With a title like Space Western Comics: Cowboys vs. Aliens, Commies, Dinosaurs, and Nazis! how could we not give a spotlight to a new collection of vintage Charlton comics coming later this year from Dark Horse and Yoe Books? Details in the press release below.
SADDLE UP FOR AN INTERGALACTIC RIDE THROUGH THE WILD WEST IN “SPACE WESTERN COMICS: COWBOYS VS. ALIENS, COMMIES, DINOSAURS, AND NAZIS!
Dark Horse Books and Yoe Books present Space Western Comics: Cowboys vs. Aliens, Commies, Dinosaurs, and Nazis! All the cowboy/sci-fi mashup stories from the bizarro six issue series are combined in one wacky trade paperback. The series is written by Walter Gibson with art by John Belfi, Stan Campbell, and Lou Morales.
Welcome to the wild, WILD West! Spurs Jackson and his Space Vigilantes bravely defended the frontier against commies from Mars, Venusian spies, Meteor Men, moon bats, and of course, Hitler and his space Nazis. Oh, and dinosaurs! With stories by Walter Gibson, famed creator/writer of The Shadow pulps, and art by John Belfi, Stan Campbell, and Lou Morales, Space Western Comics was one of the weirdest, most fun comic series of the ’50s. Now, all the space western tales are collected and restored in this volume, including a “lost” story. This edition includes an illustrated intro, including revelations about the strange parallels between Star Trek and Space Western Comics by multiple-Eisner Award-winning designer and comics historian Craig Yoe. To Arizona…and beyond!
Craig Yoe opines, “these bat-poop crazy stories are a devoted cult fave series. Make that ‘moon bat-poop crazy’ stories.”
Fun fact, Psychiatric Dr. Fredric Wertham, in his book Seduction of the Innocent, reported that Space Western was a favorite comic book of a juvenile delinquent arsonist that was treated at his clinic. (The lawyers made us put this in: DON’T READ SPACE WESTERN COMICS AND PLAY WITH MATCHES!)
The Space Western Comics: Cowboys vs. Aliens, Commies, Dinosaurs, and Nazis! trade paperback will arrive in bookstores September 17, 2024 and in comic shops September 18, 2024. The 208-page book is available for pre-order now on Barnes and Noble, and at your local comic book shop and bookstore, and will retail for $24.99.
Praise for Space Western Comics:
“Genre-bending Space Western was one of the wackiest Charlton comic books (or from any publisher anywhere!)”—Jon Cooke, multiple-Eisner Award-winner and author of The Charlton Companion.