A comic western or Western comic is a genre of comics that typically represents the frontiers of the American Old West or (usually anywhere west of the Mississippi River), usually set in the late 19th century. The term is often associated with the genre of American comics published in the late 1940s to 1950s (although the genre is still popular in Europe and persists to a limited extent in current American comics). Western comics at the time often included dramatic scripts about cowboys, gunmen, sheriffs, bounty hunters, outlaws, and Native Americans. Accompanying illustrations depict a rural America filled with iconic imagery such as guns, cowboy hats, vests, horses, saloons, ranches, and deserts that complement the backdrop.
Western manga can be considered a subgenre of historical manga, as long as its action takes place at a very specific time and place in the past, or it is a genre in its own right, given the number of works that fit into it. Possibility to transfer their archetypes to other time and space contexts.