The Western hero “The Lone Ranger” returns to theaters in this week's film starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. The Western hero has several comics and stories with Oklahoma ties.
When Dynamite Entertainment brought the Lone Ranger back to comics in 2006, the cover artist, designer and series consultant was former Oklahoman John Cassaday. Cassaday won a best cover artist Eisner award for his work.
The entire 25-issue first Dynamite series has been collected in the 632-page “The Lone Ranger Omnibus” Vol. 1. The book collects the entire series, featuring the transformation of John Reid into the Lone Ranger and his adventures with his partner Tonto in the Old West. Cassaday's covers are included in the book. The second “Lone Ranger” series from Dynamite is ongoing, with 19 issues released to date.
Moore author Mel Odom wrote a story of the Lone Ranger in the prose anthology “Lone Ranger Chronicles” from Moonstone.
“I had a blast writing the Ranger in ‘The Great Dinosaur Rush,' for the Moonstone collection,” Odom said. “The story turned out to be twice as long as it was supposed to be, but I was having fun. I even showed the Ranger in his ‘old prospector' disguise, and I had some nice exchanges between the Ranger and Tonto. I also got to write a little bit of history about the dinosaur bone acquisition that was going on at the time.”
Odom said he's loved the Lone Ranger character since he was a young boy growing up in Lawton, where he became a fan of the TV show starring Clayton Moore. He calls the Lone Ranger a “perfect mix of cowboy and superhero.”
“The Lone Ranger is going to be one of those iconic characters that never rides off into the sunset,” Odom said. “We need heroes like him — an underdog who fights the good fight, doesn't kill, and has some serious mojo when the chips are down.”