The Ancient Southwest & Other Dispatches from a Cruel Frontier

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From dinosaurs to Conquistadores, The Ancient Southwest, a dynamically illustrated collection of natural history and early-day recorded history, takes its cue from the tradition of storytelling in pictures. The narrative medium is the comic strip, applied here to increase popular interest in geology,” as one of its original contributors described the project. An enormously popular feature in the West Texas newspaper where it had originated more than fifty years ago, The Ancient Southwest has been painstakingly restored and annotated by the cartoonist and cultural historian Michael H. Price as a follow-through to a lengthy collaboration with the primary artist, the late George E. Turner. The strips, originally designed for serialized weekly publication, have gone unseen since 1951 1952. Inspired by the permanent collections of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, the cartoons cover a vast span of prehistory, from the earliest invertebrate and reptilian life to the Age of Mammals and the Paleo-Indians. The volume also contains a full restoration of Turner’s The Palo Duro Story, recounting one of the earliest Spanish explorations of North America from the viewpoint of Cabeza de Vaca. An appendix reproduces a selection of Turner’s college-newspaper cartoons of the post-WWII years, foreshadowing the style he would bring to bear upon The Ancient Southwest and The Palo Duro Story.

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Originally published in the Amarillo Globe News, this series has remained unseen since the 1950s and is an odd specimen of the educational/regional comic strip. The first half of the book deals with the ancient Southwest, particularly the prehistoric life found therein, such as dinosaurs, trilobites and the travails of early man versus wooly mammoths and other such staples of grade-school science texts. A smattering of glimpses at early Native American life are thrown in for good measure, but then the focus shifts to "The Palo Duro Story," a rambling and slightly incoherent account of an early Spanish expedition's greed-driven and disastrous adventures. A litany of starvation, Indian attacks, abuse of indigenous cultures, clueless leadership and a desperate excursion into cannibalism make for one of the stranger moments in the history of the American newspaper strip, and Price's script beats the reader over the head with a cycle of events that seem to repeat themselves almost immediately after the reader had encountered them on the previous page. Reminiscent of the similarly turgid Mark Trail, this collection drips with pre-rock 'n' roll quaintness, and Turner's artwork wavers between being perfectly suited to history books and being amateurish on the level of high school newspaper illustrations. It's an interesting curio, but there is good reason why this series had been relegated to obscurity.
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If you're a thunder lizard enthusiast with an interest in America's paleo-past, you're sure to dig this nifty compilation." -- www.amarillo.com

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