Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Five Docs For You to Choose From

September 5, 2018
   It's been 25 years since my first book on Doc Holliday sold out in record time. The second edition is long gone as well. In that time, much new scholarship on the deadly dentist has emerged, most specifically, Gary L. Roberts' masterful "Doc Holliday: The Life And Legend," 2006. 

   So, just in time for Christmas, you can expect to find the third edition—revised and expanded—under your tree.

   In addition to all the new information there is quite a bit of new artwork that I have done over the past 19 years for the pages of True West magazine. And, just to spruce things up for the occasion we are designing a new cover.

   One of the problems with an excellent designer and art director is: it makes it damn tough to choose! Case in point, Dan The Man Harshberger has whipped out a dozen different looks for the third edition of "The Illustrated Life & Times of Doc Holliday." 

   We are going to press in 10 days and I can't decide which one we should use. I love them all! 

   What to do.

   Please take a good look at these five designs and help us choose the best one. Thank you.


Doc Holliday cover #1



Doc Holliday cover #2

Doc Holliday cover #3

Doc Holliday cover #4

Doc Holliday cover #5

"He was a study in contrasts: the legendary gunslinger who made his living as a dentist; the emaciated consumptive whose very name struck fear in the hearts of his enemies; the degenerate gambler and alcoholic whose fierce loyalty to his friends compelled him more than once, to risk his own life; the sidekick whose near-mythic status has come to rival that of the West's greatest heroes."
—Gary L. Roberts







32 comments:

  1. Bob I truly like the closeup. Feels like hes staring me down with nickle-plated colts aimed straight at my navel...gulp. Compelling image that lets me know as a reader that I’m about to become intimately acquainted with the Doc...up close and personal.

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  2. I think #5 gives the best ambiance to the character.

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  3. Hard choice! But I keep getting drawn to #2.

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  4. For my view of Doc Holliday and his sensibility and sense of mortality, my heart and head say go with either #2 or #5.

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  5. Anonymous4:09 PM

    #2
    It captures his gentility but also his hardened eyes

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  6. 2 or 5, leaning more towards 2.

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  7. PatriciaDobson5:07 PM

    Don't hate me because I'm no help. I pick #1. That's the Doc I know.
    Patricia Dobson.

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  8. #1 carries the flavor, color-wise. #2 is worthy (hell, they're ell GREAT), but I think #5 carries the day

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  9. Love number 5. The face shows there's plenty to the man. Nice, deadly background.

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  10. I love number 5. The face shows there's plenty to the man. Nice background to support it.

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  11. Number 2 is my favorite however I don't think you'd go wrong using any of them. They are extraordinary.

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  12. You've got a tough choice to make. Five is nice because it is understated. Certainly 'The Doctor Will See You Now' is an all time classic which will be in the book somewhere. I'm sharing this so my friends will be aware.

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  13. they are all great...but i go old school #1...BBB "keep-up the giddy-up"

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  14. I'm partial to #1, although I love them all. #1 took me to the movie with Kilmer instantly, with the big fight right ahead of him.....

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  15. Anonymous10:42 AM

    #5. it is simple yet colorful. I also really like "Death" outside the saloon door!

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  16. SleeBaudrons12:20 PM

    No.2 is the classiest . I have to confess to being ambivalent about the third edition because I bought the second edition only a couple of months ago !

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  17. Tough choice. All are good. Trying to chose between 4 and 5. In the end, I think you gotta go with #5.

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  18. No. 2. I like the pose.

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  19. Number 4. "The Doctor will see you now" is classic and I appreciate the color of #4 over the others. Good stuff BBB! Bravo as usual!

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  20. My favorite - #2. Second - #4. I'm not digging the others for a book cover.

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  21. Number 2 for me,looks great.

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  22. Number 2for me, looks great

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  23. Kimber Cady8:00 PM

    #2

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