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.