Monday, 16 June 2008

T&P

Thorpe & Porter were another British publisher of magazines, comic books (mainly re-printed material) and pulp fiction. The first re-printed comic book was Bible Illustrated which ran for eight issues and was probably a repackaging of Picture Stories from the Bible an EC book. Thorpe & Porter are perhaps best known for re-publishing Dell’s Four Color series and Classics Illustrated in the UK. So successful was the Classics Illustrated title that T&P, beginning in 1951, reprinted over 150 of the titles issued in the US by Gilberton. The British Classics Illustrated proved so popular that T&P commissioned new material when Gilberton discontinued the line.

Many reprints of American comics became T&P’s specialality. Romance comics Young Love, Young Bride and Young Romance all had runs of a couple of years. Western comics like Wild Bill Hickcock, Tomahawk and Kid Colt enjoyed sustained popularity in the mid 50’s. Other titles included Mystery in Space, Forbidden Worlds and Blackhawk.

It’s something of a joy for collectors such as myself to pick up a T&P book. There’s always a wealth of reprinted material to be found from the Golden/Silver or Bronze ages and always at a reasonable price.

From the Four-Color Craic vaults these 68 page Kid Colts contain a wealth of material:

Kid Colt Outlaw #34 (T&P)
Reprints: Kid Colt Outlaw #70 (Marvel) [Mar 1957]:
Cover: John Severin
L-326 ‘Marked for Capture’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Keller - art
L-282 ‘Desperate Hour’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Keller - art
L-491 ‘Out of Bounds’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Keller - art
G-265 ‘The Luckiest Cowboy’ 1.67p text
L-337 ‘The Last Round Up’ 5p Keller (art)
L-379 He Stands in the Shadow 4p [Romita] - art
Reprints: Western Comics #60 (DC) [Nov/Dec 1956]:
‘Surprise Deputy’ 6p (Featuring: Pow-Wow Smith) [Herron] - script, [Infantino]/[Giella] - art
Indian Tribal Names 1.5p
Coyote Dance 1.5p
‘The Man Who Imitated Nighthawk’ 5.66p (Featuring: Nighthawk) [Fox] - script, [Kane]/[Sachs] - art
‘The Riddle of the Rodeo Robbery’ 6p (Featuring: Rodeo Rick) [Fox] - script, [Grandenetti] - art
‘The Racing Bandit’ 5.66p (Featuring: Wyoming Kid) [Fox] - script, [Sherman] - art
Reprint from: Prize Comics Western #113 (v14 #4) (Prize) [Sep 1955]:
‘Mississippi Card Sharps’ 15p (Featuring: American Eagle) [Severin] - art
‘Iron Shirt’ 6p (Featuring: American Eagle) [Williamson] – art

Splash page from p1 ‘Mississippi Card Sharps’ (Featuring: American Eagle) [John Severin] - art Prize Comics Western #113 (v14 #4) (Prize) (Sep 1955)

Kid Colt Outlaw #47 (T&P)
Reprints: Kid Colt Outlaw #81 (Marvel) [Nov 1958]:
Cover: Joe Maneely
T-32 ‘Jailbreak’ 6p (Featuring: Kid Colt Outlaw) Lee – script, Keller – art
T-31 ‘The Brute of Copper County’ 8p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller – art
O-112 ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Quit’ 4p Woodbridge – art
G-868 ‘Sheep Run’ 2p text
T-43 ‘The Coward’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Maneely – art. Notes: Joe Maneely’s last full story before his untimely death.
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
F-444 ‘Ghost Town’ 6p (Featuring: Outlaw Kid) Wildey – art
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
F-401 ‘Death Battle’ 6p (Featuring: Outlaw Kid) Wildey – art
Reprint from: Wyatt Earp #5 (Marvel) [Jul 1956]:
C-519 ‘Paid in Full’ 2p text
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
F-357 ‘Preacher-Man’ 5p Berg – art
Reprints from: Outlaw Kid #3 (Marvel) [Jan 1955]:
6p Untitled (Featuring: Black Rider) Wildey – art
F-106 ‘Hostage’ 6p (Featuring: Black Rider) Wildey – art
Reprint from: Unknown Lone Rider (Farrell):
‘The Black Saddle’ 8p (Featuring: Lone Rider) ? – art

Splash page from p1 T-43 ‘The Coward’ (Featuring: Kid Colt) Stan Lee – script, Joe Maneely – art. Notes: Joe Maneely’s last full story before his untimely death. Kid Colt Outlaw #81 (Marvel) [Nov 1958]

Kid Colt Outlaw #51 (T&P)
Reprints: Kid Colt Outlaw #47 (Marvel) [Apr 1955]:
Cover: Joe Maneely
D-871 6p Untitled featuring Kid Colt Outlaw Keller – art
D-876 6p Untitled featuring Kid Colt Outlaw Keller – art
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title
‘A Dog Will always Know’ 1p text
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
5p Untitled featuring Black Rider De Loprino – art
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
6p Untitled featuring: Kid Colt Keller – art
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
K-551 ‘When the Wild Bunch Rides’ 7p Lee – script, Maneely – art
Reprint from: Rawhide Kid #3 (Marvel) [Jul 1955]:
‘The Search’ 2p text
Reprint from: Wyatt Earp #28 (Marvel) [Apr 1960]:
T-660 ‘Every Gun Against Him’ 5p Lee – script, Wildey – art
Reprints from: The Texas Kid #2 (Marvel) [Mar 1951]:
7820 ‘Doom in the Desert’ 7p (Featuring: Texas Kid) 7p Maneely – art
SL-5470 ‘Gallows Bait’ 2p text

7818 ‘The Necktie Party’ 5p (Featuring: Texas Kid) Maneely – art

Splash page from p1 K-551 ‘When the Wild Bunch Rides’ Joe Maneely - art Kid Colt Outlaw #51 (T&P)

Panel from p6 K-551 ‘When the Wild Bunch Rides’ Joe Maneely - art Kid Colt Outlaw #51 (T&P)

Kid Colt Outlaw #53 (T&P)
Reprints: Kid Colt Outlaw #85 (Marvel) [Jul 1959]:
Cover: [Jack Kirby]/[Christopher Rule]
T-265 ‘The Waco Gang Strikes’ 8p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Klein] – art
T-289 ‘Siege at the Circle-X’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Klein] – art
J-663 ‘Duty Trail’ 2p text Maneely – illustration
O-73 ‘Redmen on the Rampage’ 5p (Featuring: Texas Kid) Sinnott – a
T-288 ‘The Deputy Says Draw’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Klein] – art
Reprints from: Gunsmoke Western #52 (Marvel) [May 1959]:
T-238 ‘The Day the Kid Gave Up’ 7p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Rule] – art
J-453 ‘The Stranger’ 2p text
O-116 ‘Range War’ 5p (Featuring: The Texas Kid) Sinnott – a
O-4 ‘Return of the Boise Kid’ 5p Davis – art
Reprint from: Outlaw Kid #5 (Marvel) [May 1955]:
‘Arizona Lawman’ 2p text
Reprints from: Western Comics #70 (DC) [Jul/Aug 1958]:
‘The Mystery of the Bearded Prospector’ 6p (Featuring: Wyoming Kid) [Fox] – script, [Sherman] – art
‘Strange Indian Beliefs’ 1p
Reprints from: The Texas Kid #2 (Marvel) [Mar 1951]:
7821 ‘Phantom of Massacre Gulch’ 6p (Featuring: Texas Kid) 6p Maneely – art
7892 ‘The Promise’ 4p ? – art

Splash page from Gunsmoke Western #52 (Marvel) [May 1959] p1T-238 ‘The Day the Kid Gave Up’ (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Jack Keller/[Christopher Rule] – art

Splash page from Gunsmoke Western #52 (Marvel) [May 1959] p1 O-4 ‘Return of the Boise Kid’ Jack Davis – art

Splash page from The Texas Kid #2 (Marvel) [Mar 1951] p1 7821 ‘Phantom of Massacre Gulch’ (Featuring: Texas Kid) 6p Joe Maneely – art

Kid Colt Outlaw #54 (T&P)
Reprints cover from Wild Western #23 (Marvel) (Aug 1952) by Sol Brodsky? Texas Kid and The Arizona Kid are labelled as The Nighthawk and Johnny Thunder. None of the contents from Wild Western #23 are reprinted.
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
7474 ‘Red Men on the Warpath’ 9p (Featuring: Kid Colt) [Maneely] – art
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
7478 ‘Sheriff of Roaring Gap’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) [Maneely] – art
Reprint from: Kid Colt Outlaw #17 (Marvel) [Nov 1951]:
7476 ‘’Trapped by the Posse’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) ? – art
Reprint from: Kid Colt Outlaw #10 (Marvel) [Jul 1950]:
7475 ‘The Whip Strikes’ 8p (Featuring: Kid Colt) ? – art
Reprints from: All-Star Western #104 (DC) [Dec-Jan 1958/59]:
‘The Surprise Sheriff of Rocky City’ 10p (Featuring: Trigger Twins) [Kanigher] – script, [Infantino] – art
Colorful Western Creeks 1p ? – art
‘Double Cross at Double Creek’ (Featuring: Foley of the Fighting 5th) [Broome] – script, [Sherman] – art
Hitching Post 1p letters
‘The Gauntlet of Thunder’ 8p (Featuring: Johnny Thunder) [Kanigher] – script, [Kane] – art

Splash page from All-Star Western #104 (DC) [Dec-Jan 1958/59] p1 ‘The Surprise Sheriff of Rocky City’ (Featuring: Trigger Twins) [Carmine Infantino] – art

Splash page from All-Star Western #104 (DC) [Dec-Jan 1958/59] p1 ‘The Gauntlet of Thunder’ (Featuring: Johnny Thunder) [Gil Kane] – art

Kid Colt Outlaw #57 (T&P)
Reprints: Kid Colt Outlaw #87 (Marvel) [Nov 1959]:
Cover: [Jack Kirby]/[George Klein]
T-408 ‘Give Me Your Guns’ 7p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Klein] – art
O-316 6p Untitled featuring Gunsmoke Kid Davis – art
T-431 ‘Fury at the Circle-R’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script,
Keller/[Klein] – art
J-655 ‘The Slacker’ 2p text, Maneely – illustration
T-425 ‘The Mark of the Outlaw’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Klein] – art
Reprints from: Western Comics #75 (DC) [Mar/Jun 1959]:
‘Menace of the Magic Arrows’ 11.67p (Featuring: Pow-Wow Smith) [Fox] – script, [Infantino] – art
‘Strange Indian Beliefs’ 1p
Hitching Post 1p letters
‘The Strange Signs at Saddle Rock’ 5.67p (Featuring: Wyoming Kid) [Fox] – script, [Kane]/[Sachs] – art
Reprint from: All-Star Western #106 (DC) [Apr/May 1959]

‘Trap at the Flaming Outpost’ 9.67p [Featuring: Johnny Thunder] [Kanigher] – script, [Kane]/[Giacoia] – art

Splash page from Kid Colt Outlaw #87 (Marvel) [Nov 1959] p1 O-316 Untitled featuring Gunsmoke Kid Davis – art

Splash page from All-Star Western #106 (DC) [Apr/May 1959] p1 ‘Trap at the Flaming Outpost’ 9.67p [Featuring: Johnny Thunder] [Kanigher] – script, [Gil Kane]/[Frank Giacoia] – art

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