Matt Marriott

NAME:
Matt Marriott
NEWSPAPER:
London Evening News
DATES:
19/9/55 - 1977

ARTIST(S):

Tony Weare
WRITER(S):
Jim Edgar

Matt Marriott began on 19 September 1955 in the London Evening News with excellent artwork by Tony Weare and scripts by Jim Edgar.

The story opens in Kansas in the late 1880's as cattlemen intend to drive their cattle herds across land that is settled by farmers. Matt Marriott is a young man living with his farmer parents with a neighbouring farm settled by the Horn brothers. When the cattle are driven through, Matt's parents are killed defending their farm and Matt takes up his guns in anger for the first time. Coached by his friend Luke "Powder" Horn, he confronts the cattleman responsible for the death of his parents.

Original Matt Marriott art (un-identified story) by Tony Weare, scripted by Jim Edgar.

After the dust settles, Matt and Powder begin their travels that will keep them moving for the next 20 years until the strip ended in 1977.

Tony Weare was a first rate artist whose best work is seen in Matt Marriott. He also worked for Mickey Mouse Weekly (Pride of the Circus: 1950, Billy Brave: 1950-54) and Comet (Greyfriars Ghost: 1952), and in 1980 drew the strip Rookwood by Harrison Ainsworth for Look and Learn.

Original Matt Marriott art (un-identified story) by Tony Weare, scripted by Jim Edgar.

Matt Marriott is considered to be one of the finest western adventure strips ever produced. The final story in the series was completed after Weare's death by Gun Law artist Harry Bishop.

There has been much consternation amongst strip collectors as the original stories were never titled and each adventure starts its numbering from No. 1. The very first story has become known as Vengeance Trail and has been reprinted in a condensed form in the Knockout Comic in 1961 and later as booklet 18 in the Archive Adventures series. However, Weare kept scrapbooks where he placed each strip as they appeared in the newspaper and he gave each a title - these have been used to identify many of the strips.

The Matt Marriott stories

No

Title

Strip number

Dates

Reprinted in

1

Vengeance Trail

66 strips
19 SEP 55 -
05 DEC 55

Knockout Comic (1960 - abridged)
Archive Adventures 18 (abridged)

2

Buffalo Hunters

102 strips
06 DEC 55 -
04 APR 56

As The Trouble-Shooters in
Knockout Comic (12/12/60 - 10/06/61 - abridged)

Archive Adventures 20 (abridged)

3

Belle Benson's Daughter

102 strips
05 APR 56 -
01 AUG 56

ADCCC Daily Strip 99

4

Showdown in Dodge City

108 strips
02 AUG 56 -
05 DEC 56

ADCCC Daily Strip 78

5

Wesley Greer Church

120 strips
06 DEC 56 -
27 APR 57

ADCCC Daily Strip 218

6

Kansas Railroad part 1

108 strips
29 APR 57 -
31 AUG 57

ADCCC Daily Strip 234

7

Kansas Railroad part 2

90 strips
02 SEP 57 -
14 DEC 57

ADCCC Daily Strip 237

8

The Sunbaugh Gang

186 strips
16 DEC 57 -
23 JUL 58

 

9

Springs of Death

105 strips
24 JUL 58 -
22 NOV 58

 

10

Ghost Town

99 strips
24 NOV 58 -
20 APR 59

ADCCC Daily Strip 154

11?

Farmer Cobb

 

 

ADCCC Daily Strip 164

12

Marshall of Fireweed

 

 

ADCCC Daily Strip 114

13?

Marshall of Ochre Flat

 

 

ADCCC Daily Strip 189

14?

Overland

 

 

ADCCC Daily Strip 34

15?

Last Days of Augie Spencer

 

 

ADCCC Daily Strip 141

16?

The Last of the Cattle Barons

 

 

ADCCC Daily Strip 138

17?

Sheriff Hayden

 

 

ADCCC Daily Strip 147

18

Powder's Nephew

 

 

ADCCC Daily Strip 104

19?

Zincville Colorado

 

 

ADCCC Daily Strip 144

 

 

 

 

 

There have been no official reprints of Matt Marriott to date in the UK, however they are available in Italy (in Italian).

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE All Devon Comic Collectors Club HAS MATT MARRIOTT STORIES AVAILABLE.


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