Westernpunk by Maeve Alpin

Posted: June 21, 2012 by Big Rich in Steampunk


I have seen different terms, cowpunk, weird west, and westernpunk, but I prefer the later. One of the greatest examples of Westernpunk is the old television show, Wild Wild West. Though a western, all the 19th century high tech spy gadgetry made it Steampunk. Even though James West and Artemus Gordon didn’t fly on an airship, they lived in the luxury compartment of a steam powered train. That wasn’t the only western that had Steampunk influences before Steampunk was cool. In the 1967 movie, The War Wagon, with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, the duke drove a stage coach with metal sides and a Gatling gun mounted on it as they crossed the wild, dangerous west. The perfect vehicle for a westernpunk story.

Keep in mind people wore goggles in the west on wagon trains to keep the dust out of their eyes. And of course trains run on…

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  1. maevealpin says:

    Thank you so much for re-blogging this. I appreciate it.


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