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    Reviews - The Lone Ranger - #1

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The Lone Ranger #1 (1993) - MadMikeyD
A collection of the second Lone Ranger daily newspaper strip, which ran from 1981-1984. It was written by Carey Bates, with art by Russ Heath. I assume this strip was done as part of the marketing of the 'Legend of the Lone Ranger' film, because the first strip uses the film's logo, and the Ranger and Tonto resemble their big-screen counterparts. This comic reminds me of why I hate reading dramatic daily comic strips. If I missed a day I'd be lost. The two storylines included are pretty good.

The first has the Lone Ranger and Tonto bringing a retired gunfighters only child to meet him for the first time. Good story with a decent plot twist. You can tell Russ Heath used to draw comics for Playboy, though, because the woman in the story constantly has her shirt undone almost to her naval. Aside from that, an overall good western tale.

The second story is a really good one with the Ranger and Tonto meeting Mark Twain and trying to thwart a plot by an old Southern General to re-ignite the Civil War. Tonto is kind of left on the sidelines for this one, as he takes the horses across land while the Ranger and Mark Twain are on a riverboat, but this is still a good story and my favorite of the two.

Being a collection of daily strips the panels do not always flow smoothly like you would normally expect in a comic book. But this book has no advertisements and has 49 pages of story. There is no 'to be continued' at the end, it has a nice, clean wrap-up. Two complete Lone Ranger stories. I have to say, I definitely think this is worth tracking down if you are a Lone Ranger comic fan, or LR fan in general. The stories are pretty well written and the art is very good as well. I'm glad I was able to find a copy.

Grade: A

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