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Quote1 Some where the builders, and some where the planners. And of the latter, one man stood head and shoulders above his fellows...one man whose eyes foresaw the future...Big Jim Fraser! Quote2
-- Narrator

Appearing in "Tracks West!"

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  • Samson

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  • The American West

Synopsis for "Tracks West!"

During the grand period of the Western Expansion in America, foreman Big Jim Fraser stands out as a model worker. Fraser not only oversees all work on the railroad line, but is more than apt to join in on work when help is low, stands up to renegade ranchers, and fights to ensure that all workers of all races are treated and paid equally.

Appearing in "Rustlers Hang High"

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  • Jenkins
  • Jed
  • Lazy S Ranch employees
    • Jeff
    • Scotty
    • Ted (Death)
    • Ernie (Death)

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Synopsis for "Rustlers Hang High"

Rustlers' Roost Gang (Earth-616) from 3-D Tales of the West Vol 1 1 0001

Example of the 3D "technology" as seen in the second story.

After being left for dead in the Nevada desert, Marshal Sandy Sandlin is hot on the trail of The Rustlers' Roost Gang, lead by the ruthless Twist Staley. After rustling and selling of the Lazy S Ranch's herd, Staley and company attempt to steal the Bar 3 herd, only to be caught in an ambush by the Bar 3 ranch hands. In their escape attempt, most of the gang's low-level riders are shot or captured and sent to jail.

Staley and his second in command Crow Kessler have a quick-draw contest to determine who is worthy to lead the crew, but they're interrupted by Sandlin, who shoots Little Augie dead. Sandlin takes the remain gang members to jail, where all the surviving members are sentence to death by hanging.

Appearing in "Gun-Fanner"

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  • Deputy Ford

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  • Matt
  • Chad Vinson (Death)
  • Forbes (Death)
  • Burton (Death)
  • Bartley (Death)
  • Bartley's son

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Synopsis for "Gun-Fanner"

Hired gun Fred Cole terrorizes Carson City in the dead of night, killing ranchers and leaving them with their heads resting on stones, his particular trademark. Cole is in fact under the employment of a local man named Blaine, who swoops in and cons the widows of Cole's victims into selling away their land for dirt cheap prices.

During the murder of a rancher named Bartley, Cole is shot in the arm by Bartley's son. Cole breaks protocol and shows up at Blaine's house. The two argue, and Cole shoots Blaine dead. As Cole tries to escape, Bartley's son arrives with Sheriff Kramer and his deputies. Kramer shoots Cole, who falls down an embankment, and lands with his head on a rock.

Appearing in "The Texas Tigress!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Wild Western #16.



Synopsis for "The Texas Tigress!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Wild Western #16.



Appearing in "Warpath!"

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Synopsis for "Warpath!"

After stumbling across gold deposits in a stream just uphill of a settlement, Rick Gerard decided the best way to ensure he can collect the gold is to have the local Indian tribe eliminate the settlers.

After failing to convince Chief White Feather to attack the settlers, Rick uses a flaming arrow to burn down a building in the settlement, and rides in to make it seem that he scared off the Indians. The settlers believe his story, and confront the tribe in the morning. After the settlers take two children as hostages in order to ensure no further attacks, the tribe decides to retaliate. To persuade the wary chief, Rick supplies them with rifles.

As the tribe prepares to attack, Chief White Feather and Rick talk about the attacks when the chief notices a mark on Rick's arm from firing a string bow. Piecing together the truth, Chief White Feather attempts to subdue Rick, but is knocked out.

Rick attempts to lead the tribe in the attack, but the chief comes to in time to tell his tribe the truth about Rick. Rick shoots Chief White Feather dead, and starts shooting tribe members as they attack him. A tribesman throws Rick into the stream, and Rick drowns in the water. Settlers from the town come to investigate the gun shots and learn the truth from the tribe, just as a settler discovers gold collecting in Rick's hand, which they determine as the cause of Rick's meddling.

Notes

  • Atlas Comics 3D glasses

    The glasses included with every copy of 3-D Tales of the West

    Released during the first American 3D film craze, the comic is printed with "3D" artwork in an attempt to cash in on the fad's sudden burst of popularity. It features black and white artwork, supplemented by red and blue lines designed to make the images and speech bubbles appear to pop off the page, and came with two pairs of cardboard 3D glasses.
  • The issue features a full page advertisement for the next issue of 3-D Tales of the West, although the second issue was never released, as well as Atlas' other 3D title, 3-D Action #1, which focused on World War II stories.
  • The fifth story, "Warpath!", makes frequent use of the racist term "Redskin" when referring to the Indians.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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