Best of the West #1 [A-1 #42]
([September-October] 1951)

Magazine Enterprises, 1951 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
On-sale date
1951-08 ?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Enterprises
Brand
Magazine Enterprises ME
Editing
Raymond C. Krank
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Approximate "cover" date of September-October 1951 is based on the back cover "Now On Sale" house ad in Tick Tock Tales #32 which indicates that the two comics are contemporary.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Straight Arrow; Durango Kid; Ghost Rider; Bobby Benson / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Meagher; Joe Certa ?; Frank Frazetta; Bob Powell
Inks
Fred Meagher; Joe Certa ?; Frank Frazetta; Bob Powell ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Reprints

Giant-Killer! (Table of Contents: 1)

Straight Arrow / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Meagher (signed)
Inks
Fred Meagher (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Straight Arrow; Pow-Tah-Kan (giant Crow champion)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The horses of Meagher are extremely elegant. The inking makes them appear shiny with the few inklines, or heavy clean blacks on muscles.

Death on the Buffalo Trail! (Table of Contents: 2)

The Durango Kid / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Certa
Inks
Joe Certa
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
The Durango Kid
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Joe Certa, John Belfi and Fred Guardineer are credited with Durango Kid stories in Jerry Bails' Who's Who. This is Certa. Guardineer (Durango Kid #20) has very small eyes on his horses and faces, and gun holsters usually without any straps across, where Certa and Belfi (Best of the West #4) has one or two. Belfi often assisted Certa in inking, but if you notice the hairline under the hat of Durango, it is a broad V-shape, when Belfi in #4 has more waves. So this must be inked by Certa. Art ID by Steinar Ådland December 2010.

The Timber Rustlers (Table of Contents: 3)

Bobby Benson / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Powell [as Powell] (signed)
Inks
Bob Powell ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

The Ghost Rider Holds the Fort! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Ghost Rider / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dick Ayers [as Ayers] (signed)
Inks
Dick Ayers [as Ayers] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Dick Ayers

Characters
The Ghost Rider [Rex Fury]; Sing-song (chef)
Reprints
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Straight Arrow; Durango Kid; Ghost Rider; Bobby Benson
  2. 1. Giant-Killer!
    Straight Arrow
  3. 2. Death on the Buffalo Trail!
    The Durango Kid
  4. 3. The Timber Rustlers
    Bobby Benson
  5. 4. The Ghost Rider Holds the Fort!
    The Ghost Rider
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Len Wolinsky
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  • Steinar Ådland
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