Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
"Hi Yo Silver!" Was inspired by the tales of the fictional Texas Ranger, “The Lone Ranger”. The character had first appeared in 1933 in a radio show conceived either by WXYZ radio station owner George W. Trendle or by Fran Striker, the show's writer (The scrabble piece hints at Striker). The character was originally believed to be inspired by Texas Ranger Captain John R. Hughes, to whom the book "The Lone Star Ranger" by Zane Grey was dedicated in 1915. Hughes hunted down the gang who killed Texas Ranger Captain Frank Jones in an ambush. The radio series proved to be a hit and spawned a series of books (largely written by Striker), an equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, comic books, and movies. To this day, the heroic tales of the Lone Ranger and his trusted sidekick, “Tonto” (also featured in the painting Hi-Yo Silver!) continues to inspire fans of the genre worldwide.
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