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Wyatt Earp #1-29 (Nov. 1955 - June 1960).
Wyatt Earp debuted with #1 in 1955. Artists on the feature before #10 include Joe Maneely, Norman Maurer, and John Severin. #10 had two stories by Severin and two by Dick Ayers (and a non-series story). From #11 all the Earp stories were by Ayers. Kirby contributed a number of covers to the title, but apparently no stories. The series was cancelled, apparently to make way for the revival of Rawhide Kid, after Jan. 1960.
The westerns that survived the cutback were Kid Colt Outlaw, Wyatt Earp, Two Gun Kid, and Gunsmoke Western. (A final issue of Ringo Kid appeared in August.) At the time the titles carried a number of stories in each issue, and usually in the first three at least one was a non-series story or starred some other character.
Wyatt Earp was a real person, of course, born 1848, died 1929, worked as a stagecoach driver and buffalo hunter, served as deputy marshall in Wichita and Dodge City, became friends with Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday, was part of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, gambled a lot, operated saloons in San Diego and Nome, Alaska, worked mining claims in the Mojave Desert, spent time in Los Angeles and befriended early Hollywood actors--quite a life, all things considered.
But the Wyatt Earp of the comics has little to do with the real Wyatt Earp, just like the Annie Oakley of the comics was only very loosely based on the real Annie Oakley. Unlike the Annie Oakley stories, however, the comic adventures of Wyatt Earp were serious, in the same vein as the Rawhide Kid and most of the other Atlas cowboy heroes. Too, it was specifically stated that the stories were based on "the adventures and legends of Wyatt Earp," so that there was rarely any doubt that what we were reading never actually happened.
Finally, there were actually two comic book Wyatt Earps. Well, there've been more than two; Earp being a real person, and dead, there's never been anything to prevent various comic book companies and writers from putting Earp into their comics. But there've been two Earps in various Atlas and Marvel comic book stories.
There's the first Earp, who appeared in the Atlas comics. He's a rather grim and serious man, rarely smiling, and active in a rough-hewn American West. He wears a black coat and a black hat wit a brown vest, set off by his thin black mustache. He's always a sheriff, but his locale changes to fit the story requirements. He is assisted by a grizzled deputy named Grizzly. Earp is a good shot, a quick draw, fair to all men, interested in justice and mercy, etc etc etc.
Then there's the second Earp, who appeared in the more recent Marvel comics. The second Wyatt Earp is significantly more light-hearted and smiling than the first Earp. The second Earp isn't exactly singing cowboy material, and is quite capable of being serious and even shooting men if the situation calls for it, but on the whole he's a lighter character, and the milieu in which he works a lighter, cleaner, more sanitized place, than that seen in the original Atlas comics. The second Earp lacks the sidekick Grizzly, and dresses in a floral vest rather than the sort of orange-ish vest of the first Wyatt Earp. Other than that, though, the second Earp is like the first, being a good man, good sheriff, good shot, etc etc etc.
The series returned in the 1970s reprinting stories from the '50s with new covers, but it lasted only 5 issues (#30-34, oct. 1972 to june 1973).
Norman Maurer (May 13, 1926 – November 23, 1986), a comic book artist and writer, was also a director and producer of films and television shows.
Maurer's life-long association with the Three Stooges began about the time of his marriage to Joan Howard, the daughter of the comedy team's Moe Howard on June 29, 1947. In 1949, he produced two Three Stooges comic book issues for Jubilee, based on the short films the team was making for Columbia Pictures. In 1953, Maurer created the first 3-D comics, Three-Dimension Comics featuring Mighty Mouse, with his brother, Leonard Maurer, and Joe Kubert. Two three-dimensional Stooge comics were also issued in 1953. He returned to the Stooges in comic form in 1972 with Gold Key Comics' The Little Stooges, which ran for seven issues over the next two years.
Maurer was associate producer of TV Series Space Master X-7 (1958), in which his father-in-law, Moe, had a minor role, and is credited with the creation of the CineMagic process used in the 1960 film The Angry Red Planet.
He became the manager of the Three Stooges after Columbia terminated their employment in 1957 and has credits in most of their later feature films. He produced The Three Stooges Scrapbook (1960), and wrote the screen stories and produced The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962), The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962), The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) and The Outlaws Is Coming (1965), the last two of which he also directed.
Maurer's son, Jeffrey Scott (Moe's grandson), can be seen in The Outlaws Is Coming!, credited as Jeffrey Alan, and The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze in the role of Timmy, credited as Geoffrey A. Maurer. Maurer himself can also be seen on camera as a TV cameraman in The Three Stooges Scrapbook and as a camper in 1970's Kook's Tour, which he also directed. Kook's Tour was intended to be a comedy-travelogue television series featuring the Stooges, but Larry Fine suffered a stroke during production of the pilot episode and the series was cancelled; several years later, Maurer edited together a 50-minute version of Kook's Tour using available footage from the pilot and released it to the then-booming Super 8 home movie market.
Maurer was executive producer of the 39 live-action segments used to introduce and follow Cambria Studios' syndicated The New Three Stooges cartoons (1965–1966).
He later became associated with Hanna-Barbera, working as a writer on their The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972), Speed Buggy (1973), The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976), and season one of The Richie Rich Show. He also created and was the executive producer of their 1978 series, The Three Robonic Stooges. Maurer's sons, Jeffrey Scott and Michael Maurer also have prolific careers as TV cartoon writers.Busy until the end, Maurer died of cancer on November 23, 1986 in Los Angeles.
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