Back in the Days of Yore (in this case 1956-57), William Russel starred in the British-made TV series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (now available on cheapo DVD).
Meanwhile, John Buscema, nine years before he started churning out superhero stuff for Marvel and sixteen years before he set to work on Conan the Barbarian, was working for Dell, where both pencilled and inked this March 1957 issue of Four Color #775. In my eyes, this is at least the equal of his Conan work, much of which was inked by other hands. This ish was uploaded to the ever-surprising comicbookplus by a user known as BobR.
Here's a good-lookin' new entry in the Black Gat line from Stark House Press, originally published in 1963. I'm ashamed to admit I never got around to reading Henry Kane, or Frank Kane, either. Looks like it's time I did. Thanks once again to Greg Shephard at Stark House for keeping the classic noir flame burning.
In honor of the holiday, we celebrate these three
Mexican flicks released in 1961 and '62. Viva el Zorro!
If the title interested you enough to start reading this review, you probably need this book. CowBoy, (as opposed to cow-boy or cowboy) is the author's term for an attitude based on what cow-boys (the genuine Old West type) came to symbolize around the world. He also calls this The Buckaroo Attitude. Cow-Boy, he tells us, is a state of mind, and can be achieved by anyone -- and he explains how.
Along the way, he tells us a whole lot of other stuff he thinks us CowBoys should know, if we don't already. beginning with how cow-boys came to be, back in 1494, and what they've been doing since. There's stuff about tending cattle, and hunting them, and the tools used to do it. There's info on CowTowns and railroads and ranches and real-life cow-boy life.
Next comes a section on Romancing the Range, with dime novels, music, pulps, movies and TV, followed by an attempt to seperate fact from fiction, a Who's Who of cow-boys, cowboys and CowBoys, real and otherwise, and a chapter on Rangeland Lingo.
Then, at last, it's on to all that stuff we need to know to live the CowBoy lifestyle, including cooking, decorating, collecting, sightseeing and dressing the part. And, of couse, maintaining that CowBoy state of mind.
So if we're CowBoys already, why do we have to read a book? Well, as Ranger Doug of the Riders in the Sky would tell us, doing things the easy way just wouldn't be The CowBoy Way.
And since we're talking cowboys, here an ad the INSP Network sent me for it's series THE COWBOY WAY, now in its third season. Catch it if you can on Thursdays nights.
Once again, Stark House makes me feel dumb by reprinting classic noir fiction by a writer I don't know. I did see the old Pocket Book cover once on Bill Crider's blog, though. No surprise there. Bill knew tons of stuff I don't and never will. Anyway, It's nice to finally meet this Mahannah guy.
Yeah, we're back. Our hotel was in National Harbor MD, across the Potomac from Alexandria. It was about an hour by bus and Metro to DC, but we ran into some interesting people. You may even know a couple of them. I was mighty disappointed that Davy Crockett was not among them.