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Justin Gray to Write THE LONE RANGER

The writer is heading to Dynamite Entertainment to create all-new adventures for the Western hero!

Press Release

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of Justin Gray, who will be continuing Dynamite's long standing success with America's quintessential Western hero, as he takes the reins on a brand new series of The Lone Ranger. Launching with a new #1 in November 2014, The Lone Ranger will feature the exciting interior artwork of Rey Villegas (Lady Zorro), as well as covers by John Cassaday (Uncanny Avengers, Astonishing X-Men) and Marc Laming (All-New Invaders, Kings Watch).

"I'm proud to be working with one of the longest standing and best known Western characters in all of literature, because to me The Lone Ranger represents a moral code, unquestionable justice and a sense of adventure that embodies the classic American western," says Justin Gray.

No stranger to Western thrills, Justin Gray is a frequent contributor to Jonah Hex and All-Star Western, tales of an Old West gunslinger set within the larger DC Comics continuity. Gray has contributed to dozens of name-recognizable titles from Marvel Comics and DC Comics, including Batwing, Ame-Comi Girls, Punisher, Power Girl,Countdown, and many more.

Since his radio debut in 1933, the masked Lone Ranger has endured as an icon of American culture. Dynamite first launched The Lone Ranger as a comic series in 2006, written by Brett Matthews and illustrated by Sergio Cariello. Its #0 prelude issue was a part of that year's nationwide Free Comic Book Day celebration, and the series would go on to score an Eisner Nomination for best new series in 2007. A second volume of The Lone Ranger followed, as did such miniseries called The Lone Ranger and Tonto andThe Lone Ranger: Snake of Iron.

"We are incredibly excited to have Justin on board for this title," said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "We've had a great run with The Lone Ranger as one of our most consistent critically acclaimed comics, and needed someone who we could trust to fill these 'big boots,' continuing one of the best Western heroes ever. With a track record like his, we're in for a Western comic that we won't soon forget!"

The Lone Ranger #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Lone Ranger #1with their local comic book retailers. The Lone Ranger will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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Edited by sacredweapons

Is it just me or does he look like vigilante from jlu.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@sacredweapons: Seriously? The lone ranger was created in the 1930s.

Anyway now I know what I'm going to replace All Star Western with.

Posted by Mars8254

There's a soft spot in my heart for westerns. Ill give it look even though im broke

Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

@sacredweapons: The Lone Ranger was created first. Everyone knows that.

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Posted by NightFang
Posted by Doctor_Mummy

So, one of the guys who wrote that sick Jonah Hex series is writing The Lone Ranger? Sign me up.

Posted by Astro_Zombie78

Could be interesting. I wish Marvel & DC cared about their western characters.

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Edited by SUPER-MAN 23

@nightfang: That's true. It died off. But then again, if you think about it, DC had a Deathstroke series and it died off, but now it's coming back. So I guess fans just can't make up their mind whether or not they want a series to stay dead or not.

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@super_man_23 said:

@nightfang: That's true. It died off. But then again, if you think about it, DC had a Deathstroke series and it died off, but now it's coming back. So I guess fans just can't make up their mind whether or not they want a series to stay dead or not.

I could have told you that much.

Posted by Astro_Zombie78

@nightfang: That was unfortunate. It was such a good series.

Posted by NightFang

@astro_zombie78 said:

@nightfang: That was unfortunate. It was such a good series.

I wonder if Jonah Hex had stayed in the modern DCU would the series have contine.

Posted by Astro_Zombie78

@nightfang: Maybe. But that's where I think they lost people on the series. The pre New 52 Jonah Hex series was better anyways.

Posted by derf_jenkins

N52 ASW was no slouch tho!

Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude

HI-HO SILVER!!!!!!!! AWAY!!!!!!!!

Posted by kilowog52

So Gray is solo writing a book. I've noticed most everything else he does he co-writes with Palmiotti. I wonder if either of them can write well without the other. If they can, why would they continue to collaborate? Anyway, I just want DC to let them have the Freedom Fighters book they want to do.