Monday, June 13, 2011

I like this page, but couldn't tell you who that was...


...without going back to the issue in question: the Mighty Marvel Western #9. Crap, that doesn't help either! All right, it's the Two-Gun Kid, from "Moose Morgan, Gunman at Large!" Written by Stan Lee, art by Jack Kirby.

Even though I've read more than a few of 'em, off the top of my head I couldn't tell you the difference between the three mainstays of Marvel's western stable; the Rawhide Kid, the Two-Gun Kid, and Kid Colt. They're a bit more interchangeable than DC's western heroes like Jonah Hex and Bat Lash; to the point that if without looking I told you which ones wore a mask and which had the spotted vest, I'd just be guessing.


But this story wasn't too bad: Kid Colt, Outlaw; in "The Chain Gang of Pecos Pass!" (Written by Stan Lee, art by Jack Keller.) After an incompetent bounty hunter tries to bring in Kid Colt and fails miserably, the bounty hunter's sister tells the Kid that they were going to use the bounty on him, to pay for an operation for their sick mother. Maybe that was a new story at the time, since that's the only excuse the Kid has for falling for that one...

Kid Colt gets thrown on the chain gang, with several bad guys he had already put away earlier in the series. (Since the Marvel westerns were pretty G-rated, they could have more recurring villains than say, Jonah Hex.) He has to stay alive long enough to escape, fight his way past the Scorpion (not that one), Dr. Danger, and Bull Barton; and give the bounty hunter and his sister their comeuppance. All in eighteen pages.

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

That's a pretty messed up situation right there. Nice story by Stan the man. And your right, other than the John OStrander "Blaze of Glory" marvel western mini he did a few yeras ago, DC's western heroes are cooler than Marvel's.