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Dallas Cowboys art: The News’ Michael Hogue presents America’s Team in his own, unique image

During the bye week, let’s take a look at some illustrations from the Dak and Zeke era.

There’s never a lack of entertaining storylines for the Dallas Cowboys — both on and off the field. One of the most fun parts of my job is getting to brainstorm with editors and writers about ways to illustrate stories about the ‘Boys. Here’s a look at a few of the more light-hearted takes over the past five years.

— Michael Hogue, Staff Artist

Make America’s Team great again

The 2016 Cowboys preview section cover featured a parody of Washington crossing the Delaware River, with Jerry at the helm leading the ‘Boys across the Trinity.

State of the Cowboys address, an animated parody

Jerry’s futile fight with the commissioner

Favorite compliments

I asked several Cowboys players, “What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?” Click/tap here to see what they had to say.

Follow the leader

For our 2017 Cowboys preview section, the cover featured a wagon train illustration.

The good, the bad and the ugly

This paired with a story about how, with Ezekiel Elliott, we have to take the good with the bad.

Jerry Jones through the years

For our section previewing Jerry Jones’ enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we created this illustrated timeline.

Super Bowl or bust

Entering 2019, the Cowboys had championship aspirations. With the Super Bowl in Miami, the cover for that season’s preview section had the team aboard Jerry’s yacht, heading for South Beach. But Zeke was holding out, on a raft beside the boat.

The Ezekiel Elliott holdout

We thought Jones might stick to his guns and play hardball...

... but he caved and made Zeke the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

Early-season blowouts

The soft schedule to begin the 2019 season continued in Week 3 vs. the lowly Miami Dolphins.

Quiz: How well do you know your Cowboys legends?

Jason Garrett’s robotic press conferences

As the offense struggled...

Jason Garrett was on the hot seat.

Jason Witten retires... again.

Visualizing the numbers behind Jason Witten’s Cowboys career.

Garrett gets the hook.

The NFC Least

In 2020, the division was on pace to match or break the record for worst division winner of all-time.

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After Dak’s injury, the Cowboys had a revolving door at QB

How the fans were feeling in 2020

Was it time for Jerry to hit the panic button?

Cowboys drafted CeeDee Lamb in the NFL’s first ‘virtual’ draft

Is the clock already ticking on Mike McCarthy?

Take 2

For the 2021 season preview, we examined the disastrous first season for coach Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys’ chances of bouncing back.

Three Cowboys join legends in the Hall of Fame

Here was our cover honoring the HOF enshrinements of Jimmy Johnson, Drew Pearson and Cliff Harris.

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Michael Hogue, Staff Artist. Michael Hogue is a staff artist for The Dallas Morning News.

mhogue@dallasnews.com @MichaelHogueDMN
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