Walk into the Montana Historical Society this week and step into a life-size Stan Lynde comic strip Western town.

The historical society is celebrating the famous Montana cartoonist with a new exhibit, “From the Heart: Stan Lynde’s Comic Creations,” opening Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Here you’ll meet some of Lynde’s most legendary characters -- Rick O’Shay and Hipshot.

His two most famous comic strips, “Rick O’Shay” and “Latigo,” reached 15 million readers from 1958 to 1983.