When I think of western comics that inspired Bill Woodcock and I to co-create HOLLIDAY, one  that comes to mind is The original Ghost Rider! Created by writer Ray Krank and artist Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos,  Rawhide Kid ) for Magazine Enterprises’ Tim Holt comics #11 in 1949, Ghost Rider stood out among so many Lone Ranger knockoffs, Billy the Kids, and variations on Hollywood cowboy actors and characters. To me he stood out for two reasons; one, the iconic all white faceless costume and horse. Two, because he used the trappings of  horror/occult and after a time began fighting both phoney (ala Scooby Doo), weird and real and supernatural threats too.

Images from comicbookplus.com

Wild weird western comics! If you want to read the stories sampled above, they are all public domain and available at the following links:
http://comicbookplus.com/?cid=1065
http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=20399
http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=22961
http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=22841
http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=23252

For more info:

http://westerncomicsadventures.blogspot.com/2011/06/original-ghost-rider-origin.html
http://www.toonopedia.com/ghrider1.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_Rider