Desperado not surprisingly is spun off Crime Does Not Pay as an anthology of nothing but Wild West crime stories after CDNP ran them every so often. With #9 Desperado became the Western masked hero book Black Diamond Western.
In lieu of CDNP's Mr. Crime, the lead story of most issues of Desperado was narrated by an object--a gallows, a coin, a boot--long before that became a staple of the DC war books. Here a gun is narrating "Joe Slade" in #1.
Desperado Anthology Stories
Written by Robert Bernstein
|Sam Bass, the Cross Eyed Dead Shot|
|Sep/||3||The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang and Its Leader "Kid" Curry|
|Crazy Sam Brown|
|Nov/||5||King Hunter, the Self-Proclaimed King|
|"Rattlesnake Jake" Fallon|
|Sheriff Ted Tucker|
|Burly Will Grady and His Band of Ruthless Rustlers|
|Jan/49||7||One Man Against Two Armies|
|"Buckskin" Frank Combs|
|Feb/||8||Cesar Leporello and the Phony Diamond of the Rio Grande|
|Blind Man's Bluff|