By his own account, Joe Grandee admits his first cover submission to True West was rejected. The editor told him it was historically incorrect. Since that day in 1956, Grandee has made it a point to get the details correct, and he has never looked back.

To beef up his reference material, he became a consummate collector of authentic clothing, guns, saddles and cowboy gear. Today, his collection of more than 5,000 artifacts is on permanent display at the Joe Grandee Museum of the Frontier West Gallery, inside the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In our 60th anniversary, nearly 60 years after he took our advice to heart, his art once again graces the cover of our magazine.

You can see more of Grandee’s work on his website,

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