List of cultural depictions of Wild Bill Hickok

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The memorial on the grave of Wild Bill Hickok depicts him in bronze

Wild Bill Hickok (1837–1876), lawman, gunfighter and gambler, of the American Wild West has been depicted many times and in many forms of media. It is difficult to separate the truth from fiction about Hickok who was the first "dime novel" hero of the western era, with his exploits presented in heroic form, making him seem larger than life. In truth, most of the stories were greatly exaggerated or fabricated by both the writers and himself. Along with the frontiersman Davy Crockett, Hickok also became one of the first comic book heroes.

Television[edit]

  • Portrayed by Guy Madison in the 1951–58 television series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, and the concurrent Mutual Broadcasting radio series of the same title, 271 half-hour programs originally broadcast from 1951–54.
  • Played by Lloyd Bridges in a 1964 episode of the television anthology The Great Adventure.
  • Portrayed by Josh Brolin in the 1989–92 television series The Young Riders.
  • Portrayed by William Russ in episode 1.06 of the 1995 television series Legend, "The Life, Death and Life of Wild Bill Hickok". The episode depicts him faking his own death so that he can retire peacefully.
  • In the 1995 made-for-television film Buffalo Girls based on the novel by Larry McMurtry, he was played by actor Sam Elliott with Anjelica Huston as Calamity Jane. The film (as does the book on which it is based) depicts the legend that Calamity Jane had a daughter by him.
  • Played by Sam Shepard in the 1999 film Purgatory, a made-for-television film on TNT
  • Histeria! featured Hickok in the episode "North America"; he appears in a sketch where Lydia Karaoke hosts a game show in which her contestants must guess Hickok's occupation.
  • Dramatized in the HBO series Deadwood, in which he is portrayed by Keith Carradine (2004).
  • In the television film Doctor Who, the 8th incarnation of the Doctor dons a costume of Wild Bill,[citation needed] found in a hospital locker room. Subsequent depictions of the Doctor's 8th incarnation have been shown to wear this costume.[citation needed]

Films[edit]

Novels[edit]

Comic Books[edit]

  • Classics Illustrated No. 121, Wild Bill Hickok, published by Gilberton Co., Inc., July 1954; interior art by Sal Trapani and Medio Iorio.[1]
  • Cowboy Western #62 Wild Bill Hickok 1957
  • Young Wild Bill Hickok appears as part of The League of Infinity, a team of teenage heroes from different eras in Supreme (1994), written by Alan Moore.
  • Hickok has a prominent secondary role in Vertigo's mini-series, Jonah Hex: Two Gun Mojo wherein he survived being shot but was buried alive, only to be made into a mindless "zombie" by the antagonist of the story.
  • Hickok has a supporting role in the 1997-1998 DC Comics mini-series The Kents as a close friend of Nathaniel Kent, ancestor of Superman's adoptive father.

Music[edit]

Relations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William B. Jones Jr., Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, with Illustrations (Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland & Co., Inc., 2002), p. 223.