The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of the Panel: Marvel #8

from Stand Up and Fight!
(by Doug Wildey)
(The Outlaw Kid #10; March, 1956)


Christopher said...

uh long Gus Barrow tailed inDEED!

Flickhead said...

Is the Kid's fly open?

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

A ring-tailed coyote sans spinal cord? That’s not even a saying, Barrow. Why you sound as crazy as popcorn on a hot camp stove. Are you on drugs? Your voice is as tight as the rusted lug nuts on a '55 Ford.

The plain fact of the matter is you’re ugly as a burnt boot. And don’t even ask me to kiss you -- your mustache smells like a mildewed saddle blanket after it been rid on a soreback hoss three hundred miles in August.

Why if I didn’t have to wear this blue bandana to cover up my big red Bozo nose I’d spit on your stoopid lines and slap you with my white glove. And another thing: A crawling worm don’t leave its fly open, Barrow.

Christopher said...

.."Am not!"
.."Are too!!"
.."Am not!"
.."Are too!"
.."Am not!"
.."Are too!"
.n'yaaaaaa!'s yer old man!

Tom Sutpen said...


A comic book wardrobe malfunction??


Oh, right . . . and the dialogue in super-hero comics is more realistic.

(actually, now that I think of it, it is)

Vanwall said...

Actually, the 50's Outlaw Kid was one of the best drawn comics of any sort, due to Doug Wildey's awesome talent - he's mostly known for his Johnny Quest TV work, some of the best looking animation in that medium as well - and this panel is a marvel of composition and naturalism. Very few comic artists could capture the realism of the human form in the way Wildey was able to do. His Western work, especially on his own creation, "Rio", was unmatched for many years. And his work on other comics was just as good, and extremely varied. I'm not a big fan of the Western comics put out by the US publishers, preferring the Italian ones from the '60s visuals, but they came later, and had their own style. The work Wildey did was and still is some of the best ever.

Fred said...

Any chance Giulio Questi was influenced by this for Django Kill?

Vanwall said...

Any influence on Questi would be stretching it, but I'm sure the Italian comic artists, who undoubtedly had influences on the spaghetti Westerns, knew about Outlaw Kid.

Tony said...

The Kid's black pocket tee is stuck on his nose?

We're supposed to be afeard of THAT?