Western Comics – Richard Sheaf

Many thanks to Richard for responding to Mike & Pete’s first round of the Comics Genre World Cup where Western was beaten by Crime.
https://comicartpodcast.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/episode-73-steve-macmanus/

Trying to realise just how popular the Western genre was in the 1950s is increasingly hard to do these days without the aid of an aged relative, and yet the ‘50s was the decade when the cowboy reigned supreme – whether in movies, books or comics . While in comics he might not have been at the very top of the popularity charts (a space reserved for Dan Dare and the weekly multi-million selling Beano) the cowboy certainly seemed top in terms of the quantity of material produced.

Take for instance this reference work above – this is an A5 sized guide to some of the Westerns comic produced by one publisher. Some of the comics. From one publisher.The photo on the left shows you the number of characters that had their own titles. The book is 250+ pages long, on many pages there are 9 images of different comics, on many pages there are 6-9 images of particular issues. Even allowing for their being only an average of 4 comics per page you’d still have 1000+ comics included in this book. Which is an incomplete guide to the western material that a single publisher produced. Amazing stuff. Below is a typical double-page spread from the book.

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While most of the material that Miller produced was American reprints there were ‘homegrown’ Western strips being produced in the UK. Foremost, and longest running, among these was the strip ‘Riders of the Range’ that ran in Eagle from 1950-62. Written by Charles Chilton the strip was an adaptation of his radio programme of the same name. When the strip began the main characters, Jeff Arnold and Luke, are cowboys associated with the 6T6 ranch and the stories are based around that range, however over time the stories expanded to see Jeff & Co. leave the range and travel all over the old west and become embroiled in adventures that featured real-life characters (Billy the Kid) and situations (The war with the Sioux).

Riders had 3 main artists – Jack Daniel, Angus Scott and Frank Humphris. Daniel’s style (below, left) was particularly distinctive with its thick black lines, big hats and an impressionistic style that was not to everyone’s taste.

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Artist Jack Daniel

Angus Scott succeeded Daniel and his style was more in keeping with what the readers might have expected a comic strip to look like, however Scott was only at the helm for a short while before the strip became the purview of artist Frank Humphris. Humprhris (like writer Charles Chilton) was a Wild West aficionado and his pages not only screamed historical authenticity (which wasn’t always the case with the stories) but they also looked gloriously bright (below). The clever use of red for Jeff Arnold’s shirt always helped him stand out amongst the brown hues of the men, the tents, the scenery and the native Americans.

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Artist Frank Humphris

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High-res sketch from one of Frank Humphris sketchbooks

Note not all western strips in Eagle were a triumph – the early strip ‘Seth and Shorty – cowboys’ features some particularly clunky dialogue…

Seth – Shorty! The redskins have broken out of the reservation. Come on!! Let’s find the boss!

Shorty – Gosh!! Won’t he rage!

…and didn’t last long in Eagle

Humphris would return to Eagle to illustrate the other long-running Western strip, Blackbow the Cheyenne, from the early 1960s to the end of the comic in 1969

Richard Sheaf – http://boysadventurecomics.blogspot.com/

Episode 74- Rees Finlay

On this episode we chat to Reaffirmation creator Rees Finlay. Rees was diagnosed with autism in his early twenties. We chat to him about how this afffected him and how it was the create the book Reaffirmation. We also deleve into how hes dealing with the lock down via his twitter feed as well as his other work which got him into creating comics.

We review Bluebeard (to be released on May 5th 2020) by Metaphrog and Dunce: Brego Early Dog Years by Jens K Styve which is soon to be on kickstarter. Tom also reviews Ellerbisms by Marc Ellerby. Ian and Nikki looked at this a few years back and loved it so we hope you enjoy Toms thoughts on the book as well.

Pete and Mike share another extended length Ramshakle Lockdown Mutterdowns as they face off comic types with two topics. Horror vs Non Fiction comics and Post-Apocalyptic vs TV Adapatations. Get ready for a good old chat.

LINKS:  Nick Prolix NHS Images#QuarantineComix / Little Heroes charity / Boys Adventure Comics / #Creators4Comics

There’s an important message right at the end of the podcast and if your struggling at all please know we are here to chat too or UK based listeners can check out helplines here.


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Episode 74 – Show notes

Ace Cyberpunk Comics Auteur Gusaffo Vargas sent the following info on Selva Misteriosa  (Mysterious Jungle) by Javier Flores del Águila, thanks Gustaffo!

This is Selva Misteriosa, Mysterious Jungle by Javier Flores del Águila, it was published by the biggest Peruvian Newspaper El Comercio as a daily comic strip, from 1971 till 1974. The cartoonist would draw his pages in between the time he’d made while he was studying medicine, he’s a neurologist now.
The strip was cancelled after the military Coupe by General Velasco and never saw print, it was one of the greatest Peruvian comics ever made that people would speak about but that nobody saw again.
2 years ago it was collected in this beautiful book, the art is breathtaking. There were some original pages that got lost and the author willingly to help redrew those missing pages from the newspaper clips.

Here are some some pics and the lambiek link.
https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/florez-del-aguila_javier.htm

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Episode 73- Steve MacManus

On this housebound recorded episode we chat to The Mighty One himself, ex-2000AD editor Steve MacManus. Steve’s comic career spans from 1973 to 2011, in particular he spent from 1979 to 1986 as editor of 2000AD. This era is classed as the golden era of the comic and Steve explains why he felt this was plus he discusses all aspects of his career. You can read more about his career and working for 2000AD in his book The Mighty One.

Tom reviews Wild Lives by Claire Hubbard. Mike and Pete have part one of their ‘Comic Genre World Cup’ in what they’re calling a Lockdown Mutterdown. Ian and Nikki discuss the Comichaus Comic Book Club, Atomic Hercules by Tony Esmond and Adam Falp and Mikel by Mark Bellido and Judith Vanistendael.

Find loads of free comics, links found on ComicScene.

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Episode 72- Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher is interviewed this episode by Pete. He talks about his webcomic Vanguard and his comic processes. Dan is also a host of the Awesome Comics Podcast which Pete was a guest on recently. Hear on this episode the challenge we set for Pete whilst being interviewed and if he completed it.

Tom continues the Dan Butcher theme and reviews Vanguard Book 3 which is the third collection of his web comics. Mike talks about some big and small screen comic book adaptations we can look forward too, such as The Last Days of American Crime and Snowpiecer. Nikki and Ian also review Reaffirmation: Coming to Terms with an Autism Diagnosis by Rees Finlay now available on Comichaus (along with Vanguard).


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Episode 71- Alex Paknadel and Mayamada

We have the brilliant Alex Paknadel on todays episode. Alex is the writer of the highly acclaimed series Friendo, Arcadia and Turncoat and has just announced he’s working on some comics for Marvel which are coming soon. Alex discusses his love of comics, how he got into creating comics and his process.

Pete chats too Nigel from Mayamada about his comic creating process and Mike reviews Williams Gibsons Alien 3 screenplay adaptation from Dark Horse comics and tells the curious story of the other lost scripts.

We also review Gamayun Tales 1 by Alexander Utkin and Canopus issues 1-4 by Dave Chisholm. Ian and Nikki also discuss the small strip entitled Talking to Dad by Jamie Smart which will have most people in tears.

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Comic by Jamie Smart

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Episode 70- Ben Cullis (The77) & Adam Falp

On todays episode Mike chats too Ben Cullis who is the editor of the new retro anthology The77. The comic showcases new UK talent and heroes from your childhood over 64 pages. Check it out here on kickstarter.

Pete chats too Adam Falp about the comic process and his new comic which hes created with Tony Esmond, Atomic Hercules. Tom then reviews the comic which is currently funding on kickstarter.

Nikki and Ian review The LICAF 2019 Journal Comic by Jibe which is free to read at comicartfestival.com, A Seed Named Hope by Joe Latham and Dr Murder and the Island of Death by Emil Friis Ernst.

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Episode 69- Katriona Chapman and Gustavo Vargas

Todays episode features a chat with the creator of Follow Me In, Katriona Chapman. Katriona is the marketing manager for UK publisher Avery Hill and has been creating comics for many years, leading up to her first graphic novel Follow Me In in 2018. Kat talks about how she progressed to creating that book and the processes as well as her work with Avery Hill. She also takes part in our new segment ‘What’s the Last…? ‘

Pete chats to comics creator Gustaffo Vargas, creator of this years number one comic Manu. Mike discusses the comic Third World War by Pat Mills and Carlos Esquerra and if its still relevant today. Tom reviews The Junction by Norm Konyu and Ian and Nikki talk Ghibli in this episode. With Ghibli movies finally coming onto Netflix Nikki gives a brief run down of each movie, Ghibli itself and her top 3.

We finally give a run down of all the latest gusts for this years festival as well as the newly announced guests at this years Macc Pow.

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Episode 68- Tony Esmond & Sarah Harris

Pete chats to The Whore Chronicles creators Tony Esmond and Sarah Harris on this episode discussing the creation of the book and how it all came about. The book has been reviewed previously on the podcast and is well worth a read.

Ian and Nikki review Billionaires by Darryl Cunningham and Stig and Tilde by Max De Radigues as well as giving their thoughts on the latest Hellboy movie. Mike introduces us to the wonderful world of Isola by Brendon Fletcher, Karl Kerschl and Michele Assarasakorn. Tom reviews The King by the amazing and original one and only John Tucker.

Finally we have a huge exclusive, announcing the first guest of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2020. Keep an eye out for more guests on the festival website and DowntheTubes.

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