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Scout
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Publication information
Publisher Eclipse Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre Post-apocalyptic
Publication date September 1985 – October 1987
Number of issues 24
Main character(s) Emanuel Santana
Creative team
Writer(s) Timothy Truman
Letterer(s) Timothy Harkins
Colorist(s) Sam Parsons
Creator(s) Timothy Truman
Editor(s) Cat Yronwoode
Collected editions
Volume 1 ISBN 1-933305-95-9
Volume 2 ISBN 1-933305-60-6

Scout is a comic book series starting in 1985 by American writer, artist and musician Timothy Truman. It was published by Eclipse Comics.

The story stars a Native American Apache named Emanuel Santana. The setting of the series was a chaotic, post-apocalyptic United States.

Contents

Publication history

Twenty-four issues of the first series were published.

After the series ended, a short comic featuring Santana's marriage ceremony was published inside Timothy Truman's first album release entitled Marauder by his band The Dixie Pistols.

Two brief mini-series were published that 'bridged the gap' between the two Scout series: New America and Swords of Texas, each 4 issues long. While Truman oversaw them, others wrote and drew them. A one-shot 'Scout Handbook' was also published.

A new series entitled Scout: War Shaman continued Santana's adventures after having two children and being widowed. The series ended with issue #16, after Scout is killed. Further series were planned, Scout: Marauder and Scout: Blue Leader, but they have never appeared.

Plot

Relatively eco-political and also with a semi-mythical element (due to Emanuel Santana's Apache origin), both series had a gritty and violent portrayal of the future. One interesting facet of this fiction was the underdog position of the USA on the world political stage. The story posited that a history of past ecological excesses had led other nations to levy vast sanctions against the USA. The situation was similar to that of Germany after WW1, but instead of having lost a war of invasion, this was due to responsibility for "stealing" world resources.

Collected editions

Eclipse did two trade paperback collections of the comic: Scout: Four Monsters (#1-7), and Scout: Mount Fire (#8-14).

Currently, Dynamic Forces/Dynamite Entertainment is doing a new series of reprints, which are 'remastered' and recolored:

  • Volume 1 (collects Scout #1-7, 136 pages, November 2006, ISBN 1-933305-95-9)
  • Volume 2 (collects Scout #8-16, 140 pages, August 2008, ISBN 1-933305-60-6)

References

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