The Western was coming of age in 1950. It was no longer strictly a ride-’em-cowboy treatise with a shoot-out per page and a carcass per paragraph. It was becoming a realistic, living story of the true drama of frontier America... a credible, vital, true-to-life re-creation of the past, told in terms of the fight for human decency against insurmountable odds in a savage environment. The Pecos Kid was born from Popular Publications in the July 1950 magazine, and was hardly a regulation Western character. Dramatic clashes did not always break forth in gunfire, but resulted rather in human conflicts that split families up into warring factions, pitted cousin against cousin. Of course, these Western stories still had their sweeping movement, their dramatic impact, their stirring conflicts, and a helping of good lively, he-man brawls. The lusty, hell-for-leather characters of the Old West were still present, with their tough, vigorous ways and their crisp, salty talk. After five issues under its own title, The Pecos Kid Western merged with 10 Story Western Magazine in mid-1951. The Pecos Kid series returns in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Table of Contents:
Come and Get It! — A Department
Smashing Full-Length Pecos Kid Novel
Riders of the Gunsmoke Rim
by Dan Cushman
Here’s your chance to meet the Pecos Kid and his two fabulous saddle pards — Hernandez Flanagan and Big Jim Swing... You’ll ride with them into lawless Miles City on a night when every man-jack in a hundred miles was roaring for their blood...
The Noose Hangs High — Hard-Hitting Western Short
by Lloyd Eric Reeve
When bigger and better hang-ropes were made, Lonnie Courtais’ Johnny Reb neck would fit ‘em all!
Whipsawed — Hard-Hitting Western Short
by James Shaffer
Never get whipsawed between a cold-deck gambler and a two-timing hellcat.
Law of the Claw and Fang — Hard-Hitting Western Short
by Tom Roan
How could one lone black wolf withstand the onslaught of three hunger-maddened lynxes?
Cold Trail — Hard-Hitting Western Short
by E. E. Halleran
McKinney gambled his life to test a new trap that might catch a murderous outlaw.
Night Call — Hard-Hitting Western Short
by Giff Cheshire
Sometimes even a coward can act with bravery — at just the wrong, deadly moment.
Hoss Greer — The Devil’s Line-Rider — Action-Packed Range Novelette
by H. F. Olmsted
Hoss Greer was just the hard-hitting hombre to whip that tattered range into a mighty fighting machine... or leave it littered with a bumper crop of buckskin-clad corpses.
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