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COMIC LEGEND: Another Golden Age comic book character had the same story edited into three separate comic stories featuring three different characters.
A couple of weeks back, we featured the story of how a Lady Satan adventure during the Golden Age was just slightly edited and then re-used with two different heroines taking the place of Lady Satan.
Reader Kamino Neko noted another amusing example of this comic book…regurgitation.
The Gay Desperado was a character created by George Tuska for Chesler comics in 1946. He made a few appearances, mostly in Red Seal Comics.
The Desperado was a crimefighter who was, himself, wanted for a crime he did not commit.
Two years later, St. Johns picked up the character and made him one of the characters in their series The Texan…
Only now he was the Bold Buckaroo…
(Note that the cover still called him the Gay Buckaroo).
Just SIX ISSUES LATER, St. John decided to test the theory that little kids did not collect comics past a few months by then reprinting the same stories they had featured in the first issues of The Texan (themselves just re-colored and edited Gay Desperado stories) as the Lone Vigilante.
Here are some exact examples of the re-colored artwork.
First off, 1946’s Red Seal Comics #15…
Then 1948’s The Texan #1…
And finally, later in 1950’s The Texan #9…
Thanks, Kamino! If anyone else knows of other Golden Age trifectas like this, drop me a line at email@example.com!
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