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Monday, August 31, 2020

SIX-GUN JUSTICE PODCAST EPISODE 15—HOW THE WEST WAS FUN

SIX-GUN JUSTICE PODCAST
EPISODE 15
HOW THE WEST WAS FUN 
Happy Monday, range rats, it’s time for episode fifteen of the Six-Gun Justice Podcast. Join co-hosts Paul and Rich as they ride out to roundup some funny in their take on comedy westerns in books, TV and movies. From the brilliance of Buster Keaton in Go West, to the controversy over Blazing Saddles, to the debacle of A Million Ways To Die In The West with stops at plenty of laughfests in between. 
 
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

WESTERN WORDSLINGERS—STAN LYNDE

WESTERN WORDSLINGERS
 
STAN LYNDE 
RIC O'SHAY, HIPSHOT, AND ME
When I first started writing westerns, one of my first online friends was Stan Lynde. We corresponded a handful of times, and there aren’t enough superlatives to describe his gentleman’s decency, warmth, and encouragement.
 
Best known as a cartoonist, Montana writer Lynde won the WWA Spur Award in 2009 for the original audio book of his novel, Vendetta Canyon and was a finalist in 2006 for his novel Marshal of Medicine Lodge, and in 2007 for the audio book of his novel Summer Snow.
As a long time fan of both comic books and syndicated strips, so I knew about Ric O'Shay, the strip Lynde syndicated for 20 years with Tribune Media Services beginning in 1958, and Latigo, his second strip that began in 1979, when I wrote to him.I was less familiar with his prose and can now also recommend his four book Merlin Fanshaw series.Healthy collections of both strips are available to sample and they read as well as any full blown graphic novel you’ll pick up.
 

Today I’d like to talk about the fat volume that’s more than simply a collection of strips. Rick O’Shay, Hipshot ,and Me is an illustrated memoir with an introduction by Charlton Heston. It contains ten complete stories from the syndicated strip, starring Ric—the Marshall of Conniption—gambler Deuces Wilde, gunfighter Hipshot Percussion, dancehall girl (and future Mrs. O’Shay) Gaye Abandon, Chief Horse’s Neck, and others.
 
Lynde carries us through the strip’s 20 years journey with various anecdotes and observations, but it’s the visual evolution of his style, and the strip’s tenor that is most fascinating.
 
Beginning as almost a slapstick parody of the 50s Western genre (think F-Troop), the strip soon settles down into a series of more traditional tales. Even as Lynde’s loose cartoon style coalesces into a realistic rendering of adventure with moody inks and dynamic figures, the stories he tells are infused with more sturdy dialog and underlying depths.
 

The best of the lot is 1974’s two-part Trackdown that tells the story of young gun Billy Sinn and Red Rivers—an old gunny with an axe to grind against Hipshot Percussion. Rivers and Sinn ride into Conniption and set the gunfighter up by doctoring his ammo before calling him out. After laying him low, they rob a bank and flee to Mexico with Marshal Rick O’Shay fast on their heels.
 
It’s a touching and poignant story told in deft strokes. That so much can be conveyed with so little is Lynde’s trademark and Rick’s moral dilemma, thrust on him by the Conniption town preacher, is clear in each panel of his vendetta ride. How it ends is inevitable, and of course Hipshot lives to fight another day—the friendship between the two men now solidified more than ever.
 
Rick O’Shay, Hipshot, and Me is available at Amazon and on eBay. Check it out.

SIX-GUN JUSTICE CONVERSATIONS—C. COURTNEY JOYNER

SIX-GUN JUSTICE CONVERSATIONS
C. COURTNEY JOYNER
In this week's Six-Gun Justice Conversation, Rich visits with C. Courtney Joyner—a screenwriter and director with over 25 produced movies to his credit. Joyner's novel-length western fiction includes creating the Shotgun series for Pinnacle books including Shotgun, The Bleeding Ground, Bushwhacked, Shotgun: These Violent Times (omnibus edition) and the upcoming Bullet Kissed. 

Joyner's short fictions can be found in the anthologies Law of the Gun, Beat To A Pulp, Fistful of Legends The Traditional West, Six-Guns and Slay Bells, Hell Comes To Hollywood, and others. His story Two Bit Kill from Law of the Gun was nominated for a Peacemaker Award by the Western Fictioneers as Best Short Story of 2010, while Christmas for Evangeline from Six-Guns and Slay Bells, was nominated for the same award in 2013. In 2014, Shotgun was nominated for a Peacemaker as Best First Novel...Streaming now on all major podcast platforms, or simply click the player below...

Saturday, August 22, 2020

SIX-GUN JUSTICE SPEED LISTEN—ALEX HAWK WESTERNS

SIX-GUN JUSTICE SPEED LISTEN
ALEX HAWK WESTERNS
Up and at ‘em, cowpokes, it’s time to saddle up for another Speed Listen installment of the Six-Gun Justice Podcast as you ride the owlhoot trail with co-host Paul Bishop as he sets out to discover the identities of the western wordslingers behind the mask of the Alex Hawk pseudonym, which was used on a series of twenty paperback original western adventures between 1968 and 1971...Streaming now on all major podcast platforms or by simply clicking the player below...

WESTERN WORDSLINGERS—ALEX HAWK

WESTERN WORDSLINGERS

ALEX HAWK

On Monday Six-Gun Justice Podcast co-host Paul Bishop will be hitting the owlhoot trail for a Six-Gun Justice Speed Listen installment in search of the western wordslingers behind the mask of the Alex Hawk pseudonym, which was used on a series of twenty paperback original western adventures between 1968 and 1971...The cool cover art from the series is displayed below...