Cowboys and Indians…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s pelican is the one with the small beak.
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You may recall dear reader that a while ago I featured some three-D pages from my 1951 ‘Cowboys in Pop-Up Action Pictures’ book by E. Joseph Dreany. When I bought the book several years ago from a local junk shop it came with a companion volume ‘Indians in Pop-Up Action Pictures’ by the same author. Whist showing you Dreany’s inventive and classy artwork I also made fun of the cowboy characters depicted in their volume – the antics of Zeke and Slim etc. Well you have now seen all of the cowboy pop-ups, so I thought that I would make a start on the Indian book, but no… The cowboys were easy – with my childhood memories of westerns in the cinema and on TV – those cowboys with their macho posturing, red-eye whiskey guzzling, gunslinging, tobacco chewing, wife slapping, bar-room brawling ways, they were just asking to have the piss taken out of them. However the Indians always came across as the good guys for me; so, here are a couple of pages from Dreany’s second volume without any smart remarks… Perhaps I should dedicate this page to the memory of Jay Silverheels… (J.S.)

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About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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