Indicia title is "RED RYDER RANCH COMICS, No. 916." Code number is R.RYDER.R.O.S. #916-587. Copyright 1958 by Red Ryder Enterprises, Inc. This issue continues from "Red Ryder Ranch Comics" (Dell, 1956 series) #151 (April-June 1957). Last issue of the Red Ryder series.
Inside back cover; black and white. Three photos and typeset text.
Originally credited to Fred Harman as it is signed, but he used ghost artists on the comic books. The ghost here is Tony Sgroi. The way Red turns his head in panel three on page two is good enough clue to Sgroi, but there is much more. The elegant horses on page three are Sgroi too, even if he is trying to make them look like Harman-horses. On page six the face of one of the bad guys is another clue, and on page 8 we have the face of Judd Beldon. The closed eyes and high cheekbones are only Sgroi. Page nine has some more Sgroi faces with lines for eyes and a frowning mouth. On page fifteen are some more faces with high cheekbones. Here we also have something he uses very often, the emotion lines round the head. This detail in ink make me think he also did the inking, although with very much blacks to simulate Harman. Art ID by Steinar Ådland December 2010
The last panel is Dell's "A Pledge to Parents."
Sparky Moore is credited to Little Beaver in Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and this is one of his stories. The jagged inking may be his imitation of Harman. The faces in the three first panels on page two points to Sparky, as the close up faces on page four to six. Art ID by Steinar Ådland December 2010
Inside back cover; black and white. Text with 1/3 page illustration.