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ISSUE NO. 859
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DC's Vigilante, a crime-fighting, singing cowboy, was an obvious knock-off of Film and TV star Roy Rogers, the" King of the West," who we covered last issue.

The Vigilante was created by writer/editor Mort Weisinger and artist Mort Meskin. The character debuted in Action #42 (Nov. 1941). The splash page from his debut story is pictured below. The Vigilante's real name was Greg Sanders, and he was supposedly the grandson of a Native American, and the son of a Wyoming sheriff.

After moving to New York, Sanders started a career as a country singer, and was soon called radio's "Prairie Troubadour" (a wink to Roy Rogers, the original "Singing Cowboy").

The series was drawn by the great Mort Meskin (who, among many other credits, was the first to draw Sheena, Queen of the Jungle). Probably because of its double-Mort credits, the feature was signed "Mort Morton Jr."

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BELOW: Mort Meskin biography
from House of Secrets #55.
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Pictured below is a selection of great Vig splash pages by Meskin, from the character's long run in Action Comics, starting with his debut story, from Action #42.
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Pictured below is the cover of Action #52, featuring Superman flanked by his Action co-stars. This was Vigiante's only cover appearance in Golden Age issues of the title!
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The Vigilante - Part 2
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