Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Number 2423: “Ain’t had so much fun since we massacred everybody on the Lordsburg stage!”
The tale, from Ace’s Western Adventures #1 (1948) is full of shooting and killing. Where the two bad men meet their match is in Lewiston, Montana, where the townsfolk don’t cotton to two rotters shooting up their Fourth of July festivities. Shame on those saddle-tramps for disturbing a town’s patriotic celebration.
“The Slaughter on the Fourth of July” is a supposedly true crime story from the late 19th century American West. It is drawn by Ed Moline, as identified by art spotter Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr. Moline, trained as an architectural draftsman, drew pulp illustrations during the Depression years of the 1930s, then comics. In the 1950s he went back to his original trade as a draftsman.