PURPLE RIDER

PURPLE RIDER

“The Purple Rider” first appeared in Three Aces, 3-8, September 1944 at the same time that “Commander Steel”, “Dr. Destine” and “Red Rover” first appeared in Grand Slam Comics.

Jack Calder conceived this character after reading Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage.

The story, as told by a hermit, begins with father and adult son driving across the desert in an old Ford. They came from back East. The mother had died and so the father sold the farm, bought a pure bred racing horse and called his son home from college so they could move west and start a new life, not the old west but the west of the early twentieth century.. While the Ford is stopped to cool down two outlaws try to steal the horse and in the process kill the father and leave the son to die. He is found by the hermit telling the story and saved. He goes after the outlaws and his horse, “Pard” finds the horse captures the outlaws and hands them over to the sheriff. When asked what his name is, he replies call me “The Purple Rider” and rides “off into the twilight of the purple desert” shouting “Scramble Pard, Tally-Ho-o-o”.

MEDIUM:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Cover:

Front: Illus., Unidentified. Three Aces,
3-8, September 1944.

3-11, December 1944.

4-1, February 1945.

4-2, March 1945.

4-5, June 1945.
Front: Illus., Unidentified. Grand Slam/Three Aces,
IV-45, August 1945. IV-46, September 1945.
Front: Illus., Unidentified. Three Aces,
V-52, May/June 1946. V-53, July/August 1946.

Content:

“The Purple Rider…”. Contributors unidentified. Three Aces. Black & white
“… Meet The Dynamic Purple Rider.” 3-8, September 1944: 3-16.

“… In The Movie Menace.” 3-11, December 1944: 17-30.

“… and the Headless Horseman.” 4-1, February 1945: 19-32.

“… in Twin Trouble.” 4-2, March 1945: 2-10.

“… in Gangster’s Holiday.” 4-5, June 1945: 3-16.

Apparently no issue for July.

“Purple Rider ….”Contributors unidentified. Grand Slam/ Three Aces Comics. Colour.
“… Mets a Lady Badman.” IV-45, August, 1945: 11-20

“… Raids Badman’s Bastille.” IV-46, September 1946: 1-10.

No story.IV-48, November 1945.

No story.IV-49, December 1945.

Untitled. V-50, January 1946: 23-32.

“The Purple Rider …” Contributors unidentified. Three Aces. Colour.
“…” V-51, February. 1946: 12-21.

“ … Meets The Purple Kid.”V-52, May/June 1946: 2-15.

“… The Lady Badman Rides Again.” V-53, July/August 1946: 2-15.

“The Purple Rider : The Troubador.” Contributors unidentified. Grand Slam,V-51, February 1946: 1–21. Colour Makes a single appearance in Grand Slam.

SOURCE:

Interview:

Telephone with Ed Furness, Nov. 27, 1985.

GALLERY:

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON P\PURPLE RIDER Three Aces Comics 3-8, Sept 1944 fc.jpg “Purple Rider.” Three Aces, 3-8, September 1944.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON P\PURPLE RIDER, Three Aces Comics, 3-8, Sept. 1944, 4.jpg Three Aces Comics, 3-8, September 1944: 4

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON P\PURPLE RIDER, Three Aces Comics, 3-8, Sept. 1944, 5.jpg Three Aces Comics, 3-8, September 1944: 5

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON P\PURPLE RIDER Three Aces Comics V52 May June 1946 fc.jpg “Purple Rider.” Three Aces, V-52, May/June 1946: Front cover.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON P\PURPLE RIDER, Three Aces Comics,V-53, J-A, 1946, 2.jpg Three Aces Comic, V-53, July/August 1946: 2

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON P\PURPLE RIDER, Three Aces Comics, V-53, J-A, 1946, 15.jpg Three Aces Comic, V-53, July/August 1946: 15.