The Color Plates.
The color plates of the opening and closing
credits were done from sketches taken mostly from
film scenes of the pilot. They have been very popular since the
series first aired. Unfortunately, according to David Dortort, the
originals were destroyed shortly after they were produced because no one
anticipated how in demand they would become. I do not know the
name of the artist, but there were twelve different watercolor prints
that appeared as transitions and background for the opening and closing
credits. Some of these plates always appeared with the same credit
information and others changed with the episode. They were used
throughout all four seasons for all episodes except for "New Lion of
Sonora" which was a made-for-television movie and had a different look.
The Opening Credits
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