Preview of the first image of DC Comics Weird Western Tales, JONAH HEX, 1974.

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An excellent copy of DC Comics' Weird Western Tales, JONAH HEX, Volume 5, Number 23, July to August 1974.

*Please see photos for fuller visual description - I don't trrust the standard comic grading system, because even the high end grades seem to encompass a lot of flaws, faults and damage. I'd rather take umpteen pictures and give you the chance to judge for yourself*

This is one of the more sought-after issues, likely due to scarcity and the importance of its contributors -

Cover Art - Luis Dominguez - Luis Angel Dominguez is an Argentine artist, who has worked a lot for American horror and mystery comic books in the 1960s and 1970s. He has made comics in his native country since the 1940s. He cooperated with the writer Hector German Oesterheld on 'Scout River' in 1956. He also worked on comics like Patoruzito and Pancho Lopez. He did his first US works in the early 1960s, contributing to 'The Wonders of Aladdin' (Dell) and 'The World Around Us' (Gilberton).

Between 1963 and 1970 he was affiliated with the Union Studio in Latin America. He did back-up features for Charlton and drew for many of the company's 1960s war and western titles, such as 'Cheyenne Kid', 'Fightin' Marines', 'Billy the Kid' and 'Outlaws of the West'. From 1967 through the late 1970s, he did a lot of work for Gold Key titles like 'Ripley's Believe it or Not', 'Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery', 'Grimm's Ghost Stories', 'The Twilight Zone' and 'UFO Flying Saucers'.

Then in the 1970s, he also began working for DC, illustrating for 'House of Mystery', 'House of Secrets', 'The Witching Hour' and 'Jonah Hex'. He additionally contributed to the horror publications of Skywald and Warren.

Penciller - Tony DeZuniga - (November 8, 1932 – May 11, 2012), hired by editor Orlando, was a Filipino comics artist and illustrator best known for his works for DC Comics. He co-created the fictional characters Jonah Hex and Black Orchid. Important because he was the first Filipino comic book artist whose work was accepted by American publishers, paving the way for many other Filipino artists to enter the international comic book industry.

Scripts - Michael Fleisher - Michael Lawrence "Mike" Fleisher (born November 1,1942) is an American writer known for his DC Comics of the 1970s and 1980s, particularly for the characters the Spectre and Jonah Hex.

Editor - Joseph "Joe" Orlando (April 4, 1927 – December 23, 1998) was an Italian American illustrator, writer, editor and cartoonist during a lengthy career spanning six decades. He was the associate publisher of Mad and the vice president of DC Comics, where he edited numerous titles and ran DC's Special Projects department.
In 1966, Orlando and writer E. Nelson Bridwell created the parody superhero team The Inferior Five in Showcase #62 (June 1966). This lighthearted feature would soon receive its own ongoing series.

Orlando launched the Swing with Scooter series with writers Barbara Friedlander and Jack Miller in July 1966.
After 16 years of freelancing, Orlando was hired in 1968 by DC Comics, where he was the editor of a full line of comic books, including Adventure Comics, All-Star Comics, Anthro, Bat Lash, House of Mystery, Plop!, Swamp Thing, and The Witching Hour, also scripting for several of these titles.

Orlando coined the names of the Weird War Tales and Weird Western Tales titles.While serving as DC's vice president, he guided the company's Special Projects department. This included the creation of art for T-shirts and other licensed products, negotiating with such companies as American Greetings and Topps, working with editor Joey Cavalieri on Looney Tunes Magazine and supervising production of trading cards, Six Flags logos, DC character style guides and other items.

In the late 1960s, Orlando hired Filipino artist Tony DeZuniga for work on some of DC's horror titles. In 1971, Orlando and DC publisher Carmine Infantino traveled to the Philippines on a recruiting trip for more artists. Alfredo Alcala, Mar Amongo, Ernie Chan, Alex Niño, Nestor Redondo, and Gerry Talaoc were some of the Filipino comic artists who would work for DC, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.

Details of this copy -

Front cover with bright strong inks, some spine stress marks that do not extend to the back cover spine edge. Minor corner rolling/ turn-downs, one very small horizontal split about a millimetre long, level with the brown cowboy hat.

Inside front cover has some slight and faint discolouration, mostly from the reverse of "Weird Western Tales" seeping through. Bottom staple has pulled away slightly from cover and first few pages. Top staple ditto, but to far lesser extent. Both staples present, intact, no discolouration.

Back cover clean and bright, very minor spine stress/ handling evidence. Open edge very slight evidence of handling, one very light crease to bottom corner where it's been bent over at some point, but clearly not actually folded. Bottom staple has again pulled slightly away from cover, very small tear. Top staple ditto, to a much lesser extent.

Back cover has brilliant Charles Atlas advert, complete with weakling cartoon story. Barely discernible faint yellowing over Mr Atlas, the coupon below him, and the cartoon frame above him.

Inside front cover has Karate Judo-Jiu-Jitsu-Savate "The Total Defense System" ad.

Pages in full colour, very few blemishes, edges good, some minor corner rolling, mostly to top corners but also last two pages' bottom corners. No turn-downs.

Several small nibbles/ notches/ splits to the bottom edge of a few pages, all of which I've photographed. One vertical "thing" on one of the right-hand edges, no idea what it is because it doesn't show on the reverse side of that page at all, so it can't be a crease/ wrinkle.

Brilliant music ad over the two centre pages, featuring artists such as Elvis, The Platters, Pat Boone, Doris Day, Dean Martin, The Everly Brothers, Jimmy Dorsey, Buddy Holly, Nat King Cole, Dionne Warwick, Getz/Gilberto (Girl From Ipanema), Tom Jones, and many, many others.

Centre page has pulled away slightly from the bottom staple, top staple perfect. Shows on following page too - all photographed.

Nothing else to report, I've been over it with a magnifying glass and haven't spotted anthing else - but please do thoroughly inspect the photos in case you can see something I've missed.

As previously stated, this is one of the more sought-after issues of Weird Western Tales with Jonah Hex, the weirdest of all cowboys ever (the whole comic book is one The Adventures of Jonah Hex story, plus the "Trail Talk" letters page and some awesome adverts).

US sites are quoting $50 for this issue, though I suspect the condition of those is likely to be slightly better than mine, so I'm looking for offers around £15-20, and not today's sterling equivalent of £37-38.

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