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Dell Comics practically cornered the market with the movie cowboys, and did even more so with the TV cowboys. Nearly every western that hit the air saw at least one or two issues published by Dell. The more popular shows realized a whole series, such as Clint Walker’s “Cheyenne” did for 25 issues between ‘56 and ‘61.

Dell’s first CHEYENNE comic was Four Color #734 in October ‘56, about a year after the ABC TV series had begun. Four Color #772 came out in March ‘57 with Four Color #803 issued in May ‘57. Sales were excellent, so Dell began regular numbering on CHEYENNE with #4 for August-October ‘57.

CHEYENNE stayed a quarterly through #13 (Nov.-Jan. ‘60), then became bi-monthly with
First page from CHEYENNE FC #734 (#1).#14 through the last issue, #25 (Dec. ‘61- Jan. ‘62). Every issue featured a photo cover of Clint Walker with inside front cover b/w photos from the series lasting through #7.

Interestingly, the comic book adapted many of the TV episodes into comic form. For the record:
“Mountain Fortress”/“Johnny Bravo”—FC #734
“Last Train West”/“West of the River”—FC #772
“Fury at Rio Hondo”/“Argonauts”—FC #803
“Test of Courage”—#4
“Lone Gun”—#5
“Mustang Trail”—#7
“Devil’s Canyon”/“The Conspirators”—#8

When Warner Bros. went into a contract dispute with Walker, Ty Hardin replaced
A page featuring Bronco from CHEYENNE #12.him on “Cheyenne” as Bronco Layne. Dell followed suit with Bronco appearing on the cover and in stories for CHEYENNE #10-12. Too bad when Clint returned to “Cheyenne”, and the comics, that Dell didn’t switch Ty’s “Bronco” over to his own comic book.

Much of the artwork in CHEYENNE was by Tom Gill (1913-2005) with many stories from the prolific Paul Newman (1924-1949).

Copies of CHEYENNE are still reasonably priced, but with the popularity of the show are sure to increase. FC #734 (#1) brings around $45 in Fine with FC #772 (#2) through #25 coming in at $20-$30 in Fine Condition.



CHEYENNE Cover Gallery

CHEYENNE FC #803 (#3) and CHEYENNE #5 covers.

Covers to CHEYENNE #15 and #22.

Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne on the covers of CHEYENNE #10 and #12.