Thursday, November 29, 2012

U.S. Marshal Frank Dalton Gets His Due

November 29, 2012

We're doing a crazy, sad Classic Gunfight in the next issue. Mark Boardman has been guiding me through the bizarre twists and turns in the tragic death of U.S. Marshal Frank Dalton in the Indian Nation. For some reason I had never really studied this fight, but it is a doozy. Going home for lunch in about an hour to whip out the illustrations for it.

Here's a great photo of U.S. Marshals working out of Judge Parker's court. This was taken sometime after the fight with Ned Christie, and shows the tough, gritty resolve of these brave men.

Found a half-finished Duke of Dust special in the garage a couple days ago and thought I could save it.

Whipout Painting #41, "Mexicali Stud In Dust Storm"

I want it!

I realized, seeing it with fresh eyes that it needed a strong foreground in order to contrast the dust storm in the back. Stay tuned if you want it. It will go up for sale after lunch.

"You know you're getting old when all your cultural references are met with blank stares."

 —Old Vaquero Saying