Holt And Catch Fire

Tim Holt

So by theme “week” you didn’t expect five consecutive days of posts, did you?

Heh. Well… errr…ummm

Sadly Time Bulleteers, my best-laid plans were waylaid by a now-dead Toshiba laptop.  Guess those “Imminent hard drive failure” notifications weren’t just a bunch of gobbledygook after all!

Like the Wild West heroes of old, however, the Time Bullet is back in the saddle and ready to proceed with the six-gun action and tumbleweed terrors promised earlier this week.

Today we have the comic book adventures of Tim Holt, a star of the classic Western film era who appeared in such notable works as Stagecoach, The Girl and The Gambler, My Darling Clementine,  and – perhaps most famously – The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre.

Comics based upon the fictionalized adventures of Holt and other film stars (including such A-Listers as John Wayne) were the Star Wars titles of their day, and publisher Magazine Enterprises upped the ante by giving Holt a Lone Ranger-esque alter-ego known as the “Red Mask.”

Many of the Red Mask’s adventures showed the same pulpish flair as Magazine Enterprises’ premier Western star, The Ghost Rider, probably because the great Gardner Fox worked on both characters.

“The Death Wheel!” features the menace of the wonderfully named “Lady Doom” and originally appeared in Tim Holt #30 (Magazine Enterprises, June-July 1952). The art is by Frank Bolle and is thought to be scripted by Fox.

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Golden Age justice!

Coming Monday (I’m almost totally sure … ): The Crimson Rider! She’s not what you expect!