Friday, January 6, 2017

Roy Rogers and Trigger #124 - Alex Toth, Russ Manning art


Roy Rogers and Trigger v1 #124, 1958 - A wanted poster bearing Roy Rogers' face lands him in a local jail. Unable to convince the local townspeople of his innocence, he takes matters into his own hands. This western tale of mistaken identity is impressively drawn by Alex Toth. Among the highlights are a gritty rendition of a frontier fort on page seven, panel five, and Roy's unexpected arrest on page two, panel three. The latter cleverly suggests several guns aimed from an overlooking room. The window is a mere rectangle that frames the scene and implies the townspeople's fear. The graphic simplicity of the shapes provides plenty of information without resorting to heavy detail. By contrast, Russ Manning's brief Chuckwagon Charlie tale feels lighter in its execution but no less ably drawn. Toth's story (see interior page below) was later reprinted in Roy Rogers and Trigger v2 #1. This is number 7 of 7 Roy Rogers and Trigger issues with Toth art and/or covers and number 2 of 15 Roy Rogers and Trigger issues with Manning art and/or covers.
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"The Rebel Rider" Toth story pencils and inks 12 pages = ***
"Chuckwagon Charlie’s Tales" Manning story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***

Russ Manning
Alex Toth
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