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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 retro-actively 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 The 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