All American Western comes to an end, under that name, with issue 126 (June/July 1952).
Robert Kanigher, Carmine Infantino and Sy Barry are the creative team on Johnny Thunder’s final adventure in this book. Johnny and Kathy Dunbar go for a ride in the desert. They see a band of Arabian horsemen. At first they assume this is a mirage, but they turn out to be real.
They have come to the US on the trail of sacred camels that were stolen from them. They kill anyone who comes into their path, which makes whatever justification they have for their journey somewhat irrelevant.
They capture Johnny and Kathy, but Johnny gets them both free. And just in time, as a sandstorm hits, bringing an ironic death to the Arabs.
Johnny Thunder’s series moves over to All-Star Western.
Gil Kane and Bernard Sachs end off Tony Barret’s Overland Coach series with a story that sees her change her look to a more feminine style.
Women of the town come to complain to her about dressing and acting like a man. They threaten to have their husbands pull their business from her company unless she starts behaving as they demand. Fearful of the consequences, and thinking that perhaps she is a bad influence on the young girls of the town, Tony does as they say.
But situation after situation arise, which require her to fight like a man, even in her frilly dresses. In the end, she goes back to her old way of dressing and acting. We do see four people cheer this on, but as her series ends, I suspect the ones who were going to boycott her did so anyway, and this progressive woman, too far ahead of her time, was forced to close down her stagecoach line and leave town. We certainly never see the character again.
Minstrel Maverick’s final outing is not much to crow over. A silly little story, by Irwin Hasen and Sachs, which sees Harmony Hayes ride into a town that has banned all singing. This came about because of a feud between the sheriff and a man who sang satirical songs, and a misunderstanding about alarm bells during an earthquake.
Harmony does set everything straight before moving on. There was little to his character, aside from him travelling around and singing a lot. So I have decided that, shortly after this story, Harmony settled down and married. He had a daughter, who grew up to marry a man named Sanders. Their child was Greg Sanders, the singing cowboy hero known as the Vigilante, making him Harmony’s grandson, carrying on the family tradition.
Dan Foley falls for a feisty redhead in his final tale in this book, by John Broome, Frank Giacoia and Joe Giella.
Foley rides to to try to evacuate a young woman who refuses to leave her homestead, despite the Apache being on the warpath. Foley gets captured by the natives, and is on the verge of being thrown from a cliff when the woman shows up to rescue him.
The two are about to be caught by the Apache (in his case, again) when the rest of the cavalry show and rout the natives. The story ends with Dan and the redhead kissing. I would happily have them settle down, except that Foley of the Fighting 5th joins Johnny Thunder in moving over to All-Star Western.