Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Taking the lead story in this issue of Rangers Comics is Firehair, a character who appeared 45 issues of the comic, from 1945 to 1952.  The popular redhead also had her own comic book for eleven quarterly issues from 1948 to 1952, after which the White Queen of the Redskin Ranges disappeared into comic book oblivion.  (Later on, Joe Kubert drew a completely different character of the same name. for DC.)

Lynn Cabot, red-headed daughter of a Boston businessman, accompanied her father west  when their wagon train was attacked and everyone but Lynn was killed; she was thrown from a wagon, and hit her head, unconscious.  Lynn was found by Little Ax, the son of a Dakota tribal chief, and brought back to his tribe.  Suffering fromm amnesia, Lynn was taken into the tribe and taught their ways.  She soon became a great warrior, the equal or better of any man in the tribe.  When Lynn regains her memory, she proves the attack on the wagon  train was done by a gang of outlaws disguised as Indians.  She also learns that town life is not for her and returns to her tribe.

In this issue, Firehair takes on "The Tomahawk Traitors of Plunder Canyon."

Also in this issue, The Secret Files of Dr. Drew pits the titular doctor against a voodoo curse in "The Witch's Doll."  Pilot Bart Battle and his "friend" Dot are taken captive in Latin America by the "Gaucho Queen" and her band of desperados.  Jan of the Jungle rescues the kidnapped wife of explorer Professor Blanding; she has been taken by thugs wanting to learn the location of the Lost kafgar Mines.  (I'm assuming this story is based on Otis Aldebert Kline's character, but I have not read the books yet -- they are buried somewhere in Mount TBR -- so I can't say for sure.)  Texan Cap Morgan of the Sky Rangers solves the mysterious disappearance of two trains in Central America.  And Myra Maxwell, radio's voice of conscience, introduces a tale of a woman who had to choose between her country and her father in "I Confess."

All in all, a pretty neat issue.


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