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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613772106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613772102
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent collection of Doug Wildey's RIO western tales.
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Overall I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes comics but especially those who appreciate westerns.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Biff Fearless on May 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Rio is a magnificently illustrated yarn from Doug Wildey, probably most famous for creating Jonny Quest. His artwork is fluid and visceral, perfect for representing a western rogue such as the epononymous Rio. I can't recommend this enough if you are a fan of the western genre, classic realistic cartooning, or good storytelling.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diego Cordoba on July 13, 2012
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I discovered Rio when it was first published in Eclipse Monthly, a comic book anthology that published all sort of genres under a same cover, be it science fiction, adventure, superheroes, or in Rio's case, westerns. Actually Rio was the only western they published, and at the time, the late eighties, it was already a dead genre. But what set Rio apart from the other comics being published, was how european it looked artwise. That is to say, the story didn't need to be crammed into 20 pages or less (it actually consisted of three parts divided into 20 page sections), or had drawings consisting mainly of headshots and no backgrounds. The story in Rio took its time, and Wildey didn't have to cram a fight scene every other page as most american comic books do. Wildey drew every background, every detail, had colorful characters--very different from each other; every panel was rendered as if shot by a camera, so much that I never got the impression that I was reading a comic book, but watching a film unfold before my eyes instead. Needless to say, I was hooked from the very first time.

I knew very little of Doug Wildey, the artist, aside of the fact that he had been the inspiration for the character Peevy in Dave Stevens' Rocketeer. I had also read an issue of Jonah Hex earlier in the 70's which featured Wildey's art, but I always wondered why he didn't draw anymore issues, as he was really good at it. In fact, Wildey, like Russ Heath and John Severin, and up to a certain point Joe Kubert (because he can draw anything) and Alex Toth, were among the few american comic artists that excelled in drawing westerns. Truth of the matter is that the european and south american artists are much better at drawing westerns than their american counterparts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Western Maven on June 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received Rio yesterday and finished reading it last night. I've read many comics, mostly westerns, from the 50s, 60s, 70s and even up into the 80s and Rio is definately one of the very best. The story lines are excellent, each flowing seanlessly into the next. Rio is both an interesting and believeable character. The artwork varies from absolutely excellent to good to mediocre. Overall I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes comics but especially those who appreciate westerns.
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Doug Wildey was a great Western comic book artist and RIO is his baby from top to bottom" he even did the lettering! Effortlessly integrating Jesse James and "Doc" Holliday into his saddle-tested hero's adventures, Wildey spins his yarns like he was in a rocking chair on a lazy Saturday afternoon. The artwork is multi-media and confident: unmistakably his and unlike anybody else out there. Wildey's use of color, zip tones, shadows and hatching is masterful. The greatest strength is the artwork, which is as beautiful as anything Western comic books ever produced, and Western comics are a largely-lost genre. Of particular interest to me are the two previously-unpublished stories here: RED DUST IN TOMBSTONE and REPRISAL. RED DUST IN TOMBSTONE is a solid story which should have seen print before this, just as good as the previously printed stories, but REPRISAL was unfinished at Doug Wildey's death and probably made the page count too short to publish either story by themselves. For me, REPRISAL is the true find of this collection, easily the best story featuring RIO, bringing actual tragedy to the Western landscape which up to now had been mostly irony and hangdog determination. Without making too big a deal about it, Wildey brings a mother and daughter into RIO's orbit who are not connected to more-famous outlaws or even to RIO himself: what happens to them is genuinely surprising. It's as if all the previous stories in RIO were preparation for this one: it really packs a wallop. Even though Wildey died at the drawing table working on REPRISAL, for REPRISAL alone, this volume of RIO: THE COMPLETE SAGA is absolutely worth having!
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By Russell49 on November 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am totally blown away with the stories and art of this collection. I was familiar with some of Doug Wildey's Johnny Quest work but his western format is spectacular. The large format of the book really bring out the fine details of his illustrations, along with his compelling story. Great buy.
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