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Ryder, Red. Red Ryder was created by Fred Harman (Bronc Peeler) and Stephen Slesinger and appeared in comic strips, comic books, radio shows, movie serials, and Big Little Books from 1938 to 1957, beginning with Crackajack Funnies #9 (Mar. 1939).

Red Ryder is a two-fisted cowboy fighting evil and helping the innocent from the Painted Valley Ranch in the San Juan Mountains. Ryder usually won’t kill, nor does he have to--he is a good enough shot that he can shoot the guns from opponents’ hands. Ryder is helped by Thunder, his horse, his sidekick Little Beaver (formerly of Bronc Peeler), and fellow ranch hand Buckskin Blodgett.

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