Tim McCoy was not treated well in comic books. McCoy had been a major western star at Columbia, Puritan, Victory, Monogram and PRC from ‘31-‘41. From ‘41-‘42 he was a third of the popular Rough Riders trio, then retired from the screen save for a couple of guest star shots. So, by late 1948 when lowly Charlton Comics in Derby, CT, grabbed up McCoy for comic books, he was a pretty much forgotten cowboy hero by current comic book buying kids. That Tim’s lot fell to bottom-of-the-barrel Charlton didn’t help one iota.
TIM McCOY picked up numbering from Charlton’s canceled ZOO FUNNIES with #16 in Oct./Nov. 1948 and was published bi-monthly for a year, 6 issues, through #21, August/Sept. 1949, at which time the book changed titles again, to PICTORIAL LOVE STORIES with #22.
TIM McCOY’s comic book was an odd affair in that it featured not only McCoy stories but very poorly drawn and written western film adaptations with John Wayne, Jimmy Wakely, etc.; one page bio fillers of various western stars by Mario DeMarco; historical vignettes on Indians, gunfighters, etc. “as told” by McCoy; and a comedy filler, “Pecos Bill”.
Tim’s comic book adventures, a mish-mosh of Rough Riders and earlier movie adaptations, were hacked-out by the worst assemblage of “artists” (if they can be called that) ever to work in comics. None of the interior story artists ever captured Tim’s likeness; it seemed as if they didn’t even try. Lee Sherman managed a likeness on the cover of #21, but his interior art on movie adaptations was absolutely amateurish.
For the record, here’s what’s in each issue:
Why issues of TIM McCOY command $100-$125 in Fine is beyond comprehension; perhaps only due to the fact they’re hard to find because nobody bought them at the time, making them scarce today.
Tim was treated better much earlier in a few issues of POPULAR COMICS, an anthology-type comic composed primarily of comic strip reprints published by Dell which, from #28 to #43, adapted B-westerns with Gene Autry, Jack Randall, Tex Ritter and McCoy into comic form. #31 (8/38) adapted “Two Gun Justice” and #32 (9/38) featured “Phantom Ranger”. These issues run about $140 in Fine.
Similarly, Dell’s THE FUNNIES, another comic book haven for strip reprints, also adapted B-westerns to comic book format. #20 starred McCoy (poorly drawn) in “West of Rainbow’s End”. ($195 in Fine.) There were probably others, but I only own #24 and #25 (Bob Baker stories) and #30 (Tex Ritter), so cannot be positive.