HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Western cartoonist and author Stan Lynde, creator of the nationally syndicated "Rick O'Shay" comic strip, died of cancer in Montana. He was 81.
His "Rick O'Shay" comic strip began in 1958 and ran for 20 years with an average daily readership of about 15 million people. In 1979, he launched another comic strip, "Latigo," which ran through 1983.
Lynde was raised on a ranch on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation and began drawing cartoons in high school.
In the 1950s, Lynde moved to New York and worked for the Wall Street Journal. He moved back to Montana in 1962 after his "Rick O'Shay" cartoon was established.
When Lynde retired from cartooning, he wrote several Western novels.
Lynde died Tuesday in Helena. He is survived by his wife, Lynda, and eight children.
Created: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:15:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:15:00 EST