Greetings, Groove-ophiles, between the time Bat Lash's mag rode off into the sunset and Jonah Hex mosied into town, DC tried a few more western comics. One of them, which Ol' Groove still digs to this very day (mainly for the cool concept and amazing art) is Outlaw, which ran in All-Star Western issues 2-5 (August 1970-February 1971). Created by Bob Kanigher, Rick Wilson, The Outlaw, was the son of a Texas Ranger. Rick wanted to follow in his "ramrod" father's footsteps, but made some extremely bad decisions as a young man. Getting with the "wrong crowd", his dreams of becoming a Texas Ranger were shattered--and he became The Outlaw--hunted by his own father! The stories were fun, and the son-hunted-by-his-father is a different twist for a comicbook western, but it was the art that stole the show with this series. Tony DeZuniga in ish 2, Gil Kane for issues 3 and 4, and Jim Aparo in ish 5. Oh, and of course, the selling-point-of-all-selling-points, Neal Adams on the covers! Here's the debut from ish #2 by Kanigher and DeZuniga..."Draw Death!"
Did you catch El Diablo's cameo? How weird is it to see a character make his debut as a cameo in the lead feature--in the same comic his first solo story appears? Talk about your cross-overs!