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Lone Ranger character has long history in print, on air

Lone Ranger character debuted in 1933.
by Matthew Price Modified: July 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm •  Published: July 5, 2013
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Lone Ranger character has

long history in print, on air

“The Lone Ranger,” which debuted on radio in 1933, was created by George W. Trendle and written by Fran Striker.

The television series of the 1950s featured Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger, a masked cowboy who fought evil in the old West, with his companion Tonto and his steed Silver. The Lone Ranger used silver bullets, but his TV incarnation didn't kill, instead improbably shooting the guns from outlaws' hands.

The first of 2,956 episodes of “The Lone Ranger” aired on radio Jan. 30, 1933, on WXYZ radio in Detroit and later on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network.

“Lone Ranger” comic books have been published by Dell, Gold Key-Whitman, Topps and Dynamite. In 1939, the character appeared in “Large Feature,” followed by appearances in “Dell Four Color.” The “Lone Ranger” title with Dell ran 145 issues until 1962. Gold Key-Whitman resurrected the book in 1964 for 28 issues. Topps also had a run at the character in the 1990s, with “The Lone Ranger and Tonto,” a more mature take on the classic team, written by Joe R. Lansdale (“Bubba Ho-Tep”) with art by Timothy Truman (“Hawkworld”) and Rick Magyar.

Dynamite Entertainment has licensed the character for comics since 2006.

— Matthew Price

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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