Lance (comic strip)

Warren Tufts' Lance (May 5, 1957)

Lance was an American comic strip notable as one of the last of the full-page strips. Created and self-syndicated by artist Warren Tufts, it ran from the mid- to late 1950s

Publication history

Lance premiered on Sunday, June 5, 1955,[1] or Sunday, August 5, 1956[2] Launching in approximately 100 newspapers, was self-syndicated by artist Warren Tufts, creator of the previous strip Casey Ruggles.[2] (sources differ). Originally formatted like Prince Valiant, with text in captions but minus word balloons, it eventually switched to using word balloons. The last full page was #85. After that, the strip appeared in half page and tab formats.[2]

A daily strip began January 14, 1957 and lasted at least until February 15, 1958. Tufts' Casey Ruggles was referenced when Ruggles made a brief appearance in the daily strip.

The final Lance strip was #261, published May 29, 1960. [3]

Characters and story

Lance starred U.S. cavalry officer Lance St. Lorne, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in the mid-19th century. In tales of settling the Old West frontier, the character crossed paths with such figures as Kit Carson and others. Comics historian Don Markstein said the strip was "characterized by high-quality stories and art, but also by historical accuracy. Unlike, say, Lucky Luke, when Lance met someone who had really lived, that person was as old as he'd actually have been at the time, and in circumstances congruent with the known course of the person's life."[2]


Comics critic Bill Blackbeard rated Lance "the best of the page-high adventure strips undertaken after the 1930s".[4]

Episode guide


The American Comics Archive reprinted Lance in its Big Fun comics magazine. Big Fun #5, devoted solely to Lance, reprinted Sundays and dailies from the beginning through August 20, 1957. Comics Revue had Lance as a cover feature on several issues.

The series was completely reprinted with restoration by Manuel Caldas in Portugal (four volumes), Spain (four volumes) and Germany (five volumes) in their respective languages. A four-volume Serbian edition was published by Makondo in 2015.


  2. 1 2 3 4 Lance at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on March 8, 2015.
  4. Horn, Maurice, ed. (1978). The World Encyclopedia of Comics. Chelsea House. ISBN 0-87754-030-6.

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/21/2015. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.