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Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 1

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    Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Simon. "Black Bart," art by Dan Barry; The story of Black Bart, the terror and poet of the west; He robbed the rich to feed the poor, which hardly is a sin; And poems also did he write before he were put in. "Killers Die Too!", script by Dick Wood; The life and death of a notorious gunman called Ben Thompson, based on a true story. "Belle Starr"; A true story of the original gun girl of the west. "Bill Mayfield"; Bill Mayfield starts as a member of Henry Plummer's gang, and is later hanged in Idaho for more than five killings. ".45 Calibre Sneeze"; A gunman with an ugly sense of humor and entertainment, which ended when he was hung by an angry mob. "Vanishing Kid," pencils by Rudy Palais; An American badman goes to Canada where he commits murder, but are caught by the Mounted Police and hanged for his murders. Untitled one-page story; The guy is so big and tough that it hurts, but Tucson Tom can certainly do something about that. "Justice by Vigilante," art by Lee Elias; The vigilante committee thinks Sheriff Plummer is doing his best, but it's too big a job for one man; They begin their task, but find out the Sheriff himself is behind all the killings and robberies, so they hang him too. Untitled one-page story; Tom has a hard time getting to the cinema. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #2
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 2

    Cover by Bob Fujitani. Stories and art by Mort Meskin and John Belfi. Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. The story of notorious outlaw Billy the Kid provides an appropriate launch to Hillman's "true" tales of the West. Marshal Tom Smith brings order to lawless Abilene, Kansas by banning guns from the town limits. Crack shot Banty West quits his cowpoke job and sets out to join the dreaded Doolin Gang. Billy The Kid; Tom Smith - The Marshall Who Put Teeth in the Law!; Saga of Banty West; Tombstone Tale; Third Degree Chant. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #3
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 3

    Cover by Bob Fujitani. Stories and art by Charles W. Winter and Jules Steiner. Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. Lakota chief Crazy Horse's brave fight to save the Oglala makes him a legend to friend and foe alike. John Wesley Hardin may have been one of the greatest gunfighters of the Old West, if we can believe John Wesley Hardin. Guerrilla soldiers of the Old South and the Old West, Quantrill's Raiders gave many outlaws their start, including Frank and Jesse James. Battle on the 4th of July; Chief Crazy Horse; Snake of the Southwest: The True Story of John Wesley Hardin; Bunny; Kit Carson: Eagle of the West; Little-Shut-His-Eyes; Badman's Poison: The True Story of Wild Bill Hickok; Wanted Out West; The Outcast: The True Story of William Clarke Quantrill; Bedtime Story. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #4
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 4

    Cover by Dan Zolnerowich. Stories and art by Bob Fujitani, Dick Wood and Graham Ingels. Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. The story of the California Gold Rush and how it changed the West. Prospector-turned-stagecoach robber "Rattlesnake Dick" Barter finds stealing gold is easier than panning for it. More showman than cowboy, Buffalo Bill helps spread the idea of the American West to the rest of the world, in a story with early art by future EC legend Graham Ingels. Detective on Horseback; The Iron Octopus; The Gold Rush; Rattlesnake Dick, the Pirate of the Placers; Wagon Trail; Buffalo Bill; Last Kickback, the Funeral Dirge of Long-Haired Jim Courtright. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 5
    • 3 1/2" Cumulative spine split. Cover detached at one staple. Centerfold detached at one staple.
    • Interior is complete. Full length spine split. Tear through first 7 pages. Centerfold detached at one staple.

    Cover by Dan Zolnerowich. Stories and art by Maurice Del Bourgo and Leonard Starr. Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. Apaches allow prospectors to claim a legendary valley of gold, as long as they mind the boundaries - but of course, greed gets the better of them. When their mine peters out, the Clanton family turns to Arizona and outlaw raids. A quick-shooting sheriff and a gun-shy tenderfoot form an unlikely friendship. The Treasure of Never-Never Land; Me and My Boys; The Kids Farewell; Wishbone Harry; A Ride for Life; The Vultures Brand; How to Hang Before Forty. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #6
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 6

    Cover by Dan Zolnerowich. Stories and art by Al Camy and John Belfi. Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. The Battle of Little Big Horn becomes a defining moment of the American West, and the Waterloo for US General Custer. One of the greatest Western legends who never lived, Pecos Bill lassos a tornado, and that's just for starters. The strange true tale of the Apache Kid, a white Apache military scout who later became an outlaw, a rustler and a legend. The Little Big Horn; The Beard Trick; The Axe Swingers; The Finger; Tiger of the Plains; A Rootin Tootin Story of Pecos Bill; The Apache Kid; He Talked Himself to Death. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #7
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 7

    Stories and art by Leonard Starr, John Belfi, Katz, and Bernie Krigstein. Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. Geronimo's leadership in the Apache Wars wins respect from his enemies and makes his name a household word in America. Stagecoach robbers intimidate travelers by impersonating notorious highwayman Tom Bell, in a story with art possibly by Gil Kane or Jack Katz. The story of Robert Ford, the man who shot Jesse James, with early art by EC legend Bernie Krigstein. .44 Calibre Cow Town; Geronimo: The Red Tiger; Sheet-Iron Miller; The Hat-Knocker; Jail-Proof Marlowe; The Road Agents; The Dirty Little Coward. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #8
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 8
    • 3/4" Cumulative spine split. Water damage. Mold.

    Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. Rancher Nate Champion makes a courageous stand against corrupt cattle barons in the 1892 Johnson County War. Ewen Cameron becomes a hero of the Texas Revolution and an enemy to the Mexican military. The story of legendary outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and their flight to South America. Cameron's Cowboys; Nate Champion's Brand; Poker Alice; The Buffalo Gun; Cow Town General; The Wonderful Pecos Bill: Why the Coyotes Howl; The Arabian Hay Burners. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #9
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 9

    Stories and art by Art Peddy and others. Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. The story of the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. A Civil War veteran returns to his Western hometown and opens a schoolhouse, to the disbelief and derision of the townspeople. Outlaw and rustler Russian Bill claims to be an exiled Russian noble who made his way to the West. Oklahoma Land Grab; Lazy Dan; Blackboard Law; The Scout; Fiddlin' Charlie Horn; The Rawhide Railroad; The Book Says:. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #10
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 10
    • 1.75" Cumulative spine split.

    Stories and art by Dick Briefer, Paul Reinman and Bernie Krigstein (credited as B. B. Krig). Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. The dangerous feats of the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War cement Theodore Roosevelt's image and help propel him into the White House. Sheriff Luke Law has a showdown with a badman, in a humorous story with art by Dick Briefer. The story of Samuel Colt and the invention of the six-shooter, featuring early art by EC legend Bernie Krigstein. The Rough Riders; Trouble in Texas; Class Mates; The Birth of the Six-Shooter; Tad's Idea; Joe Can't See...; Bullets and Words. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #11
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 11
    • Centerfold detached at one staple.

    Stories and art by Al McWilliams, Al Eadeh, Paul Reinman, Jules Steiner, Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta. Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. The story of legendary outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and their flight to South America (a different version than the one that appeared in issue #8). Peggy inspires incredulity when she decides to head West and teach English to the Apaches. Sam Maverick, Texas patriot and land baron, works a deal with a tenant farmer that results in the word "maverick" entering the English language - featuring early art by EC legend Al Williamson and comics and fantasy legend Frank Frazetta. Wallace of the Rangers; Butch and the Sundance Kid; Peace Pipe Peggy; Murrell's Marauders; Why They Call Them Mavericks; Nothin' on Top; Brainstorm Scully; Dead Right; The Cannon. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #12
    Western Fighters Vol. 1 (1948) 12
    • Moderate spine chipping.

    Stories and art by Lawrence Dressler, Bob Jenney, Paul Reinman, Ed Moore and Charles Raab. Outlaws, gunfighters, and tales of the Old West - some true, and others merely legends. The story of the Battle of San Jacinto, the deciding factor in the war to free Texas from Mexican rule in the 1830s. Beautiful redheaded saloon singer Julia is the reluctant cause of a gunfight between El Dorado Johnny and Farmer Peel. The Loney brothers execute a daring train robbery, and make off with a case of worthless cash. Man of Texas; The Gun Slinger; Cold Six-Guns; The Hash-Knife Brand; Trick for Trick; Calico Coyotes; The Man With the Whip; The End of the Loneys. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.