Thursday, July 23, 2020

Confederate Comics GRAY GHOST "Point of Honor" Conclusion

"The romance in this was is on your side!"???
I realize this was 1957, but the desegregation of Little Rock High School had occurred and the upcoming centennial of the Civil War was on many peoples' minds!
Gray Ghost avoided referencing slavery...or even showing any Black people, never referencing the reasons for the War Between the States.
In fact, CBS had co-produced the show for the Fall 1957 season.
But, to avoid potential sponsor backlash and negative publicity, they moved it to syndication rather than air it on the network.
It ran one season, but reruns continued until 1970 or so...mostly on local Southern TV stations.
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Gray Ghost
Life of Colonel John Singleton Mosby

Friday, July 17, 2020

Confederate Comics / Captain's Library REBEL "Bad Medicine" Conclusion

...well, that covers it pretty well, so let's join the action...
The TV show occasionally showed flashbacks of Johnny's Civil War days, with the second season opener "Johnny Yuma at Appomattox" placing him at General Robert E Lee's surrender to General Ulysses S Grant!
Johnny considers it an "honorable surrender" and respects the terms of the document, even stopping other ex-Confederates who haven't given up "the Lost Cause" and try to kill then-Presidential candidate Grant!
Johnny Yuma will return in August, but next week...
Disney's forgotten Confederate hero...who (no lie) had his own 1950s TV series!
Gray Ghost
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(which includes the pilot, adapted here!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Confederate Comics / Captain's Library & Captain's Theatre REBEL "Bad Medicine" Part 1

Old West movies and TV shows up to the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964...
...tended to show Confederates, both during and after the Civil War, as "honorable but misunderstood"!
Written under the title "Johnny Yuma Fights Back" by Gaylord DuBois, the first part of this Mike Sekowsky-Mike Peppe tale, presented here, is an adaptation of the pilot episode, "Johnny Yuma" written by Andrew J Fenady.
The second part of the story, which you'll see Thursday at Western Comics Adventures, is apparently totally-original to comics!
Here's the actual episode for comparison...
The villainous boss is played by a pre-Bonanza Dan (Hoss Cartwright) Blocker!
Other well-known performers include John Carradine, Strother Martin, and Jeanette Nolan.
Though not stated in the comic, Johnny's home town is in Texas, a slave state, and the villains are shown to be Yankee carpetbaggers.
The TV series was co-created by Pennsylvania-born lead actor Nick Adams, whose Johnny Yuma character was promoted in publicity as a "Reconstruction-era beatnik"!
And, Adams never uses a Southern or Texas accent on the show!
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Captain's Library MAD MAGAZINE Carl Reiner's "A Saw Screams at Midnight"

Behind the cover of MAD #30 (1956) which is as appropriate today as it was then...
...lurks the only known comic book work by the late, great Carl Reiner (1922-2020)!
The book this never-reprinted two-page piece excerpts is A Saw Screams at Midnight (1956)...
...attributed to "G A Mills".
Oddly, "Mills" never wrote anything else, so it's likely this was a joint project by some (or all) the Hail Caesar writing staff (which Reiner was a member of) or Reiner himself.
Trivia: this is one of a half-dozen features that are not included in the Totally MAD cd-roms that otherwise have everything else in every issue of MAD Magazine (not the earlier color comic) up to when it was released in early 1999, so when we say "never-reprinted", we mean it!
BTW, Carl was a patriot to the THIS VIDEO will attest!
Don't let Carl be forgotten...
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