Sunday, 20 September 2009

70 Years of Marvel - 1959

Kid Colt, wikipedia tells me, is "the longest-running cowboy star in American comic-book publishing, featured in stories for a 31-year stretch from 1948-1979". Although, as it hastens to add, it was pretty much a reprint book from 1966. Observant viewers may note that the issue above, #87, features cover art by one Jack Kirby, who was about to become something of an overnight sensation.

Like other early Marvel characters, Kid Colt was introduced into the Marvel Universe, once again by Steve Englehart, who seems to have made a career looting past glories of Marvel:

Kid Colt's appearances have been sporadic over the years, but he's not going to complain. Not after what happened to his pal, the Rawhide Kid.

So, other than Kid Colt celebrating 11 years in publication, what else happened in 1959? Well, Castro was taking over in Cuba. Whatever happened to that guy? Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash. And the international community decreed that Antarctica should become a protected region, thus saving the world forever.

In France, Asterix turned up. Meanwhile, William Burroughs was writing the Naked Lunch, and Robert Bloch was writing Psycho. Juke Box Jury was starting up on tv, as were Bonanza (in colour, no less!) and the Twilight Zone. At the movies, Chuck Heston was starring as Ben-Hur. Cary Grant and James Mason were opposing forces in North by Northwest. But more important than that, Ed Wood's soon-to-be-the-most-famous-bad-film-in-history, Plan 9 From Outer Space, was out!

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