Roy Rogers was a good cowboy. He played fair and square in all of his films. As far as I know, he never shot anyone in the back, stole horses or cheated on Dale Evans. Even if I didn't really care for his cowboy singing (I probably preferred Bill Anderson's Blue Velvet or Puff The Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary) I had to respect old Roy because he was a good guy. When a guy did right and lived right you had to respect it. I never really wanted to be Roy Rogers though. The white fringed shirts would get you beat up in those days.
Cheyenne was a good guy.. Like Roy, he did all the right things in his show. It seemed to me that
Cheyenne got beat up more than Roy. Considering Cheyenne was a good deal bigger than Roy, I was surprised. Cheyenne was also unmarried, so he was always trying to help out some woman or other in trouble. I guess that's why he got in fights so much. Even then, I knew certain women were trouble.
Hollering at the TV, "Get away from her, Cheyenne, she's trouble.," never helped. Clint Walker as Cheyenne wasn't a good listener, unless the speaker wore a dress. Still, he was one good hombre
to ride the range with on a Saturday morning. He wouldn't steal your girl or your horse. That's more than I can say for many Marvel heroes.
Paladin, debonair and dressed in black, wasn't your average cowboy. More into opera and fancy living than Roy and Cheyenne, Paladin was always concerned with maintaining his high standard of living. Punching cows wasn't his style. Hiring himself out as a western era problem solver, Paladin was a one man version of the "A-Team" without blazing semiauto Ruger Mini-14 rifles or Mr. T. He still got the job done. Like Cheyenne, he ran into a lot of women with problems. Usually he'd get beat up or shot at least once an episode. Bad guys died or went to jail by the end of the show, so I was happy. Of course, I thought old Paladin was a little loopy. Often, he'd kiss the rescued female, riding off into the sunset, or in the direction of San Francisco without collecting a dime of his pay. Ladies, be forewarned. If I ever get shot or beat up rescuing a damsel in distress, expect to pay the contracted amount. I'm a nice guy, but even nice guys have to pay bills. Besides, unlike Paladin, I'm a married man. My wife has chiropractor bills to pay. Need I say more?
Like many of you Lorefans, my heroes have changed over the years. Cowboys gave way to spacemen, superheroes and tough guy detectives. In mere days, I'll probably be watching a talking raccoon shoot bad guys. Sure, Rocket Raccoon may be funny, but I'd really, really like to see a good cowboy flick one more time. The Lone Ranger wasn't it.
May 6th, 2017 11am-5pm, come to Dewayne's World Free Comic Day and meet Wiley Vaughn, Colt Vaughn and Stanley Ringley, the writers of LoreDagger!