Comics have been important in perpetuating and informing the myth of the lone Western hero. The comic book can bring specific qualities to the creation of the hero and they can fix the visual image of given characters. Historical figures are retrospectively imagined as heroes in the traditional mold in comic book recreation of figures such as Billy the Kid. The figure of the lone hero, the nature of his actions, and how these change in different tiles and across time are examined. The comics under consideration led to a simplification and slow decline of the figure that lead, in later decades, to a new kind of more ambiguous Western hero.


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  • David Huxley
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  1. 1.Film and Media StudiesManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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