Bobby Benson’s B-Bar-B Riders gained widespread recognition primarily through their numerous weekly episodes on the radio, a show that notably introduced actor Don Knotts to the public. With their radio fame, a comic series that ran for 20 comic issues published between June 1950 and 1953 added to the franchise’s legacy. Additionally, two television shows were produced for local airing in New York City, further cementing the popularity of Bobby Benson and his adventures.

Issue #1, a cherished part of the collection, offers a glimpse into the series’ early days. While not fitting squarely into the “good girl art” genre, its presence in the collection is notable because it was a part of the “Ole Man’s” original collection. The cover artist, Bob Powell, a World War II veteran, had a notable career, having contributed to popular works such as Sheena and later Cave Girl for the same publisher, Magazine Enterprises.

Powell, along with artist Dick Ayers, embarked on a unique departure for Bobby Benson in issue #14, crafting a cover featuring elements of bondage and severed heads that diverged from the typical western theme, instead resembling the style of “classic horror” comics. Frank Frazetta, another esteemed artist, also contributed to several covers in the series, adding to its eclectic visual appeal.

Bobby Benson himself is depicted as a young man who inherits a working ranch from his deceased parents. With the assistance of friends and ranch hands, he navigates through various challenges, thwarting the plans of would-be evildoers and upholding justice in the Old West. “Let’s saddle up, boys!”