Lance was an American comic strip notable as one of the last of the full-page strips. Created and self-syndicated by artist Warren Tufts, it ran from the mid- to late 1950s
Lance premiered on Sunday, June 5, 1955, or Sunday, August 5, 1956 Launching in approximately 100 newspapers, was self-syndicated by artist Warren Tufts, creator of the previous strip Casey Ruggles. (sources differ). Originally formatted like Prince Valiant, with text in captions but minus word balloons, it eventually switched to using word balloons. The last full page was #85. After that, the strip appeared in half page and tab formats.
A daily strip began January 14, 1957 and lasted at least until February 15, 1958. Tufts’ Casey Ruggles was referenced when Ruggles made a brief appearance in the daily strip.
The final Lance strip was #261, published May 29, 1960.
Lance starred U.S. cavalry officer Lance St. Lorne, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in the mid-19th century. In tales of settling the Old West frontier, the character crossed paths with such figures as Kit Carson and others. Comics historian Don Markstein said the strip was “characterized by high-quality stories and art, but also by historical accuracy. Unlike, say, Lucky Luke, when Lance met someone who had really lived, that person was as old as he’d actually have been at the time, and in circumstances congruent with the known course of the person’s life.”
Comics critic Bill Blackbeard rated Lance “the best of the page-high adventure strips undertaken after the 1930s”.
72 pages/strips Lance 08 The Fur Trade
26 pages/strips Lance 09 Kidnapped
30 pages/strips Lance 10 Col. Lance Saint-Lorne of the Mounted Rangers
47 pages/strips Lance 11 The Blackfoot Menace
33 pages/strips Lance 12 Camp Hopeless
16 pages/strips Lance 13 The Strange Malady
14 pages/strips Lance 14 National Hero
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54 strips 1956
52 strips 1957
52 strips 1958
54 strips 1959
22 strips 1960
51 strips Dailies various