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
Tamers Of The Deadfall Towns
by Dan Cushman
Butch Hernandez thought Bull Sink was a honkytonk heaven of uncorraled blondes; Jim Swing saw it as a muddy outpost where death stalked each dawn. To the Pecos Kid it was a town run by and for rustlers and murderers, who were stewing up a feast of hot lead for the Three Pistol Prodigals.
Dead Man’s Brand — Drama-Packed Frontier Novelette
by Ray Nafziger
Under the bludgeonings of fate, Mary Thurlew would sell out neither her fierce pride nor her splendid courage. For she knew that the battle is lost only when you quit fighting.
The Fanged Buccaneer — Hard-Hitting Action Short
by Harold F. Cruickshank
Tarat, the cunning wolverine, would be wilderness devil indeed if he could escape that carefully laid, fool-proof death-trap.
Longhorn Dynamite — Hard-Hitting Western Short
by Robert L. Trimnell
It was up to one little old flea-bitten hound to try to make a hand on that perilous cattle-drive.
Spirit Of The Manitou — Special Western Feature
by Alkali Ike
Texas Brands — Special Western Feature
by Nell Murbarger
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