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Saturday, October 5, 2019

THE NORTHWESTERN TALES OF ZANE GREY'S KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED

THE NORTHWESTERN
TALES OF
ZANE GREY'S KING 
OF THE 
ROYAL MOUNTED
The comic series King of the Royal Mounted was first launched by the King Features Sydicate as a Sunday strip on February 17, 1935. A Daily strip followed begining on March 2, 1936.

Over the course of the life of the strip, it was written by Stephen Slesinger, Romer Zane Grey (son of Zane Grey), and Gaylord Du Bois, and illustrated by Allen Dean, Charles Flanders, and Jim Gary.

Much like the branding done today to capitalize on the popularity and name recognition of such authors as James Patterson, Tom Clancy, and Clive Cussler, the strip was marketed as Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted to cash in on the authorized byline of the well known Western writer.

The protagonist of the strip, Dave King, is a Canadian Mountie who always gets his man. Over the course of the series, King is promoted from Corporal to Sergeant. Aside fro the Sunday and daily strips, which came to an end on February 14, 1954, 

King also appeared in a long running series of comic books from King comics (1936–1949) and seven titles under the Four Color Comics banner. Dell the took over from Four Color Comics (starting their run with #8) for twenty issues between 1952 and 1958. The twenty Dell comics were written by Gaylord DuBois and illustrations in the style of Jim Gary.

Big Little Books produced three tie-in titles–King of the Royal Mounted (1936); King of the Royal Mounted and the Northern Treasure (1937); and King of the Royal Mounted Gets His Man (1938). 

Better Little books then followed with two titles--King of the Royal Mounted and the Great Jewel Mystery (1939); and King of the Royal Mounted and the Long Arm of the Law (1942).

Several films and movie serials were produced–King of the Royal Mounted (1936) starring Robert Kent (retitled Romance of the Royal Mounted for its eventual video release).

The similarly titled King of the Royal Mounted (1940), a twelve part serial starring Rocky Lane, which was later condensed into a feature film entitled The Yukon Patrol (1942); and King of the Mounties, another 12-part serial also starring Rocky Lane.

There were a number of other ancillary tie-ins including Feature Books collection of the comic strips.














1 comment:

  1. Interesting and some great covers - An eye-opener that big names were used for marketing reasons but these days with the like of James Patterson rarely writing his own books is seems so much more commercial and distasteful or maybe that is just my own bias. Great article though.

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