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1Aug/140

EP1327: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Suntan Oil Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny investigates the disappearance of a necklace owned by the wife of an oil man trying to hang on to his young wife.

Original Air Date: March 10, 1957

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25Jul/140

EP1321: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Meek Memorial Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny searches for a stolen missing copy of the Gettysburg Address.

Original Air Date: March 3, 1957

19Jul/140

Graphic Novel Review: Johnny Dollar


Yours Truly Johnny Dollar was a radio series than ran from 1949-62 with a total of six actors playing the role of the man with the action packed expense account. This short graphic novel succeeds in bringing Johnny Dollar to a visual medium. The story is set in 1957 (based on a gravestone seen in the story.) Artist Eric Thierault doesn't, however, draw Dollar as Bob Bailey (the best beloved of the Dollar actors who played the role from 1955-60) but rather in a way that  most would imagine Johnny Dollar looking based on the series.

The story itself features Johnny investigating a troubled production of Macbeth that his company has insured. The only somewhat odd thing about the story is Johnny pretending to be a potential investor rather than an investigator, which was not a usual tactic for Johnny Dollar in that era, though certainly it wasn't unprecedented for Johnny Dollar to go undercover.

What makes the "Brief Candle Matter" work for me is that it plays out like a radio episode. The dialogue, plot, and solution to the crime could very well have been told on the radio show. The black and white artwork gives it a 1950s feel. The story made me think of what a Johnny Dollar television show would have been like.

Compared to radio programs of this era, this stands up as an above average story. It doesn't hit the dramatic high notes of the best Dollar stories like "the Rasmussen Matter" or many of the great five parters, "the Brief Candle Matter" is definitely an accessible and engaging read for people who may never have even listened to the radio show. While its out of print, this is definitely worthy buying used when it's available on Amazon or checking ebay and online comic shops for.

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18Jul/140

EP1315: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Templeton Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny investigates the theft of thousands of dollars in merchandise that includes the murder of one of the guards.

Original Air Date: February 10, 1957

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11Jul/140

EP1309: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Kirbey Will Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny goes to Lake Mojave to investigate the death of a fishing guide/retiree with a greedy family.

Original Air Date: February 3, 1957

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4Jul/140

EP1303: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Mad Hatter Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny goes looking for an ex-model who had married a wealthy hat magnate.

Original Air Date:  January 27, 1957

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27Jun/140

EP1297: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar :The Blooming Blossom Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny investigates the disappearance of an insured only to find him murdered after receiving a tip from a fan.

Original Air Date: January 20, 1957

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20Jun/140

EP1291: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Desalles Matte

Bob Bailey

Johnny investigates a suspicious death of a rich man and the even more suspicious support of an old friend going along with a dubious suicide theory.

Original Air Date: January 13, 1957

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13Jun/140

EP1285: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Ellen Dear Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny is hired to protect jewels purchased a wealthy businessman in Mexico but finds the jewels were lost at sea...or were they?

Original  Air Date: January 6, 1957

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6Jun/141

EP1279: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Squared Circle Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny suspects that an insured punch drunk boxer is being set up to die by his manager who hopes to cash in on the insurance policy.

Original Air Date: December 30, 1956

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