A few weeks ago, I ran across a replay of the Cowboys And Aliens movie on TV. (Spoiler Alert: the movie contains cowboys, indians and ALIENS). In the opening scene, a really interesting looking cowboy with a stove pipe hat rides into the story. Thinking he was a really unique character, I quickly sketched him and later that weekend I scratched some color onto my drawing.
When I was a kid, I really enjoyed watching Hogan’s Heroes on TV, so it was pretty exciting when this job rolled across my desk. The magazine article is built around the old television show and the editor originally just wanted me to draw the author (dressed as Hogan) climbing over a fence… but there was no way I was ONLY going to do that. I suggested adding Sergeant Shultz and Colonel Klink, they agreed and this is what I came up with.
Folks keep remaking The Three Musketeers movie and they all seem to be pretty good, (no doubt because it’s a pretty good story), but I think my favorite is the 1973-74 version. It has a certain Marx Brothers quality to it that I really like. Porthos is particularly fun to watch as he sword fights in those big baggy pants of his.
A tough old cowboy told his grandson that if he wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on his oatmeal every morning.
The grandson did this religiously to the age of 103. When he died, he left 14 children, 30 grand-children, 45 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great grandchildren, and a 15 foot hole where the crematorium used to be.