The western waterfowls
Being a long-time fan of western movies and a passionate reader of the novels of Max Brand, Ernest Haycox, and Zane Grey, Barks obviously drew a lot of fun out of creating his gallery of famous figures of the old frontier.
»Buffalo Bill Cooty«
William F. Cody (1846-1917) alias Buffalo Bill made himself a name as a buffalo hunter and Indian fighter. Later his Wild West shows became immensely popular.
»Bad Bird from Bodie«
»Sheriff of Tombstone«
The sheriff of Tombstone is meant to depict Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), lawman and gambler, whose career culminated in the famous gunfight at the OK Corral.
»Calamity Jane«
Calamity Jane (1852-1903), actually Martha Jane Cannary, was one of the most legendary women of the Wild West.
»Tom Horn, Bounty Hunter«
Tom Horn (1860-1903) worked as an army scout and a Pinkerton detective and finally got the reputation of a most cold-blooded bounty hunter.
»Belle Starr, Outlaw Queen«
Belle Starr née Shirley (1848-1889) had a ranch in Oklahoma which was a hideout for outlaws of every sort.
»Luke Short, Undertaker's Friend«
Luke Short (1854-1893) was known as a gambler and gunman in the Wild West.
»Bat Masterson«
Bartholomew »Bat« Masterson (1853-1921) made himself a name as gambler, sheriff, and journalist in the Wild West.
»Riverboat Gambler«
He felt especially attracted to Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney, Jr., 1859-1881) to whom he dedicated no less than 3 paintings.
»Billy the Duckling«
»Billy the Duckling at Work«
»Billy the Duckling on Guard«

BarksBase by Gerd Syllwasschy · Last update: 16 January 2003
Illustrations © Carl Barks.