Shaolin Cowboy

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Shaolin Cowboy
Cover of Shaolin Cowboy #1 (December 2004).
Art by Geof Darrow.
Publication information
PublisherBurlyman Entertainment
Dark Horse Comics
Dark Horse:
FormatOngoing series
GenreAction, adventure, superhero
Publication dateDecember 2004
No. of issuesBurlyman:
Dark Horse:
Creative team
Created byGeof Darrow
Written byGeof Darrow
Artist(s)Geof Darrow
Letterer(s)Peter Doherty
Colorist(s)Peter Doherty
Dave Stewart
Alex Wald
Editor(s)Spencer Lamm
Collected editions
Volume 1ISBN 2-8094-0277-9

Shaolin Cowboy is an American comic book series created, written and drawn by artist Geof Darrow (with the exception of the opening dialog in the issues of the original 2004–2007 run, written by The Wachowskis).[1] The book was published irregularly by Burlyman Entertainment.

The last issue Shaolin Cowboy #7 hit the stands in May 2007, a year after #6 went on sale.

At the 2011 Toronto, San Diego and New York Comic Cons, Dark Horse Comics announced that they would be publishing three new Shaolin Cowboy comics, starting with a new Number One. The first issue of the new Dark Horse series has been solicited for release on October 9, 2013 as an ongoing series.[2]

Dark Horse in 2012 ran a $15 "The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine" with art by Geoffrey Darrow, Gary Gianni. The Way of “No Way!”; Time Factor; The Shaolin Cowboy’s Helpful Hints

In 2017, Dark Horse Comics published a new 4-part series, written and drawn by Darrow, called Who'll Stop The Reign? The series ran from April to July 2017 and was colored by Dave Stewart. Variant covers for the issues were produced by Frank Miller, Frank Cho, Sergio Aragones and Genndy Tartakovsky.

Plot summary[edit]

The book is about an unnamed former Shaolin monk who wanders the land with a talking mule named Lord Evelyn Dunkirk Winniferd Esq. the Third. Having been "asked" to leave the Shaolin temple, he has since had a bounty placed on his head, which many are eager to collect. Given the Shaolin Cowboy's prowess in martial arts, however, this will be very difficult.

Taking place in an unspecified time setting (as the first issue notes, "the day after yesterday and a week before tomorrow"), the book features extremely detailed artwork and equally violent and absurd action scenes; in one, the main character battles a giant shark with a human head in its mouth using two chainsaws tied on the ends of a long stick – which all takes place in the canalization in the stomach of a lizard, on whose back a city is located.

Collected editions[edit]

Six issues of the Burlyman seven issue series were translated into French and collected into a number of trade paperbacks by Panini Comics:

  • Volume 1: La vengeance du roi crabe (collects issues 1 & 2, 60 pages, May 2008, ISBN 2-8094-0277-9)
  • Volume 2 (collects issues 3 & 4, 70 pages, November 2008, ISBN 2-8094-0413-5)
  • Volume 3 (collects issues 5 & 6, 48 pages, April 2009, ISBN 2-8094-0688-X)

Burlyman released a 208 page trade paperback called Geoff Darrow's The Shaolin Cowboy on December 3, 2014 that collected their entire 7-issue series.[3][4]

Dark Horse released a 144 page hardcover called The Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet on March 4, 2015 that collected their first entire 4-issue series.[5]

Dark Horse released a 128 page hardcover called The Shaolin Cowboy: Who'll Stop the Reign? on October 25, 2017 that collected their second entire 4-issue series.[6]

Dark Horse reprinted all seven of the original issues of Shaolin Cowboy as published by Burlyman in a hardcover edition on July 18, 2018, titled Shaolin Cowboy: Start Trek.[7]


Shaolin Cowboy was nominated for three Eisner Awards in 2005 for "Best New Series", "Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team", and "Best Coloring".[8]


  1. ^ Brady, Matt (December 15, 2004). "Geof Darrow on Shaolin Cowboy". Newsarama. Archived from the original on December 16, 2004. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  2. ^ "Dark Horse OCTOBER 2013 Solicitations". Newsarama. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "FREE 8 page preview of the forthcoming... - Burlyman Entertainment - Facebook".
  4. ^ The Shaolin Cowboy paperback at
  5. ^ The Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet hardcover at Dark Horse Comics
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ 2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Comic Book Awards Almanac


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