The comic book took Boyd out of his usual black Hopalong Cassidy outfit and -- to be sure there ws no confusion with Hoppy -- gave him a black horse named Midnight instead of Hoppy's white Topper. The comic book also placed Bill Boyd in the Old West, giving him all the fine moral traits that the film and television Hoppy had. Boyd as a comic book character speaks perfect unaccented English, unlike every other character -- good or bad -- in this first issue.
Bill Boyd Western #1 contains one long story, "The Bullion Bandits." The rest of the issue is filled with gag comics featuring such characters as Brainy Buster, Hammerhead Hank, and Windy Whopper.
"Out of the West he came -- his skin tanned, his body sinewy and his shooting arm steady! Bill Boyd, western hero, the very symbol of law and order! But pitted against him, on the other side of the law are four of the deadliest killers in the whole West!
"When these two forces clash, the air is filled with an ominous cloud of death, kicked up by blazing six-shooters!"
Thus starts this action-filled adventure where
Enjoy this blast from the past that never was but really should have been.
I was hoping Boyd was the author. Hoppy was my favorite cowboy back in the days when I was a "cowboy-in-training." galloping home from the theater after the Sunday matinees.ReplyDelete