John G. Winston Company 1959, illusJames W. Schucker Grosset & Dunlap, 1959, illus
James W. Schucker, cover art uncredited
Joey, who is mad about horses, runs away from the orphanage to see the rodeo. He meets
Jim Newton, who has captured a wild black stallion. Jim and the horse like Joey, and
Fury and the Mustangs
Holt Rinehart and Winston 1960, illus Sam Savitt Grosset & Dunlap 1960, illus Sam
Savitt, cover art uncredited Scholastic 1960, cover art by Lydia Rosier
Jim and Joey Newton think that mustang herds should be kept intact, but their neighbour,
Mr Barstow, wants to get rid of the wild horses.
Fury and the White Mare
Holt Rinehart and Winston 1962
jacket by Ezra Jack Keats - no internal illustrations
Grosset & Dunlap, 1962, cover art uncredited
Fury runs off with a white mare, and moves onto Mr Yancey’s timber land. When Joey
follows the horses, he realises Mr Yancey’s operation is illegal, but Joey is forced
into keeping silent to prevent Fury being killed.
Albert G. Miller's Fury
adapted and abridged by Alice Thorne
Grosset & Dunlap 1959 (part of their Silver Dollar Series)
illustrated by Everett Raymond Kinstler
*note, this book is profusely illustrated in both colour and black and white, with
multiple two page spreads in which text is flowed around the illustrations
Fury is one of those words that drips with meaning if you’re an American brought
up in the 1950s and 1960s. “Fury - the story of a horse and the boy who loves him,”
was read over the opening music at the start of the show, and those few words must
conjure up the vivid sort of childhood memories I get with the first few notes of
White Horses. Fury was aired in the UK but I’m not sure when or on what channel.
The series ran from 1955-1960. It was a Western, and featured Joey Clark, a boy
adopted by Jim Newton, who owned the Broken Wheel Ranch in California. Fury is the
black horse Joey eventually (it takes three years) catches, and the series is about
their adventures. Fury will only allow Joey to ride him, unless Joey gives someone
else permission, thereby fulfilling a classic pony book dream: perhaps you could
argue this shows the the-horse-who-answers-only-to-you is a universal dream.
Albert G Miller wrote the books developed from the series. He was an established
radio and tv dramatist, and said “he watched Fury’s TV adventures so consistently
that he now considers this important horse almost a part of his family.” Other authors
also contributed books to the Fury series, and their books can be found at the end
of the page.
Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau for all the pictures in this section.
Finding the books: the books were published originally by John G Winston, and then
later in a uniform edition b Grosset and Dunlap with pictorial boards. There was
a notable later printing, shown below, abridged and with art by Everett Raymond Kinstler.
The books seem reasonably easy to find (in America at least) in all their incarnations.
A Friend for Shadow is easy to find in the US. It was not published in the UK.
Terri Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography
Bibliography: horse books only
A Friend for Shadow
L W Singer Company, Inc, New York. 1969. Illus Lilian Obligado. 48 pp.
Dick’s little colt, Shadow, seems to be behaving more and more strangely with each
day that passes. Dick knows Shadow will never make a race horse unless he calms down,
and if he doesn’t do that soon, he’ll be sold. Dick decides that what Shadow needs
is a friend who will be with him all the time, so he sets out to find one.
Fury and the Lone Pine Mystery (William Felton), 1957
Fury Takes the Jump (Seymour Reit), 1958
Fury and the Mystery at Trapper’s Hole - Troy Nesbit, 1959