Buck O’Rue might well be completely forgotten today if it weren’t for the names of the creators who worked on it. Dick Huemer, writer, was a legendary animator and writer whose credits extend as far back as the primordial days of the cartoon short in 1916. He created Bonzo the dog for the Fleisher brothers, and his main claim to fame is his animation and writing work on many of the classic Disney animated shorts and features.
Paul Murry, artist on Buck O’Rue, is a fan-favorite cartoonist whose credits include appearances in nearly 400 issues of the Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories comic book.
Is the strip up to the high expectations a Disney aficionado might bring to it? Well, in my humble opinion this western comedy strip is rather pedestrian and the humor is lowest common denominator. Nice art, though. But I criticize secure in the knowledge that nothing I could say about the strip would dampen the zeal of the Disney completist one little bit.
Buck O’Rue started on 1/15/1951 and ran until sometime in 1953 (but I’ve never actually seen any that postdate late 1952). Even if the quality of the strip were great, it would have had an uphill road to success since it was syndicated by Lafave Newspaper Features, a syndicate whose only major success was Clifford McBride’s Napoleon.
Can anyone supply an end date for Buck O’Rue?