice, starring the extant female mercenary Tarantula and new contemporary versions of the Marvel Old West heroes the Black Rider.
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