Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jack Armstrong to Laredo Crockett

Jack Armstrong, the globetrotting “All American Boy”, as played by Don Ameche, was a hero of radio serials for 14 years. Bob Schoenke wrote and drew the comic strip from 26 May 1947 (in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette at least). Jack Armstrong was joined by his sidekick Billy Fairfield and Vic Hardy, from the radio program. There were 13 issues of the Jack Armstrong comic book drawn by Bob Schoenke. The strip Jack Armstrong ended with a neat sidestep into a new title, “Laredo Crockett”, on 12 June 1950.

A sequence of Jack Armstrong strips in a storyline about uranium thieves and the ghost of Billy the Kid appear below. Dates are, June 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 26 and 27 of 1947.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting post. I'd never seen Schoenke's "Jack Armstrong" strips before. The "Laredo Crockett" examples I've seen give the impression that Schoenke mixed his westerns with tough-guy fiction. However I haven't found enough samples to form an accurate opinion.