No. 115 – Spaghetti Stix

The Stix brothers[1] from prog 363’s (1984) Strontium Dog story Outlaw (progs 363385), written by Alan Grant and drawn by Carlos Ezquerra (1947–2018) v Lee van Cleef (1925–1989)[2]

Of Dutch ancestry, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef Jr. achieved fame portraying alternately villains and anti-heroes in Sergio Leone’s (1929–1989) Spaghetti Western [Italian produced] Dollars Trilogy: Per un pugno di dollari [A Fistful of Dollars] (Unidis/United Artists, 1964), Per qualche dollaro in più [For a Few Dollars More] (Produzioni Europee Associati/United Artists, 1965) and his masterpiece Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo[3] [The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] (Produzioni Europee Associati/United Artists, 1966).

Strontium Dog’s gritty storylines featuring wanton greed, treachery, double-crossings and the wages thereof owe much to the Spaghetti Western genre (as distinct from the conventional Western, to which a debt is also due).


  1. Presumably named after the river (and deity) Styx [Attic Greek: Στύξin] that forms the boundary between Earth and the Underworld in Greek mythology
  2. Lee Van Cleef tribute blog
  3. Italian (lit.) “The Good, the Ugly and the Bad” – and indeed in the Italian version Van Cleef (Sentenza/Angel Eyes) represents the “ugly” and Eli Wallach (1915–2014) (Tuco) the “bad”

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