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AN ART REVIVED
As both a boxing fan and amateur historian of the once noble game I would like to congratulate you on your September 19th issue. Ezra Bowen and Martin Kane wrote nobly, skillfully and lovingly and obviously put pen to paper only after having many a long talk with Archie, certainly the most likeable challenger since Carpentier. But the huzzahs belong to artist Robert Riger and those who advised him. His 32 drawings were masterfully executed, well thought out and give, I believe, once and for all the answer to: What can the brush accomplish that cannot be bettered by the camera? His lead drawing (see cut) almost exactly anticipated some of the subsequently published photos of an astute Moore defending himself against a close-slugging Marciano. I have not seen a photograph that can equal this drawing in felicity of manner, reality and impact.
What I want to
thank you for, in the main, is for going to the trouble to do all this when I
imagine you could get by handsomely with a far lesser effort. I read your
cataloguing of boxing's dirty business with admiration. Your preview of the
heavyweight championship I read with both admiration and pleasure.
It's history now and we all know that the perpetually flailing Rock did what was expected of him, but we'll still admit, "How's the man gonna hit me?" flavored the match and perpetuated interest.
Suggest we have
more of the same with Rocky's next opponent.
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