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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

WESTERN NOVELS—RIO BONITO

WESTERN NOVELS
RIO BONITO 
The new book by Spur award-winner Preston Lewis, Rio Bonito, just out this month from Five Star, which finds Wesley Bracken and his partner Jace Cousins prospering at their ranching operation in New Mexico territory at the confluence of the Rio Ruidoso and the Rio Bonito rivers. 
 
Taking place soon after Lewis’ first entry in this trilogy, Rio Ruidoso, wherein Wes and Jace deal with Wes’ alcoholic brother, Luther, and drive out a mean bunch of Texas terrorists, the opening of Rio Bonito carries Wes and Jace into the village of Lincoln for the County Convention of Democrats. Good guy Bob Casey is standing up to Lawrence Murphy and his outlaws—rumored to be behind outright thievery and other villainous doings. Wes and Jace hope to stand with him, and they do—until Bob is shot. It’s August, 1875, and the killing is a fictionalized account of what actually happened as Robert Casey, successful rancho on the Rio Hondo, is murdered by William Wilson. 
 
Rio Bonito
is a rollicking traditional western with plenty of political intrigue, family drama, and real Lincoln County War history stirred into the mix. I want to commend Six-Gun Justice Podcast deputy Preston Lewis on his research, including so many historic figures and key dates in his narrative with seamless elegance. 
 
The shadowy comings and goings of Billy Bonney, aka The Kid, and the killing of John Tunstall are interwoven into the plot and handled especially well. 
 
As the Lincoln County feuds progress, Bracken is forced to stand alone against both factions, defending the lives of his wife, Sarafina, and young step-son, Luis, battling both the law, and the lawless. 
 
Rio Bonito added more depth to the scenarios first presented in Rio Ruidoso, and brought out Wes Bracken’s character in stark relief. I’m looking forward to the sequel, Rio Hondo, which I’m sure Preston is fine-tuning, even as we speak.

Monday, August 30, 2021

SIX-GUN JUSTICE PODCAST EPISODE 41—WESTERN LIGHTNING PART ONE

SIX-GUN JUSTICE PODCAST
EPISODE 41
WESTERN LIGHTNING PART ONE
Hold onto your Stetsons, cowpokes, it's time for another whirlwind episode of the Six-Gun Justice Podcast...Join co-hosts Paul Bishop and Richard Prosch as they ride along with the Pony Express as well as the bumpy ridin' Wells Fargo stagelines...

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WESTERN TV SHOWS—THE YOUNG RIDERS

WESTERN TV SHOWS
THE YOUNG RIDERS
A group of young Pony Express riders are based at the waystation in Sweetwater, Kansas. Running the station is ex-Texas Ranger and all-around eccentric Teaspoon Hunter. The riders included future American folk heroes Buffalo Bill Cody (Stephen Baldwin) and Wild Bill Hickok (Josh Brolin), as well a mute named Ike, Buck, a half-White/half-Kiowa scout, and the Kid, a quiet Southerner. Their final member was Lou, a young woman who lived and worked with the riders disguised as a boy.

WESTERN COMICS—LUCKY LUKE

WESTERN COMICS
LUCKY LUKE
Born and raised in Belgium, Artist and illustrator Morris moved to the United States in 1946 for six years. There, he worked for MAD magazine and met Rene Goscinny, with whom he collaborated from 1955 until Goscinny's death in 1977. Afterward, Morris used several other writers until his own death in 2001. Since Morris's death, French artist Achdé has drawn the series, scripted by several successive writers.

The series takes place in the American Wild West. It stars the titular Lucky Luke, a gunslinger known as the "man who shoots faster than his shadow", and his intelligent horse Jolly Jumper. Lucky Luke is pitted against various villains, either fictional or inspired by American history or folklore. The most famous of these are the Dalton Brothers, loosely based on the Dalton Gang of the early 1890s. The stories are filled with humorous elements parodying the Western genre.

Although always described as a cowboy, Luke generally acts as a righter of wrongs or bodyguard of some sort, where he excels thanks to his resourcefulness and incredible gun prowess. A recurring task is that of capturing bumbling gangsters the Dalton brothers, Joe, William, Jack and Averell. He rides Jolly Jumper, "the smartest horse in the world" and is often accompanied by prison guard dog Rantanplan, "the stupidest dog in the universe", a spoof of Rin Tin Tin.

WESTERN TIE-INS—PONY EXPRESS



WESTERN MOVIES—PONY EXPRESS

 








Wednesday, August 25, 2021

WESTERN COMICS—BOBBY BENSON'S B-BAR-B RIDERS

WESTERN COMICS
BOBBY BENSON'S B-BAR-B RIDERS
Based loosely on the 1949-1955 radio drama of the same name (created by Herbert C. Rice), Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders was published by Magazine Enterprises. The series was illustrated by Bob Powell with help from Dick Ayers, and eventually Frank Frazetta. The prolific Gardner Fox wrote the lead story in every issue. 

Set in the 1950s (modern day at the time of publication), Bobby Benson was a 12 year old boy who inherits a working ranch from his dead parents. He not only runs it, but prospers as he proceeds to fulfill his western movie fantasies. He is helped by both the adult ranch hands as well as his many friends. During the run of the comic, Bobby not only deals with the standard western villains, outlaws and bandits, but also encounter spies, super villains, mad scientists, and communists.

While Bobby Benson is the constant lead of the series, the backup features changed regularly including appearances by Ghost Rider, Red Eagle, and the Lemonade Kid—a masked western hero, although never depicted wearing a mask on the covers). In a fun  twist, the Lemonade Kid is secretly Bobby’s foreman and guardian, Tex Mason, who only takes on his Lemonade Kid identity in separate stories, while appearing only as Tex in the main Bobby Benson stories.