Yesterday’s MS-QOTD got me to thinking about how strange it was that The Vigilante, a traditional Old West cowboy type, hung out with Sir Justin The Shining Knight, an actual Arthurian thrown forward in time.  Their unlikely allyship strikes me as something worth exploring in comics, especially given the whole “Star Trek is a western” and “Star Wars is traditional fantasy” arguments.  The distinction of cowboys or knights seems to be one of extremes, one emphasizing the nobility of the swordsmen with the other focusing on the rugged individualism of the various Mans With No Names, leading us to today’s retro (but in two different ways) query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wonders if they got along better than the other Seven Soldiers due to being men out of time, even if their times are different, asking: Cowboys or Knights?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    I think they got along better because of their shared interests in equestrian transport, making them possibly the earliest example of Bronies.

    Oh, and today I feel like the answer is “cowboys” though I couldn’t tell you why.

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