Greg Saunders, the singing cowboy performer who slipped a red bandana over his mouth to become the crime fighter Vigilante, begins a sporadic back-up series in Adventure, beginning with issue 417 (March 1972).

Vigilante had appeared a couple of years earlier, in Justice League of America, but had not had his own series since the end of his long run in Action Comics, in 1954.

Marv Wolfman and Steve Skeates penned this story, with Gray Morrow doing the art.

The story is set in San Francisco, as Vigilante hunts down a cop killer.


Chinatown gets dragged into the story, and it seems to be going the old “inscrutable” route, but the story avoids the racism it hints at, using this as a bit of a red herring instead.

All in all a decent return for the character, a solid and intense little tale.


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