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Saturday, April 30, 2011


Richard S. Wheeler is one of the greats in the field of Western writing.  He's very kind and engaging.  This novel, along with his classics DODGING RED CLOUD and SAM HOOK (which are all autographed to me!) made me a Wheeler fan for life. 

Plus, he was the first person to ever send me a music tape that all the actual theme to "Rio Bravo" on it.  Not, "DeGuello", the cut-throat song (I was able to give that to HIM!), but the actual opening music to the classic John Wayne/Howard Hawks film.

Richard, I have the other song from the film that Ricky Nelson and Dean Martin sing, "My Rifle, My Pony and Me" - drop me a line if you want a copy!


No, don't have any of these comics/mags, but sure wish I did.  Love this kind of artwork and hope you will appreciate it, too!


Larry D. Sweazy is another writer to watch for.  On recommendation of my friend Loren D. Estleman, I read Mr. Sweazy's first Josiah Wolfe novel, THE RATTLESNAKE SEASON, and was duly impressed.  This is the third in the series and, I hope, the latest of many more yet to come.


A new series using characters created by her late uncle, William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone carries on the family tradition here.  Nice cover art.  I've only read the first two and although I do have them all, I've misplaced the third in the series.  I am loathe to read them out of sequence, so the search among my stacks continues. 


I've recently discovered the books of Ralph Cotton and what a pleasure they are to read!  I pick up everyone I can find.  If you love Westerns, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not checking him out. 


It wasn't until I was well over the age of 21 that I started to appreciate "Gunsmoke".  It really was the first "adult" western for television.  Although we are now scattered all over the world, there was a small group of us who used to screen episodes of this show when we would gather once a year for a convention.  Writer and editor Tom Jeier coined the term "Smokies" in referring to ourselves.  I still love the show but only have two of the original comics that Gold Key issued in this series.  Hope you will enjoy reading this posting.