Four Color #372 - Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage
(February-April 1952)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
A Dell Comic
Editing
?
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Indicia title is "Zane Grey's RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, No. 372." Code number is Z.G.O.S. #372-522. Copyright 1951 by Zane Grey, Inc. 14th of 26 Zane Grey Four Colors.


Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Sam Savitt (painting)
Inks
Sam Savitt (painting)
Colors
Sam Savitt (painting)
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Pencils, inks, and colors credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007)

Fast on the Draw (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Jenney
Inks
Bob Jenney
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; western-frontier
Synopsis
Facts about "quick-draw holsters" and a description of the action of "fanning the Colt."

Indexer Notes

inside front cover; black and white. Two illustrations with hand-lettered text. A sign in the background says "B. Spaulding," which may be a clue to the artist.

Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Jenney
Inks
Bob Jenney
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Lassiter; Jane Withersteen; Bern Venters; Bess; Nathan Tull (villain); Oldring (villain)
Synopsis
Widow Jane Withersteen is being harassed by an unwanted suitor. She is protected when the gunfighter Lassiter shows up. Bern Venters, one of Withersteen's men, tracks a rustled herd into a canyon and shoots a masked rider, who turns out to be a young woman. Beset by guilt for shooting a woman, Venters takes the wounded woman, Bess, to a remote valley to recuperate. Eventually Venters returns to the ranch, only to find that Withersteen's enemies are planning an attack. Withersteen, Venters, and Lassiter escape, but the gang follows them. Venters and Bess lead the gang on a false trail, but the gang eventually tracks Lassiter and Withersteen into the valley and Lassiter has to make a last-ditch stand against the gunmen.

Indexer Notes

Adapted from the 1912 novel "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey. The adaptation is fairly faithful to the original, but all references to Mormons and religious conflict have been removed.

The Old Chisholm Trail (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
[traditional song]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Synopsis
Lyrics to the traditional cowboy song "The Old Chisholm Trail."

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black and white. One illustration with typeset lyrics. The lyrics match a 1913 version of the song, though some stanzas have been omitted, either because of language ("whiskey," "hell") or for space.

[The Old Chisholm Trail] (Table of Contents: 4)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
[traditional song]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier

Indexer Notes

Back cover. One large illustration illustrating an event described in five stanzas of "The Old Chisholm Trail," which are reprinted from the inside back cover.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage
  2. 1. Fast on the Draw
  3. 2. Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage
  4. 3. The Old Chisholm Trail
  5. 4. [The Old Chisholm Trail]
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