JOHN HART - COMIC BOOK SIGNED - HFSID 277369
JOHN HART Comic book signed by actor who played masked hero based on The Phantom Comic book signed "John Hart/'The Phantom". 7x10. Comic book ©1991 by Lee Falk, the creator of the Phantom comic strip, and Sy Barry. Published by Frew Publications of Australia.
Sale Price $198.00
Comic book signed by actor who played masked hero based on The Phantom
Comic book signed "John Hart/'The Phantom". 7x10. Comic book ©1991 by Lee Falk, the creator of the Phantom comic strip, and Sy Barry. Published by Frew Publications of Australia. Baby Boomers probably remember Hart (1917-2009) best as the Lone Ranger. In 1955, he played another masked hero in The Adventures of Captain Africa, a 1955 serial by Columbia. It was supposed to be a sequel to the 1943 serial The Phantom, based on the comic strip that Frew created. However, Columbia changed the name and hero's costume and rewrote much of the story after losing rights to the Phantom character. Hart, born in 1917, has over 100 credited and uncredited roles on TV and the big screen. Hart was a cowboy before becoming an actor and had numerous roles in westerns, including small parts on TV's The Lone Ranger (1950-1953), before being offered the role in 1952. He replaced Clayton Moore, the series' original Lone Ranger, for 52 episodes when Moore was fired for demanding a higher salary. In one interview, Hart claimed that all 52 episodes were shot in a matter of weeks, with each episode taking only two days to shoot. Hart forged a close relationship with Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto, and his cowboy training helped him to ride the Lone Ranger's horse Silver, whom he said was jumpy and difficult to ride. Hart went on to other roles, including parts on Bat Masterson, Rawhide and Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans. He also played the Lone Ranger for one episode of Happy Days and was cast as a reporter in The Legend of the Lone Ranger, the movie adaptation of the Lone Ranger story. Lightly toned, otherwise in fine condition.
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