Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce for May 25, 1991
Nate's Paper: Rusty Sienna, star of the T.V. show "Oil Painting with Rusty," is one of the greatest artists of all time. If you need proof, just ask yourself: Did Van Gogh have his own T.V. show? I think not! Nate's Paper: Born in Sandusky, Ohio as "Joe Smith," Rusty realized that he needed an artsy name if he was to become a master painter. He changed his name to "Rory Umber" but it didn't work out. Nate's Paper: However, soon after he changed his name to "Rusty Sienna" his career took off. Today, in addition to his T.V. show, Rusty's paintings of lakes, mountains, and unicorns appear in hotel lobbies, malls, and on the "Home Shopping Network." Mr. Rosa: Like an auto accident, this is sickly compelling... Nate: And they say there are no more heroes!