Search the Western Clippings Site

An Interview With…
        - Archives

Will "Sugarfoot" Hutchins
    - Archives

Do You Remember?
    - Archives

Comic Book Cowboys
    - Roy Rogers (Pt. 3)
    - Roy Rogers (Pt. 2)
    - Roy Rogers (Pt. 1)
    - Joel McCrea
    - Rocky Lane's Black Jack
    - Clint Walker
    - George O'Brien
    - Frontier Doctor
    - Casey Jones
    - Wild Bill Hickok
    - Randolph Scott
    - Zorro
    - The Deputy
    - Will Rogers
    - Sgt. Preston of the Yukon
    - Rin Tin Tin and Rusty
    - Gunsmoke
    - Tex Granger
    - Range Busters
    - Vaughn Monroe
    - Tombstone Territory
    - Hawkeye
    - Bob Baker
    - Johnny Ringo
    - Shotgun Slade
    - Straight Arrow
    - Colt .45
    - Steve Donovan
    - Bob Colt
    - Early Marvel Westerns
    - Reno Browne
    - Red Ryder
    - Sheriff of Cochise
    - Wild, Wild West
    - Tales of the Texas Rangers
    - Fury
    - Tom Mix Western
    - Tom Mix Comics
    - Cody of the Pony Express
    - Audie Murphy
    - Outlaws
    - Iron Horse
    - Circus Boy
    - Buckskin
    - Annie Oakley and Tagg
    - DC’s Hopalong Cassidy
    - Hopalong Cassidy
    - The Big Valley
    - George Montgomery
    - Daniel Boone
    - The Rebel
    - Jim Bowie
    - Restless Gun
    - Laramie
    - Dale Evans
    - Gray Ghost
    - Lawman
    - Buffalo Bill Jr.
    - Rocky Lane Western
    - Have Gun Will Travel
    - Wagon Train
    - Cisco Kid
    - Wyatt Earp
    - Oneshot Comics: The Virginian, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, The Legend of Jesse James, Cowboy in Africa
    - Lancer
    - Alan Ladd
    - Tales of Wells Fargo
    - Maverick
    - Bonanza
    - Jack Randall and Tom Keene in POPULAR COMICS
    - Stoney Burke, Laredo, High Chaparral, Cimarron Strip, Custer
    - Rawhide
    - The Lone Ranger
    - Rex Allen
    - Walt Disney Presents... Andy Burnett, Texas John Slaughter, Elfego Baca and Swamp Fox
    - Smiley Burnette, Andy Devine
    - Gabby Hayes
    - Brave Eagle, Broken Arrow, Boots and Saddles
    - Gene Autry
    - John Wayne
    - Rod Cameron
    - Bat Masterson
    - Durango Kid
    - Cheyenne
    - Johnny Mack Brown
    - Buck Jones
    - Range Rider
    - Tim McCoy
    - Buster Crabbe
    - Bob Steele
    - Monte Hale
    - Sugarfoot
    - Ken Maynard
    - Jimmy Wakely
    - Hoot Gibson
    - The Rifleman
    - Whip Wilson
    - Wanted Dead or Alive, Texan, Mackenzie's Raiders
    - Lash LaRue
    - Tim Holt
    - Tex Ritter
    - Bill Elliott
    - Sunset Carson

Westerns of...
    - Archives

Heavies and Characters
      - Archives

The Stuntmen - Neil Summers
    - Archives

Western Treasures
    - Archives

Circus Cowboys
    - Archives

Radio Range Riders
    - Archives

Rangeland Elegance
    - Archives

Western Artifacts
    - Archives

Film Festival Fotos
    - Archives

Silent Western Reviews
    - Archives

Serial Report
    - Archives

Subscribe to Western Clippings


Western Clippings Back Issues

Daily Comic Strips
    - Page 1 (1910-1949)
    - Page 2 (1950-1979)

Sunday Comic Strips
    - 1907-1990


Miscellaneous Collectibles


Lobby Cards

Movie Posters


(Pt. 2)

In addition to ROY ROGERS COMICS surveyed previously, Dell published ROY ROGERS’ TRIGGER beginning with Four Color #329 (#1) in May ‘51 and continued for 17 issues until June/August 1955. All 17 painted covers were by exemplary artist Sam Savitt (1917-?) who did paintings and illustrations for hundreds of hard cover books and magazines. He also painted covers for other Dell Western comic books.

Initially, Trigger’s stories were written by the prolific Gaylord Du Bois but several later issues were penned by the team of Eric Friewald and Robert Schafer who also wrote dozens of TV Westerns.

The art in the first issue is signed R. S. but who that artist is, is unknown. It seems Sam Savitt’s brother Al Savitt drew some issues as did noted Western illustrator Till Goodan (1896-1958).

Uncle Mike Hanford and nephew Davey Burke were recurring characters in many issues. Roy’s dog Bullet shows up in #13, 16.

FC #329 in Fine brings $42. Prices for the rest decrease from $30 to $15 each.

ROY ROGERS RIDERS CLUB COMICS ('52).A 16 page OFFICIAL ROY ROGERS RIDERS CLUB COMICS was issued with a paper cover in 1952. Riders Club Rules and Creed were on the back cover. About $45 in Fine, but hard to find nice copies.

In 1947 Dell published a ROY ROGERS ANNUAL, 132 pages for 50¢. It contained reprints from ROY ROGERS FC #137, 153 and #2. Quite rare, in 2000 a Fn+ copy sold for $1,650.

Dell’s giveaway MARCH OF COMICS began in 1946 and ran for 488 issues through April 1982. Contents varied. Roy’s first issue was #17 in 1948 and his last was #250 in ‘63. In all there were 25 issues with Roy and Dale. MARCH OF COMICS were designed and printed for giveaway distribution by Sears Roebuck, Little Yankee Shoes, Child Life Shoes, Weather Bird Shoes and others. Early issues were full size, 32 pages and were printed
MARCH OF COMICS #68 ('51) featuring Roy Rogers. without (usually) a slick cover, depending on the advertiser’s request. The binding was stapled if a slick cover was added, otherwise the pages were glued together at the spine. From ‘48-‘51 issues were full size but reduced to 24 pages. Starting in ‘52 the comics were half-size and 32 pages with slick covers. After 1959 the page count went down to 16 pages. 1952-1959 issues read oblong, then in 1960 reverted to standard upright format. All contained new stories and art. The same artists who drew Roy’s regular Dell issues worked on MARCH OF COMICS issues.

Dell’s Giant square bound 132 page issues came out with 25 issues of WESTERN ROUNDUP between 1952 and 1959. Early issues featured Roy and other B-Western cowboys (Gene Autry, Bill Elliott, Johnny Mack Brown, Rex Allen) and gradually encompassed TV cowboys—but Roy was the only B-Western star prominent in all 25 issues. (More on WESTERN ROUNDUP next time.)

March of Comics #136 ('55) Sears giveaway with Roy Rogers on cover.

MARCH OF COMICS #146 ('56) giveaway for Little Yankee Shoes shows Roy Rogers and Bullet on cover.