Without a doubt, the classic reprint of the year:
Doug Wildey's Rio: The Complete Saga
Doug Wildey (w & a & c)
Doug Wildey was an acclaimed Comic book and comic strip artist, as well as a noted animator. Very much in the school of Milton Caniff and Alex Toth, Wildey was an artist's artist, a storyteller of the highest order, and worked in many genres—westerns and war stories being some of his most memorable. As an animator he created and designed the groundbreaking Johnny Quest series in 1964, which inspired a generation of cartoonists with it's memorable characters, thrilling, breakneck pace, and innovative designs.
In 1987 Wildey began one of his most personal works, the story of an aging cowboy and gunfighter, as well as special agent for the President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. Wildey created stories full of human drama and historical accuracy rarely seem before or since in the comic book western. This volume collects the entire Rio saga in one handsome collection, including the final, unfinished and unpublished Rio story.
HC * FC & BW * $49.99 * 272 pages * 8” x 12” * ISBN 978-1-61377-210-2
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MAR12 0394 RIO HC 05/30/12 SRP: $49.99
Feast your eyes upon the complete 5 first RIO stories from ECLIPSE MONTHLY:
"Wildey was a master storyteller and a Western Historian of some note. His art has graced many galleries and museums, but his greatest achievements can be seen in this book and its two sequels, where his artistry brings that lost and fabled world briefly back to vibrant life, in spirit as well as look. This is the best work of a master and no comic fans should deprive themselves of the joy of seeing it."
"Gripping, authentic, and satisfyingly mythic, these tales from a master of his subject and his craft are some of the best western comics America has ever produced."