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Once again, I'm sorry for a bit of delay between entries this time of year. I manage a hotel and we're fully in the swing of Utah tourist season right now. . .even though I've been assured by the fine folks on my television screen that it's SO unsafe to venture out of your home and stand in a line that we need to vote by mail this year. I look at my packed parking lot, raise an eyebrow, and mutter, "Well, if you say so, I guess."
ANYWAY. . .
Long story short. . .the incongruous combination of a busier than usual tourist season and a hotel still running on a pandemic skeleton crew (for some reason I can't figure out) doesn't leave much time for comic readin' and reviewin'.
BUT ENOUGH OF THAT. . .
I'm going to continue my "mini-series" of Longbox Junk Retro Reviews for a little while longer, since I've been having a lot of fun stepping outside of my usual bargain bin fare and shining the spotlight on some of the older and/or more "valuable" comics in my collection.
This time out, I'm setting the Longbox Junk paper time machine to 1951 and heading back to the days when Cowboys were king of the hill in movies, T.V. and comics for some wild west fun with one of my personal favorite characters of all. . .The Lone Ranger!
In MY extremely humble opinion, when it comes to heroes, the Lone Ranger has it all!
A tragic origin, a faithful sidekick, an iconic look, and a never-swerving determination to help others. He may have changed a little bit here and there over the years (witness the original red shirt outfit on the cover below), but one thing about The Lone Ranger remains steady and firm. . .he will ALWAYS do the right thing, no matter how dangerous it may be. He's not just a great western hero, he's a great hero, period.
Is it any wonder that the adventures of that mysterious masked man of the west have lasted since 1933 when so many other characters have come and gone? How can you NOT like a hero that says things like, "I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one." Or, "Everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world."
While Batman is slowly spiraling into the madness of the monsters he fights and Captain America's status as the bright symbol of a strong nation is being steadily eroded, The Lone Ranger is the hero that steps forward and tells you that he'll be your friend if you need one. In these times of trouble, we NEED a hero like The Lone Ranger!
But enough introduction.
Let's get that paper time machine running and head back to the Old West by way of 1951, shall we?
THE LONE RANGER #35