The story goes something like this: Of all the western reprints put out by Marvel in the early 70s, Outlaw Kid was the sales leader. Perhaps thinking that the sales figures had more to do with the character than the stellar Doug Wildey artwork, Marvel commissioned some new material for the series. The new stories were met with a lukewarm reception, and they reverted to the Wildey reprints. At the very tail end of the series, we got reprints of the new material. If it wasn't a success the first time around, one wonders why they even bothered. This is the final issue of the series, and it's a perfect storm of all that didn't work with the 70s material. Gary Friedrich's story of a Confederate hold-out train robber could actually work if the story wasn't full of holes and weak dialogue. There is a scene where Jack MacDaniels (aka the Last Rebel) may or may not have seen the Outlaw Kid unmasked himself. Regardless of what happened, a couple of pages later Lance Temple tells the convalescing Reb his story, punctuating it with 'and that's why I became the Outlaw Kid'. What? Did I miss something? Anyway, there a rather lame showdown towards the end, and I only have less than nice things to say about Dick Ayers' flat artwork here, which are not helped by Jack Abel's thin inks. It's really quite weak, especially when compared to the Wildey drawn stories. This was a great series, but this particular issue should be avoided.
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