(1996)

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Price:
9.95 USD; 14.00 CAD
Pages:
108
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Paragon Publications
Brand:
Paragon Graphic Anthology
ISBN:
1-56225-004-3 Search at WorldCat
Barcode:
978156225004150995
Editing:
Bill Black
Color:
color cover; black and white and graytone interior
Dimensions:
8" x 8.5" (#1-5), Standard Modern Age US (#6 on)

Issue Notes

Cover title is "Best of the West."


Best of the West (Table of Contents)

cover / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
Dick Ayers (signed)
Inks:
Bill Black (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Haunted Horseman [Ghost Rider]; Durango Kid; Red Mask; Presto Kid

Indexer Notes

Wrap-around cover

[Durango Kid firing gun] (Table of Contents)

Durango Kid / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Durango Kid (photo of Charles Starrett)
Synopsis:
Durango Kid firing his six-gun while standing in front of a large twin-trunked tree.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Full-page movie still.

ME Comics (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 31 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Black
Pencils:
(various)
Inks:
(various)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

interspersed with stories. Many small-size covers and drawings included.

The Rodeo Robbers! (Table of Contents)

Trail Colt / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frazetta
Inks:
Frank Frazetta
Letters:
?

Characters:
Trail Colt U.S. Marshal
Reprints:

Write the Law in Gunsmoke! (Table of Contents)

Durango Kid / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Certa
Inks:
John Belfi
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Durango Kid
Reprints:

[Pinup] (Table of Contents)

Durango Kid / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
John Belfi
Inks:
John Belfi

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Durango Kid

Voyage into Danger (Table of Contents)

Dan Brand and Tipi / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frazetta
Inks:
Frank Frazetta
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Reprints:

Frank Frazetta Checklist - Magazine Enterprises 1948-52 (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frazetta
Inks:
Frank Frazetta
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Redmask

Indexer Notes

Redmask figure reprinted from cover of Tim Colt #21.

The Return of the Black Phantom! (Table of Contents)

Tim Holt / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Bolle
Inks:
Frank Bolle
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Reprints:

[Cover - The Ghost Rider #2] (Table of Contents)

Ghost Rider / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Frank Frazetta
Inks:
Frank Frazetta

Genre:
western-frontier
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

one of these cover to #2

[Cover - Tim Holt #21 (Ghost Rider Half of Cover)] (Table of Contents)

Ghost Rider / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Frank Frazetta
Inks:
Frank Frazetta

Genre:
western-frontier
Reprints:
  • The Redmask half of the Tim Holt #21 cover is reprinted on Page 34 (in Black And White)

[Cover - Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders #9] (Table of Contents)

Lemonade Kid / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Frank Frazetta
Inks:
Frank Frazetta
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Lemonade Kid
Reprints:

[Cover - Straight Arrow #22] (Table of Contents)

Straight Arrow / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Frank Frazetta
Inks:
Frank Frazetta

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Straight Arrow
Reprints:

["Minding his own business--which is supper at the moment--the Calico Kid looks up..."] (Table of Contents)

Calico Kid / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Raymond C. Krank
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Calico Kid
Reprints:

Introducing the Ghost Rider (Table of Contents)

Calico Kid / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Raymond C. Krank
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Calico Kid / Ghost Rider
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

condensed from original 6 pages

The Shadow Slayers! (Table of Contents)

Ghost Rider / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Letters:
?

Characters:
Ghost Rider
Reprints:

The Dick Ayers- Magazine Enterprises Checklist! (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Ghost Rider; Presto Kid

Indexer Notes

Small reprints of panels of Ayers ME art.

[Pinup] (Table of Contents)

Ghost Rider / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Ghost Rider

Crooks in Cactus (Table of Contents)

Lemonade Kid / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell
Letters:
?

Characters:
Lemonade Kid
Reprints:

Bob Powell - Bobby Benson B-Bar-B Riders Checklist! (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Ghost Rider; Lemonade Kid; Red Hawk

Indexer Notes

Small version of cover to Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders #13 is reprinted.

The Painted Man (Table of Contents)

Straight Arrow / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ethan Roberts
Inks:
Ethan Roberts
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Straight Arrow
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

condensed from original 6 pages

The Birth of the Presto Kid (Table of Contents)

Presto Kid / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Memling
Pencils:
Dick Ayers
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Letters:
?

Reprints:

The End of the Trail (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bill Black (signed)
Pencils:
? (photos)
Inks:
? (photos)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Durango Kid (photo of Charles Starrett); Bill Black (photo); Red Mask (photo of Tim Holt)

Indexer Notes

Afterward for the issue, with Black reflecting on his youth.

AC Collector Classics - The ME Brand (Table of Contents)

AC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
(various)
Inks:
(various)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Promo for back issues of AC Comics featuring ME reprints.

["New! Coming March, 1996"] (Table of Contents)

Golden-Age Mystery Men / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Bill Black ?
Pencils:
Bill Black
Inks:
Bill Black
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Promo for Golden-Age Men of Mystery #1, "coming in June, 1996."

Recommended for Golden-Age Fans: (Table of Contents)

filler / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
Bill Black ?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

All-text promos for Comics Source; Comic Book Marketplace; and Jerry Bails' Who's Who of American Comic Books, with source and subscription info listed. Unclear if these are paid ads or not.

[Golden-Age Greats] (Table of Contents)

AC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
(various)
Inks:
(various)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Promo for back issues of AC Comics, spotlighting Golden-Age Greats.

[Durango Kid and gun] (Table of Contents)

Durango Kid / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Durango Kid (photo of Charles Starett)

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. Full-page movie still.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Best of the West
  2. 1. [Durango Kid firing gun]
    Durango Kid
  3. 2. ME Comics
  4. 3. The Rodeo Robbers!
    Trail Colt
  5. 4. Write the Law in Gunsmoke!
    Durango Kid
  6. 5. [Pinup]
    Durango Kid
  7. 6. Voyage into Danger
    Dan Brand and Tipi
  8. 7. Frank Frazetta Checklist - Magazine Enterprises 1948-52
  9. 8. The Return of the Black Phantom!
    Tim Holt
  10. 9. [Cover - The Ghost Rider #2]
    Ghost Rider
  11. 10. [Cover - Tim Holt #21 (Ghost Rider Half of Cover)]
    Ghost Rider
  12. 11. [Cover - Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders #9]
    Lemonade Kid
  13. 12. [Cover - Straight Arrow #22]
    Straight Arrow
  14. 13. ["Minding his own business--which is supper at the moment--the Calico Kid looks up..."]
    Calico Kid
  15. 14. Introducing the Ghost Rider
    Calico Kid
  16. 15. The Shadow Slayers!
    Ghost Rider
  17. 16. The Dick Ayers- Magazine Enterprises Checklist!
  18. 17. [Pinup]
    Ghost Rider
  19. 18. Crooks in Cactus
    Lemonade Kid
  20. 19. Bob Powell - Bobby Benson B-Bar-B Riders Checklist!
  21. 20. The Painted Man
    Straight Arrow
  22. 21. The Birth of the Presto Kid
    Presto Kid
  23. 22. The End of the Trail
  24. 23. AC Collector Classics - The ME Brand
    AC Comics
  25. 24. ["New! Coming March, 1996"]
    Golden-Age Mystery Men
  26. 25. Recommended for Golden-Age Fans:
  27. 26. [Golden-Age Greats]
    AC Comics
  28. 27. [Durango Kid and gun]
    Durango Kid
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