Wednesday, April 2, 2008

From the Dust Bin: John Wayne Adventure Comics

"The Greatest Cowboy Star Of Them All!"

As one of the most popular motion picture icons in the history of cinema, John Wayne was the leading box office star for many years receiving the 1969 Academy Award for his role as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. Wayne's status also brought him the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Duke also was featured in his own comic book published by Toby Press entitled John Wayne Adventure Comics.

It ran for 31 issues from 1949 thru 1955. The stories were not all western, but also represented the war and adventure genres that he was known for as well. Most issues had photo covers of Wayne. Later, Dell Comics also published a few comic book adaptations of some of John Wayne's popular movies, including Rio Bravo, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Wings of Eagles & The Searchers.


Anonymous said...

I have the original art from a story called "Bottled Dynamite" from Issue #11 but have no idea who the artist is. Anyone know?

Chuck Wells said...

Sorry, wish I could help. I know that Frank Frazetta provided some art on this title, but I doubt that he did to any extensive degree, mostly touchups on select panels as part of a studio. The Grand Comics Database lists no credits for most of the John Wayne Adventure Comics issues.

My suggestion would be to have the page scanned and then seek out opinions of quality art dealers.

Good luck, and let me know if you ever ferret out the mystery.