Sunday, November 27, 2016

Killer Western Library #2 and Gunsmoke Western Library #9

Killer Western Library #4 is a reprint of Gunsmoke Western Picture Library #9 with a new Keith Chatto cover illustration. The $0.65 cover price not only suggests a few years between printings, but also that there may be another printing of this issue between these two.

In fact, apart from the cover price, there's nothing to suggest this issue doesn't belong circa 1972-74. Many other such digest western reprints were published with painted covers by the time this came out, such as Bullet Western Library #2, and to my mind, the overall impression of the cover, from the art style to the colouring to the font, suggests it may well have looked out of date by the time it hit the stands.

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