Roy Rogers Archives Volume 1


August 2008
240 pages, color, hardcover, $49.95
Collects the first five Roy Rogers comics published by Dell from 1944-1946
Roy Rogers issues of Four Color Comics: #38, 63, 86, 95, 109

All stories were written by the prolific Gaylord Du Bois, king of the comics. He was a fundamentalist lay minister.

Amazon sells it at a considerable discount.

Rick's blog entry has nice graphics.

For fans of comics, this is a considerable savings over buying the original issues at back issue prices.

For fans of Roy Rogers it is also nice.

The Amazon page links to related items.


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We need to see passage of Proposition 8, State constitutional amendment to add the definition of marriage, in November.


It's the price of gasoline, Stupid

Well, it is, isn't it?

America is sitting on a humongous lot of unused oil while gasoline prices skyrocket? The greenies have grown fat and complaisant, assured of their power in the halls of government. They think they can stab Joe McDoakes in the heart, in the middle of Main Street at high noon, and that no-one will stand up to them. They are wrong. Sarah Palin to the rescue. Pit bull Palin, frontierswoman.

As McCain attends to Palin, the GOP campaign will become a campaign to open America's energy resources, particularly those in Alaska, for free enterprise.

And Joe McDoakes, hearing the message, and knowing which side his bread is buttered on, will act in his own self-interest, ushering in a GOP sweep in November.

Prophesy or prognostication? Some may call it wishful thinking, but it is clear as day, to me.



September 1984 I arrived in northern California, Sacramento.

June 1985, the Leonard Lake / Charles Ng serial killer case broke on the local news, then the national news.

I was reminded of northern California Juan Corona, the machete killer, serial killer of migrant farm workers, who had made the national news in 1971 when I was in boarding school back east.

"California -- land nuts, fruits, and vegetables."

In 1988, the Dorothea Puente serial killer case broke. Downtown Sacramento.

Welcome to northern California.

Some wonderful salt of the earth people live here. Right next to the nuts.




I've Got A Secret had Steve Allen as its guest, rather than as host.

His secret:
"What is in my briefcase?"

One of the women panelists (Kitty Carlisle maybe) guessed his secret:
"Is it a piano?"

"Because you're wearing tails."

Steve then opened his electric piano, including legs, sat down at it, and played some music.

Frank Zappa is the only '60s rocker I know of who worked with Allen.

Steve Allen was the first host of The Tonight Show, and Letterman credits him.
Today's talk show guys aren't doing anything Steve  Allen didn't show them how to do.

Steve Allen wrote the song This Could Be the Start of Something Big, which was a hit for Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé.

Steve Allen played the part of Benny Goodman in the movie, The Benny Goodman Story.

Steve Allen's variety show employed in its cast unknown talent as regulars for comedy skits, guys who went on to stardom of their own, including Don Knotts (deputy sheriff Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show), Tom Poston (George Utley, the Stratford Inn handyman on Newhart) and Pat Harrington (apartment building superintendent Dwayne Schneider on One Day at a Time).

Mom didn't care for Steve Allen, so we rarely watched his show. However, Mom loved The Smothers Brothers, so we always watched The New Steve Allen Show whenever they were on. Which was 6 episodes in 1961.

The show's band was Les Brown and His Band of Renown.

"That our nation is in the throes of a moral collapse of serious dimensions is, apparently, no longer a debatable conclusion..."




I just ran across this.

"Nowawdays I'm not sure a good print exists - tv prints have excerable color."

A few typos, there.

It reminded me that, for years, I misunderstood the word "execrable." I used it correctly, but I misunderstood it.

The verb is "to execrate," i.e. criticize.

"Execrable" means "criticize-able," or "worthy of criticism." I.e., shitty.

Excrement - means "shit."

From the verb "to excrete."

Your sweat glands excrete perspiration. Your poop chute excretes poop.

"Execrable" means shitty. But there is no etymological connection.

It was years and years before I learned of "execrate." Before that, I was comfortable in my assumption that "execrable" came from "excrement." I assumed, and I was wrong.




I read something that got me thinking.

Here is John O'Sullivan's column.

My comment...

Hi John,

The Conservative Interest

"The conservative interest counseled the federal protection of civil rights and racial equality. Jim Crow was reversed."

Are you confusing conservatives of the '50s and '60s with the GOP of the '50s and '60s? Weren't most conservatives absent from the civil rights movement? Wasn't it the Republicans, not the conservatives, who supported civil rights, and who enacted it?

"It is important not to be starry-eyed about the conservative interest. It is rooted in prudence rather than any more idealistic virtue. It is an amoral basis of calculation, sometime allied with justice, sometimes indifferent to it, but always seeking social stability, as my two American examples will demonstrate."

I'm not sure what that means. Some moral lines cannot be crossed. Could "calculation" turn a blind eye to killing Jews? Or killing babies? Right to Life is a no-compromise issue among the faithful. I don't care for McCain on border security, nor on political speech. But Right to Life -- obeying God -- trumps those issues. (Yes, he was wrong on stem cells, but that is no longer an issue -- science triumphs for the Good.)

Could "calculation" persuade a kosher Jew to eat pork? Should it?

I like Ben Stein, who remarked, on a talk show, that "ANY Republican is better than a Democrat." But, apparently, I like Bulwer Lytton, too. I could not vote for Pete Wilson for Calif. Governor, nor for Arnold. Their support of a "right" to murder babies trumped any "calculation."

I draw three conclusions.
First, [both] should seek to influence the McCain campaign.
Conservatives should devote effort into electing Republicans who support such policies.
And if it should turn out to be Obama, Republicans will take cautious comfort from the possibility [of] a less fractured America.

Well, now, that sounds perfectly reasonable.


Mail Call


Well, my email made it into Jonah Goldberg's book blog, Friday, February 1, 5:46PM. He liked it.

My email's permalink.

All stemming from a bit about Tony Stark (Iron Man -- Marvel Comics).

I got some plugs in: for born-again Christianity, a couple of my favorite comics writers, an editrix, several comic book titles, and my favorite fan publication.

Jesse says I should post about it here.



Hi Jonah,

It fascinates me how an idea comes by a circuitous route. I'm just reading Mr. Silver Age in CBG, and a reader writes, "I liked Tony Stark before he was evil." Personally, I liked Tony Stark circa 1963-1968, and I'm not sure what the reader meant. I really lost touch in the early ‘80s after they made him a drunk. But what the reader wrote got me thinking: why did they make him evil? My mind imputes counter-culture attitudes to comics writers. Eclipse comics, under Cat Yronwode, got Airboy's civilian identity out of the arms business, because Cat's political attitude is hard-left, and, to her, the munitions business is morally wicked. (Except hard-left people probably don't used the word "wicked," which born-again Christian folks like myself will use: such a right-wing judgmental word it is.)

Okay, so, lefty comics writers (pardon my redundancy) can't conceive Tony Stark being a munitions manufacturer and still being a good guy, I speculate to myself. And I'm thinking, had I been editor of Iron Man, I'd require a writer who conceives of Tony Stark as a good guy, a patriot, someone who understands America's need to be well-armed, to have a strong defense, the need for a War Department, or, as we now call it, Department of Defense.

Then it hits me! What I've been reading about in your book blog, and your columns about the book, Liberal Fascism. President Wilson was "progressive" (liberal fascist) -leaning in his being enamored of the war mobilization economy; and FDR, likewise (now calling it "liberal"), with his military-style WPA, etc. And onward to the feminizing of liberal fascism, away from the masculine, military-style of Wilson and FDR, to the nanny-state style of Hillary.

And I'm thinking, the conversion of language from "War Department" to "Department of Defense" fits this conversion from muscle-flexing male Daddy to protective female Mommy. "War" is Daddy. "Defense" is Mommy.

Just a thought.
Anyway, your stuff is educational.

Yes, it is possible to be a comics fan and a conservative (Jonah Goldberg being a prime example), though, for me, Max Allan Collins is about the only contemporary comics writer whose work I enjoy reading anymore. Otherwise, I just buy old Dell Comics written by Gaylord Du Bois (Roy Rogers Comics, Zane Grey's..., King of the Royal Mounted, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, etc.), and other old stuff, reprints, all mostly from before my original comics-reading time (early '60s), or stuff I didn't read when it came out (Space Family Robinson, etc.).


CAR SONG - Mercury Boogie aka Mercury Blues


I just discovered this song, on the 10-CD "Country & Western" wallet box set from the Documents label, just acquired, a steal at under fifteen bucks, new, from an Amazon Seller. Despite the title, it does squeeze some Negro blues tracks in there. Mercury Boogie is one such.

I googled, to get the lyrics. I found cover versions by Alan Jackson (he's Country), Steve Miller, Dwight Yoakam (he's Country), and Meat Loaf. But no lyrics for the original recording.

So, here's my transcription. It is a car song. Country music was rife with songs that had "boogie" in their titles during the late '40s and early '50s. This recording's arrangement is straight acoustic blues. Written and performed by K.C. Douglas, it made his career. I sure never heard of him (nor this song) before this.

By: K.C. Douglas

Had my money, I tell you what I'd do
Go downtown, buy a Mercury or two

Cause I'm crazy ‘bout a Mercury
Lord, I'm crazy ‘bout a Mercury
I'm gonna buy a Mercury
And cruise up and down the road

Hey, Mama, you look so fine
Ridin' around in that Mercury '49

Cause I'm crazy ‘bout a Mercury
Lord, I'm crazy ‘bout a Mercury
I'm gonna buy a Mercury
And cruise up and down the road

The gal I love, I stole her from a friend
Fool got lucky, stole her back again

Because she knowed he had a Mercury
Aw, she knowed he had a Mercury
I'm gonna buy a Mercury
And cruise up and down the road

My baby went out, and she didn't stay long
She bought her a Mercury, started cruisin' home

I'm crazy ‘bout a Mercury
Lord, I'm crazy ‘bout a Mercury
I'm gonna buy a Mercury
And cruise up and down the road