Thursday, 16 October 2008

Blaze Of Glory

This comic ran for 4 Issues that were published by Marvel Comics in 2000.
The writer is John Ostrander with artist credits going to Leonardo Manco.
The story is about the town of Wonderment and it's inhabitants of ex-slaves and poor whites who have built a successful life for themselves.
The town is attacked by a bunch of white hooded Nightriders who are intent on destroying everything and everyone.
Enter the Western Heroes a kind of Magnificent 7 - western characters from the 40s to the 60s.
Kid Colt, The Two-Gun Kid, Rawhide Kid, Reno Jones, Caleb Hammer, Red Wolf and The Outlaw Kid. Also, there are appearances by Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickock.
For me the arrival of the original Ghost Rider was a good moment.
The comic book says: "There is the west of fact. There is the west of legend. This story falls somewhere in between."
'Blaze Of Glory' is worth tracking down - if you like a good western yarn.


Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

You've got me yearning for this series - I'll have to saddle up and roam the great wastelands known as the second hand shops now. You sod - I'm an impulse buyer and I'll spend a fortune trying to locate these.

Now that you've put me on a spending spree we'll have to duel. Perhaps we should meet at high noon and throw books at each other.

Ray said...

There is a hard to find graphic novel out there somewhere. I'll give you some breathing space, Gary, before I put up a blog about a comic written by a well known western writer. This is a six parter story that is due out next year as a graphic novel.

David Cranmer said...

Ray, this kind reminds me of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen of the old west. So many famous faces thrown together. I enjoy Mr. Ostrander's writing on The Spectre and will be tempted to check out Blaze Of Glory.