Albie's Note: CALLING ALL BOYS was a "pulpy" 60 page comic book launched by the folks at the "slick" periodical Parents’ Magazine back in 1946. This entirely wholesome mix of comics and written stories lasted 17 issues and featured numerous multi-page text stories, many by established pulp authors of the time. In issues 3 and 4, a young Jim Kjelgaard [see my own tribute of this great author HERE if you like] contributed this pretty cool frontier yarn. The illustrations are by an old pro named Ralph Cosby Smith, who had made a name for himself in the outdoor magazine world at the time.
Now mind you... I know there is no such thing as "the good old days," but doesn't it seem like kids got a heckuva lot for a dime back then??
I have also included an ad for a current western movie adapted from the great classic SMOKY THE COWHORSE by Will James. I never knew this film existed. I was familiar with the one made in the sixties with Fess Parker, but this 1946 Technicolor [!] version sounds much more interesting! Fred MacMurray and Burl Ives?? How could you go wrong? I wonder if its available on disc anywhere?
These scans are from the amazing DIGITAL COMICS MUSEUM.