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August 16, 2008

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Silver-Chef

Where does the Lone Ranger take his trash?

To the Dump tida Dump tida Dump Dump Dump.

Pat Curley

Hmmm, the Lone Ranger was a Texas Ranger, and Texas was part of the Confederacy, so doesn't that make him a turncoat?

Silver-Chef's comment reminds me of a classic Mad bit. These kids are listening to the radio, and the announcer says that the next tune is the William Tell Overture. He adds that it's a sign of true maturity if you can listen to it without thinking of the Lone Ranger. So the kids are listening, and gritting their teeth and straining not to think of him, and their dad comes barging in with a beer in one hand, showing, "Hi-yo Silver, and away!"

Thomas

Very nice. Although I loved the Lone Ranger as a kid (who didn't?), I've never read any of the Dell comics. But I'm a sucker for painted covers. And, I have to agree, the ones you show are some of the nicest comic covers I've seen. I think the "Red for Danger" cover is my favorite because of the sense of mystery it invokes.

That's what I love about this blog. Sometimes it's an homage to my own favorite comics and characters; sometimes a trip down memory lane to comics I'd forgotten; and sometimes an introduction to comics I've never seen.

Mark. Engblom

"That's what I love about this blog. Sometimes it's an homage to my own favorite comics and characters; sometimes a trip down memory lane to comics I'd forgotten; and sometimes an introduction to comics I've never seen. "

Wow....that's exactly what I'd hoped this blog could be....so thanks for the kind words, Thomas! They mean alot.

suedenim

Is that a Civil War scene, or just the Lone Ranger fighting alongside dismounted U.S. Cavalry in the post-war West?

Great cover, in any case. And you allude to one of my favorite comic book factoids:

The Lone Ranger's *horse* had his own solo series for about 8 years! Which is a lot longer than many notable superheroes have ever achieved.

I'd like to see some of the stories in that title, too. From the covers, it looks like they were, yep, genuine solo stories about a horse protagonist (as opposed to, say, LR stories where Silver just happens to have a slightly-larger-than-usual role.) I don't even think the Lone Ranger himself ever appears on the covers!

David Morefield

That is a terrific cover. Not to spoil the fun, though, but why does it have to be a Civil War scene? The US Army fought a lot of battles on the frontier against various Indian tribes, and though I'm no expert on the subject the uniforms looked about the same in the Civil War as they did at say Little Big Horn (or, more up my alley, on "F-Troop!" LOL).

That other guy does look a bit like Lloyd Bridges, but to me it looks more like Ed Peck, the character actor who played an Air Force colonel on Star Trek:

http://www.startrek.com/imageuploads/200506/tos-021-col-fellini/320x240.jpg

...and if memory serves, was the cop who always hassled Fonzie on "Happy Days."

By any chance are any of these classic Lone Ranger tales available in collected editions?

David Morefield

That is a terrific cover. Not to spoil the fun, though, but why does it have to be a Civil War scene? The US Army fought a lot of battles on the frontier against various Indian tribes, and though I'm no expert on the subject the uniforms looked about the same in the Civil War as they did at say Little Big Horn (or, more up my alley, on "F-Troop!" LOL).

That other guy does look a bit like Lloyd Bridges, but to me it looks more like Ed Peck, the character actor who played an Air Force colonel on Star Trek:

http://www.startrek.com/imageuploads/200506/tos-021-col-fellini/320x240.jpg

...and if memory serves, was the cop who always hassled Fonzie on "Happy Days."

By any chance are any of these classic Lone Ranger tales available in collected editions?

Pat Curley

David, almost none of the Dell line has been reprinted, with the exception of Donald and Uncle Scrooge. The problem is that the copyright situation is hopelessly muddled with licensed characters like the Lone Ranger. Dell had a license to create and sell comics based on the character, but that license had a time limit. However, the copyright holders on the Lone Ranger also do not have the right to publish the Dell books; they may hold the copyright to the character, but not to the actual art and stories in the books. And the Lone Ranger is no longer a hot property, so it's probably not worth any publisher's time to bother to sort out the Gordian knot of copyright.

David Morefield

Hmm. Sounds like the troubles they're going through with the Batman TV show.

I think the Ranger is a bit hotter now than he was just a while ago, thanks to the new comic. But you're probably right that folks who like the new one wouldn't get too much out of the old ones.

I notice a lot of the Dell covers repeated on the Gold Key Lone Rangers. Were the contents repeated as well? Maybe those would be a bit more accessible to impoverished types like myself?

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