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Best of the West 71

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HISTORIC FINAL ISSUE!! Yes, it’s true, #71 will be the final issue in AC’s historic vintage western reprint anthology, Best of the West- but the title is definitely going out with a bang!! 64 big black & white pages of cowboy comic thrills, starting off with Dick Ayer’s HAUNTED HORSEMAN in “The Beautiful Witch”, a spooky spectacular originally published in Magazine Enterprises’ Ghost Rider #11. Then, it’s M. E.’s The DURANGO KID in “Hangman’s Law”, drawn by Joe Certa and John Belfi. Next, find out if Lev Gleason Pubs’ BLACK DIAMOND will be “Buried Alive”!! A wild Western mystery drawn by William Overgard, originally seen in Black Diamond Western #21, in 1950. Then, it’s film star TIM HOLT as REDMASK in “Death Ride of the Iron Horse”, illustrated by Frank Bolle from Tim Holt #36, in 1953. Then, a surprise guest-feature- The DARK RIDER, in an untitled story as rendered by the great Syd Shores, followed by The LATIGO KID, in “Smoky Showdown”, another classic oater drawn by a past master of the genre, Joe Maneely. Fawcett’s movie cowboy comics feature rings in next with an adventure of MONTE HALE- “Prairie Peddler”, as originally seen in Monte Hale Western #34, in 1948- and drawn by Gil Kane. The MASKED MARVEL appears in “Murder At Dry Gulch!”, illustrated by Tony Tallarico in Gunsmoke Western #11, 1950. Finally, it’s LEMONADE KID in “Terror’s Triggermen!”, as originally seen in Bobby Benson’s B-Bar-B Riders #8, in 1951, and drawn by Bob Powell. In addition, this issue features a never-previously-printed Gil Kane Western illustration, an editorial by publisher Bill Black, and inside cover movie stills featuring Charles Starrett and Jock Mahoney. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, with full color covers. Printed in 2009.

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Best of the West 70

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Another jumbo-sized, 68-page blockbuster!! This issue opens with the first half of a feature-length BLACK DIAMOND cliffhanger from Black Diamond Western #21, where BD faces off against the villainy of SILK HAT!! Read the thrilling conclusion, “The End Of the Black Diamond” next issue, in Best of the West #71!! Then, The DURANGO KID thunders into action in “The Secret of Durango”, as rendered by Joe Certa & John Belfi, and originally seen in Durango Kid #6. Then, straight out of Masked Rangers Comics #4, from October of 1954, it’s the ORIGIN of The MASKED RANGER in “Mystery of the Masked Ranger”, with art by Jack Abel. Next, it’s Bob Laughlan art on a story previously published in Fawcett’s Monte Hale Western Comics; MONTE HALE And the Hard Luck Ranch. Dick Ayer’s HAUNTED HORSEMAN rides the range in a macabre classic, “Gunfire At Death Cavern”; The DARK RIDER appears in an untitled story drawn by Syd Shores; and REDMASK walks the “Path Of Peril”, from Magazine Enterprises’ Redmask Comics #51, with art by Frank Bolle. The LATIGO KID makes an appearance, in “The Return of Howling Wolf”, sporting art by the great Joe Maneely, and the issue closeswith the first BOW appearance of The CROSS-DRAW KID, as illustrated by Max Elkan in “Six-Gun Justice”, originally printed in October, 1948’s Western Adventures #1. As always, this issue also includes photo inside front & back covers featuring great Western stars like Charles Starrett, Monte Hale & others in repros of classic Western movie still. Color covers with black & white interiors, standard comic book size, saddle-stiiched.This will be the second-to-the-last issue of Best of the West published by AC Comics; next issue’s #71 will be the series’ conclusion. Printed in 2009.

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Best of the West 69

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Now with even MORE PAGES of Western comics action; a full 64-PAGE, Golden Age style collection!! This issues special Macbre Western theme leads off with The DURANGO KID in “Curse of the Bakala”, as drawn by Joe Certa and John Belfi; followed by the ultimate horror-themed Western character- The HAUNTED HORSEMAN in “The Claws of Horror”, illustrated by Dick Ayers. Then, the great John Buscema illustrates “Wild Bill Pecos Meets The Undertaker”; and The MASKED MARVEL stars in “The Bloodsucker of Banta Gulch”, delineated by Tony Tallarico. Tim Holt as REDMASK takes on “The Ghost of Fort Apache”, drawn by Frank Bolle, MONTE HALE makes “The Gravedigger’s Escape”; LASH LaRUE appears in “Case of the Supernatural, illustrated by Doug Wildey; plus a special, never-before-seen BLACK PHANTOM adventure; “Terror Town”, written by Enrico Teodorani, with art by Anthony Conversano. 8 big stories in all, reprinted from comics originally published by Magazine Enterprises, Charlton, Orbit, Fawcett and others, all reprinted in crisp, clear black & white, using state-of-the-art techniques of reproduction. Standard comic book size; 64 pages saddle-stitched, with a full-color cover a black & white interiors. Printed in 2008.

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Best of the West 68

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NOW WITH MORE PAGES OF GREAT VINTAGE WESTERN COMICS ACTION!!! This issue leads off with Frank Bolle’s TIM HOLT in “Cave of Three Skeletons”!!, originally presented in Magazine Enterprises’ Tim Holt #22, in 1951. Then, it’s cover star The HAUNTED HORSEMAN, in a Dick Ayers tour-de-force from Ghost Rider #9, 1952: “The Left Boot Murders!!” Next, Quality Comics’ The WHIP makes an appearance, in a previouisly unreprinted ( and untitled ) story from a late-1940’s issue of Crack Comics. Al Williamson (under his “Baldo Smudge” penname) contributes a beautiful WILD BILL HICKOK short, “Silver Colt”; and Jay Scott Pike & writer Robert Bernstein are behind “The Day The Earth Cracked”, a DARK RIDER adventure. Movie star cowboty MONTE HALE rings in with “The Tragic Lesson”, with art supplied by Ed Good; ROCKY LANE appears in “Invitation To Hang”, and The DURANGO KID stars in “Trouble Never Ends”, a Joe Certa/John Belfi-drawn story from The Durango Kid #17. Plus- inside and back-cover photos of Charles Starret and Rocky Lane. Vintage comic book reprints in clear, crisp black & white, behind full color covers. 48 pages, standard comic book sixe, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2008

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Best of the West 67

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The best issue yet!! 6 full classic Western comic book story reprints from the top publishers of the cowboy theme during it’s heyday of the 1940’s-1950’s. Cover features REDMASK opens the all-out action with “The False Alarm Crimes”, as drawn by Frank Bolle, originally seen in Magazine Enterprises’ Best of the West #12 (original series). Then it’s M. E.’s original ghost rider, THE HAUNTED HORSEMAN in “Death By Flame”, as originally presented in Tim Holt #22; followed by “Durango’s Stolen Steed”, a DURANGO KID adventure illustrated by Joe Certa and John Belfi. Prize Comic’s BLACK BULL makes in appearance, in “One-Man Posse”, from Prize Western #85- beautifully illustrated by John Severin and Will Elder. The LEMONADE KID takes to the trail in “No Locks To Murder”, drawn by Bob Powell, from an issue of Bobby Benson’s B-Bar-B Riders; and finally a rollicking romp with KITTY CARSON, the ruff-ridin’ gal sheriff, as she deals with “Indian Revenge”, also illustrated by Bob Powell. An Ed Good MONTE HALE short, “Goodbye Old Paint”, and movie stills from “The Desert Horseman”, “Ghost of Zorro”, “Desert Vigilante”, “Death Valley Gunfighter”, “California Firebrand”, and “Bells of San Angelo” round out the issue. 44 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle-sdtitched. Printed in 2008.

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Best of the West 66

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Another full volume of pistol-packing prairie prowlers, including REDMASK in “The Return Of The Black Phantom!”, drawn by Frank Bolle, from Tim Holt #38; The DURANGO KID in “Smart Hombres Die Dumb!”, illustrated by Joe Certa and John Belfi; MONTE HALE in “The Costly Bargain”, from Monte Hale Western #82; BLACK DIAMOND in “Hired Gun”, drawn by Myron Fass, from Black Diamond Western; Dick Ayer’s HAUNTED HORSEMAN in “The Mad Commander”; and ROCKY LANE in “Burning Gold”, with art by Charles Nicholas and Sal Trapani. All vintage classics reproduced with crystal clarity, just as they appeared four and five decades ago within the pages of comic books published by Magazine Enterprises, Lev Gleason, Fawcett and Charlton Comics. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, black & white interiors with color covers. Printed in 2008.

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Best of the West 65

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The finest issue yet, full to bursting with SIX great full-length vintage Western comic bookmstories from the 1950’s !! This issue presents The DURANGO KID in “The Vengence Trail”, as drawn by Joe Certa & John Belfi; Dick Ayer’s Haunted Horseman in “The Murdering Mine”; MONTE HALE starring in “The Killers of Cayungo”, drawn by Ed Good; The WHIP in “Dead Shot”; ANNIE OAKLEY (as illustrated by Ross Andru) in “Wanted: Dead or Alive”; and REDMASK in “Hell’s Hideout”, illustrated by Frank Bolle. The 1950’s best cowboy comics, as originally found in comic books published by Magazine Enterprises, Fawcett, Quality and others, reproduced using the height of color dropping technology. 44 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle- stitched. Printed in 2008.

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Best of the West 64

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Two-fisted Western action aplenty this issue, as per usual, with the finest full-story reprints from the heyday of the cowboy genre in comic books, as originally published by Fawcett, Magazine Enterprises and others. Lead off with Frank Bolle’s REDMASK in “Tim Holt VS. Redmask”, followed by MONTE HALE in “Diamond Deadfall”, drawn by Ed Good. Then, see Norman Maurer’s rendition of WYATT EARP in “Navajo Uprising”; followed by a DURANGO KID classic as rendered by Fred Guardineer; “The Phantom Badhat”. Then, from Lev Gleason’s Black Diamond Western, see BLACK DIAMOND himself in “The Wrong Killers”, drawn by Myron Fass, and Dick Ayer’s HAUNTED HORSEMAN in “The Man From Scotland Yard”. Plus- inside cover photo stills of Charles Starrett as THE DURANGO KID. Black & white with color covers, 44 pages, standard Best of the West size, saddle-stitch bound. Printed in 2007.

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Best of the West 63

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Another cornucopia of cowboy classics reprinted from the best Western comic books of the 1950’s. Features include REDMASK in “Stage To Devil’s Gap”, drawn by Frank Bolle, originally printed in M. E.’s Redmask #45; WILD BILL PECOS in “The Two-Gun Grandpappies”, as illustrated by John Buscema, originally seen in Orbit Pubs’ Wild Bill Pecos The Westerner magazine. Then, it’s MASKED RIDER, in “Caged Eagle”, with art by Pete Morisi; DURANGO KID in “Law of the Hangman’s Noose”, by Joe Certa & John Belfi, MONTE HALE in “The Outlaws’ Camel Cavalcade”, drawn by Carl Pfeufer and Bob Laughlin, and finally Dick Ayers’ HAUNTED HORSEMAN in “The Invisible Death”. 44 pages, black & white interiors with color covers; standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. As always, the highest-quality vintage Western comic book reprints anywhere!! Printed in 2007.

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Best of the West 62

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The MASKED RIDER is our lead and cover feature this issue, startin’ off the stampede of Wild West comic book action in a tale titled “Tightrope of Fear”, drawn by Pete Morisi. Then, crack artist Joe Certa provides the illustration for a DURANGO KID opus called “Crooked Irons”, originally seen in M. E.’s Durango Kid #3. TIM HOLT as Redmask appears, courtesy of Frank Bolle, in a 1952 drama, “The Sheriff of Silver Creek”, from Tim Holt #32. MONTE HALE rides through with “The Highjacked Herd”, with art by Bob Laughlin, as originally seen in Fawcett’s Monte Hale Western; and The HAUNTED HORSEMAN stars in the enigmatically- titled “Assignment: Hanted Horseman”, drawn as always by the great Dick Ayers. (Originally published in Ghost Rider #11, 1953.) All these great full-story vintage reprints, plus full-page repros of TWO great John Severin-drawn covers for Prize Comics Western, and inside cover photo stills featuring Charles Starrett from two Durango Kid films; “Both Barrels Blazing” and “West of Dodge City”. 44 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic book size and format, saddle stitched. Printed in 2007.

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Best of the West 61

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More high-quality Western comic book action, starting with Tim Holt as REDMASK in “Robbersw Roost”, drawn by Frank Bolle, and guest-starring Wild Bill Hickok and Bat Masterson. , from Tim Holt #28, 1952. Then, it’s MONTE HALE in “The Stolen Six-Gun”, with art by Max Elkan, from Monte Hale Western #75, 1952; followed by The HAUNTED HORSEMAN in “The Shadow Slayers”, from Tim Holt #33. The DURANGO KID runs afoul of the “Code of the Drygulcher”, drawn by Fred Guardineer, aqnd finally a newcomer- from the vintage comic books of Australia its The LONE AVENGER in “Swamp Girl”, with art & story by Len Lawson, from Australia’s Action Comics # 20. Great “shoot-em-up” adventure from M.E., Fawcett and other defunct publishers. 44 pages, black & white with color covers- standard comic book size, saddle stitched. Printed in 2007.

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Best of the West 60

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Western comic book action at it’s finest!! We start off this issue with a brand-new cover piece by the great Alan Weiss- featuring an awesome rendition of The HAUNTED HORSEMAN- who then leads off the leather-slappin’ action inside with an untitled story that pits HH against deadly Kiowa raiders in a tale written by Gardner Fox and illustrated by Dick Ayers. Then, it’s the masked avenger from Prize Comics; The BLACK BULL, in “Was On The Range”, with spectacular art by Will Elder & John Severin. The DURANGO KID chimes in with “The Death I Almost Died”, with art by Joe Certa & John Belfi; followed by Frank Bolle’s RED MASK in “The Unknown Treasure”; The LONE RIDER (drawn by Ken Battefield ) in “Big Trouble”; a return engagement by John Severin drawing WYATT EARP in “Ghost Town’, AND a personal letter from cowboy movie great MONTE HALE and news of the new Monte Hale website. Great classic cowboy comics reprints from Magazine Enterprises, Prixe, Ajax-Farrell and Charlton, all crisp, clean & perfect. 44 pages, black & white with color covers, saddle-stitched. Standard Best of the West size, printed in 2007.

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Best of the West 59

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Special MONTE HALE tribute issue!! As a tribute to the last of the great movie cowboys, MONTE HALE is in the spotlight this issue, as star of the stunning color cover and in two interior stories; “Safe-Crackers Unlimited” (drawn by Ed Good ) and an untitled lead story, illustrated by the great Gil Kane. In addition, there is a special guest-editorial in the form of a heartfelt tribute to Monte from fan Bill Durham. But that’s not all, as all of your regular BOW favorites are here, too- The HAUNTED HORSEMAN in “The Return of Magico”; as drawn by the master, Dick Ayere; RED MASK in “The Weapons of Redmask” by Frank Bolle; and Durango Kid in “Two-Gun Tot”, with art by Fred Guardineer. As always, it’s the best in vintage Western comic book reprints; full stories flawlessly reproduced. 44 pages, black & white with color covers; 10″ X 6″ comic book format, saddle stitched. Printed in 2006

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Best of the West 58

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All your favorite vintage Western features are back this issue, plus some exciting newcomers to the BOW fold!! The Durango Kid tussles with Carton & his cattle rustlers in “Show ‘Em No Mercy”, drawn by Joe Certa & John Belfi; while Redmask performs in “Terror’s Theatre”, written by Gardner Fox and illustrated by Frank Bolle; Dick Ayers & The Haunted Horseman return in “The Scarecrow Sheriff”, and Lash LaRue gets the spotlight in “The Silent Watch”, amongst our regular cast of classic reprint features. Then come the special guests- the art of the great Joe Maneely graces The Latigo Kid in “Riot At The Rodeo”; and pretty Kitty Carson , the ruff ridn’ gal sheriff chimes in, ably rendered by another stellar creator, Bob Powell, in “Stagecoach Murders”. Finally, it’s a Rocke Mastroserio-drawn short, Buffalo Bill Cody. Just like every issue, it’s Western thrills aplently reprinted from the Golden Age of the Western comic book, the 1950’s, as we re-present classic comic book stories originally published by Magazine Enterprises, Fawcett, Chalton & others, using state-of-the-art reproduction techniques. Best of the West is 44 pages, standard comic book size & format, black & white with color covers, saddle stiched. This issue was printed in 2006.

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Best of the West 57

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Saddle up for Wild West action with the best vintage Western comic book reprints anywhere!! Just inside a stunning Bob Lubbers-drawn FIREHAIR cover, ( backed by a tryptych of cool 1950 cowboy move stills) you’ll get The Durango Kid in “Terror in the Timber:, as rendered by Fred Guardineer. Then, Dick Ayer’s original ghost rider, The Haunted Horseman faces off against- “He Who Laughs!!” The Latigo Kid, as drawn by Joe Maneely, tries to avoid joining “The Necktie Party”; then cover feature Firehair must run off Snakeoil Sam in a Lee Elias classic stright from Rangers Comics of the late 1940’s. Nexr, Red Mask (with the help of his artist, Frank Bolle takes on “The Diggers”, and finally, Dick Ayers has an encore, as the delineator of Jolly Jim Dandy, in a story reprinted from Dan’l Boone #1. Reprints of actual vintage Western comic book stories, originally published by Magazine Enterprises, Fiction House and others.Black & white with color covers; 44 pages, standard comic book size. Printed in 2006.

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Best of the West 56

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ld West comic book action at it’s best, with six great features, as always, reprinted from actual, vintage comic books of the genre’s heyday, the Golden Age of cowboy comics- the 1950’s. Of course, the BOW “Big Three” are all here- cover feature The Haunted Horseman in “The Man Who Hated”, as drawn by Dick Ayers; Frank Bolle’s Redmask in “The Man Who Rescued Redmask”; and The Durango Kid in “The Big Hunt”, illustrated by Fred Guardineer. Then, it’s more favorites like Rocky Lane in “The Devil’s Hoof”, drawn by Tom Cooke, and Black Diamond in “Comanche War Drums”. Rod Cameron makes his Best of the West debut this issue in a story entitled “The Human Shield”, with art by Clem Weisbecker, plus a Pistol Packin’ Pattie short, and an inside cover photo of Charles Starrett and Tris Coffin. 44 pages, black & white interiors with color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2006.

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Best of the West 55

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Masked cowboys take center stage this issue, starting off with cover feature Redmask in “Redmask vs. Strawman, illustrated by Frank Bolle. Then, The Haunted Horseman (comic’s first Ghost Rider) learns “The Horror of Dead Man’s Cave!!”, by Ray Krank and Dick Ayers; followed by The Durango Kid in “Strong Medicine”, with art by Fred Guardineer, and The Masked Rider in “Unsolved Mystery”. Plus, there are two full stories starring a couple of hombres who are NOT afraid to show their faces, Rocky Lane in “The Frame-Up”; drawn by Tom Cooke, and Tom Mix and “The Mortgage on Murder”, with art by Carl Pfeufer & John Jordan. Western comics adventure at it’s best, straight out of the genre’s Golden Age, the early 1950’s. 40 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard Best of the West size & format, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2006.

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Best of the West 54

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Within a spectacular GIL KANE cover you’ll find classic reprints of vintage Western action as rendered by top artists, including debut feature The LAZO KID, by Mort Meskin, in “Posse of the Border”, from Prize Comics; DURANGO KID in “The Death That Walked Like a Man”, drawn by Fread Guardineer; HAUNTED HORSEMAN in “Into Doom Valley” by Dick Ayers; BLACK DIAMOND in “Blood At Snake Creek”, illustrated by Al Luster; AMERICAN EAGLE in “The Acid Test”, art by Ted Galindo & John Severin, & ROCKY LANE in “Assignment: Peril”, with art by Tom Cooke. 44 pages, black & white with color covers; standard Best of the West size/format. Printed in 2005.

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Best of the West 53

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Wild west action abounds in adventures straight out of the cowboy comics of the 1950’s!! Cover star DURANGO KID appears in “Two-Timing Guns”, drawn by Joe Certa, and originally appearing in Durango Kid #2, in 1949; big screen star ROCKY LANE saddles up for “The Ace of Death”!, drawn by Tom Cooke, out of Rocky Lane #46, 1952; KITTY CARSON rings in with a three- page shorty; with art by Bob Powell; Dick Ayer’s HAUNTED HORSEMAN appears in “Target: Haunted Horseman ” from 1954; REDMASK wears “The Death Hat”, as drawn by Frank Bolle; plus The GOLDEN ARROW becomes “One Man Law”, with art by Ruben Moriera. Only AC Comics can uncover rare, near-forgotten gems like these, originally seen within the pages of vintage comics published by Magazine Enterprises, Fawcett, Charlton and others. 44 pages, black & white with color covers, standard Best of the West size & format. Printed in 2005.

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Best of the West 52

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The big 52nd issue of Best of the West starts off with a guest lead feature, Orbit Publications excellent Syd Shore cowboy strip, Wild Bill Pecos, as he and his partner Nuggets Nugent tangle with the fiece legions of Cheif Angry Sun. Then; it’s that pioneersman out of history, Davy Crockett, as he and his pal Daniel meet up with King Ram, in a classic adventure drawn by Jack (King) Kirby. Then, The Durango Kid is shown to be “Tough As They Come”, in a wild adventure illustrated by Joe Certa & John Belfi, The Haunted Horseman meets up with “The Murdering Medium”, by the great Dick Ayers, and aqnd Red Mask ropes in “Th Crooked Cook”, as illustrated by Frank Bolle- another great tale originally seen within the pages of a Magazine Enterprises comic book of the early 1950’s . Vintage Western tales, in full-length, beautifully reprinted format, straight out of the Golden Age of the Western comc book. 44 pages, black & white with color covers, standard Best of the West size. Printed in 2005

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Best of the West 51

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Redmask rides again this issue, as the cover star and lead feature, when he goes up against a beautiful but deadly female outlaw leader in “The Lair of the Wildcat”, a Frank Bolle-drawn classic, originally seen in M.E. Publications Best of the West #9, in the early 1950’s. Then, artist Al Luster presents the Black Diamond and his sidekick Bumper against as they root out a renegade Army commander in “Meet Crazy Captain Vane”. The Haunted Horseman, comic’s original Ghost Rider makes a chilling appearance in “The Screaming Skeleton”, as drawn by Dick Ayers originally for Tim Holt Comics #20, followed by a Fred Guardineer Durango Kid opus, “Muley Puts On His Act”. Finally, the beautiful Native American maiden known as Starlight makes her Best of the West debut, in a stunningly-rendered untitled story drawn by Ralph Mayo. High-quality reprints from the Golden Age of Western comics, as per usual. 44 pages, black & white with color covers; standard Best of the West size. Printed in 2005.

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Best of the West 50

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The comic book industry’s foremost historical retrospective anthology focusing on the best Western-themed comic books printed during the genre’s best period (the late 1940’s through early 1950’s) reaches it’s historic 50Th issue this month, with another top-flight selection of perfect reprint stories. Start off with Dick Ayers art on the terrifying “Haunted Horesman vs. Frankenstein”, and see comic’s original Ghost Rider match up with Mary Shelley’s masterpiece in pitched battle. Then, Frank Bolle provides illustration on the Tim Holt/Redmask gem, “Crimes of the Cape”. Monte Hale stars in “The Marshal Takes A Gunning”, drawn by Ed Goode, and Durang Kid learns to “Never Say Die”; a Joe Certa/ John Belfi classic initially seen in Magazine Enterprizes ORIGINAL run Best of the West #2, in 1951!!! Jock Mahoney “stars” as Range Rider in “The Come-On”, a Tony Sgroi oater originally presented in Dell Comics” Western Roundup #11, and Wild Bill Hickock’s pal, Jingles appears in a Charles Nicholas/Sal Trapani Charlton Comics shorty entitled “The Battle of the Bulge”. All this plus an inside front cover photo of Charles Starrett from the Columbia Pictures’ Durango Kid movie, “El Dorado Pass”. 44 pages, black & white with color covers, saddle stitched, standard Best of the West size. Printed in 2005.

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Best of the West 49

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Inside a breathtaking cover painting of Redmask, it’s more top quality vintage reprints from the best Western-thenmed comic books of the 1940’s & ’50’s. Cover Star Redmask leads off in “The Weapons of Redmask”, illustrated by Frank Bolle. Then, Dick Ayers’ Haunted Horseman dares “The Spectral Warrior”; while The Durango Kid learns “Code of the Drygulcher”, in a Wild West melodrama drawn by Fred Guardineer; and Annie Oakley guest-stars, as she comes up against “The Black Knight”!! Bill Elliot faces “Timber Treachery” before a Nuggets Nugent short frature, “Call Your Shots”. drawn by Mort Lawrence. Beautiful full-story Golden Age reprints from M. E., Dell, Orbit and others. 40 pages, black & white with color covers, standard Best of the West size. Printed in 2005

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Best of the West 48

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As always, a top-flight selection of the best classic cowboy comics of the 1940’s and ’50’s. This issue leads off with everybody’s favorite, the Durango Kid, in “Inheritance of Death”; illustrated by Joe Certa and John Belfi. Then, it’s comic’s original ghost rider, The Haunted Horseman, in a tale originally seen in Tim Holt Comics #24- “The Scourge of Guilt”, drawn by none other than the great Dick Ayers. Then the team of Certa and Belfi strikes again in a rollicking Dan’l Boone adventure, “The Big Guns”!! Following that, it’s Range Rider in “The Giant of Gold Hill”, drawn by Tony Sgroi; “Black Fire” by the legendary John Severin, and Tim Holt as Redmask in “The Devil’s Own”, drawn by Frank Bolle, from Tim Holt #22. High-quality, full-story reprints from the Golden Age of the Western comic book, reprinted using state-of-the-art techniques from comics originally published by Magazine Enterprises, Dell, and Prize Comics. 44 pages, black and white with color covers; standard Best of the West size & format. Printed in 2005.

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Best of the West 47

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Special Monte Hale tribute issue!! In honor of the last of the great movie cowboys, Monte Hale, this issue features photos of the November, 2004 ceremony where Monte gets his long-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, plus not one but TWO classic Golden Age Monte Hale comics stories; “The Song of Death”, and “The Worst of the Badmen”, with art by Ed Good. BOW’s big three are here, too, in top-notch nostalgic comic book action, as the Durano Kid tussles with “Dead-Shot Debby”, drawn by Fred Guardineer, comic’s orginal Ghost Rider, The Haunted Horseman must avoid “A Trap for the Haunted Horseman”, illustrated by the great Dick Ayers, and Tim Holt must don his guise of Redmask to stop “The Rescue of Lightning Larry”, with art by Frank Bolle. Superb full-story reprints taken form original Fawcett Comics and Magazine Enterprises publications of the 1940’s and ’50’s. 44 pages, black and white with color covers, standard Best of the West 97/8″ X 6″ format. Printed in 2005.

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Best of the West 46

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Wild West wonders abound in this issue, as comic’s orginal Ghost Rider, The Haunted Horseman stalks in “The Vulture Swoops”!! A moody melodrama drawn by the master, Dick Ayers. Then, Fred Guardineer contributes “Six -Gun Empire”, another top-notch Durango Kid adventure. Special guest appearance this issue by Wild Bill Elliot, in “The Clock”. And finally, a feature-length adventure starring Lash LaRue- “The Dead Man Walks the Range”. As always, BOW features crystal-clear reprints of the best in Western comic book stories from the 1940’s and ’50’s, from such publishers as Magazine Enterprises, Dell and Fawcett. 44 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard Best of the West size and format. Printed in 2004.

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Best of the West 45

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Slap leather with the best of comic’s Golden Age cowboys- this issue, start off with Durango Kid in a Fred Guardineer-drawn classic, “The Roar of the Rapids” Then, artist Fread Meagher shows White Indian “The Arrows of Justice”! The Haunted Horseman (comic’s original Ghost Rider) clashes with “The Greedy Ghosts of Boot Hill”, illustrated by Dick Ayers; Annie Oakley has a “Photo Finish”; Tim Holt as Red Mask meets “The Man of 1,00 Faces”, drawn by Frank Bolle- plus featurettes Like Tales of the Haunted Horseman- “The Torture of the Damned”, by Dick Ayers; Ropin’ n’ Ridin with Rocky Lane, by Dick Giordano; and Roy Rogers Western Scrapbook. All classic, all vintage- perfect, full-story reprints from the Magazine Enterprises and Dell comics of the 1940’s and ’50’s. 40 pages, black & white with color covers, standard Best of the West size. Printed in 2004.

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Best of the West 44

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In the cover and lead spot for the first time ever this issue, The Hooded Horseman slaps leather to avoid becoming “Buzzard Bait!”, an 8-page oater lushly illustrated by Ogden Whitney. Durango Kid teachers a young man to stand up for himself in “Get Out of My Sight!!”, drawn by Fred Guardineer, and comic’s original Ghost Rider, The Haunted Horseman learns the grim secret behind “The Haunted Portrait!!”, with art by Dick Ayers. Frank Bolle contributes artistically on “Reward for Redmask”, co-starring The Black Phantom, and Bob Powell’s Bobby Benson and his B-Bar-B Riders play out the drama “Bobby Wins His Spurs!”. All this plus plus short features “Blackjack’s Hitching Post”, and Tales of The Haunted Horseman- “Tortures of the Damned”, also by Ayers. 44 pages of great full-stopry Western reprints from the original Magazine Enterprises, Charlton, and ACG comics of the 1950’s. Standard comic book format, color covers with black and white interiors. Printed in 2004.

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Inside a great ALL NEW cover by illustrators Dick Ayers and Ed Coutts are these memorable stories from out of the past: The Haunted Horseman faces “The Ghost-Ants of San Pedro”, drawn by Dick Ayers, AND relates the macabre morsel, “A Web for Her Wedding Dress”, and “Death Came Calling”, both by the venerable Mr. Ayers. Then, it’s John Severin’s American Eagle in “A Life For A Life”. Durango Kid finds himself up to his neck in “Blood And Oil”, drawn by Joe Certa and John Belfi; Frank Bolle does art chores on “The Junk Robbers”, a Tim Holt/Redmask adventure; and Pete Morisi delineates The Masked Rider in “Trail of the Eagle”. All this plus some new art plates starring cowgirl Buckaroo Betty, by Ed Coutts. Tops in Western comic book adventure, featuring material originally presented by Magazine Enterprises, Prize Comics, and others. 44pages, black and white with color covers Printed in 2004.

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More great frontier action behind a beautiful painted Black Diamond cover ( by Walt Howarth) this issue. The action starts with Dick Ayer’s original Ghost Rider, The Haunted Horseman in “Magico Vs. The Haunted Horseman!! Then, it’s Redmask in “The Luck of Major Hanley”, drawn by Frank Bolle, followed by cover-feature Black Diamond in “Terror Island”, drawn by Bill Walton. As usual, Drango Kid is spotlighted in “The Man Who Hated Everybody”- drawn by Fred Guardineer, American Eagle in “Laughing Dog’s Revenge, and Lone Rider in ” Glittering Shadows”. Bonus features include two Pistol Packin’ Pattie shorts by Bolle, “Ill Feelings” and “Cuts Him Short”, (both by Bolle) and an inside cover photo still of Charles Starrett as The Durango Kid- with Smiley Burnette!! Great full-story reprints from the Golden Age of the Western comic book, featuring stories originally appearing in books published by Magazine Enterprises, Prize Comics, Ajax-Farrell, and Lev Gleason, in the 1940’s and ’50’s. 44 pages, black & white with color cover. Standard Best of the West size; 61/2″ X 10″. Printed in 2004.

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It’s action and intrigue on the American Western frontier in classic reprints from the best cowboy comics of the 1940’s and ’50’s!! First, The Durango Kid takes up high-stakes gambling in “The Big Frame-Up”, with art by Joe Certa and John Belfi. Then, that lovely queen of the sagebrush frontier, Firehair, sorts out mine swindles and claim-jumpers on the Dakota plains in an untitled story drawn by the great Bob Lubbers. The original ghost rider, The Haunted Horseman, tangles with a gang of train-robbers in “The Blasts of Doom!”, with illustration by Dick Ayers; Tim Holt, as Red Mask takes a “Ride Against Death”, with art by Frank Bolle, from a Gardner F. Fox script; Bob Powell’s Bobby Benson’s B-Bar-B Riders battle the insect world, and Wild Bill Hickock faces “Tenderfoot Terror”, as drawn by Dick Giordano and Vince Alascia. Crisp, clean full-story reprints originally seen within the pages of Magazine Enterprises, Fiction House and Charlton comic books. 44 pages, black & white with color cover. Standard Best of the West size and format. Printed in 2004

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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.

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Everybodies’ #1 cowboy star, Roy Rogers headlines in “The Temptation of Sam McGraw”, illustrated by the master of panel art, Alew Toth. A classic from the best of the strip’s run, originally seen in the pages of Roy’s Dell Publications comic book. Then, it’s Wild West wonderment drawn by Joe Certa and John Belfi, as Magazine Enterprises’ The Durango Kid stakes his life to win- “The Battle of the Dams”!. Tim Holt and his alter ego, Red Mask; take on “The Kiowa Kid”, with art by Frank Bolle. Then, it’s a Dick Ayers tour-du-force on The Original Ghost Rider, The Haunted Horseman, as he stalks “The Looking Glass Killer”!! Finally, Fawcett Comics Golden Arrow finds himself knee-deep in “The Great Reward Swindle”, drawn by Ruben Moriera. Cowpoke classics in sharp, crisp full-story reprints, from the heyday of the Western Comic book. 44 pages, black and white with color photo covers (front AND back), in standrd Best of the West size and format. Printed in 2004

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Western thills a-plenty this issue, as Tim Holt in the guise of Redmask must counter a foe who may be more beast than man, in “The Mark of the Wolf”, drawn by Frank Bolle. Then Tom Mix tangles with bloodthirsty Bushie Blaike in “The Two-Way Crime”, illustrated by Carl Pfeufer & John Jordan; followed by a classic Fred Guardineer-drawn adventure of the Durango Kid; “The Sting of Death”; and Wild Bill Pecos in “Marshall of No-Gun Town”, with art by Syd Shores. Finally, it’s up to Dick Ayers and The Haunted Horseman to solve “The Death of Rex Fury”- plus two short features:The Lawman in “The Wisdom of Solomon” and Sugarfoot in “Judgement of Solomon”. Reprints of classic Western comics from the Golden Era of the 1940’s and ’50’s, as originally published by Magazine Enterprises, Orbit Pubs and Dell, in crisp, clean full story features. 44 pages, black & white with color covers, 6 1/8″ X 10″. Printed in 2003.

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Special ALL-ORIGINS issue!!! Reprints the initial adventures of The Durango Kid-“Durango’s Greatest Battle” (art by Joe Certa and John Belfi); Redmask-“Tim Holt Becomes Redmask” (art by Frank Bolle); The Haunted Horseman (art by Dick Ayers); The Lemonade Kid- “Crooks In Cactus” (art by Bob Powell); The Black Phantom- “Reform of the Black Phantom” (art by Frank Bolle); and Red Hawk- “The Men of the Green Feather” (art by Bob Powell). Superb, crisp full-story reprints from the original great Magazine Enterprises comics that these great characters appeared in. 48 pages, black and white with color cover. Standard Best of the West size/format. Printed in 2003.

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Gene Autry Special!!Yes, that’s right- for the first time in any AC Comics publication, the head honcho of The Melody Ranch rides onto the scene, with a great full-color photo cover, crisp and clean full-story reprint from his vintage Dell Comics series, and text article and photo tour of the Autry Museum in Los Angeles by correspondant Jeffrey M. Bembaron. But that’s not nearly all, as great comics adventures of all your regular BOW favorites are here, too; as Joe Certa illustrates “One Night of Death”, starring The Durango Kid; Tim Holt headlines in “The Desert Robbers” -drawn by Frank Bolle, and Dick Ayers puts brush to paper to contribute “The Ghost’s Apprentice”, a top-flight classic Haunted Horseman (the original Ghost Rider) tale. 44 big pages, black and white with color covers, 9 7/8″ X 6″. Printed in 2003.

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Another great selection of top reprints from the classic Western adventure comics of the late 1940’s and ’50’s. See “Hangman’s Hate”, an early Haunted Horseman (the original Ghost Rider) by Dick Ayers;Red Mask in “The Doom Trail”, by Frank Bolle; Bob Fujitani’s Black Diamond thriller, “The Unmasking of Black Diamond”; plus the first BOW appearance of not one but TWO lovely lady characters, Annie Oakley in “The Cowboy”, with art by Ross Andru, and Two-Gun Lil in “The Masked Outlaw”. Quality Western thrills as originally published by publishers like Magazine Enterprises and Lev Gleason . 44 pages, black and white with color Frank Frazetta cover. standard Best of the West size. Printed in 2003

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Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys, braves a deep cave to discover an unknown valley while searching out “The Lost Explorers!” by John Buscema. Also Durango Kid (Certa), Haunted Horseman (Dick Ayers), Redmask (Bolle) and Rocky Lane each star in classic Western adventures! Great Golden Age reprints originally published by Dell, Magazine Enterprises, and others Standard Best of the West format , 44 pages, B&W, color photo cover. Printed in 2003

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Zorro, legendary masked avenger of Old California, crosses swords with the fat sergeant to learn the secret of “Garcia’sPackage!”, by Warren Tufts. A strange house in the desert, haunted by violence, unlocks its terrible secret when The Durango Kid comes knocking at “The Mansion of Murder!” by Fred Guardineeer. Foul murder lurks in tall timber country as the shadow of a killer falls across the Haunted Horseman when “Terror Travels North!” by Dick Ayers. A young medic’s career heads for ruin until Tom Mix solves “The Doctor’s Dilemna!” by Carl Pfeufer. Redmask of the Rio Grande dares stand alone against crooked rurales to challenge “Terror Over The Border!” by Frank Bolle. It’s great Western action both North and South of the border, in great Golden Age reprints originally seen in comics from Dell, Magazine Enterprises and Fawcett. 44 pages, black and white with color covers. Printed in 2002

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The Haunted Horseman comes to grips with “The Tyrant of Tombstone”; a thriller by Dick Ayers. After being severly beaten in his alter ego, the Durango Kid faces down a killer in a “Duel To The Finish!” by Joe Certa. Trap follows trap as only death offers a way out for Redmask who must travers “The Doom Trail!”, by Frank Bolle. “Guns Talk Loud In Spooktown!” much to the chargrin of The Lemonade Kid in a story of tense suspense by Bob Powell. The masked Black Diamond meets the treacherous Blue Toad in “Pastures Of Death!” by Al Luster. Top flight tales of masked heroes, originally presented by Magazine Enterprises and Lev Gleason Publications in this big issue of Best of the West. 44 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book size. Printed in 2002

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Legendary artist Dick Ayers pencils and inks a NEW Haunted Horseman adventure, “The Corse of the Carpathians!” that lets loose a vampire menace on the Old West! Dick helped create the inspiration for this character over 50 years ago and has his ghostly rider back in the saddle again! Then, Durango Kid pits his prowess against “The Phantom Badhat!”, by Fred Guardineer. Redmask teams up with Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James and Billy the Kid in “The Men Death Wanted!” by Frank Bolle. Black Diamond faces a “Six Gun Showdown!” in widescreen format by Bill Walton. Rancher Steve Adams is transformed into a White Indian to save “The Boy From Back East!” by Fred Meagher. The Wild West just gets better and better . A never-before-seen, brand new lead story, and crisp,clean full-story reprints originally published by Magazine Enterprises and Lev Gleason. Best of the West size and format, 40 pages, black and white with color covers. Printed in 2002.

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Thundering into this 30th big issue…The Durango Kid is hot on the deadly “Trail of the Sawbones!” by Fred Guardineer. Black Diamond and Bumper investigate “Terror Island” by Bill Walton. Redmask finds himself in a death trap set by the “Apache Killer!” Tom Mix unravels the mystery of “The Wedding Present Murder” by Carl Pfeufer. The Haunted Horseman roams the eerie wastelands to confront “Terror in the Night!” by Dick Ayers. And Al Williamson puts Wild Bill Hickok in a shoot out against the killer with “The Silver Colt!” Breathe easy, pards… the wild West lives again!! Beautiful, full-story reprints of material that originally appeared in Lev Gleason, Fawcett, Charlton and Magazine Enterprises comics in the late 1940’s and early ’50’s. 40 pages, black andf white with color covers, Best of the West format. Printed in 2002.

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Another power-packed Western reprint thrillbook, starting with a cover by Jack Kirby!! See The Durango Kid join “Six-Gun Harry’s Battle” by Fred Guardineer! Then, in an underground cavern, Redmask fights with killers for control of “The Pool of Peril”, by Frank Bolle! The Haunted Horseman (the Original Ghost Rider ) rides fearlessly “Into Doom Valley” by Dick Ayers! And be there when Jim Bowie “Makes a Magic Knife”- a Simon and Kirby classic! Plus, an adventure of Native American Red Hawk, drawn by Bob Powell. The best of the Golden Age Western, from Magazine Enterprises and Prize Comics. Black and white with color covers, 44 pages, printed in 2002.

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Redmask is captured and at the mercy of “Lady Doom and Her Wheel of Death” by Franke Bolle. The Durango Kid tackles white hooded vigilantes who spread fear throughout the West in “XXX”, by Joe Certa and John Belfi. Does the eerie Haunted Horseman (the original Ghost Rider) face extinction when dealt “The Ace of Death” by Dick Ayers? All this and more Western thrills from the B-Bar-B Riders by Bob Powell -and an appearance by Black Diamond makes this issue a round-up of high adventure. The best reprints of vintage Western comics adventure from it’s best era- the late 1940’s and early ’50’s, reprised from publishers like Magazine Enterprises and Lev Gleason. 44 pages, black and white with color covers. Printed in 2002.

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A big, colorful photo cover of Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys encases the best reprint anthology of Golden Age Western comic book reprints to be found anywhere- and for this tremendous 27th issue, that’s just the beginning. Roy himself stars in a superb Dell story, “Roy Rides a Hunch”, with top-notch art by John Buscema. Then, it’s a Magazine Enterprises fun-fest, with reproductions of three great M. E. stories-“The Death Rattle”, a Tim Holt/Red Mask tales drawn by Frank Bolle, The Durango Kid in “The Vanishing Hats of Holering Gap”, by Fred Guardineer, and The Haunted Horseman, (The original Ghost Rider) in “A Trap For Nemesis”, illustrated by Dick Ayers. Plus, a never-before-seen Black Phantom story, “The Dangerous Dude”, drawn by none other than Dick Giordano!! The best in Western thrills of the 1940’s and ’50’s.40 pages, black and white with color covers, 6″ X 9 3/8″ B. O. W. size. Printed in 2002.

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THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!The Lazo Kid comes to BOTW this issue, as he stops frontier train robbers in “Outlaw Trail!”, as rendered by longtime Jack Kirby associate, Marvin Stein. That colorful modern-day Westerner, The Lemonade Kid is back, and artist Bob Powell puts him in a boxing ring to face “The Terrible Three!” Powell also supplies art on “The Winged Men”, as Cheyenne warrior Red Hawk meets Vikings in the Old West. The Haunted Horseman reins in as “Death Raced The Wagon Train!”, drawn by Dick Ayers, and Tim Holt in his Redmask guise battles Mexican banditos in “Tyrant San Thomas!” Last but not least, illustator Fred Guardineer sends the Durango Kid back to school in “Readin’, ‘Ritin’, Rustlin’!” You’ll have to clean the dust off your saddlebags after reading this issue. Classic, full story reprints originally published by Magazine Enterprises, and Prize Comics.

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Two, count ’em, TWO HAUNTED HORSEMAN stories can be found behind this dazzling Frazetta cover! Rex Fury and Sing Song get spooked and figure it takes a ghost to stop a ghost so the Haunted Horseman enters…”The Haunted Castle!” by Dick Ayers. The Haunter returns to face “The Hooks of Horror!” by Gardner Fox. The Durango Kid is frazzled when “The Lady Packs A Six-Gun” by Fred Guardineer. South of the border, Redmask rises up to thwart the “Tyrant of San Thomas!” by Frank Bolle. Train robbers spell doom for a cavalry patrol until The Renegade Kid arrives, guns blazing… by Doug Wildey. It’s the very best of the Wild West action in the 25th big issue of Best of the West. Color cover with black and white interiors. 44 pages, standard Best of the West format. Printed in 2002.

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Teaming up with that breathtaking beauty, The Black Phantom, Redmask gallops into an Indian ambush to offer their lives as- “Bait For Death!” by Frank Bolle. The Durango Kid mixes it up with badhats as they head for a “Showdown at Doom Canyon!” by Fred Guardineer. The stalwart American Eagle faces off against renegades in “The Deserter” by Jerry DeFuccio and Bill Elder. Dynamite destroyers await comics’ original Ghost Rider, The Haunted Horseman as “Death Raced the Wagon Train!”, by Dick Ayers. Wild Bill Pecos blazes into action in another thriller by Syd Shores, and lots more action awaits. Great full-story reprints from the Golden Age of Western comics, originally seen in magazines published by M. E., Prize Comics, and others. 44 pages, black and white with color covers. 61/2″ X 91/4″ comic book format. Printed in 2001.

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The Durango Kid, Black Diamond, Haunted Horseman(Magazine Enterprises Original Ghost Rider) Redmask and the Lone Rider. Printed in 2001.Best of the West No. 23 The eerie rider of the Western plains must face “The Freaks of Fear” by Dick Ayers. Can even the Haunted Horseman survive this unnatural terror? The odds seem impossible that the Durango Kid could live thru “The Showdown at Doom Canyon” by Fred Guardineer. Only death itself offers a way out for Redmask as he rides “The Doom Trail” by Frank Bolle/ Big Bill Laramee aims to make Black Diamond “The Last Notch” on his gun handle in a thriller by Pete Morisi. An avenging spirit awaits The Lone Rider as he stands up to “The Curse of the Cat” Western action originally seen in the pages of Magazine Enterprises, Lev Gleason and Ajax Comics of the Golden Age. 44 pages, Black and white with color cover-91/2″ X 6″ format. Printed in 2001

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44pgs Vintage reprints from Fawcett Comics- screen cowboy Ken Maynard in “Battle for Black Gold” art by Carl Pfeufer and the Golden Arrow in “Return of the Black Arrow” by Ruben Moreira. Plus three Magazine Enterprises classics-Redmask in “The Girl Who Saw Double” by Frank Bolle, Haunted (Ghost Rider) Horseman in “The Scourge of Guilt”by Dick Ayers and the Durango Kid in “the Disappearing Stagecoach” by Fred Guardineer. June 2001

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Introducing the Masked Marvel to Best of the West! He’s in “Phantom Devils of Laredo!”, The Haunted Horseman in “Death Wears a White Mask” by Dick Ayers. Durango Kid in “the Scourge of the Vigilantes” by Fred Guardineer, Wild Bill Pecos in “The Riddle of the Petrified Forest” by Mort Lawrence and Redmask in the “Substitute Sheriff” by Frank Bolle! Western Fun!

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The Durango Kid battles rustlers in “Tornado” drawn by Fred Guardineer, Redmask uses a camera to catch a killer in “Ghost Picture” by Frank Bolle, The American Eagle is trapped in “The Hidden Gold Mine” by John severin and Will Elder, The Ghost Rider confronts “Hangman’s Town” by Dick Ayers and Black Diamond meets “The Monster of Muwaka!”

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Rocky Lane, the roving marshal runs afoul of the “Trouble Boss”… a two-fisted galoot who lives up to his name, in a story drawn by Dick Giordano. Then, masked riders and entranced workes lead to gunsmoke when The Haunted Horseman hears “The Ghost Bell Of Terror Valley”, by Dick Ayers.The Durango Kid desparately fought “Barehanded Against Death!” after being stripped of his six-gun in a yarn by Fred Guardineer. The imoending menace of Apache hordes send Redmask and the U. S. Cavalry out on a “Death Mission” by Frank Bolle. The search for festivity leads Tex Mason, Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders right into a “Fiesta For Forty-Fives!” a thrill-packed Western adventure by Dick Ayers. Once again The Best Of The West delivers sure-fire cowboy action, in classic, full-story reprints from the Golden Age of the Western comics, presenting stories reprinted from Fawcett, Quality and Magazine Enterprises publications of the 1940’s and ’50’s. Color cover with black and white interiors, 44 pages, Compact Comic format. Printed in 2001.

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Enter… THE BLACK BULL!! This mysterious, black-masked Westerner gallops from the pages of PRIZE COMICS WESTERN and is illustrated by the great team of Will Elder and John Severin! This story, “A Meteor Saves The Ranch”, is an off-beat oater pitting the Black Bull against the Blue Phantom ! REDMASK follows the grim trail that threatens death to find “The Loot of Texas Jack” by Frank Bolle. Flaring tempers led to blazing guns creating a “War in Wyoming”— and caught in the middle was THE DURANGO KID in a tale by Fred Guardineer. Death laughs up his sleeve as the eerie HAUNTED HORSEMAN tracks a murderer who leaves victims in “The Coffin Of Snow!” by Dick Ayers. Can a thundering tribe on the warpath be stopped by AMERICAN EAGLE and his magic “Two Barrelled Gun?”- by Severin and Elder. Witness “Reliapon’s Last Race!” by Al Luster. Could this be the end of THE BLACK DIAMOND’S gallant stallion? 44 pages of classic reprints in black and white with color covers.

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Features Red Mask in “Three Famous Badmen” art by Frank Bolle, The Durango Kid in “Challenge of The Crusher” art by Fred Guardineer, The Lone Rider in “The Murder Mine” art by Ken Battefield, Black Diamond in “Gold Fever” art and story by Myron Fass, Lash LaRue in “Shanghaied” by Pete Morisi and the Haunted(Ghost Rider)Horseman in “The Brain Came West” by Dick Ayers!

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Presenting the origin of THE WHIP….masked, whip-cracking hero from the pages of CRACK WESTERN as drawn by the legendary Reed Crandall. Another Quality Comics character, Arizona Raines, by Paul Gustavson, makes his BOTW debut in a yarn called “Water Hogs Die Broke!” Crooked gamblers cause THE DURANGO KID to buck high in “Rodeo Ruckus!”, a daredevil adventure by Fred Guardineer. Death reaches rotting fingers from the grave when THE HAUNTED HORSEMAN discovers that “The Devil Deals in Death!”, a chiller by Dick Ayers. There’s twice the trouble for REDMASK when THE BLACK PHANTOM’s sister shows up as “The Twin Phantom!” Great Western girl art by Frank Bolle. Six Western action aces pack thrills from cover to cover this issue! Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 44 pages, 6″ X 9″ size, standard comic book format.

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Roy Rogers in “The Cougar of Lost Canyon” by John Buscema Redmask (Tim Holt) in “The Trail of the Gun” by Frank Bolle The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett)in “Sure Death for Durango” by Fred Guardineer Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) in “The Phantom Guns of Feather Gap” by Dick Ayers Lash LaRue in “Close Shave” art by Dick Giordano Black Diamond in ” Escaped!”

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Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) in “The Talking Head” by Dick Ayers Redmask (Tim Holt) in “The Bandits of Bloody Basin” by Frank Bolle The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett)in “The Return of Owlhoot” by Fred Guardineer Bobby Benson’s B-Bar-B Riders in “the Golden Palomino” art by Bob Powell American Eagle “Hostage” art by Will Elder & John Severin Black Diamond in ” Range War!” art by Myron Fass

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The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett)in “Horsethief!” by Joe Certa and John Belfi from Durango Kid #6 Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) in “Horns of Horror” by Dick Ayers from Best of the West Allan “Rocky” Lane in “Marshall without a Gun” art by Dick Giordano American Eagle “Blood Indians” art by Will Elder & John Severin Black Diamond in “The Gold Strike Hoaxers” art Al Luster Redmask (Tim Holt) in “Redmask vs The Black Domino” by Frank Bolle from Tim Holt #29

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Latigo Kid in “Eyes of the Hypnotist” by Bill Black Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) in “They Dig By Night” by Dick Ayers The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett)in “Passage to Poison Valley” by Fred Guardineer Calamity Kate in “the Return of The Gaucho Kid” art by John Rosenberger Black Diamond in “The Ruthless Railroad Double Cross” art Al Luster Redmask (Tim Holt) in “The Red Wheel” by Frank Bolle

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Black Diamond in “The Apache Reign Of Terror” Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) in “The Ghost of Longhair Jones” by Dick Ayers Redmask (Tim Holt) in “Gun of Death” by Frank Bolle from Tim Holt #35 The Lemonade Kid in “The Trail of King Smokey”by Bob Powell from B-Bar-B Riders #7 The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett)in “Death on the Buffalo Trail” by Joe Certa and John Belfi from Best of the West #1

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THE BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) in”Vengeance is Mine”art by Joe Certa and John Belfi Lemonade Kid “The Clutching Claws Of Terror” by Bob Powell The Hooded Horseman by Ogden Whitney The Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) ” The Horseman Strikes by Day” art by Dick Ayers Black Diamond in “Dressed To Kill” Redmask (Tim Holt) in “The Finding of Redmask’s Cave” art by Frank Bolle

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dmask (Tim Holt) in “The Death Mask” art by Frank Bolle from Tim Holt #43 Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) in ‘Rustler’s Range!”art by Joe Certa and John Belfi from Durango Kid #5, 1955 The Calico Kid art by Dick Ayers from Tim Holt #7 Black Diamond in “Strange Sage of the Pirate’s Treasure”art by Al Luster Sunset Carson “and The Too Late Bandits” art by Keats Petree The Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) ” The Fiery Prison” art by Dick Ayers from Best of the West#5

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Black Diamond in “Rendezvous with Death”art by Doug Wildey from Black Diamond Western #50, 1954, Redmask (Tim Holt) in “Death’s Hostage” art by Frank Bolle from Redmask #43 Tex Ritter in “Outlaw’s Range” art by Stan Campbell The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) in”Vengeance is Mine”art by Fred Guardineer from Best of the West 10 Buffalo Bill and the Dime novel King art by Denis McLoughlin from Buffalo Bill Wild West Annual 1953 The Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) ” Gone Bad” art by Dick Ayers

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Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) in ‘The Mystery of Gunsmoke Pass!”art by Joe Certa and John Belfi from Durango Kid #41, 1955 The Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) ” Laughing Boy” art by Dick Ayers Wild Bill Hickok in “Showdown Street” art by Joe Maneely Monte Hale in “Top Hat’s Trouble” art by Carl Pfeuffer Black Diamond in “Strange Sage of the Pirate’s Treasure”art by William Overgard from Black Diamond Western #23, 1951 Redmask (Tim Holt) in “The Ghost Picture” art by Frank Bolle

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Best of the West 6

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New story “Six Gun Showdown”starring The Durango Kid, Redmask, Black Phantom and The Presto Kid written by Bill Black, art by John Nadeau, inks and letters by Dick Ayers Black Diamond in “Redman’s Revenge”art by Pete Morisi From Black Diamond Western #55, 1955 Allan “Rocky” Lane in “The Wrong Man”art by Dick Giordano and Vince Alascia Redmask (Tim Holt) in “Bait for Bandit Bullets” art by Frank Bolle from Best of the West #8 The Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) ” The Rifle That Never Missed” art by Dick Ayers from Redmask #47 Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) in ‘The Senorita and the Killers!”art by Joe Certa and John Belfi,

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Best of the West 5

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Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) in ” Fraud on The Hoof” art by Joe Certa and John Belfi, Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) in ”Manhunt!”art by Joe Certa and John Belfi, John Wayne in “Dead Man’s Boots” art by Al Gordon Redmask (Tim Holt) in “The Flying Daggers” art by Frank Bolle The Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) ” Dead Man’s Bluff!” art by Dick Ayers

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y Rogers in “Roy Ropes a Tiger” art by John Buscema The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) in “Danger Rides a Bluff” art by Fred Guardineer Allan “Rocky” Lane in “The Alibi”art by Tom Cooke The Haunted Horsman (Ghost Rider) ” The Night The World Ended” art by Dick Ayers Redmask (Tim Holt) in “The Cinderella Boot” art by Frank Bolle

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Best of the West 3

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Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) in ”Whiplash!”art by Joe Certa and John Belfi, The Haunted Horsman (Ghost Rider)”The Haunted Tomb” art by Dick Ayers Redmask (Tim Holt) in “The Good Badman” art by Frank Bolle The Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider)” Dead Man’s Son!” art by Dick Ayers

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Best of the West 2

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Stories are “War on the Sioux Trail” art by Joe Certa and John Belfi from Durango Kid #9 Feb/Mar 1951, “The Man Who Lost Yesterday”,art by Frank Bolle from Tim Holt #37 Aug/Sept 1953, “Book of Doom” (Ghost Rider)art by Dick Ayers from Best of the West #7,Mar 1953, “Texas Killer” art by Dick Giordano and Vince Alascia Rocky Lane Western #71, Mar 1956

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Best of the West 1

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44pages, b&w, color cover by Bolle and Frazetta Stars the black-clad Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) in “The Sheriff’s Son!” art by Joe Certa and John Belfi, Redmask (Tim Holt)v.s. The Scarecrow, Man of a 1000 Faces and the Whip Woman in “The Three Deaths of Redmask!” by Frank Bolle The Haunted Horseman (Ghost Rider) in “The Green Men from Horro!” art by Darling Dick Ayers!

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