Sgt. Preston of the Yukon

I have no explanation as to why I own this comic except to say that I Found it in a quarter bin on Free Comic Book Day and thought it was so random that I had to grab it. So yeah, pretty much that.

This is a Dell publication that came out in 1953 and is basically a Canadian version of a Western comic (and #WesternComicsMonth has already passed), with a frontiersman motif. Our main character is the titular Sgt. Preston, a Mountie who guards the frontier from poachers, criminals, and those who would disturb the order and the peace. He’s got special helper sled dogs and there’s at least one story where a kid wants to be just like him and helps him on a case.

Doing some research on the character, this was a show on CBS in the 1950s and was based on a radio show called Challenge of the Yukon that ran from 1939-1950 and was changed to Sgt. Preston of the Yukon before being adapted for television. It’s a bit of a hokey comic book that was clearly meant for little kids in the Leave it to Beaver era, but it had its own charm, especially since it takes place in the frontier of the Great White North. It was worth the pickup on the cheap (I mean, I paid a quarter for it), but not something I’m going to keep around.

Keep, Sell, Donate, or Trash?


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