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Thursday, 8 May 2014
THE RAWHIDE KID - A REAL STRAIGHT-SHOOTER...
It wasn't until I was typing out the folder name for these scans
that it struck me how gay the name RAWHIDE KID sounds these
days. In fact, I believe the character was 'outed' a few years ago when
writer RON ZIMMERMAN decided to retroactively alter the Kid's
sexual orientation. I never read that series - didn't even see it, in fact -
but, to me, the Rawhide Kid is, and always will be, as straight as they
come. In fact, he's so macho and manly, he drinks his milk
from a dirty glass.
Anyway, there seems to have been a pulsatin' plethora of
cowboy characters called 'Kid' in MARVEL comicbooks way
back when. As well as Rawhide Kid, there was The TWO-GUN
KID, The APACHE KID, The RINGO KID, The WESTERN
KID, and KID COLT, OUTLAW. May well be more for all I know.
The blamed West was over-run with dang kids - where were all the
adults fer cryin' out loud? Makin' kids, I guess. (Well, a man
can't spend all his time with his horse - it ain't natcheral!)
Surely HERBE TRIMPE's finest inker was JOHN SEVERIN.
Just look at that splash page below. GERRY TALAOC, who inked
the next two issues, did a great job (with DAN BULANADI on #4) -
but, for me, Severin is the main man when it comes to inking Trimpe's
pencils. Herb's art, great as it was, always looked better for having been
'kissed' by the pen or brush of the inordinately talented Mr S, who was
also a magnificent penciller in his own right. I've yet to see a page of
art that wasn't enhanced by his inks. Who could ever forget his fine
work on KULL The CONQUEROR with his sister MARIE
back in the '70s?
However, it's the Old West that we're interested in today.
So saddle on up and sashay on down to the ol' saloon - where
men were men and women were wild - and kids were well-
past their bedtime.
Posted by Kid at Thursday, May 08, 2014