Lance (comic strip)

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Warren Tufts' Lance (May 5, 1957)

Lance was an American comic strip notable as one of the last of the full-page strips. Created and self-syndicated by artist Warren Tufts, it ran from the mid- to late 1950s

Publication history[edit]

Lance premiered on Sunday, June 5, 1955,[1] or Sunday, August 5, 1956[2] Launching in approximately 100 newspapers, was self-syndicated by artist Warren Tufts, creator of the previous strip Casey Ruggles.[2] (sources differ). Originally formatted like Prince Valiant, with text in captions but minus word balloons, it eventually switched to using word balloons. The last full page was #85.[citation needed] After that, the strip appeared in half page and tab formats.[2]

A daily strip began January 14, 1957 and lasted at least until February 15, 1958.[citation needed] Tufts' Casey Ruggles was referenced when Ruggles made a brief appearance in the daily strip.[citation needed]

The final Lance strip was #261, published May 29, 1960. [3]

Characters and story[edit]

Lance starred U.S. cavalry officer Lance St. Lorne, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in the mid-19th century. In tales of settling the Old West frontier, the character crossed paths with such figures as Kit Carson and others. Comics historian Don Markstein said the strip was "characterized by high-quality stories and art, but also by historical accuracy. Unlike, say, Lucky Luke, when Lance met someone who had really lived, that person was as old as he'd actually have been at the time, and in circumstances congruent with the known course of the person's life."[2]

Recognition[edit]

Comics critic Bill Blackbeard rated Lance "the best of the page-high adventure strips undertaken after the 1930s".[4]

Episode guide[edit]

  • Loud Thunder (#1-15) Fall 1834
  • Trappers and Scouts (#16-55) Winter/Spring 1835
  • The Beginning (flashback) (#56-58) 1776 - 1834
  • Kit Carson (#59-78) Summer/Fall 1835
  • Many Robes (#79-85) Winter 1835/36
  • Valle (#86-114) Spring 1836 - Summer 1837
  • The Rangers (#115-127) Summer/Fall 1837
  • The Pass (#128-139) Winter 1837
  • Washington (#140-145) Spring 1838
  • Billy Benedict (#146-161) Summer 1838
  • California Independence (#162-188) 1838 - 1845
  • The War with Mexico (#189-201) 1845
  • Wheatcroft (#202-219)
  • El Carnicero (#220-231)
  • Papita (#232-243)
  • Nelly Gray (#244-261) 1847

Reprints[edit]

The American Comics Archive reprinted Lance in its Big Fun comics magazine. Big Fun #5, devoted solely to Lance, reprinted Sundays and dailies from June 5, 1955 through August 20, 1957. Comics Revue had Lance as a cover feature on several issues.

The series was completely reprinted with restoration by Manuel Caldas in Portugal (four volumes), Spain (four volumes) and Germany (five volumes) in their respective languages.[citation needed] A four-volume Serbian edition was published by Makondo in 2015.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/tufts_w.htm
  2. ^ a b c d Lance at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on March 8, 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/tufts_w.htm
  4. ^ Horn, Maurice, ed. (1978). The World Encyclopedia of Comics. Chelsea House. ISBN 0-87754-030-6. 

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