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EDITORIAL ROLLÁN, SA

Stories of Texas Jack in dime novels began with Ned Buntline's Texas Jack, the White King of the Pawnee, released shortly after Texas Jack and his friend Buffalo Bill made their theatrical debut in December of 1872. Stories of his exploits were popular throughout Jack's life, and tales of adventure featuring the cowboy turned scout remained popular long after Omohundro's death in 1880. In 1972, a full century after Texas Jack and Buffalo Bill introduced themselves to the world in The Scouts of the Prairie, a series of comic books was printed by EDITORIAL ROLLÁN, SA, a publisher based in Madrid, Spain. This series was no fluke; Texas Jack had been the face of the American west in Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France, and much of Europe in story after story. He had starred in the Far West series in France, and in Lion and Champion comics in the UK, where he was the most famous frontier celebrity barring only his friend and partner Buffalo Bill. Rollan offered Spanish translations of the Lion comics, and kicked off their series as a part of an imprint they called "Graphic Stories For Adults" with a story called El Caballero de la Frontera, The Knight of the Frontier. Eight more stories followed. The entire series consisted of:

1. El Caballero de la Frontera - The Knight of the Frontier

2. Reto a la Muerto - Challenge to the Death

3. Conductor de Caravanas - Caravan Driver

4. El Sheriff de Denver - The Sheriff of Denver

5. El Espiritu de la Montana - The Spirit of the Mountain

6. Rio Trueno - Thunder River

7. La Batalla de Fuerte Sable - The Battle of Strong Sable

8. El Hijo del Sheriff - The Son of the Sheriff

9. El Oro de la Navidad - The Gold of Christmas

Each issue was 64 pages long, black and white, with a color cover. The series was popular, and was later reprinted with new cover art as a series of three issues containing three stories each. These collections were 192 pages each.

Collection One

Collection Two

Collection Three

These comics capitalized on the Spaghetti Western craze of the 1960s and 70s, and brought Texas Jack to a new generation of western fans. The image of the cowboy as the hero of the American West that Jack originated on stage in 1872 was a popular as ever 100 years later.

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