WEIRD WESTERN INFLUENCES: Comics – The Ghost Rider!
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.
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Wild weird western comics! If you want to read the stories sampled above, they are all public domain and available at the following links:
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