Who was that Masked Man? The Lone Ranger of course! The Lone Ranger and Tonto have a long and distinguished history that stretches back to 1933.
Created by George W. Trendel and Fran Striker, their creation became a nationwide phenomenon in 1937 via The Lone Ranger radio show.
Several companies sponsored the program, and when it ended in 1955, the Lone Ranger found new life in Republic Pictures film serials. Later ABC television developed a primetime show, which ran from 1949 until 1957.
A cartoon was later made, airing on CBS from 1966 until 1969, with another short-lived show running from 1980 to 1981.
In addition to his appearances of radio and on both the silver and small screens, the Lone Ranger had a serious presence in printed media as well.
King Features Syndicate published a Sunday comic strip that ran from 1938 until 1971 before bing revived in 1981 to 1984, making it one of the longest running Western strips of all time. Comic books, novels, pulp magazines and countless other printed products were and continue to be produced. Even now, a new comic book series is being published by Dynamite Entertainment.
While Gore Verbinskiís 2013 film adaptation wasnít deemed an immense success, it was the first theatrical film featuring The Lone Ranger and Tonto characters in over 30 years. This renewed media presence helped rekindle interest in Trendel and Strikerís Western lawman. With this renewed interest in the Lone Ranger, it's safe to say there will continue to be more products added to the plethora of merchandise items already out there from the Ranger's early years.
While the character may have been reinterpreted over the years, collectibles featuring the masked lawman remains popular