Saturday, January 25, 2014

RANGER AL's WESTERN COMIX THEATRE #2: POW WOW SMITH in "Treasure Trail to Tumbleweed Gap," 1961

Albie's Note:  As I child I only came across a few of these POW WOW SMITH,  INDIAN LAWMAN stories, usually reprints used as back-up features in various DC magazines.  I always like them, though, because they were a nice blend of the western, super-hero, and mystery genres.

As to our hero, I'l let Don Markstein of the great TOONOPEDIA website introduce you to the character:

"Pow Wow Smith" was a monicker laid on the character by the townspeople of Elkhorn, where he did his lawman work, first as deputy and later as full-fledged sheriff. His real name was Ohiyesa, which means "Winner" in the Sioux dialect he grew up with back in Red Deer Valley. When he started exploring white society, he tried to use his real name. Eventually, he gave in to the inevitable and became Pow Wow Smith in everyday life, reverting back only when visiting home. His main supporting character was his deputy, Hank Brown. He also picked up a fiancee, Fleetfoot, along the way. Racial issues usually didn't concern him — he was liked and accepted by the Elkhorn populace, with only mild grumbling from an occasional curmudgeon (who was usually converted by the end of the story).

Here, from 1961's Westen Comics #85, is a fine story: "Treasure Trail to Tumbleweed Gap." 

[Thanks to the great THE FABULOUS FIFTIES blog for the following page-scans!]




Western Comics #85


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