The Press: The Stainless Texan

For 15 years Chicago Cartoonist Russell Stamm, 40, drew his comic strip Scarlet O'Neil without attracting much attention. Then, two years ago, into the big-city adventures in the strip ambled Stainless Steel, a Texas sheriff far from home. He had flowing blond hair and the physique of a Michelangelo statue. "In general," drawled Stainless, "heroics is mah business." His business soon proved so successful that the number of papers taking the strip from the Chicago Sun-Times Syndicate rose from 126 to 148 (including 39 in foreign countries). This week Stainless Steel was getting ready to perform a most unheroic act:...

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