Weird Western Tales is a Western genre comic book title published by DC Comics which ran from June–July 1972 to August 1980. It is perhaps best known for featuring the adventures of Jonah Hex until #38 (1977) when the character was promoted to his own eponymous series. Scalphunter then took Hex's place as the featured character in Weird Western Tales.
The original title ran for eight years and 59 issues. It started with issue #12, continuing the numbering from the second volume of All-Star Western two issues after the first appearance of Jonah Hex. The title's name was partially inspired by the sales success of Weird War Tales. When Jonah Hex received his own eponymous series, he was replaced as the lead feature of Weird Western Tales by Scalphunter as of issue #39 (March–April 1977). The character Cinnamon was introduced in issue #48 (September–October 1978) by writer Roger McKenzie and artist Dick Ayers. The final issue was #70 (August 1980).
Weird Western Tales was revived in 2001 as a four-issue limited series. The mini-series had no relation to the earlier title, instead featuring a series of one-shot Western-based stories.
A one-shot revival of the series, utilizing the original numbering, #71 (March 2010), was published as a tie-in to the Blackest Night event.
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- ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 151. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
An instant hit with fans, Jonah Hex quickly overshadowed the other stars of All-Star Western. The series was renamed Weird Western Tales two issues later.
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'Carmine Infantino and I found out that the word weird sold well.' [editor Joe] Orlando recalls. 'So DC created Weird War and Weird Western.'
- ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 173: "In true nomad fashion, disfigured gunman Jonah Hex rode his horse out of Weird Western Tales and into his own comic."
- ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 173: "With scarred gunslinger Jonah Hex riding off into his own series, writer Michael Fleisher and artist Dick Ayers produced a new outcast to headline Weird Western Tales. Scalphunter was 'a man who lived in two worlds, but was at home in neither.'"
- ^ Beatty, Scott (2008), "Cinnamon I", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, Dorling Kindersley, p. 83, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5
- ^ 'Weird Western Tales vol. 2 at the Grand Comics Database
- ^ 'Weird Western Tales #71 at the Grand Comics Database
- ^ Schedeen, Jesse (October 12, 2009). "DC Reveals Plans for Blackest Night in January". IGN. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012.