6/24/18

Texas Rangers in Action #11 - Al Williamson art


Texas Rangers in Action v1 #11, 1958 - Filled with 68 pages of new material, this special issue also boasts three stories drawn by Al Williamson. In the first, a cowboy comes across a wounded Texas ranger and vows to thwart an upcoming bank robbery. The second tale chronicles a lone drifter who comes across a gang of horse thieves. Both are capably drawn in Williamson's action-oriented style, aided by Angelo Torres' loose inks. Though similar, "A Ranger Born" is easily better drawn than "Rustler's Jinx". A third story tells of a married couple whose gold prospecting attracts the attention of criminals. The quality of the drawings vary, mostly due to multiple inkers involved (Angelo Torres and George Woodbridge are likely candidates). Williamson himself inked several pages, resulting in the best work in the entire issue. Page six is especially fine in its definition and craftsmanship. Other artists in this issue include Sal Trapani. This is number 1 of 2 Texas Rangers in Action issues with Williamson art and/or covers.
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"A Ranger Born" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres inks) 5 pages = **
"Rustler's Jinx" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres inks) 5 pages = **
"Poisoned Spring" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres inks) 8 pages = ***


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