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Legendary Comic Artist Stan Lynde Passes

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Stan Lynde known by many in Montana for his accurate art portraying Montana and the Old West. Born and raised on a ranch near Lodge Grass on the Crow Indian Reservation, Stan Lynde chased his dream and incorporated his Montana Background and the West in his work.

After being initially turned down by 12 major cartoon syndicates Lynde's comic strip known as "Rick O'Shay" was accepted by the Chicago Tribune and New York Times and ultimately became one of the most well known comic strips running for 20 years, his other noted comic was "Latigo" which was published into the 80's. Lynde's name was seen in major newspapers by nearly 15 million people a day nationwide and in other parts of the world.

After his cartoon career Lynde then ventured into writing novels and became an award-winning author for his Merlin Fanshaw Novels. Before moving to Ecuador, Stan Lynde donated a variety of items from his home in Helena to the Montana Historical Society where many of his personal possessions are still kept.

Recently Lynde and his wife moved from Ecuador back to Helena at which time Lynde was diagnosed with Cancer, and died at the age of 81 on Tuesday August 6th. Stan Lynde's cartoon comic strips were seen and known around the world and Lynde himself will always be remembered as an icon here in Montana.

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