If the Old West is so well known, it?s in no small part because some of its own legends made sure they were recognised in their own time - like Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West shows. When Colonel Cody asks Lucky Luke to join his show, though, the lonesome cowboy humbly refuses, before jokingly suggesting recruiting the Daltons instead - after all, their stupidity is quite legendary! A simple jest that will lead to high jinks aplenty.
Martha Jane Cannary was a bona fide frontierswoman, a professional scout, a drunk, and sometime whore, doing whatever it took to stay alive in the hardscrabble days of American expansion.Writer Christian Perrissin (El Nino, Cape Horn) joins forces with Alph-Art-winning artist Matthieu Blanchin to tackle the legend of this formidable prairie girl and her daring life alongside the likes of Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok.
William Cody grows up surrounded by his father's tales of Buffalo Bill, to whom he is distantly related, and his fantasies of the Wild West. Though he escapes his heritage by fleeing abroad and starting a new life for himself, he finds that he is always drawn back to England and to his ancestry. When his father proposes that together they should recreate Buffalo Bill's stage show, "The Congress of Rough Riders of the World" for a contemporary audience, William refuses to have any part of it. When tragedy strikes, however, it is to his father that he must eventually return.
The visual history of the American West calls to mind iconic artworks and nostalgia for the past. "Art of the American Frontier" presents more than 300 artworks and artefacts from 1830 to 1930, showcasing the premier collections of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The complicated history of westward expansion is presented through the iconography of the frontier, spanning Plains Indian materials, government survey photographs, and paintings by early artist-explorers. In the twentieth century, a growing romance with the West is evident in the theatricals of Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West show, with its blend of popular culture and history that inspired numerous artists. The dialogue between the historical West and the nostalgia for it can be seen in highlights including Timothy O'Sullivan's (1840-1882) government survey photographs, Frederic Remington's (1861-1909) rare Impressionist landscape studies, and charming wax sculptures by Charles Russell (1864-1926). Complete with three essays and ten brief expositions on a range of artistic, cultural and historical topics, this lushly illustrated catalogue provides a comprehensive overview of one hundred years of art from the American West.