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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

WARNER WESTERNS—LAWMAN DELL COMICS

WARNER WESTERNS
LAWMAN DELL COMICS
Lawman starring John Russell as Sheriff Dan Troop and Peter Brown as his deputy was another of the classic Warner Westerns that aired on ABC in beginning in the late ’50. Dell Comics published their first four color TV tie-in comic for Lawman, an adaptation of the first TV episode The Deputy, shortly after the show premiered. It wasn’t until Lawman proved popular enough to be renewed for a second that Dell published a second tie-in issue. 
 
A total of nine Lawman tie-in comics were eventually published, however, only the first issue was adapted from a series episode. The remainder of the stories were written by regular Dell scripters Robert Ryder, Paul S. Newman, Eric Freiwald, and Robert Schaefer. 
 
Issued quarterly until the show was cancelled, each issue featured two Lawman tales all illustrated by Dan Spiegle, whose work provided satisfactory likenesses of Russell and Brown. Most issues also contained had short four page generic filler stories by various artists. It was noted on the Western Clipping website that the likeness of actress Peggie Castle, who appeared as the character of saloon madame Lilly Merrill on the TV series, never appeared in the comics—perhaps Dell’s clean-cut reputation being the reason she was kept of screen. 
 

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