Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WILD WESTERN ACTION "Bravados: Guns of the Iron Riders"

Interesting how the Bravados story titles do a "Guns of the..." theme, eh?
The previous story was titled "Five Against the Guns of Diablo"!
Now let's see what lurks behind the never-reprinted cover by Syd Shores and Frank Giacoia!
Though the art on this never-reprinted tale from Skywald's Wild Western Action #3 (1971) is credited to penciler Syd Shores and inker Mike Esposito, there's a lot of John Romita Sr-influenced work here!
Shores died of a heart attack in 1973.
That sort of cardiac problem is cumulative.
He could have had less severe attacks or strokes before that, temporarily-incapacitating him.
Could he have been ill and friends came in to meet the deadline (uncredited) for this issue?
We'll never know...
BTW, this was the final issue of Wild Western Action, but the Bravados still had one more story to tell...as you'll see next week!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WILD WESTERN ACTION "Bravados: Five Against the Guns of Diablo"

...behind the Syd Shores/Frank Giacoia cover of this never-reprinted tale from Skywald's Wild Western Action #2 (1971)!
Writer Len Wein, penciler Syd Shores and inker Mike Esposito certainly wound the whole "Find Santana and avenge our loved ones' deaths" plotline quickly!
Usually the primary motivation for a group of misfits working together runs for the length of the series, with the antagonist always staying one step ahead of the team!
But, wait!
Did they actually see Santana's body?
Or are they assuming he's among the dead?
Be here next week to read the next chapter!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WILD WESTERN ACTION "Bravados"

Skywald was a short-lived Bronze Age (early 1970s) publishing company...
...which published both color comics and b/w magazines!
The color comics had no superheroes, but they covered almost every other genre including individual titles about romance, jungle adventure, horror/fantasy, and (with five titles) Westerns!
Why so many Western books?
Nobody knows, but none of the Skywald series went more than four issues!
That's not to say the books were bad.
The 25 52-page titles featured reprints from defunct publishers and new lead stories produced by moonlighting DC and Marvel creatives...like this never-reprinted premiere tale from Wild Western Action #1 (1971)
Written by up-and-comer Len Wein and illustrated by long-time pros Syd Shores and Mike Esposito, 
the cliche-riddled, socially-relevant, revisionist Western series was equal to almost all the other Old West material being put out by their competitors.
There were four Bravados tales, three in Wild Western Action and one in a self-titled one-shot.
We'll be presenting them throughout August.
Be here next week to read the next chapter!
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