LOBEY DOSSER and G.I. BRIDE

WHERE ARE THEY? Lobby Dosser is halfway along Woodlands Road. G.I. Bride is found in Partick Train Station

Believed to be the world’s only two-legged equestrian statue, it shows Sheriff Lobey Dosser and his arch-nemesis Rank Bajin riding Lobey’s faithful steed, El Fideldo, or Elfie as she is known.



The characters are from a cartoon strip written and drawn by Scottish cartoonist Bud Neill, which took Glasgow humour and transported it to the Wild West of Arizona, in a town called Calton Creek, inspired by the Calton area of Glasgow. Lobey and his motley crew had a seven-year run in the Evening Times, starting in 1949, with the series then continued in the Sunday Mail. After Neill’s passing in 1970, the series developed somewhat of a cult following, and many are now collected in book form. They have also featured in numerous exhibitions since then; one in 1979 called The Scottish Cartoonists, and another devoted specifically to Neill in 1990, as part of Glasgow’s European City of Culture year.


The statue stands opposite the pub where it was initially conceived. In 1989, with the European City of Culture status looming closer, Ranald MacColl, Bud Neill’s biographer, and his friend Calum MacKenzie discussed the idea of a statue to commemorate the cartoonist. Public funds were raised after an appeal in the Glasgow Herald, and two art students, Tony Morrow and Nick Gillon sculpted the statue for free based on a drawing sketched by MacColl.



The characters are from a cartoon strip written and drawn by Scottish cartoonist Bud Neill, which took Glasgow humour and transported it to the Wild West of Arizona, in a town called Calton Creek, inspired by the Calton area of Glasgow. Lobey and his motley crew had a seven-year run in the Evening Times, starting in 1949, with the series then continued in the Sunday Mail. After Neill’s passing in 1970, the series developed somewhat of a cult following, and many are now collected in book form. They have also featured in numerous exhibitions since then; one in 1979 called The Scottish Cartoonists, and another devoted specifically to Neill in 1990, as part of Glasgow’s European City of Culture year.



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