Sunday, July 11, 2010
Hopalong Cassidy is a cowboy hero, created in 1904 by Clarence E. Mulford who wrote the stories and 28 novels. The character appears as a rude, dangerous and rough-talking "galoot". Beginning in 1935, the character, played by William Boyd, was transformed into the clean-cut hero in 66 films, only a few of which were based on Mulford's works. Mulford actually rewrote his earlier stories to fit the movie and these led in turn to a comic book series modeled after the films.