Thursday, May 07, 2009

Random Comic Book Splash Page #19

It looks as though the nondescript journeyman Sal Trapani may have been the penciller and inker on THE WILD WILD WEST #3, which was Gold Key's tie-in comic based on the wild TV western of the same name. WWW starred Robert Conrad (HAWAIIAN EYE) and Ross Martin (MR. LUCKY) as American secret agents James West and Artemus Gordon, respectively. Riding James Bond's high-concept coattails, series creator Michael Garrison took the tongue-in-cheek spy business a step further by setting the show in the American West of the late 19th century. Yep, it was a James Bond western that delighted in creating kinky megalomaniacal villains for Jim and Arte to battle. Better yet, the show was filled with anachronistic gadgetry and acrobatic action scenes that remain memorable forty years later.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Nice review but you misspelled Artemus Gordon's shortened name :) It's Artie not Arte. Where do you find these comics? I've been looking at some of them and I never even knew they existed! The Wild Wild West ones sure I knew about but wow some of those others I never heard of. This is great!