The 37-cent John Wayne commemorative stamp was issued in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of twenty on September 9, 2004, in Los Angeles, California. Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed the stamp. Sennett Security Products manufactured 100 million stamps in the gravure process.
John Wayne remains one of America's most beloved celebrities. He played many memorable characters: heroic soldiers, revered figures in history, and ordinary men with a deep loyalty to country and a strong commitment to justice. His films celebrate courage, patriotism, and independence — characteristics that many Americans hold dear.
With the issuance of this tenth stamp in the Legends of Hollywood Series, the Postal Service honors this American film legend. Artist Drew Struzan based his painting for the stamp on a black-and-white publicity still of Wayne taken during the filming of "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)."
Postal Bulletin (August 5, 2004).