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Having debuted in 1988 in the short-lived British daily, The Post, Steve McGarry's western spoof strip "Badlands" was snapped up the following year by The Sun, Britain's best-selling newspaper. The silly and saucy antics of Marshal Mask and his motley mob of maladjusted misfits were an immediate hit with the paper's 7.5 million readers. During its 12-year run in The Sun, Badlands spawned two best-selling book collections in the UK.