Cowboy was created in Wong’s 4-panel comic series in the 70s and 80s. The whole series came in 40 volumes telling interesting stories happened in Cowboy’s family, especially between the father and son, in a fun and warm way. The comic work also reflected the social condition in Hong Kong. Wong managed to tell stories vividly with only pictures. The comics sometimes go with short titles but rarely with words.
The Macau-born artist, born Wong Wing-hing, was a teacher in Macau in 1950s and learnt illustrating after work. In 1965, he was employed by Ming Pao and started cooperating with Alphonso Wong with a comic series, while drawing illustrations for Louis Cha's novels.
During 1971 and 1980, Wong composed 4-panel comic strips Father and Son, Cowboy, Debussy and Gorgeous Susan, whereas Cowboy was later compiled into a 40-volume comic book and was very well received in the market.
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