Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Friday, March 17, 2023


By the time Bob Steele Western made it to the comic books, the hey-day of Steele as a the western star was fading, but that certainly did not stop his young fans from buying the comic book.

Coming from a vaudeville family, Steele (born Robert Bradbury, Jr.) began appearing on stage at age 2.  By age 14, he and his twin brother were starring in a series of short films directed by their father, Bob Bradbury.  Steele later moved on to juvenile roles in many silent films.  His transition to talkies was smooth and he began appearing in a number of low-budget westerns from most of the Poverty Row film companies.  He originated the role of Billy the Kid (later to be taken over by Buster Crabbe) in .the series from PRC, was Tucson Smith in twenty films in Republic Pictures' Three Mesquiteers series, and then played a character named "Bob Steele" in Monogram's Trail Blazers western series with Ken Maynard and Hoot Gibson.  Steele later became a familiar face appearing on almost every western televsion show in the 1950s, including several recurring roles.  Steele is said to have inspired the "Cowboy Bob" character referenced in the Dennis the Menace comic strip.

The Bob Steele Western comic book appeared from Fawcett publications from 1950 to 1952 for ten issues.

Issue #1 features a three-part story, "Hangman's Bait," in which lawyer Ben Howland seeks Bob's help in proving a client innocent of robbing a stage.  With a crooked banker, a crooked gambler, and a crooked deputy all against him, does the roughest, toughest, fighting-est cowboy of them stand a chance?

To find out, just follow the link.

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