Born in Littlefield, Texas in 1930 , the West family moved to Lubbock soon after. West was a famous cartoonist, journalist and mayor of
Lubbock, Texas. He started his cartooning career while attending
Texas Tech University where he drew cartoons for The University
Daily. Beginning in the 1960's he drew a one-panel comic
featuring caricatures of mascots and coaches mostly in the Southwest
Conference for the sports section of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.
Later West expanded his cartoons to include the Big Twelve
Two of his characters would eventually be officially adopted by
their respective universities: Texas Tech's Raider Red and the
University of Nebraska's Herbie Husker.
West drew a semi-weekly one-panel comic in the
Avalanche-Journal's sports section where he would lampoon
college mascots and coaches alike, as well as the stereotypes of
various universities. Thus there was the dim-witted Texas A&M Aggie,
the devout but overemotional Baylor Bear, the arrogant University of
Texas at Austin Longhorn and of course Raider Red, whose
bullet-riddled Stetson showed by the number of holes the number of
game losses for Texas Tech so far that season.
West would alter the image of his characters over the course of a
sports season. A winning team's mascot would gradually get larger
and tougher, the fans of losing teams would find their mascots
growing thinner as the weeks went by.
West died in 1996. His cartoons are much sought
after by collectors even today.
Dirk West: TCU in doldrums, while Tech on verge of bowl game
Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Dirk West on Wikipedia