(July 1972)

Marvel, 1970 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.20 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Management Co., Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Squarebound (#1-7), Saddle-stitched (#8-33)
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

The Origin of the Black Rider! (Table of Contents)

Black Rider / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Severin (signed)
Inks
John Severin (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
John Costanza

Indexer Notes

Matt Slade vignette by John Romita, per Nick Caputo Jan 2011

The Legend of the Black Rider (Table of Contents: 1)

Black Rider / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
L-907
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Black Rider [Matt 'Doc' Masters] (introduction); Satan (Black Rider's horse); Jim Lathrop; Marie Lathrop; Bobby Lathrop; Blast Burrows (villain)
Synopsis
After driving rustlers away from the Lathrop ranch, the Black Rider confides to Bobby Lathrop the origin of how Matt Masters became the Black Rider. Matt's father was killed by rustlers when he was young. He avenged his father, and grew up to became a doctor. 'Doc' Masters must later take the alias of Black Rider, when he the Lathrop family is faced with the menace of Blast Burrows rustlers. Marie Lathrop cannot tolerate Doc Masters unwillingness to fight back, but deeply admires the Black Rider's courage.
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Indexer Notes

A classic story line, patterned on the ironic love conflict created by the use of a secret identity, exemplified by Clark Kent / Superman and Lois Lane.

The Human Sacrifice (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Maneely (signed)
Inks
Joe Maneely (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
7970
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Apache Kid [Aloysius Kare]; Dragon Face (villain, introduction, death); Red Hawk; Major Bill Gregory; Mary Gregory
Synopsis
The Apache named Dragon Face favors burning settlers at the stake. Aloysius Kare finds Dragon Face's handy-work, and must try to stop Dragon Face from convincing Chief Red Hawk that this is the way to deal with the white man's encroachment. His approach, unfortunately, puts Mary Gregory in harm's way, and the Apache Kid must rescue her from being burned at the stake.
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Indexer Notes

reprint info from Tom.

Outlaw Town (Table of Contents: 3)

Matt Slade / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Maneely (signed)
Inks
Joe Maneely (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-344
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Matt Slade; Brad Ferris; Cobra Caine
Synopsis
Slade is invited by Mayor Brad Ferris to help him clear the settlement of Bucktown of bad men, led by Cobra Caine. Slade comes, but he has been led into a trap, and finds the secret leader is really Ferris himself.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Matt Slade / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Maneely (signed)
Inks
Joe Maneely (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
For his skill with guns...
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Matt Slade; Mort Riley; Kisco Graves (villain)
Synopsis
Slade, an undercover federal marshal, is met in his hotel by Mort Riley. Riley tells that Governor Clinton has asked Slade to handle rancher Kisco Graves, who is driving settlers off of their lands. Ironically, Slade is sent to face the man who drove he and his father off their land when he was young.
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Origin of the Black Rider!
    Black Rider
  2. 1. The Legend of the Black Rider
    Black Rider
  3. 2. The Human Sacrifice
    Apache Kid
  4. 3. Outlaw Town
    Matt Slade
  5. 4. ["For his skill with guns..."]
    Matt Slade
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