Was the Real Lone Ranger a Black Man?
Only five of the eight seasons had new episodes. It was the ABC television network's first big hit of the early s. The fifth and final season was the only one shot in color. A total of episodes were made. At the beginning of each episode, the magnificent white stallion, Silver, would rear up with the Lone Ranger on his back, then they would dash off, the Ranger encouragingly shouting, "Hi-Yo, Silver!
Tonto usually referred to the Lone Ranger as " Kemo sabe ", described as meaning either "faithful friend," or "trusty scout". Gimoozaabi is said to mean "he looks out in secret. After the series ended, Moore continued to make public appearances as the Lone Ranger. In , Jack Wrather , then owner of the rights to the character, obtained a restraining order against Moore, enjoining Moore from appearing in public in his mask. Moore later won a countersuit, allowing him to resume his costume.
At the time of the release of the film The Legend of the Lone Ranger , the company owning the rights to the character, Wrather Corp. The film itself was a critical and commercial failure. It starred Klinton Spilsbury in his only motion picture appearance. His lines were overdubbed by James Keach. Moore, who never appeared publicly without his mask, was enjoined in the lawsuit from wearing it and, in protest, he began wearing oversized sunglasses that were the approximate size and shape of the mask.
Another passenger announces his intent to make his fortune from his invention of sunglasses. The stage is robbed and the inventor killed.
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As John Reid lays the dead man on the floor with the broken dark glasses, yet another passenger says, "So much for American opportunity. The TV movie served as the pilot for a possible new series. However, the movie was greeted unenthusiastically; the name of the secret identity of the Lone Ranger was changed from "John Reid" to "Luke Hartman", and while an empty grave was still alongside those of the five dead Rangers, its supposed occupant was unidentified, and the hero maintained his unmasked identity, as well, becoming a cowboy version of Zorro , as in the first film serial.
Ultimately, the project was shelved, with the pilot aired in telefilm form during the summer season due to Murray's popularity with the target audience of the network. The series also inspired numerous comic books , books, and gramophone records. The first Lone Ranger novel appeared in , and eventually 18 volumes were published, as listed below.
The first book was written by Gaylord Dubois , but the others were written by the character's primary developer, Fran Striker. Striker also re-edited and rewrote parts of later editions of the first novel. First published between and in hardback by Grosset and Dunlap , these stories were reprinted in by Pinnacle Books.
From to , 13 Big Little Books were published. Three Little Golden Books were published. Fran Striker himself initially scripted the feature, but time constraints soon required him to quit, replaced by Bob Green, later followed by Paul S.
Newman and others. In Pure Imagination Publishing collected two of the storylines and put them in a comic book.
In , Western Publishing , with its publishing partner Dell Comics , launched a comic book series which lasted for issues. This series originally consisted of reprints from the newspaper strips as had all previous comic book appearances of the character in various titles from David McKay Publications and from Dell.
However, new stories by writer Paul S. Newman and artist Tom Gill began with issue 38 August Some original content was presented as early as 7 January , but these were non-Lone Ranger fillers. Newman and Gill produced the series until its final issue, July Tonto got his own spin-off title in , which lasted 31 issues.
Such was the Ranger's popularity at the time that even his horse Silver had a comic book, The Lone Ranger's Famous Horse Hi-Yo Silver , starting in and running 34 issues; writer Gaylord DuBois wrote and developed Silver as a hero in his own right. In addition, Dell also published three big Lone Ranger annuals, as well as an adaptation of the theatrical film. The Dell series came to an end in Later that same year, Western Publishing ended its publishing partnership with Dell Comics and started its own comic book imprint, Gold Key Comics. The new imprint launched its own Lone Ranger title in Initially reprinting material from the Dell run, original content did not begin until issue 22 in , and the magazine itself folded with 28 in Lansdale and drawn by Timothy Truman.
Maybe when we talk I should use that 'me Tonto' stuff, the way they write about me in the dime novels. You'd like that, wouldn't you? It was started as a six-issue miniseries; but due to its success, it has become an ongoing series by the same team. A second printing of the first issue was announced; a first for the company.
The second volume of the series by Dynamite was issued in January Written by Ande Parks and drawn by Esteve Polls, it ran for a total of 25 numbers, with the last issue being released in June A third volume, written by Mark Russell and drawn by Bob Q, was scheduled for release in October In late 's Roy Meredith produced the first-known animated film based on Lone Ranger, in this silent film The Lone Ranger and Tonto capture a band of cattle rustlers and save the life of the rancher.
The show lasted thirty episodes; however, these were invariably split into three separate shorts, with the middle segment being a solo adventure for Tonto, so that there were actually 90 installments in all. The last episode aired on March 9, These Lone Ranger adventures were similar in tone and nature to CBS's science fiction Western , The Wild Wild West , in that the plots were bizarre and had elements of science-fiction and steampunk technology thrown in.
Even the Lone Ranger's greatest enemy in the animated series was a dwarf, similar to James T. West's greatest enemy, Dr. Miguelito Loveless. He was called Tiny Tom, and was voiced by Dick Beals. This animated cartoon was credited as being a Jack Wrather production, and it provided the first exposure many s children had to the characters.
Shepard Menken played Tonto. The narrator in the opening title was Marvin Miller. The Lone Ranger was featured, along with Zorro and Tarzan , in Adventure Hour cartoon shorts in the early s, produced by Filmation. These episodes featured William Conrad as the voice of the Masked Man, although he was listed in the credits as "J. Darnoc" Conrad spelled backwards. This series took a more realistic tone with a heavily historical context to include an educational element to the stories, even though there were several episodes that did feature elements of science fiction much like the earlier cartoons from the s.
There were 14 episodes, combining two adventures in each episode, for a total of 28 stories. Though Conrad was the main voice featured, other noted voice actors in the Filmation series include an uncredited Lou Scheimer , Frank Welker , and Michael Bell. Along with clips from the first s film serial, trailers for the two post-TV series features, commercials with Moore, and sometimes Silverheels, in character, and two complete television episodes, there was a cartoon short, said to date from the late s.
It was a silent film, like most films produced for the home market in those days, and had dialog written on title cards, just as films of the silent era. Presented and narrated by Clayton Moore, it revolves around purchasing U. Savings Stamps, a child's version of Savings Bonds. The main focus is to get children to invest in the stamps.
The narrated segment culminates with the inaugural ceremonies on the grounds of the Washington Memorial before a crowd of thousands of children and their parents. It is an action adventure game featuring three different perspectives: side-scrolling, overhead, and first-person exploration. The game loosely follows the plot of the film The Legend of the Lone Ranger, with the ultimate goal being the rescue of the President of the United States, whom the Lone Ranger's nemesis, "Butch" Cavendish, has kidnapped.
Some used a silver bullet motif. One ring had a miniature of one of his six-guns atop it, with a flint and striking wheel, as used in cigarette lighters, so that "fanning" the miniature pistol would produce a shower of sparks. During World War II , the premiums adapted to the times. In , the program offered the Kix Blackout Kit. Some premiums were rather anachronistic for a 19th-century hero. With its tailfin piece removed, though, the "bomb" body looked like a silver bullet.
In , Cheerios produced a line of Frontier Town cereal boxes with the Lone Ranger likeness on the front of the box.
After his brother and companions were killed, though, silver no longer held such value for the Lone Ranger. Instead, he molded the metal held so dearly by others into bullets to shoot the guns from the hands of troublemakers. He could have bought bullets at the general store and used the silver to fund a life of idle pleasure, could have used it to enhance his status or accumulate more wealth. But after traversing the landscape of grief, silver was no longer a temptation. Its value lay only in how it could be used to help others. Seeing the Heroic in Everyday Life There is a danger in looking to superheroes to define what personal powers may be found within the fires of existential, spiritual, and psychological pain.
The Lone Ranger is, after all, an imaginary character. If we take such models too literally, we may romanticize or simplify suffering, losing sight of its intensity.