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Gunsmoke Western #40 - Al Williamson art


Gunsmoke Western v1 #40, 1957 - When a hot-tempered cowboy lands himself in jail, his enemies concoct a devious plan to steal his land. No splashes or large panels are used in this Al Williamson tale, but the artwork is nonetheless appealing. Fine details abound, particularly on faces and figures. This is primarily thanks to the polished inks of Ralph Mayo. Note that the final page is looser and more spontaneous than the others, leading me to believe Williamson himself inked it. Other artists in this issue include Dick Ayers, Jack Keller, Joe Maneely, Joe Sinnott and John Severin (cover). This is number 5 of 5 Gunsmoke Western issues with Williamson art and/or covers.
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"Six-Gun Justice" Williamson story pencils (Ralph Mayo inks) 4 pages = ***

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