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"It's Not The Years, Honey, It's The Milege"
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Color Pencil on Card Stock 11 "by 8.5 "
July 28, 2009

          

            Even in shadow, we know who the man is that puts   on the fedora; Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones II has become an international icon.   Even as Jones first swiped a bag of sand for a golden idol, the world took notice that a human screen idol was born.   Mid filming Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Arc (1981), a then thirty nine year old Harrison Ford playing Indiana Jones collapsed onto a cot on board a mid size steam ship.   Removing his shirt and exposing his wounds of battle with various Nazi bad guys in part to rescue his on screen love interest, Marion Ravenwood played by Karen Allen.   His groans are heard as he lays back and Ravenwood looks him over and says, "You're not the man I knew ten years ago."

            Their relationship, earlier revealed to have been decades into the past as Marion Ravenwood was a "young girl" by her account at the time that Indian Jones worked with her father when the romance started.   Now ten or so years later, the two have reunited in this adventure that has taken its toll out on the very human character of Jones.   His remark to her is one of honesty, "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."

  

          Now, as depicted in the portrait when it is twenty-seven years later, a grey haired man steps out of the dark jungle and into the moonlight.   The back lighting outlines his bullwhip in one hand and his .45 ACP Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector 2nd model revolver held at his side ready for whatever comes next.   A modified Mark VI British gas mask bag that Indy has had at his side through out all his adventures is hidden under his leather jacket which is a hybrid of the "Type 440" and the A-2 jacket.   His young son, Henry "Mutt Williams" Jones III, also wearing a leather jacket in the humid jungle heat, asks astonishingly at the older man after their battle with native attackers, "You're... You're a Teacher?"

            The calm Archaeologist, Associate dean, College professor and former Soldier and Spy for the U.S. Government smiles down at the revelation of his young partner and states mildly, "Part time."

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