May 12, 2013

Soapy Smith as the main villian in The Adventure of Stanislas: Klondike

"I am Soapy Smith ... Emperor of the Klondike!"
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he French "BD" (comics) book, Aventure de Stanislas: Klondike (The Adventure of Stanislas: Klondike) finally came in the mail. A 48-page hard-cover book that cost me nearly twice as much for shipping than the book itself. Soapy Smith is shown throughout the book as the main villian, so I ask you, how could I possibly live the remainder of my days without owning a copy? The book is written and drawn by Philippe Dupuy and Charles Berberian and was published in 1989 by Milan of France. Although I can't read French the drawings tell the story well enough for me. 

"Actions speak louder then words…and are just as likely to be misunderstood."
— Keith C. Cobb, Exceptions to the Rules.

MAY 12

1780: Charleston, South Carolina falls to British forces during the American Revolution.
1831: Edward Smith becomes the first indicted bank robber in the U.S.
1847: William Clayton invents the odometer.
1858: A force of 200 Texas Rangers and Tonkawa Indians attack Comanche Indian chief Iron Shirt and his camp on the Canadian River in the Texas Panhandle. Iron Shirt is killed during the battle Tonkawa Indian Jim Pockmark, who got his name wearing a suit of Spanish torso armor into battle, is credited with killing Iron Shirt.
1865: The last land battle of the Civil war is fought at Palmito Ranch, Texas, more than a month after General Lee's surrender. Ironically it is a Confederate victory.
1869: A bad man named Fitzpatrick is lynched for killing a man he found sleeping in a saloon after hours in Ellsworth, Kansas.
1875: The James-Younger Gang robs the San Antonio stage near Austin, Texas taking $3,000.
1888: Charles Sherrill of the Yale track team becomes the first runner to use the crouching start for a fast break in a foot race.

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