Fan Mail: A letter from Mark G. Lord:

07/01/08 @ 7:48 pm EST
I feel compelled to share the following story with you: My Father and I are both dedicated fans of your "The Lone Ranger" series. Since release, I've faithfully purchased two copies of each issue, one for my Father and one for myself. The storyline is well written and the artwork is great.

One might be prompted to ask, why do I share this seemingly common scenario with you?

My Father grew up in an era (and rural community) where The Lone Ranger reigned supreme!! Dad tells stories of listening to Lone Ranger episodes on the radio, reading Lone Ranger comic books and engaging in Lone Ranger play (with other Lone Ranger enthusiasts)!! Needless to say, The Lone Ranger was present in many ways during my Father's childhood.

Earlier this year, just prior to turning 66 years, my Father was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. He continues to fight this terrible disease and when asked, he outlines his strategy as follows: "I'll fight this until either I defeat it or I can't fight anymore". Despite this extremely difficult time, my Father continues to look forward to each issue of "The Lone Ranger". I talked to my Father earlier today and he's already read Issue 9!!

I want you to know that your work is important. The Lone Ranger is far more than simply a comic book character. For my Father, it connects him to an earlier and more care-free time in his life. For me, The Lone Ranger provides the opportunity to share something extraordinary with my Dad.

The Lone Ranger was clearly a childhood hero to my Father. Throughout my entire 42 (almost 43 years), Dad has been my "Hero". His moral compass, quiet strength and total devotion to family remains inspirational.

I love you Dad.
-- Mark G. LORD