Mario DeMarco, (1921 - 2008)
writer, cartoonist, illustrator
I was glad to know of your coming Bob Nolan project. Bob was one of my favorite western singers and, looking through some of my old material, I came across the drawing enclosed which I did years ago. I thought you might like a copy. You'll find this drawing in the Bob Nolan songs in the CD. Charles Starrett was a good friend and I once asked him about Bob. Charles' reply was that he should have had his own series of westerns but he always shied away from being lead man in pictures.
As for myself, I have been doing western movie material for nearly 65 years and have covered every phase of material in this genre. I consider the Sons of Pioneers the greatest singers of western music - even to this present time. Any reader interested in B western material can find it now on eBay.
I am enclosing a photo when I was cartoonist/illustrator at Navy Times, Washington, DC. I wrote an article about Bob Nolan in my book, "Gallant Defender, the Durango Kid CHARLES STARRETT".
Wishing you the best of success on your project. Mario
Mario DeMarco's works as cartoonist, illustrator and author are too numerous to count. They've appeared in Life magazine, Becket Sports magazines,, Links Magazine as well as Highlights for Children and Children's Playmate magazines. His sketches are part of both the Baseball and Basketball halls of fame and one of his books on athletes was sold a the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.
After serving in the army during World War II, Mario started work with the Navy Times where he drew the cartoon Scuttlebutt as well as portraits of the admirals and officers who were retiring or being honoured He worked there for more than 50 years but, coincidentally, he drew more than 3 dozen comic books of film heroes and preserved may of them in his book, "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Western Stars, Heroines and Sidekicks," published in 1986. A calendar featuring a different John Wayne sketch each month hung over Mr. Wayne's mantel. He also drew the first 68 inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame on baseball cards that were tucked into packages of bubble gum. He also illustrated books for other authors.
CARTOONS OF BOB NOLAN AND THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS
Selections from "Cowboy Songs" 1949
BOOKS (a small selection)
Allan "Rocky" Lane
William S. Hart
"Buck Jones" (Westerns, Issue No. 9 May-June 1992 Shamrock publications, New Zealand)