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Sunday, November 06, 2005
Cowboys Are Frequently...
Two things quickly became very apparent upon reading the Showcase Presents: Jonah Hex book I bought earlier this week. 1) Jonah sure does take his shirt off a lot. And 2) Jonah keeps coming up with hastily concocted excuses to avoid any romantic entanglements with women.
I've been a Jonah Hex fan as far back as I can remember. I didn't start out reading super-hero comics. Mostly, as a young kid, I bought Disney comics and Charlton and DC horror comics. And, frequently, whatever western comics happened to be on sale, which at the time mostly meant Jonah Hex. I was very fond of cowboys at a young age. Very fond. If my parents had been paying more attention, perhaps suspiciously fond. Mostly, of course, that would have been the fault of the actors in Zorro and Lone Ranger movies and television shows. Hex I loved as a kid simply because he was cool.
The only complaint I have about the collection is the inclusion of seven non-Jonah stories from DC western comics in the back of the book. Oh, I'm sure that this is all material that doesn't stand a chance of ever being collected in any other format, and for fans of DC western books I'm sure these stories are in demand. But I'd have rather had seven more Hex stories, myself.