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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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