|Vol 2, #1 (Dec/39)|
|Vol 1, #1 (May/38) (Norman Saunders art)|
I likewise showed that the true crime magazine Amazing Detective Cases suspended publication with Vol 10, #2 (July/50) and continued as a comic book from issues #3 (Nov/50) through #14 (Sept/52), before resuming as a true-crime magazine with Vol 10, #3 (Winter/53).
|Vol 10, #2 (July/50)|
At the end of the blog post, my pal Tom Lammers left a comment speculating about the strange numbering of the Best Western comic book, wondering if the answer had to do with a pulp antecedent. Another reader correctly mentioned that there was also a same named Goodman pulp.
|Vol 1, #1 (Sept/35) (J.W. Scott cover)|
|Vol 2, #4 (Mar/37) (J.W. Scott cover)|
Notice above the earliest version of Goodman's "Red Circle" logo in the lower right corner, literally a red "spot".
|Vol 3, #6 (Apr/39) (J.W. Scott cover)|
|Vol 4, #4 (July/40) (J.W. Scott cover)|
|Vol 4, #9 (Feb/42) (J.W. Scott cover)|
|Vol 5, #5 (Nov/48)|
|#58 (June/49) (Syd Shores w/? cover art)|
First is a 12 page Two-Gun Kid story where the kid seems primarily penciled by Shores. I think I see John Severin here also on a few pages as well as other hands like John Buscema and even Gene Colan. A real Timely jam job using a quartet of future Marvel greats! Severin then pencils a 9 page Black Rider story next. This is followed by Russ Heath on Kid Colt Outlaw.
#5106 Shores, Severin, et al Two-Gun Kid "The Million Dollar Train Robbery!" 12 pages
#5282 Heath/Heath Kid Colt Outlaw "The Wicked Wedding!" 4 pages
|#5106 BEST WESTERN #58 (June49) p.1 |
(Shores, Buscema, Severin, Colan, ?)
|#5212 BEST WESTERN #58 (June49) p.1 (Severin)|
|#5282 BEST WESTERN #58 (June49) p.1 (Heath)|
|#59 (Aug/49) (John Severin cover - his "first", as per Severin)|
Issue #59's cover is by John Severin and Severin identified it as his very first. Russ Heath leads off with a 10 page Kid Colt Outlaw story. The Black Rider artist is Severin with an inker and Shores and Severin take the Two-Gun Kid story. The one-page filler "Scrap Book of the West", according to Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., could possibly be Mario De Marco, a noted western filler artist who drew westerns for Charlton and fact fillers for Treasure Chest.
#5065 Heath Kid Colt Outlaw "The Mystery of the Mad Monk!" 10p.
#5131 Mario De Marco (?) Feature: Scrapbook of the West 1p.
#5372 Shores w/Severin Two-Gun Kid "The Secret of the Valley of Fear!" 8p.
|#5065 BEST WESTERN #59 (Aug49) p.1 (Heath)|
|#5131 BEST WESTERN #59 (Aug49) |
Mario De Marco (?)
|#5587 BEST WESTERN #59 (Aug49) p.1 |
|#5587 BEST WESTERN #59 (Aug49) p.1 |
But where did this numbering come from? #58? #59?
|TERRYTOONS #57 (June/47)|
Right after this post was put to bed, my pal Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. made a startling revelation that may have solved this mystery! In fact, it's so obvious I cannot believe I didn't consider this as it was right under my nose all along! Right after the last pulp Best Western issue, Vol 5, #7, the first comic book issue is #58. You see it? There is no Vol 5, #8 but Goodman squeezes it to #58! And then, what would have been Vol 5, #9 becomes #59! Can we know for sure? No, but it is absolutely the best possible answer. Martin Goodman loved to frequently launch new titles with "high" numbers, making them look like newsstand veterans as well as fooling the post office looking to collect on the registration of new titles. Usually the high numbers carried on from earlier cancelled comic titles, but as I've shown, once in a while Goodman used cross-format methods. Thanks, Jim!
|Vol 3, #2 (Nov/52) (Norman Saunders cover art)|
|Vol 3, #6 (Aug/53) (Norman Saunders cover art)|
|Vol 4, #6 (Dec/54) (Norman Saunders cover art)|
|Vol 5, #1 (Mar/55)|
|Vol 5, #3 (Sept/55) (Norman Saunders cover art)|
|Vol 6, #1 (Sept/56)|
- Vassallo, Michael J., All scans in this blog post sourced from my own private collection.