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Is it just me or do the Pinto People, Major Calamity and Big Red Devlin remind you too of Fighting American’s off-the-wall characters/villains? Though there has been humor in previous issues these really go over the top! Wish S&K had done more westerns. They sure seemed to enjoy them! Will all of the Bullseye stories be reprinted in a future “Best of Simon & Kirby” volume? And what about Boys’ Ranch? Any chance of that being included? (I have a copy of the Boys’ Ranch reprint volume from years ago but the reproduction and coloring leave a lot to be desired.)
Humor always played a part in Simon and Kirby productions, but in the Fighting American it seem to go to a new level. Where else would you see the hero get a swift kick in the pants? But you are right that some of the this extra humor does seem to get into Bullseye as well.
So far Titan have announced crime, horror and romance volumes for the Simon and Kirby library but you got to think that if these books are successful enough other books might be considered. And the theme of my series is how desperately a reprint of Bullseye is needed. Including it with Boys’ Ranch would, in my opinion, be desireable.
I can’t positively identify the artist of “Ghost Town Ambush” but the work does remind me of Charles Nicholas, whose style was very stiff. Nicholas did a lot of work for Charlton over the years, coupled with Vince Alascia.
Re above – ‘Charles Nicholas’ was apparently a pseudonym used by several artists of the period – including Kirby himself:
While it is true that Charles Nicholas was an alias initially it was used by those drawing Blue Beetle. As you said that included Kirby. But in latter years two artists that worked on the Blue Beetle continued to use the alias, or at least claim credit for creating the Blue Beetle. One of them worked for the Simon and Kirby studio and that is the gentleman that Nick is referring to.