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It Ain’t Me Babe – The Lone Ranger

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This is feature is based on a running gag Stan Lee used to do in Amazing Spider-Man where Spider-Man would burst into a room, someone would say something like “Spider-Man!” and he would say some variation of “Well, it isn’t _____ ____.” So in this feature (which will go in chronological order), I’ll explain who Spider-Man is saying he WASN’T back during the 1960s.

We continue with Amazing Spider-Man #7 and the Lone Ranger…

I feel kind of stupid explaining this reference, as the Lone Ranger is so famous, but I said that I would do these things chronologically, so I guess it is only fair!

The Lone Ranger was a masked Western hero who debuted on a radio show in 1933 that became a massive success (there is debate over who created the character – either the station’s owner, George Trendle, or the writer of the show, Fran Striker).

The radio show spawned a series of books (mostly written by Striker) and then, most famously, a long-running TV series from 1949-1957 featuring Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger (with John Hart taking over for one season during a contract dispute by Moore) and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.

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It was recently even made into a box office bomb of a motion picture starring Arme Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto…

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And in 1964′s Amazing Spider-Man #7, the Lone Ranger was a lot more famous than he is now, so it was a very well known reference…

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9 Comments

I still get angry at the thought of that misbegotten Johnny Depp film version. Such a classic character deserves better.

If you thought the Depp version was bad, feel lucky you don’t remember 1981′s The Legend of the Lone Ranger, an earlier attempt to make a big-budget version that was an even bigger failure.

I know this is a Spidey-centric feature, but just last night while looking for something else, I ran across Superman doing this bit. In “The Superman-Batman Split,” reprinted in Best of DC Blue-Ribbon Digest #16, Batgirl gasps, “S-Superman!” And he says, “Who’d you expect…Twiggy?”

If you thought the Depp version was bad, feel lucky you don’t remember 1981?s The Legend of the Lone Ranger, an earlier attempt to make a big-budget version that was an even bigger failure.

A bigger financial failure or artistic failure?

Omar Karindu:”If you thought the Depp version was bad, feel lucky you don’t remember 1981?s The Legend of the Lone Ranger, an earlier attempt to make a big-budget version that was an even bigger failure.”

Yeesh, that was a bad one. Didn’t it have a weird bit where using silver bullets improved the Ranger’s accuracy? Guess that they though that the canon reason (silver bullets as a symbolic reminder of the value of a human life) just wouldn’t cut it. Ah, Hollywood, where idiocy thrives…..

Sorry, but I really think the Depp one is worse than the Klinton Spilsbury 1981 effort.

The WORST, however, has to be the WB television pilot that, mercifully, almost no one saw or remembers. I wish I was one of those people, but sadly, its awfulness is seared into my brain alongside the horror that is the Reb Brown Captain America.

For more on the earlier epic failure Lone Ranger movie, go here;

http://www.thecinemasnob.com/50/post/2013/07/the-legend-of-the-lone-ranger.html

Also, check out the Cinema Snob’s other videos, because they’re hilarious. Who would’ve thought that mixing a pretentious reviewer role with the trashiest films possible would lead to comedy gold?

http://hocof.blogspot.com/

Derek Crabbe has reviews of all (or most) Lone Ranger adaptations for film and television available.

Travis Pelkie

March 2, 2014 at 3:25 am

You can probably find it on youtube or something, but actor Jay Thomas’s story involving Clayton Moore is wonderful stuff. He’s told it on Letterman numerous times.

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