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Fans have been asking for this ever since I first began selling comics 50 years ago. Warren Tuft's masterpiece Lance includes the entire run of this magnificent comic strip in one volume with the Sundays in full glorious color! Each daily and Sunday has been beautifully restored by Manuel Caldas. Also included in this volume: an in-depth analysis of Tufts' work on Lance by Zoran Djukanovic, biographical information, and more! Tufts was actually emulating Hal Foster's Prince Valiant, right down to the lack of word balloons, an ironic narrator, and brilliantly designed artwork in every panel. This is one of the best Sunday adventure strips you will ever see.
It is difficult for me to do this justice, and my comparison to Prince Valiant is not made lightly. Lance even reminds me, in his early adventures here, of the young Valiant in his wild days before becoming a knight and marrying Aleta. They both are headstrong, magnificent but often naive and just too damn bold for their own good. Touble is always just around the corner, but neither character ever gives a thought to walking away from it. -Bud
In 1949, Warren Tufts created the comic strip Casey Ruggles, set against the backdrop of the Old West. Distributed by United Features, it initially appeared only in the Sunday comics, but when the story became popular, a daily strip was added. Because Tufts was a perfectionist who often worked 80-hour weeks, he had trouble meeting deadlines, even though he had help from numerous assistants and ghosts, including Nick Cardy, Ruben Moreira, Al Plastino and Alex Toth!
As Casey Ruggles' popularity grew, Tufts received an offer from a major television studio to produce a Casey Ruggles TV show. However, United Features nixed the offer on the grounds that a TV show would make the strip less popular(!!). In anger, Tufts left United Features in 1954, and Casey Ruggles ended shortly afterward, as the replacement artist, Al Carreño, apparently could not maintain reader interest.
He then created, wrote, drew and self-syndicated one of the last full-page comic strips, the Old West (1830s) cavalry adventure Lance, which comics critic Bill Blackbeard called "the best of the page-high adventure strips undertaken after the 1930s."
Like Hal Foster, who camped and canoed in eastern Canada, Tufts grew up in the wilds and mountains of middle California, and he brought his experience and his appreciation for nature and landscapes to the pages of Lance.
However, the job of not only writing and drawing but also traveling around the country from city to city to sell the strip proved daunting, and in 1960, Tufts left the comic strip field. He drew comic books for Gold Key Comics, including Korak, Son of Tarzan, The Pink Panther, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan and Wagon Train, but the fast pace and low pay of the comic book industry at that time kept him from doing his best work.
Tufts is a legendary artist, up there with Alex Toth and Roy Crane. His career was cut short when he was killed in a airplane crash in 1982. This same publisher recently released Tuft's also-rare Casey Ruggles, in a first-ever collection, too.
June 5, 1955 to May 29, 1960. First printing of 1000 copies.
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Item Code WARTH Publisher Classic Comics Press Publish Date 2018 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 368pg Color Full Color