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Can You Spot The Final Cover on Charlie Russell?

July 29, 2014

   We're working very hard on a special issue featuring the original cowboy artist—Charlie Russell. Our art director, Dan Harshberger, has done a dozen different cover designs. Here are the final nine. Can you spot the final cover design?

The 9 finalist layouts for our special issue on Charlie Russell (October, 2014)

"I have throwed my last leg over a saddle, the old pump is about to quit."

—Charlie Russell, age 62, two days before he died of a heart attack

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Comment by Murray A. Gewirtz on July 29, 2014 at 10:27am

If the choice had been up to me, I probably would have gone with the one showing the painting of the cowboy on the bucking bronco small and faded on the lower right (at Charlie's left elbow). Some of the other have two many competing elements. One of those, however is probably one that made it, since magazine publishers often show "horror vacuii" ---or however it's spelled, when it comes to covers.

Comment by Jim Holden on July 29, 2014 at 10:51am

Over on Facebook, I voted middle row - right.  But also think bottom row - right is also a contender.

Comment by Ed Wager on July 29, 2014 at 11:40am

Top left corner.

“Think before you speak.

 Read before you think.”

― Fran Lebowitz,

Comment by Gay Mathis on July 29, 2014 at 2:52pm

Middle row far right is my pick---Guess we will find out which one when we get the issue...:)

Comment by Bob Boze Bell on July 29, 2014 at 4:15pm

Let's just say you—Gay—will be pleasantly surprised.

Comment by Dr. Dan Moran on July 29, 2014 at 7:49pm

BBB, I'm with Gay on this one. Middle row far right. To me, it has the best background, and nothing will change Charlie on any selection!!

Comment by Wolfgang on July 30, 2014 at 4:56am

Bottom Row Left.    :)

Bob . . . sorry I couldn't be around while you were in my home area.  See you one day.  Wolfgang.

Comment by JC Brown on July 31, 2014 at 3:08pm

Middle one, second row.

Comment by Marcus Huff on July 31, 2014 at 6:00pm

Harshberger is killing it. Good stuff.

Comment by Michael Gulvin on August 6, 2014 at 11:06am

Bottom row, center.


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