This was a fairly subdued swansong for a series that can trace its roots all the way back to All-Star Comics #1. There had been many, many changes over the years - including the major shift in genre that occurred with issue #58. The one thing that remained constant was that these issues were filled with entertaining stories and very strong artwork. This issue is no exception with Gil Kane pencilling the lead story and Carmine Infantino pencilling the always awesome Super Chief. Both stories were written by Gardner Fox, who is an underrated western writer (although Super Chief isn't really much of a western). This is the final of three appearances of Madame .44 in this title. Her relationship with Johnny Thunder had really given the strip a kick in the creative pants and it's a shame we didn't get to see a few more adventures. I understand that westerns were well past their prime at this stage, but I still always find it a bit sad to see this particular book. End of an era.
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