Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Laredo Crockett


The Laredo Crockett comic strip opened with the perfectly drawn cinematic sequence at top and was deservedly popular with audiences for the next eighteen years. Both script and art were always top-notch and if he was not a seminal influence on the style of Alex Toth I’ll eat my Stetson. Bob Schoenke wrote and drew Laredo Crocket from June 12 1950 to January 27 1968. He had no assistants so the strip was discontinued after his death from the flu on January 13 1968. Between 1965 and 1967 Schoenke was drawing the long-running Jane Arden comic strip -- in a wild west locale. It was simply Laredo Crockett with a female heroine. Before beginning Laredo Schoenke was the artist/writer of the Jack Armstrong strip which also featured western themes.






4 comments:

  1. As I recall, the Laredo Crockett strip started in our paper in the spot occupied by Jack Armstrong, and started, as the strip above, with someone in the Armstrong strip telling a story, a reminiscence. Am I mistaken in my memory?

    I loved the Crockett strip, and began to wear my cap pistol cross-draw, as Laredo did. It's amazing what one recalls.

    Bob Clayton

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  2. The last strip of Jack Armstrong I found was from June 6 1950 and the last panel had a grizzled old coot saying he had seen some hair-raisin' sights in his day. Looks like he was setting up for a yarn unfortunately the rest of the sequence was missing until June 12 1950 and the beginning of Laredo Crockett.

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  3. a year later, and I just read the last weeks of Jack Armstrong. The old timer telling the story is indeed the kid in the first week of Loredo Crockett.

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  4. Storyline solved at last! Laredo Crockett can be read online at

    http://news.google.com/archivesearch

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