What's happening, Groove-ophiles! Today we're gonna strap on our six-guns and hit the trail with Caleb Hammer. Hammer was Marvel's first new Western hero in nearly half a decade and man, did he ever have potential! Created by Peter B. Gillis and Gene Day for Marvel Premiere #54 (March 1980), "The Devil's Starry Anvil" was our hero's one-and-only Groovy Age appearance. I suppose superheroes had such a hold on comicdom that too few fans cared about reading any westerns, other than the adventures of Jonah Hex over at DC, no matter how well done they were. Those not in the know regarded Caleb Hammer as Marvel's attempt to mimic Jonah Hex, but aside from the inks of Tony DeZuniga (semi-regular artist and co-creator of Hex) and the fact Hammer was a western, that's all the similarities. If anything, in fact, Gillis and Day set out to create the anti-Hex. Hammer was a violence hating, deeply religious man until his life is turned upside down. Even then the former seminary student shunned the seedy life of a bounty hunter to become a Pinkerton agent. No, if Hex was tails, Hammer was heads. It's just a shame he didn't get the chance to shine!
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