September 5, 2011
Best of the West 40
Our landmark 40th issue headlines Tim Holt’s heroic alter-ego, Redmask!! Behind a Frank Frazetta cover of the Crimson Cowpuncher, his Frank Bolle-illustrated lead story is entitled: “The Crazy- Quilt Suit”. Then- a real rrarity- a Bill Everett- drawn classic taken from Orbit Pubs’ Wild Bill Pecos Comics- the mysterious, masked maiden of the mesas- Calamity Kate, in a terse drama called- “Readin’, Riden’ and Robbin’ “!! Dick Ayer’s Haunted Horesman rings in with “The Spectral Witness”; perennial sidekick Smiley Burnette gets involved in “The River Boat Escaspade”, The Masked Rider braves “Double Ambush”, as rendered by Pete Morisi, and finally, The Durango Kid faces “The Showdown”, as drawn by Fred Guardineer. Top-flight Western reprints from Magazine Enterprises, ACG and others. 44 pages, black and white with color covers. Standard BOW format. Printed in 2004.