Stan Lynde at the 1982 San Diego Comic Con (a.k.a. Comic-Con International)
|Born||Myron Stanford Lynde
September 23, 1931
Billings, Montana, U.S.
|Died||August 6, 2013
Helena, Montana, U.S.
|Occupation||Comic artist, painter and novelist|
|Known for||Rick O'Shay
In 1958, Lynde created the comic strip Rick O'Shay, a critical and commercial success. Like most of his work, it was set in the West and mixed humor with strong storytelling. After a dispute with the syndicate, Lynde left the strip in 1977. The strip continued, drawn by Alfredo Alcala.
In 1979, Lynde launched another strip, Latigo, starring Cole "Latigo" Cantrell, a.k.a. "Two Trails". His father was a mountain man and his mother a Crow Indian. After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Latigo returned to the West and became a federal marshal. The daily strip was launched on June 25, 1979, joined by a Sunday strip, best seen in the half page format, on 1 July 1979. It was not a great commercial success and ended in 1983, the daily on May 7, the Sunday on 5 June.
From 1984 to 1985, Lynde produced the weekly panel Grass Roots, which was revived in 1998. In the late 1980s, the Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri commissioned a comic strip from Lynde. It became "Chief Plenty Bucks", set in the West and starring a capitalistic Native American chief. Lynde drew ten pages, but the project was shelved and never published in Dagens Industri. In 1997, the strip was revived for the Swedish Fantomen magazine (and its Norwegian and Finnish counterparts). The title was changed to Chief Sly Fox and a total of 86 pages (including the original from the 1980s) were published from 1997 to 2000. They have never been published in English.
In 2002, Lynde returned with another exclusive comic for Fantomen; Bad Bob about a hopeless Wild West criminal. This strip is still running in reprint.
He died of cancer on August 6, 2013.
Stan Lynde and his wife Lynda founded Cottonwood Publishing in order to publish books reprinting his comics, plus publish new material, primarily Western novels.
- The Bodacious Kid (1996)
- Careless Creek (1998)
- Vigilante Moon (2003)
- Saving Miss Julie (2004)
- Marshal of Medicine Lodge (2005)
- Summer Snow (2006)
- Vendetta Canyon (2008)
- To Kill a Copper King (2010)
- The Big Open (2012)
- The daily Rick O'Shay, from the beginning through 1964, was reprinted by Cottonwood Publishing in four volumes, except for one week, which was reprinted in Comics Revue magazine. Comics Revue is currently (2013) reprinting the daily Rick O'Shay beginning with the strips from September 30, 1968. A selection of Rick O'Shay dailies, with commentary by Stan Lynde, was reprinted in Rick, Hipshot, and Me from Cottonwood Publishing.
- Grass Roots panels were reprinted in two volumes from Cottonwood Publishing.
- Latigo daily strips have all appeared in three volumes from Cottonwood Publishing. Some Sundays have been reprinted in color in Comics Revue.
- Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Stan Lynde". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- Reese, Dave (July 30, 2010). "Stan Lynde: Montana's Cartoon Character". Montana Living. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
- Webb, Jaci (2013). "'Rick O'Shay' creator Stan Lynde dies Tuesday in Helena". Billings Gazette. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- "So You Want to Be Published?" by Stan Lynde (Montana, The Magazine of Western History, Winter 2007, Vol. 57, No. 4, pages 58–59)
- Lambiek Comiclopedia entry
- Stan Lynde's website
- Stan Lynde's blog
- Toonopedia entry for Rick O'Shay
- Toonopedia entry for Latigo
- Billings Gazette Obituary
- Montana Standard Obituary