(September 1955)

Charlton, 1955 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Charlton Comics Group
Brand
Corner Triangle CDC
Editing
Alfred V. Fago (Executive Editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Black Fury / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dick Giordano?
Inks
Vince Alascia ?
Colors
?

Genre
animal; western-frontier
Reprints

The Captive of "Mustang" Long (Table of Contents: 1)

Black Fury / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Stan Campbell ?
Inks
Vince Alascia
Colors
?
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

Genre
animal; western-frontier

Powdersmoke Payoff (Table of Contents: 2)

Black Fury / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
animal; western-frontier
Characters
Bart Wade (name change from Cody)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This reprint is a prime example of two early phenomena at Charlton: (1) re-purposing inventory material from other publishers; and (2) editing reprints to appease Comics Code Authority censors. As previous indexers noted, the name of the lead character (Cody of the Pony Express) was changed to Bart Wade, and the wild stallion was changed from "Panther" to "Black Fury." But the entire encounter between Cody/Bart and Panther/Black Fury was rewritten. In the original, the bad guys shoot the heroes' horse in order to stop his mission, and the hero (Cody) has to "stalk" and then "break" the horse (Panther). In the revision, Bart's horse is only lamed as he falls off (because he, not the horse, was the target) and lies unconscious as the villains ride away. Then Black Fury nobly comes forward and literally offers himself to Bart as his new ride. Several panels from the original are eliminated, while at least two new ones are added, and multiple panels are both re-scripted and at least partly redrawn to change their meaning. The panel that in the original portrays Cody nearly being bucked off Panther has him saying, "I-I can't hang on much longer!" The same picture in the revision is now supposedly showing Bart and Black Fury riding off as a team: "It's hard to believe! Black Fury wants to help me--or he would throw me sky high!"

Other changes are clearly made to mollify the censors, since they are unnecessary to adapt the plot to different characters. For example, at the bottom of page five, Cody says, "But how would you know that, Ace, unless you were the hombre that set those killers on me?" to which Ace replies, "Cody! Get him men! Shut his mouth with lead!" In the tamer world of the Comics Code this interchange becomes: "But how would you know that, Ace, unless you were the hombre that set those men on me?" with the response, "Wade! Get him men! Shut his mouth!" Similar patches of narration and dialogue are watered down throughout the rest of the story, along with visual changes to eliminate sound effects and tone down violence and gunplay.

Unknown pencils and inks per Nick Caputo. Previous indexer credited Stan Campbell.

Apache Frontier (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier

Stampede At Horseshoe Canyon (Table of Contents: 4)

Little Cow Gal / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
western-frontier
Reprints
  • from ?

Indexer Notes

Is this a reprinted story?

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Black Fury
  2. 1. The Captive of "Mustang" Long
    Black Fury
  3. 2. Powdersmoke Payoff
    Black Fury
  4. 3. Apache Frontier
  5. 4. Stampede At Horseshoe Canyon
    Little Cow Gal
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Steve Newton
  • Gary L. Watson
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Jim Walls
  • Ramon Schenk
  • James Ludwig
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Gary L. Watson