MastroNet Winter 2003
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From 1958 to 1961 Gene Barry played the role of William Bartley "Bat" Masterson, the famous sheriff of Dodge City and former deputy of Wyatt Earp. The Bat Masterson of TV was always dapperly dressed, with a derby hat and a gold tipped sword cane. Barry's Masterson only resorted to violence when absolutely necessary, preferring to smoothly talk trouble down. Colorforms produced three separate puzzle sets at the height of the show's popularity, with each set containing two colorful images of the show's star. These sets were marketed side by side with the company's puzzles of the Three Stooges. Each was produced from an absolutely fabulous, gigantic black and white photo that was airbrushed to a brilliant full color presentation. All six of these Bat Masterson photos are included here, still loosely held within the mattes the company used in their photographic process. The exposed image areas of five of these artworks all roughly measure 10" x 13", with the sixth measuring slightly larger. Every one is magnificently preserved and exceptionally striking. Other production pieces included: original cover art for Set #1 (pap. col. w/pl. ov. containing text and tis. ov. with color guide - 19-1/4" x 15.5", artist has signed "Naiad Einsel"); pattern art for jigsaw cut design #2 (ink on tissue - 16-1/2" x 12-3/4"); concept art for cover (full color on tissue - 19" x 15"); pos.'s for covers of Set #'s 2 and 3 (four each); three ad mech.'s; final proof prints for all three Sets' covers and for four of the six puzzle images (seven pieces total); and a 5" x 4" color photo transparency of Set #1's cover and contents (used for a color ad).
"Bat Masterson Puzzles" - All Three Sets - 1960
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