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Friday, November 06, 2015

Number 1810: The lonely cowboy

Hooooo-boy. That is embarrassing. Maybe you can feel the pain of Slim Wallace, who herds cattle, yet yearns for the love of a city gal. Said gal sings on the radio, and Slim writes her a letter. She responds and Slim thinks she loves him. Sad, naïve Slim. Maybe the scene that happened to Slim has happened to you; where he walked into a situation thinking it is 180º different than the other people in the room, and then left shamefaced. It happened to me, and even though it was years ago my face still burns to think of it.

Unlike my situation, seeing as how the story of the love-struck range rider is from a love comic book, all works out in the end. In my way of thinking past the end of the story, what would happen if a cowpoke, used to sleeping under the stars, married a rich, popular singing star who is used to the glamour and glitz of the city? At the very least, the arrangement would take some work.

“Six-Gun Serenade” is from Prize Comics’ Real West Romances #6 (1949). It is drawn by the team of John Severin and Will Elder.








12 comments:

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

Wasn't it Donald who sang "O-ooh.. Bur-ry me thar with my battered git'tar.. Ah'm screaming my life out fer you !!" I guess he sounded like Slim. I can almost hear Clarence Nash. :D
You chose a very clever and lighthearted comedy story, funny to read. If I was to make a movie of it, I'd think of Cary Grant OR Danny Kaye for the role of Slim.

I'm currently digging to find DECENT romance comics online, and I must say it's frustrating. The majority of them build up romantic tragedies and awful situations starting from the same two or three sterotypes (the Cinderella, the Girl in career, the Unfaithful-unrestful Wife etc..) and then in the last panels, Snap! A kiss and a few melodramatic words and everything's fine again! These are the REAL horror comics to me. But there are noticeable exceptions to the rule, so I'll keep digging.
I found, for instance, a very touching story about a Native American ("indian" to poor old me) girl who fells in love with a white guy, and they manage to overcome his mother's prejudices... with a blood transfusion !! You dig it? She saved Mommy and the two women "mixed blood" like "indians" used to do(at least in Hollywood).
Quite clever for the 50's, and very nice art. It's "Hot Love and Cold Hearts", in "Darling Love" 6 (1950).

Mike Britt said...

Thanks for posting this...one I hadn't seen before. I
may not comment everyday, but I look and enjoy everyday!

Alicia American said...

I think tha sequal 2 this story shuld B drawan by Ghastally Grahma Ingalls, tha cowboy is a drunk & he beets her & tha kids so she dumps him & he stalx her past tha grave. oh cuz he dyed drivering his car off a cliff trying 2 spy on her & her new bf & he wont give her a divorce. I left that part out, that part is imported. Anyhow in tha end tha zombie cowboy ether eats em or else is D-feateded by tha new NON-alcahollic bf, depending on if theirs a comix code Yay!<3 OMG we luv u Pappity hope u had a gr8 Halloween xoxoxoxo

Pappy said...

J D, that Donald Duck "Screaming Cowboy" is a story dear to my heart. Thank you for reminding me.

I was thinking more of another Slim, Slim Whitman, as the singer. Whitman had a voice which sounded less cowboy and more of someone popping his tonsils with a falsetto voice. Here is "Indian Love Call" by Slim on YouTube.

I agree on your assessment of love comics. They are often repetitive...as are superheroes, horror, crime, and Western comics. You just have to pick from the many to find the few that are more original and interesting. That is what I try to do.

I will look for the story you mention from Darling Love. On November 23 I will show another story of a white girl in love with a Native American that found its way in Dr Wertham's infamous Seduction of the Innocent.

Pappy said...

Mike, I consider it a special occasion when I can show something from EC artists you have not seen.

Thanks for checking in.

Pappy said...

Alicia, yes, I had a good Halloween, and this year I wasn't sick. I didn't eat all the candy before the kids came trick or treating. (Mrs Pappy had it hidden. She's learned.)

You have given me an idea for the "looking past the last panel" wandering-mind trick I use. I will just populate any follow-ups I think of with zombies. They will be much more entertaining. For love comics, girl gets boy to admit true love and pledge commitment, but as they walk off into the sunset arm-in-arm they are attacked by walkers from The Walking Dead!

7f7f3e2a-4856-11e4-900a-bb8e57f8828f said...

This comic is all swell but I got to say Alicia American's sequel ideas have the zip zing and whammo of a hit! Bitter lovesick alcoholic zombie cowboy —you can't beat it with a stick. Thanks, Alicia!

J_D_, your comments are happy reading, too. How Carl Barks had his ducks take on the dilemmas of modern life we need reminding of, esp. since Pappy can't post that stuff. =sigh=

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

That guy Slim Withman sounds like a Theremin... I like him. :D

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

Oh, by chance I just stumbled into this one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w6X_gfXIHc

I'm crying with laughters

Pappy said...

J D, Slim Whitman chased the Martians away (Tim Burton's Mars Attacks.

Pappy said...

J D, over 30 years ago my friend was in a line for a hotel room during Comic-Con. He was behind an old man who began talking like Donald Duck and my friend realized it was Clarence "Ducky" Nash!

Pappy said...

7f7, occasionally I see blogs showing Walt Disney comic material...and wonder how long it will be before the Disney lawyers find them.