Albie's Note: I truly wish I had gotten to watch this show growing up. The people who remember it always seem to do so fondly. The episodes I have managed to see on Youtube are pretty dang cool, and so are the 4 Dell Comics magazines published during the show's original run [1959-1961.]
With a hero often described as an "ex-confederate existential wanderer," THE REBEL starred Nick Adams [July 10, 1931 – February 7, 1968-- a sad drug casualty at only 36] as Johnny Yuma, a journal-keeping, sawed-off shotgun-toting, Civil War vet who, according to the classic Johnny Cash theme song, "was panther-quick and leather tough/ 'cuz he figured that he'd been pushed enough!"
[Somehow I can't see this premise being produced today. Something very... er... "non-PC" about the whole thing, don't you think? Only makes me like it more , o'course!]
In this story, Johnny gets caught between a step-father's hatred and some vengeance seeking gun-thugs. From Four Color #1138, 1961, here is "Black Eagle":
And how could we not hear that classic theme song to go along with the cool comic?