Friday, November 17, 2017

Billy the Kid Going The Other Way

November 17, 2017
   I was getting beat up on Facebook about our proposed cover of Emilio Estevev in "Young Guns" and the real Kid. Buffs were berating Emilio's tie-down and so I called our Art Director, Dan "The Man" Harshberger, and when I told him the problem with the tie down he chortled and said, "He's got a tie down on both legs!" So, I asked him to reverse the images and take out the tie downs and here is how it looks going the other way:

Billy the Kid: Split Down The Middle"

   In addition to this, everyone is asking me about the new Billy the Kid photo that appeared in the New York Times. Is it really him? Here is my take on it:

"Rile up the natives, but Advise persons not to engage in killing."
—John Fusco


  1. BBB are you guys making fun of my split comparisons? haha! I was more than happy to Help Frank Abrams study his tintype of Billy The Kid, Pat Garrett, Barney Mason, Dirty Dave, and Chavez Y Chavez. I am enthusiastic about the subject. Frank and I correctly identified the subjects in 2015. Kent Gibson confirmed all but Chavez this year using the latest and very accurate facial recognition technology. Bob... how familiar are you with Kent Gibson and his tools to match photos of individuals? How is it that you and many other flat out reject his work? Around November 17, 2017 I was studying Franks tintype and noticed writing on it. I let him know, he was surprised and I suggested he find a hand writing expert to check it out. He did. It turns out Pat Garrett signed the image himself over his jacket. His tintype is authentic. My background is in Anthropology. When we find an arrowhead from the early woodland period in the midwest I don't need a documented paper trail to know what it is. Is it possible that the old west artifact collectors rules and point of view of the 80's and 90's have become obsolete in the face of the new facial recognition technology and quality photo analysis of today?
    Look at that right hand of billy in the CDV above. He is holding a cigar in his hand. I showed you that in 2014, remember? You have worked on illustrations for years and years and never realized that, did you? In 2015 I took it step further and did a full reconstruction of Billy The Kids iconic photo to help myself and others see what he did look like the moment that picture was taken. You never gave me any feedback on that work. What do you think about it today?

    1. Anonymous11:41 AM

      Nice comeback.playing fast and loose on this field is not effective. The temperment of a Stage Crafter is not desirable either.

  2. correction: I noticed the writing Nov 17, 2015

  3. Never liked bbb I haven't bought a tw mag since he came on board..

  4. Anonymous1:32 PM

    The colorized version looks more like Emilio Estevez....


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