"Clint Eastwood - Four Coffins"
9x12 piece of artwork, Pen and Ink on Bristol Board
"I've always been a big fan of the "Spaghetti Westerns" of the 60's; Sergio Leone's films in particular. In the opening segment of "A Fistful of Dollars" (The first in his trilogy + which was based in large on Akira Kurosawa's "Usagi Yojimbo" samurai epic [Also later adapted into a 1930's film noir style as "Last Man Standing" starring Bruce Willis] but I digress...) Clint Eastwood wanders into your stereotypical hostile western town with his pack mule. A group of local thugs taunts his choice of transportation and as he saunters up to confront the bullies he passes the local a carpenter/coroner and dryly requests that he begin preparing three coffins for the outcome of the clash about to spark. After a dead pan hysterical monologue in which Clint suggests the thugs apologize to his mule for their cruel jests, a lightening fast gunfight explodes, leaving all the bullies laying dead in the muddy street. As he strides back past the carpenter he holds up four fingers and dryly says "my mistake... four coffins." It's a classic scene that sets the tone for the rest of the film and it's sequels "For a Few Dollars More."
I was drawing this as the Dallas Nov. Wizard Comic-Con as I spoke to friends and fans and ended up putting a good solid four hours into all the myriad penwork making it an incredibly detailed drawing, easily putting 3 times the detail I would normally put into a con sketch and decided to bring it home and finish it properly. Paul Gulacy (who was drawing "Jonah Hex" for DC) remarked "Goddamn O'Barr, Eastwood is a bitch to get right and you hit it dead with no reference!" It's always a blush moment when one of your favorite Comic Gods gives you a pat on the back."
[Editor's note: This sold on James' eBay store.]