Randolph Scott never had a comic book named after him—but his likeness graced the cover of five Western comic books and one of his movies was adapted into comic book form.
Scott first appeared on the cover of PRIZE COMICS WESTERN #76 (July/August ‘49). The first story was an excellent 14 page adaptation of Scott’s “Canadian Pacific” with handsome renditions of Scott, Jane Wyatt and others by Mart Bailey. Bailey was the victim of a mugging during the ‘60s in which he suffered a head injury that left him almost totally incapacitated. Fine copies can be found for around $42.
Scott next appeared in a romantic scene with Nancy Olson from “Canadian Pacific” on the cover of WESTERN LOVE #1, also published by Prize Publications in July/August ‘49. Because it’s #1, a Fine copy commands upward of $96.
Later that year Marvel Comics used a photo of Scott on the cover of WESTERN WINNERS #7 (Dec. ‘49). The photo is identified as coming from the film “Lawless” but there is no such movie. Photo looks to be from “The Nevadan”. WESTERN WINNERS was formerly ALL-WESTERN WINNERS from #1-4, dropping the “All” for issues 5-7 when it then became the popular BLACK RIDER with #8 in March ‘50. Stories in #7 were true west tales. Copies in Fine are about $76.
A photo of Scott on horseback from “The Nevadan” was used on the July ‘50 (#67) issue of CRACK WESTERN from Quality Comics. Formerly the superhero CRACK COMICS, the format and title changed in November ‘49 to CRACK WESTERN (#63) with continuing stories of Arizona Ames (aka Raines), Two Gun Lil and others. In Fine, about $40.
Randy’s final photo cover appearance was for Standard Comics’ WESTERN HEARTS #8 (Sept. ‘51) in a romantic embrace with Janis Carter from “Santa Fe”. Standard also used Western film photos of Whip Wilson and Reno Browne, Jerome Courtland, Rex Allen, Ray Milland and Hedy Lamarr, Fred MacMurray, Jock Mahoney and Bill Williams and Jane Nigh on their covers to spur on sales. After 9 issues the title was cancelled in March ‘52. Look for Fine copies at $40.