However, a year-and-a-half before that, a bona fide WESTERN series made its debut, in the form of "Old Timer Tales Of KIT CARSON". The "Old Timer" was apparently a character that popped up here and there in the magazine, as the "host" of various features. KIT CARSON was a real-life figure, a "trailblazer" and Indian fighter, who lived from 1809-1868.
The BOYS' LIFE series ran from March 1951-May 1953. With the popularity of western series all through the 1950s, I find it very odd that the series ended only 8 months after the color comics section made its debut. I would have thought a western series would have fit easily side-by-side with the science-fiction of Space Conquerors! and the historical mythology of Stories From The Bible.
Far too typically with BOYS' LIFE, credits are intermittent. Apparently the art was by Lee Ames, most known for an entire series of "DRAW 50..." books, but I've only found one installment that listed a writer-- "S. Pashko". A Google search revelaed that Stanley Pashko, later on, was listed as "Senior Editor, Special Features" for the magazine. I would figure these 2 guys did the entire run, except, the art in the first 2 episodes seems much simpler, cruder, and, the lettering & word balloons are completely different. If there were 2 different artists involved, it would seem whoever did the first 2 installments, Lee Ames took over with the 3rd for May 1951.
BOYS' LIFE / March 1951
Philmont Scout Ranch / photo by D.L. Richardson
Old Timer Tales Of KIT CARSON
Episode 1 / "Trapping In Colorado"
story by Stanley Pashko / art by ??
This was originally formatted as a 2-page spread, with each "tier" read from the left page to the right page. To read correctly on this blog, I had to cut EACH segment and put them back together, in a sequence that would make sense on the computer screen.Part 2
May 1951 / Episode 3 / "Ambushed By Comanches"
story by Stanley Pashko / art by LEE AMES
Unlike Episode 1, this one was formatted to be read 1 page at a time,
which saved me a lot of trouble re-cutting it (apart from the title area).
July 1951 / Episode 5 / "Treed By Two Grizzlies"
After skipping August, the feature returned with another 2-page installment...
September 1951 / Episode 6 / "Wounded In Action"
October 1951 / Episode 7 / "A Blackfoot War"
Artist Lee Ames began using 3 "tiers" instead of 4 with this episode, allowing the images to be bigger and more visually impressive. As far as I can tell, this is the only episode where the writer was credited. Also, this must be the unlikeliest "Christmas" story I ever read. Good grief!
December 1951 / Episode 9 / "Fighting Fire With Fire"Kit Carson, 1952)
Copyright (C) 1952 by Boys' Life magazine
Raw scans from the Boys' Life / Wayback Machine website
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Kit Carson at the Wikipedia site!
Read about Lee Ames at the Wikipedia site!
See the covers of Avon's KIT CARSON series at the GCD site
Read Avon's KIT CARSON series at the Comic Book Plus site!
Read more KIT CARSON in Avon's BLAZING SIXGUNS
at the Western Comics Adventures blog!
Read about the CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED version at the Comixology site
Read about the KIT CARSON tv series at the Google.com site!
Read SPACE CONQUERORS! at this blog!
Read STORIES FROM THE BIBLE at this blog!
Read Old Timer Tales of KIT CARSON at this blog!