Strange Tales of the Wild West

Published
1980
Page count
84
Cover price
1.00 AUD
Colour
Black & white
Size
Magazine size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic
Branding
None

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Show/hide Cover Death in the Desert Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Western-Frontier

Credits

Painting
?

Reprint history

First print
Unknown
Show/hide 1. Death in the Desert Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Genre
Western-Frontier
Characters
Karl; Nancy; John Nobody

Credits

Script
Manfred Sommer (signed)
Art
Manfred Sommer (signed)
Editing
Josep Toutain (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
Spain
Creepy (Toutain, 1979 series) #25 ([junio 1981])
El hombre del desierto

Synopsis

When Karl and Nancy's car breaks down in the desert, they seek help and accommodation from John Nobody until the next coach comes in a week's time. But John is afraid of more and more people coming. He is psychotic and is soon alone again.

Show/hide 2. The Chinaman (Gringo) Comic story, 20 pages

Featuring

Feature
Gringo
Genre
Western-Frontier
Characters
Sheriff Max Willie; Syd Bicking; Hugh; Pete (the Chinaman); Dexter Kelvin (John Lynn)

Credits

Script
Manuel Medina
Art
Carlos Giménez [as Carlos] (signed)
Editing
? [Selecciones Ilustradas]

Reprint history

First print
Chile
El Justiciero (Zig-Zag, 1965 series) #856 (April 1966)
El Chino
Also printed
Sweden
Buffalo (Semic, 1965 series) December 1967 (December 1967)
Unknown [The Chinaman]
 
Australia
Climax Adventure Comic (Sport Magazine, 1968 series) #7 ([November 1968?])
The Chinaman
 
Norway
Buffalo (Romanforlaget, 1968 series) [februar] 1969 ([februar] 1969)
Mysteriet med kineseren
 
Spain
Gringo (IMDE, 1970 series) #7 (January 1971)
El chino
 
Serbia
Politikin Zabavnik (Politika, 1952 series) #1041 (10 December 1971)
Obračun u napuštenom rudniku
 
France
Totem (A&V, 1970 series) #18 (November 1974)
L'honorable chinois
 
Spain
Hunter (Riego, 1980 series) #7 (1980)
The Chinaman
 
Spain
8 Aventuras de Gringo (Alonso, 1981 series) (1981)
El Chino
 
Spain
Gringo (Alonso, 1982 series) #4 (1982)
El Chino

Synopsis

Gringo is called to Tombstone by the Sheriff, who has arrested Hugh, a robber, but not the murderous gang leader, Dexter Kelvin. Hugh escapes, but Syd discovers he's headed to Terence Valley where Dexter is posing as Mr Lynn, the owner of the Hotel Arizona. When Syd avoids an ambush, Dexter sets fire to his own hotel in an attempt to escape, while also framing Pete, the Chinaman, who owns the rival Hotel Frontera. Syd has the town's horses rounded up and guards exits on foot. Dexter dies when he goes over a cliff and Gringo takes Hugh back to jail.

Notes

The signature on this story is dated 1965.

Show/hide 3. The Hill of Death (Gringo) Comic story, 20 pages

Featuring

Feature
Gringo
Genre
Western-Frontier
Characters
Syd Bicking; Jarvis Garret; Sheriff Wesley; Tomás; Chucho

Credits

Script
Manuel Medina
Art
Carlos Giménez [as Carlos] (signed)
Editing
? [Selecciones Ilustradas]

Reprint history

First print
Portugal
Condor Popular (Aguiar & Dias, 1954 series) #5702 (November 1965)
A Colina da Morte
Also printed
Belgium
Gringo (ZNU, 1966 series) #6 (1966)
De geest van de bergen
 
Sweden
Buffalo (Semic, 1965 series) November 1967 (November 1967)
Unknown [The Hill of Death]
 
Australia
Ringo (Sport Magazine, 1967 series) #2 ([December 1967?])
The Hill of Death
 
Norway
Buffalo (Romanforlaget, 1968 series) [20. november] 1968 ([20. november] 1968)
Dødens fjell
 
Spain
Gringo (IMDE, 1970 series) #6 (December 1970)
La colina de la muerte
 
Serbia
Politikin Zabavnik (Politika, 1952 series) #1063 (12 May 1972)
Duh u planini
 
Australia
Ringo (Sport Magazine, 1967 series) #26 ([October 1973?])
The Hill of Death
 
Spain
Hunter (Riego, 1980 series) #6 (1980)
La colina de la muerte
 
Spain
8 Aventuras de Gringo (Alonso, 1981 series) (1981)
La Colina de la Muerte
 
Spain
Gringo (Alonso, 1982 series) #3 (1982)
La Colina De La Muerte
 
Argentina
Sandokan Sinónimo de aventura (Columba, 1982 series) #24 (25 May 1983)
La colina de la Muerte

Synopsis

Jarvis Garret asks Gringo to persuade local Mexicans to build a needed dam in the haunted 'Hill of Death'. Tomás and Chucho respond, but an old woman lures them to an Aztec temple with fire blasting from an idol's eyes. They run in terror. Syd helps dig the dam to show it is safe, but a rock slide badly hurts Javis. The villagers believe the spirits have taken revenge and the sheriff says he's not paid to fight ghosts. Gringo insists Tomás guide him to the cave, where they uncovers a fake god and find the hill rich with gold. The sheriff is behind the deception.

Notes

The signature on this story is dated 1965.

Show/hide 4. The Dealers from the Pecos (Gringo) Comic story, 20 pages

Featuring

Feature
Gringo
Genre
Western-Frontier
Characters
Syd Bicking; Willis; Helen; Matt; Ernest; Luis; Red Cloud; Invincible Eagle

Credits

Script
Manuel Medina
Art
Carlos Giménez [as Carlos] (signed)
Editing
? [Selecciones Ilustradas]

Reprint history

First print
Belgium
Gringo (ZNU, 1966 series) #7 (1966)
Wapens voor indianen
Also printed
Portugal
O Mundo de Aventuras (Aguiar & Dias, 1949 series) #905 (January 1967)
Os Traficantes de Pecos
 
Australia
Ringo (Sport Magazine, 1967 series) #1 ([1967?])
The Dealers from the Pecos
 
Sweden
Buffalo (Semic, 1965 series) January 1968 (January 1968)
Unknown [The Dealers from Pecos]
 
Norway
Buffalo (Romanforlaget, 1968 series) [desember] 1968 ([desember] 1968)
Piken og Pecos-indianerne
 
Serbia
Politikin Zabavnik (Politika, 1952 series) #992 (1 January 1971)
Mali pomoćnik
 
Spain
Gringo (IMDE, 1970 series) #8 (February 1971)
Los traficantes del pecos
 
Spain
Hunter (Riego, 1980 series) #8 (1980)
Los traficantes del Pecos

Synopsis

Gringo guards a wagon train through Apache territory. Luis' daughter Helen sees Indians, so Syd investigates. He discovers Matt and Ernest, two of his group, trading guns with Indians, but is seen and knocked out. The men and Indians flee and Helen toes missing--she has hidden in their wagon. Syd follows with Willis and Luis and uncovers gun trafficking. Syd swaps the guns for rocks. The Indians believe they've been cheated and chase Matt and Ernest. Syd goes to his friend Invincible Eagle and set a trap for everyone involved in the scheme that risked a war.

Notes

The signature on this story is dated 1965. The Belgian printing might not be the first printing of this Spanish story "Los traficantes del Pecos", but it is the earliest identified to date. The Dutch story title translates as "Weapons for Indians".

Show/hide 5. The Gold Rush (The History of the West) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
The History of the West
Genre
Non-Fiction

Credits

Art
Jorge Longarón [as Longarón] (signed)

Reprint history

First print
Spain
Hunter (Riego, 1980 series) #5 (1980)
Buscadores de oro

Synopsis

Gold was discovered at Sutter's Hill in California on 24 January 1848 and news spread quickly to New York by June, starting a widespread gold rush. Gold was later found in other states, creating important towns that were later abandoned as the mines became exhausted.

Show/hide 6. The Mohave Rose (The Chronicles of the Nameless) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Chronicles of the Nameless
Genre
Western-Frontier
Characters
Madam Lily; Hepzibah; Lem Lassiter; Moe Lassiter; Slokum; Mr Richards; Schuyler

Credits

Script
Victor Mora
Art
Luis García Mozos [as Luis García] (signed)

Reprint history

First print
France
Pilote Mensuel (Dargaud, 1974 series) #17 bis (October 1975)
La rose du Mohave

Synopsis

The Nameless enters Hepzibah, a sex worker at Mohave Rose, on the border of the desert. Hepzibah seduces Lem and Moe into robbing the Mohave Rose and escaping with her. The arrive in a town where a strike has stopped railway construction. Mr Richards offers $5,000 for the death of the strike leader, Schuyler. Hepzibah tries to get Lem and Moe to kill Schuyler, but they know him and refuse. Hepzibah secretly reports Lem and Moe to the Sheriff, forcing the three to travel on to escape. She continues to seduce the two outlaws.

Notes

The signature on this story is dated 1974. This is an episode of "The Chronicles of the Nameless", closely translated from the original. A rewritten version of “Chroniques de l’innomé: La rose du Mohave” was also published in Vampirella (Warren, 1969 series) #47 (December 1975).


Status

This issue includes help from

  • Mark Muller

AusReprints ID

  • 41912

Entry created

  • 22/08/2009

Cover added

  • 11/05/2018

Index completed

  • 26/12/2018

Last updated

  • 27/12/2018