Comic superheroes of the Wild West

Today’s Bizarro (the somewhat surreal cartoon), in which Batman, from the superhero comics (and then tv and the movies), plays the action-comic role of the Wild West hero who clears a town of its villainous bank robbers (a role that started in popular fiction and on radio and tv, and then found its way into action comics):

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.

So at least three genres of comics intersect in some complex way here. Meta-cartooning, or just temporal confusion?

In case you’re not familiar with Western comix, here’s the Wikipedia article:

Western comics is a comics genre usually depicting the American Old West frontier (usually anywhere west of the Mississippi River) and typically set during the late nineteenth century. The term is generally associated with an American comic books genre published from the late 1940s through the 1950s (though the genre had continuing popularity in Europe, and persists in limited form in American comics today). Western comics of the period typically featured dramatic scripts about cowboys, gunfighters, lawmen, bounty hunters, outlaws, and Native Americans. Accompanying artwork depicted a rural America populated with such iconic images as guns, cowboy hats, vests, horses, saloons, ranches, and deserts, contemporaneous with the setting.

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One Response to “Comic superheroes of the Wild West”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    Terry Bartlett on Facebook:

    There have been a number of stories that have Batman in the Old West. Comics are not above using time travel, alternate history, and parallel universes to make bizarre things happen. (And aliens, as this Bizzaro panel does)

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