Eli Katz wrote:
Apparently, it reached 229 issues--no small achievement--and yet I can say that I've never read or even flipped through an issue. In fact, I know zero about this character.
I'm not going to check it out or anything, but has anyone read some of this series? Amoebas? Chap? Cat Scratch? One of the super old farts around here must have read this book periodically.
First, let me clear away that large pile of dust I just farted...
Okay, the series began back in either the 1950s or late 40 during the Atlas era of Marvel. Back then, Westerns were popular and Marvel had a pretty good number of characters. Some, such as the original Ghost Rider began with another publisher and got bought, but for Kid Colt, I think this was not so. I think Kirby may have had a run on the character as well as John Severin back in the 60s. The series was mostly a bimonthly and yes, it was printed through the 60s although I think there were blips and a number of issues were just reprints of older material. This was mostly so for the 70s and it was on Marvel's many reprint titles, despite the title. Kind of like X-Men for a while there. Basically, if I'm recalling correctly, he was a good guy, cowboy. Typical western formula. His most modern appearance back then was in the pages of the Avengers during the Perez era and the Kang story. He helped Hawkeye beat Kang in the old west and traveled to present day to hang out with Hawkeye and the Avengers for a while. Now, he's gay. Or was in the recent mini.
Two-Gun Kid, Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt and Ghost Rider were the big western characters that I can recall.
I read some of the reprints as a kid back in the 70s. What can I say, I was seriously bored. Also, Kirby western artwork... funky.
Come to think about it, it may have been Kid Colt that went forward in time, and yes, whom I first described. Basically, they all had some sort of schtick.
Same with the DC western characters.