Sixty years ago this week, sometime during the night as 1952 gave way to 1953, Hank Williams died in the back seat of his baby-blue Cadillac, en route from Tennessee to a New Year’s Day concert he was supposed to play in Canton, Ohio. Some say Hank Williams was the greatest songwriter who ever lived, and you can’t argue that during his brief career he changed country music in profound ways. But this is a comics blog, so I’m here to talk about his connections to comics.
Although Hank sang every song as if it had happened to him personally, he got his ideas from all over, including romance comics. Here’s Hank’s contemporary, DJ and songwriter Merle Kilgore, talking about it: