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ISSUE NO. 834
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Below, Doug Wildey's original painting. Above, the printed cover.
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We continue our look at Doug Wildey's Rio with "Hot Lead for Johnny Hardluck," originally published in a 1992 two-issue mini-series from Dark Horse titled "Rio At Bay." (We're going to cover BOTH issues in this single issue of DIAL B.) The first issue's cover art is pictured above. And here's the opening splash double-spread...
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Payday in a mining town for Jan Haarlock aka Johny Hardluck.
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Meanwhile, Rio gets a job ridng shotgun for a train...
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Rio rides off, his solitary firgure, devoid of all speech and thought ballons, gives a feeling of the charcteter's isolation.
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As Rio rides, Johnny Hardluck gets into a high stakes poker game -- and WINS big time! A win with serious implications for the loser...
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Little brother leaves to steal the winnings back from Johnny Hardluck, but he crosses paths with Rio, leading to a blazing gunfight!
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Rio tries to stop the bad guys, but they gey away. In time, Rio's coach arrives at its first pit-stop...
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Now, the final leg of the stagecoach's journey...
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The next afternoon...
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Rio gets into a poker game with Johnny Hardluck and others...
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Johnny Hardluck wins, but when he leaves the saloon, he falls right into a trap designed to knock people out so they can be shanghied -- forced into labor on a ship bound for a distant place! Rio wins too, and then walks into the exact same trap... Here, Wildey makes perfect use of the page space by having Rio fall from "eye-level" to falling straight down in a long panel...
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Rio falls into a small, cell-like room just as Johnny Hardluck did. Together, the two men manage to escape, and Rio returns to confront his would-be kidnapper...
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Uh-oh! Rio give the bad guy a death-stare...
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Then he lets fly with the titular "hot lead."
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Rio tricks his would-be impressers into taking the bad guy in his place. When he wakes up on a ship bound for Austraiia, he gets the shock of his evil life...
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