The Great Comic Book Detectives #1

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The Great Comic Book Detectives #1

Here’s a new blog bit!

You, the readers, send in descriptions of comics that you remember vague details from the past and either I, or one of the readers of the piece will use detective work to figure out what comic you’re talking about!

Here’s the first one, from reader Larry:

When I was a kid growing up in the 1970s I read a story in a comic book that I’ve been looking for ever since, without, as yet, any luck.

The story: Setting is somewhere in the Old West. The main character is down on his luck, nearly destitute (don’t remember the reason for his unfortunate situation). He hungers for a better life. Somehow he comes into possession of a strange gold medallion (might have been given to him by a mysterious character, I seem to vaguely remember). From then on he becomes a gunfighter, he never looses as long as he’s wearing the medallion when the fight goes down. He becomes rich and famous, women hanging all over him, plenty of whiskey, etc.

Then one day he is challenged to a gunfight and he forgets to wear the medallion. He’s killed, and if I remember all right, the victor finds the medallion among the slain main character’s possessions and takes it for his own, to embark on his own marvelous and ultimately ill-fated career as a gunfighter.

Probably the story appeared in a comic book published some time in the 1970s, although conceivably it could have been as early as the late 1960s or as late as the early 1980s. Probably a DC or a Marvel, since those where the publishers I mostly bought, but I guess it could have been anything. Horror comics were (and are) my favorite, so it might have appeared in an issue of HOM, HOS, Unexpected, Ghosts, Secrets of Sinister House, etc. Then again, I seem to have a vague recollection that I was surprised the story appeared in the type of comic book it was in, whatever that was. I don’t know, what I related of the story above is all I’m most certain of.

Let’s help him out, folks!

And if YOU have a comic book from the past that you want help tracking down, drop me a line at