Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Doc Holliday I Presume?

December 28, 2010

Old photographs inspire me. Case in point, John Langellier recently pitched us on doing a feature on frontier army bands, as in musicians. He sent along a bunch of great photos and one of them, taken at Promontory Point on the day of the final spike ceremony, May 10, 1869 caught my eye. This image was one I had never seen before:

As usual, I check out all the bystanders. Perusing the spectators, I found this guy:

I really dig that hat, and, in fact, it appears to me to be the kind of hat Doc Holliday probably wore in Tombstone. This inspired me to illustrate this:

"This is funny."
—Doc Holliday's last words, when, on his deathbed, he spied his bare feet (he predicted he would die with his boots on)

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