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ISSUE NO. 810
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In the old days, western comics and characters ruled the comic book buying world for a time -- but as the sun set on the the western, DC shifted its emphasis to superheroes. But then time passed, and DC decided to test the waters with a 'NEW" series of western reprint books.

One of them was DC Special #6, as we covered in the previous issue of Dial B for BLOG. This time around, we're going to look at several MORE of DC's "western try-out" titles, starting with Showcase #72 featuring Top Gun. See ad below...
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BELOW: Jack Adler's hand-painted color guide for the cover.
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The printed cover...
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BELOW: It seems Showcase wsn't big enough for DC's nearly-limitless collection of old western stories, so the next series of western try-outs was printed in Super DC Giant #S-14, with an "S" added to the Top Gun logo, to indicate a plurality of western heroes, as well as a very large "of the West" subtitle, to make absolutely sure everyone knew where the titular Top Guns were located.
SUPER DC GIANT#S-14
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The ad above shows the wide range of genres covered in various Super DC Giants, from Binky to Top Guns of the West (with a red background, unlike the brown version that was printed.
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BELOW: A sample of the stories in the book...
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SUPER DC GIANT#S-15
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BELOW: Splash page of the book's reprinted Pow-Wow Smith story.
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BELOW: Splash of the only NEW story in the book, "Stand Proud the Warrrior Breed," written AND drawn by Gil Kane.
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BELOW: Splash of the book's Buffalo Bill story,
featuring some great early work by Joe Kubert.
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BELOW: Vigilante reprint
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BELOW: Foley of the Fighting Fifth reprint.
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SUPER DC GIANT #S-22
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Well, DC's first try at resurrecting the western must have sold
well enough to see if lightning would strike TWICE.
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The issue's Johnny Thunder reprint ran opposite a portentous house ad featuring an upcoming new title by a little-known writer/artist.
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The Bat Lash story, by Nick Cardy.
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The book's second Johnny Thunder tale.
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And the obligatory text piece...
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Well, DC had given westerns a Silver Age shot -- and the results were good enough to convince the publisher to try again, in earnest, with a NEW title featuring all-new western characters. How did THAT go? Not well. At least, not at first. We'll tell you exactly what happened in our next issue, partner, as we move ino the Silver Age of western comics...

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