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The Life and Times of Deputy U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves

Posted in Crime, and Trivia


I’m a bit of a history buff, but I’d never heard of Bass Reeves until I read The Life and Times of Deputy U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves by Miss Cellania over at Mental Floss.  Here’s the opening paragraph…

Over his 32-year career as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, Bass Reeves arrested 3,000 felons, killed 14 men, and was never shot himself. His reputation for persistence, his total fearlessness, his skills with a gun, and his ability to outsmart outlaws struck terror into lawbreakers in what we now call Oklahoma. Although other colorful characters made their way into our pop culture, Bass was the real badass of the Old West.

My guess is you’ll want to click over and read the rest of the short, but informative article.

I’m somewhat surprised Bass Reeves’ life story hasn’t been turned into a movie or tv series.

Tom Jones’ Riff on Black Betty

Posted in Celebs, and Music


I stumbled across this music video of Tom Jones’ riff on Black Betty and loved it.

Yeah, I realize it came out a few years ago, but it’s now my favorite jam.  The funny thing is, I was never a huge Tom Jones fan and didn’t care for the Ram Jam single when I was a kid.

Tom Jones is one of those guys that just gets cooler as he gets older.  Sorta like me.  And you.

Original Batmobile Sells for $4.62 Million

Posted in Comics, and TV

Back on December 5, 2012, I let everyone know that the original Batmobile from the 1966 tv series was going up for auction.

I also dropped a strong hint…

If you were wondering what to get me for Christmas, this would be a good place to start.

Well, I guess no one had an extra $4.62 million to buy it for me.  Other than Rick Champagne, that is. That’s what Mr. Champagne paid and since he hasn’t contacted me, my guess is he’s keeping it for himself.

I can’t blame him.

Thanks and an extra “turbines to speed” to CBR.com for the post.

Kyle Holtz Really Gets Carter

Posted in Art, Celebs, Comics, and Movies

When I learned that Kyle Holtz was taking on some mail order commissions, I just knew I had to try and get on his list. I was able to and Kyle agreed to give me his take on Sly as Jack Carter.

This is the piece Kyle created. I think Kyle did an amazing job. I love everything about this piece. Unfortunately, it was lost in the mail. I have hope that it will eventually turn up. Thankfully, Kyle sent a scan before mailing the art. When Kyle learned that the piece never arrived, he agreed to redo it.

Knowing how much artists hate to redraw something, and because I thought Kyle totally nailed this piece, I asked if I could upgrade to a larger piece. Kyle agreed. So Kyle is going to create a new Jack Carter drawing. My hope is that this piece will eventually turn up.

If you’d like to see more of Kyle’s art, click on over to his Facebook page.

Pardon My French, “Parker”

Posted in Art, Celebs, Crime, and Movies


Here’s the French poster for Parker staring Jason Statham and directed by Taylor Hackford.

I know that many folks are upset over Statham playing Parker, who is based on the character created in Richard Stark’s crime novels.  While I agree that Statham wouldn’t have been my first choice, I’m hoping that the movie will work.

If reviews are good, I’ll check it out in a theater… otherwise I’ll wait for Netflix.

If you like the poster and would like to see it biggie-sized, you can thanks to the folks at IMPAwards.

The Franchize is Expendable

Posted in Art, Celebs, Comics, and Movies

Jerry Gaylord aka The Franchize makes his first, but not his last appearance in my Stallone Sketch Gallery with his take on Sly as Barney Ross from The Expendables.

I highly recommend Jerry to all sketch collectors. He quickly responds to e-mails, his turnaround time is quick and he packages the art to ensure it arrives safely.

To check out more of Jerry’s art, head here. – Craig