Best Western 58

Title Published
June 1949 to August 1949
Issue Numbers
58 to 59
Number of Issues
Continued Into
Western Outlaws & Sheriffs
Issue Information
Cover Date
June 1949
Cover Titles
The Million-Dollar Train Robbery!
Two-Gun Kid starring
Cover Credits
Syd Shores pencils and inks attributed
Notes: I see this as a Shores/Colan collaboration. The figures are too bulky/massive to be so much Shores. Perhaps there is even some Buscema here, too. Shores always struck me as more lithe and slim in his figures, not so much like these at all. -JVJ
Gene Colan pencils and inks attributed
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Cover Creator Credit
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Title Pages Credits
The Million Dollar-Train Robbery!
·Two-Gun Kid starring

Notes: With John Severin in some capacity - Doc V.
12 pg art Syd Shores pencils attributed
Notes: This is a real shop job, with the first three or four pages filled with heavy-set, Buscema-esque figures, which switch to Shores as soon as the TGK shows up in pages 4-7 seem more Shores than anybody else and then the Buscema (possibly Colan)-esque style returns for the last few pages. - JVJ
John Severin inks guess

Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
Doc V.: Creator Credit
A Letter to Our Readers and Their Parents!
1 pg editorial
Double Pay-Off
2 pg text
Blood on the Range!
·The Black Rider starring
9 pg art John Severin pencils unsigned
John Severin inks guess
Notes: I'm pretty sure that this is what John's inks looked like. Some of the signs in the background "Kennedy's", "Jack's", "Powers" indicate Severin did the lettering, which hints that he probably inked it, too. There isn't anything here that is really UN-Severin-like for this era. - JVJ

Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
The Wicked Wedding!
·Kid Colt starring
4 pg art Russ Heath pencils unsigned
Russ Heath inks attributed
Notes: I'm all but positive that these are Russ's inks. Again, there are indications (the "RH" brand on pg.2 pnl.4) that show that Russ was involved at the ink stage, and I think he did the whole thing. - JVJ

Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit