Here's another sneak peek behind the curtain of our forthcoming Historically Accurate Westerns feature. One of our cover ideas was to take the real photo of Billy the Kid and mash it up against Emilio Estevev as the Kid, in the same pose. I remembered seeing the Emilio version in the Lincoln County Heritage Trust movie auditorium, in Lincoln, New Mexico, where they have it on the wall, framed. But when I tried to get someone there to take a photo of that picture, I hit a dead end.
So, I went straight to the source and contacted the Man who created the whole franchise: two movies, so far, and a TV show in development (Morgan Creek is in preproduction on a series, "Young Guns," and they have 48 episodes scheduled for the shoot, so someone is serious). Anyway, John Fusco graciously had the photo reshot from an original poster in his barn and sent me a high res scan. We ended up with this Frankenstein-ish cover, which some on the staff hate, but I think it has some freakish charm:
I asked Mr. Fusco to give me the background of the film and the taking of the photograph and here is what he sent me: