The gunman on our blog header is Francis Xavier Gordon (better known as El Borak, The Swift). He's Robert E. Howard's fictional amalgam of such real life adventurers as Lawrence of Arabia, Richard Francis Burton, and "Chinese" Gordon, mixed with touches of Rudyard Kipling, Talbot Mundy, and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
The latest volume in Del Rey's ongoing REH Library is the just released, EL BORAK AND OTHER DESERT ADVENTURES — a fantastic book that collects the stories of Howard's Texans-gone-East — El Borak, Kirby O'Donnell and Steve Clarney. The book features over 50 illustrations by artist Tim Bradstreet, who delivered the goods in his signature high-octane, black & white style (To learn more about Tim's illos, go to this LINK). We contributed 5 paintings, but somehow only 4 of them appear in the published book.
Although the plate listing in the front of the book is correct, apparently Murphy's Law kicked in on page 399, which instead sports an illustration that Tim Bradstreet intended to replace the illo now seen on page 413.
Our plate that was intended for page 399 — "... Afzal Khan came and stood over them, combing his crimson beard..." is seen below:
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