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Subj: Masked Raider #18
Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 at 11:48:37 pm EDT (Viewed 210 times)

One of my favorite Charlton westerns is Masked Raider. Recently, I read issue #18 published in 1959. There are three illustrated tales - two Masked Raider's and one anthology-type western - and a two-pager info narrative by the Masked Raider about bird migration. In the first story, "Bush-Whacker's Trail" , our hero tracks down an escaped outlaw gang leader. Masked Raider's alter identity as a lawyer is portrayed well, balancing his timidity with action. Really enjoyed how Talon, his Golden Eagle, assisted MR in rescuing the judge kidnapped by the gang. Next is "The Shotgun Army" - animosity between cattleman and an incoming group of farmers escalate to a possible gun clash. Can the Masked Raider prevent this conflict and the subsequent loss of lives? Both yarns are expertly drawn by Pete Morisi ( sometimes known as PAM in the Silver Age. Enjoyed his Thunderbolt in the 1960's). Thirdly is "Owlhoot Trail". In this yarn, a young farmer is a victim of a land-grabber who forces the farmer to leave his land after a fake murder. Will the young man be able to clear his name and bring the outlaw to justice? A very good moral tale drawn by Charlton mainstay, Bill Molno, and inked by Vince Alascia. This was a very good artistic team up - nice depth, detail, and facial features.The ending featurette, "Unsolved Mystery", is drawn by Charles Nicholas and inked again by Mr. Alascia. I have read quite a few stories by this pair and have really enjoyed their artwork. Incidentally, the cover was was provided by Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio, Charlton had some very good cover artists - quite a variety. All in all, a terrific issue.

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