Monday, September 21, 2015
Crossover of the Week
Here's a belated Crossover of the Week post, since I forgot to do one yesterday.
Young John Reid rescues and befriends a Potawatomi boy named Tonto. Ben Reid, John’s father, is a member of the Texas Rangers alongside Al King, Bobby Stuart, and Jake Cutter. A man named Favor appears. Tonto honed his tracking skills under a Kickapoo scout who often worked for the Rangers. Over a decade later, a grown Tonto comes to the aid of John Reid, now a Ranger himself, who has been wounded and his comrades killed in an ambush at Bryant’s Gap.
Short story by Matthew Baugh in The Lone Ranger Chronicles, Matthew Baugh and Tim Lasiuta, eds., Moonstone Books, 2012. This story recounts the first meeting between John Reid, the future Lone Ranger, and his faithful companion Tonto. Al King is a reference to Allen King, the Ranger’s alter ego in the 1938 film serial The Lone Ranger; obviously, the CU version of King is a distinct individual from the Ranger. Bobby (or Bob) Stuart is also from The Lone Ranger serial. Texas Ranger Jake Cutter is from Paul Wellman’s Western novel The Comancheros, and was played by John Wayne in the 1961 film version. Favor is Gil Favor, the trail boss from the television series Rawhide. The Kickapoo scout is Famous Shoes from Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove novels.