The Lone Ranger comic strip by Fran Striker
The Lone Ranger
Created by Fran Striker

The Lone Ranger was created for radio by George W. Trendle and developed by writer Fran Striker in 1933. The Lone Ranger is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West who gallops about righting injustices with the aid of his clever, laconic Indian sidekick, Tonto. Departing on his white horse Silver, the Ranger would famously say “Hi-yo, Silver, away!” as the horse galloped toward the setting sun. King Features Syndicate distributed a newspaper strip of the Lone Ranger from September 1938 to December 1971. The original artist was Ed Kressy, but he was replaced in 1939 by Charles Flanders who drew the strip until its conclusion. Kressy was assisted by his studio colleagues Dick Sprang (pencils) and Norman Fallon (inks). Kressy had also done advertising and comic book work, notably drawing the lay-outs for Dick Sprang’s run on ‘Batman and Robin in Detective Comics (1943). Charles Flanders worked on several comics by other artists, varying from ‘Tim Tyler’s Luck’ to ‘Bringing Up Father’. In 1935, he made the only strip he ever created by himself: ‘Robin Hood’, which appeared as a Sunday feature. It ran for only three months. He took over ‘Secret Agent X-9’ from Alex Raymond, which he continued until 1938. In addition, he continued the ‘King of the Royal Mounted’ Sunday page from 1936. He became the sole artist on this strip in 1938. A year later, he was assigned to Fran Striker’s ‘The Lone Ranger’, which he drew until 1971. After his retirement, Charles Flanders settled in Spain, where he died in 1973.
Hardcover, fan published, 72 black and white pages, 8½x11. $9.95


Lone Ranger 1939




Comic Strip Showcase, Volume 1: Starring
The Lone Ranger

Created by Fran Striker

Here he is at last...The Lone Ranger, man of mystery, masked idol of millions, modern Robin Hood, hard-riding, fast-shooting hero of the Western Plains. The Lone Ranger was one of the best known Western strips. Adapted from Fran Strkers hit radio program, Striker also wrote the comic strips. The radio program began in 1933, there were three movie serials, a long running comic book series from Dell and Gold Key, and the cult favorite TV series starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, not to mention coloring books, lunch boxes, gum cards, and other merchandise. The code of The Lone Ranger could be recited by boys and girls of all ages. Reprinted in this collection are four daily episodes, including the very first: The Mystery of Pine River, (9/12/38-10/15/38). The other episodes are: Western Code, (7/21/41-8/23/41); Trails Sudden End, (8/25/41-1/31/42) and Grin of Death, (2/2/42-3/14/42). Follow The Lone Ranger in his thrilling rescues, in his daring exploits, and in his feats of courage and grit. The Lone Ranger is here with Tonto, his Indian-Chief friend, with Silver, his snow-white horse...with all the other characters of the West who have made the entire nation Lone Ranger fans. Hi-Yo Silver! Softcover, color cover, 80 black and white pages, 8½x11 ....$9.95



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