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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

WESTERN PULP: ADAM STEELE!

WESTERN PULP: ADAM STEELE!

GARY DOBBS HAS ANOTHER COOL WESTERN ICON POST TODAY ON HIS TAINTED ARCHIVE BLOG, THIS TIME FOCUSING ON ADAM STEELE – ANOTHER CHARACTER FROM THE TYPEWRITER OF EDGE CREATOR GEORGE G. GILMAN (TERRY HARKNETT) . . .

The character of Adam Steele was, by any standards, a resounding success - 49 books in the series proper and the character also appeared in three books alongside that other western icon, Edge. Indeed it is the character of Edge that takes the sheen off Steele. Both characters were created by British writer, Terry Harknett under his George G. Gilman name, but Edge was such a true phenomenon that Adam Steele is not exactly perceived as the success he was. Back in the day the Steele books sold well but the Edge books flew from the shelves. Still 49 books is a pretty good run by any standards.

I must admit that as a teenage reader, the Edge series was my favourite and, although I tried the odd Steele (they did come from the same pen, after all). But the books seemed to me not as good as Edge and for many years I didn't read Steele. It was only later, after reading all the Edge titles, that I went back to Steele and, although I still think the Edge series is something else, I found Steele a great series. In fact these days I'm much more appreciative of Steele than ever - the books are rightly considered classics of the western genre.

There are those who actually prefer the Steele series to Edge . . .

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