Appearing in "The Human Sacrifice!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Two-Gun Western #7.

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Synopsis for "The Human Sacrifice!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Two-Gun Western #7.

Near Judson, Arizona territory, radical Apache warrior Dragon Face and his followers attack a group of army soldiers, slaying all but one which Dragon Face demands to be sacrificed to the gods and the soldier is burned at the stake. Not far away, Aloysius Kare is part of a wagon train that sees the smoke. Noting that it is smoke to attract Apache bands, he holds the train there to go and investigate by himself. Finding the remains of Dragon Face's sacrifice, Kare returns to the wagon train and sends them off to Fort Madison to explain what happened to Captain Bill Gregory.

Kare rides off and changes into his alter-ego the Apache Kid to warn his adopted father Red Hawk of what happened. He arrives at the Apache village and learns that Dragon Face has already sought council with Red Hawk to try and convince his tribe to also participate in human sacrifices to their gods. Apache Kid storms in on them, but Dragon Face refuses to listen to the Kid due to his white upbringing. The Apache Kid however manages to appeal to Red Hawk after he defeats Dragon Face's warrior Grey Fox. Red Hawk agrees that he will not reduce their tribe to human sacrifices but tells the Apache Kid that he must extend tribal hospitality by allowing Dragon Face and his band to stay for the night.

Satisfied, the Apache Kid then races to Fort Madison where he meets with Captain Gregory to tell him that Red Hawk will not be joining Dragon Face and his zealots. However, Dragon Face finds a means to sway Red Hawk's Apaches to be loyal to him. He and his men disguise themselves in the US Army uniforms they stole from the soldiers they killed and track down some of Red Hawk's warriors who are at a nearby geyser, gunning them down all for one witness, who returns to the tribe to tell of the attack by "US soldiers". This greatly upsets the Apaches and Dragon Face uses this opportunity to have them eject Red Hawk as their leader and put Dragon Face in his place, Dragon Face then rallies the Apaches to prepare for a hunt to find a human sacrifice.

Meanwhile, at Fort Madison, Apache Kid tells Bill about Red Hawk's refusal to join with Dragon Face. This greatly relieves Bill as his sister Mary is about to leave on a coach. The Apache Kid promises that the coach will not be attacked and sends it on its way. However, Mary's wagon is soon attacked by Apache warriors and all aboard are slain but Mary who is taken prisoner to be sacrificed. That night when the Apache Kid returns to his people's village he is horrified to find that Dragon Face is in charge and Mary is about to be burned at the stake. Dragon Face orders his new followers to kill the Apache Kid, but they refuse and allow him to go. The Apache Kid leaves and finds Bill out with a war party to try and find Mary.

Going to Bill and explaining what happened, Bill agrees to do things the Apache Kid's way. Taking a wagon filled with ammunition, the Kid lights it on fire and sends it into the Apache village. As the Apaches are fleeing for cover, the Kid races in on his horse Nightwind and rescues Mary. Furious at this, Dragon Face chases after them on horseback and the Apache Kid leads him to the nearby geyser. As Dragon Face passes over it, the geyser goes off, killing him with scalding hot water. With Mary reunited with Bill and Red Hawk put back in place as leader of the Apaches, the Apache Kid marvels over the fact that the geyser went off an hour earlier than usual, leaving him to wonder if the gods themselves responded to Dragon Face's sacrifices by putting an end them by slaying him.

Appearing in "Across the Street"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Two-Gun Western #13.

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  • Joe

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Synopsis for "Across the Street"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Two-Gun Western #13.



Appearing in "Spurs West!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Two-Gun Western #13.

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  • Caguyas
    • Broken Spear

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  • Timber Valley


Synopsis for "Spurs West!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Two-Gun Western #13.

A group of Caguya Native Americans attack a caravan of wagons. The attack is interrupted by the arriving Apache Kid who tells them to hold off their attack or disrupt the peace treaty they recently signed with the white men in the area. When the Caguyas refuse to stand down, the Apache Kid aids the wagon train, but soon all the men are killed and the Caguyas converge on the Apache Kid, forcing him to flee. The leader of the war party tells his men that the Apache Kid needs to be slain for their leader, the so-called White Chief.

The Apache Kid rides into Timber Valley, leaving the Caguya's to believe they can catch up and capture him. However, as the Apache Kid slips out of sight he changes into his alter-ego Aloysius Kare. Kare's appearance throws off the Caguya's and they believe him when he tells them that the White Chief sent him to get them. When they return to report back to their leader, Kare is surprised to find that the Caguya are being led by a white man in cheiftan garb. However, Kare's trick is exposed when the White Chief questions his presence in their camp.

Kare tries to escape, but Nightwind is wounded by a bullet forcing Kare to jump off his steed. Aloysius jumps into a canoe and pilots it away. While he is hidden behind some rocks he changes back into the Apache Kid. When he comes out from under cover, the White Chief is there ready to fire an arrow at him. Shocked to see the Apache Kid in the place of Aloysius Kare, he is shocked enough to allow the Apache Kid to knock him out with his canoe.

Later, the Apache Kid and his father Red Hawk deliver the unmasked White Chief to Bill Gregory who recognizes him as a man named Collins a soldier from Fort Madison who deserted his post. Being turned over the army, Collins admits that he developed the identity of the White Chief to stir up a war between the Caguya's and white men so he could sell both sides guns.

Appearing in "The Wild Beast"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Apache Kid #53.

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Synopsis for "The Wild Beast"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Apache Kid #53.

Red Hawkins and his Native American sidekick Tall Feather spot a wild white stallion and Tall Feather makes a bet with Red that he can capture the horse in a day. Red leaves to go to town and wait for Tall Feather to either succeed or fail. Tall Feather creates a trap to pen in the horse unaware that he is being watched by two outlaws who are planning to kill him when he captures the horse so they can sell it for a profit.

Tall Feather succeeds in trapping the horse in a pen and that is when the outlaws attack him. However the fast thinking Tall Feather mounts the horse and uses it to trample his attackers to death. In the aftermath, Tall Feather notices that the horse, a female, has to foals that it is caring for and decides to let her go so that it can raise it's children.

He returns to Red Hawkins who is paid his wager, but Tall Feather is happy that he made the right decision.

Appearing in "The Rails of Death!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Apache Kid #53.

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Synopsis for "The Rails of Death!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Apache Kid #53.

Apache Kid is riding Night-Wind along the range when he comes across a renegade Apache tribe led by Red Rain attacking men building a rail line. Apache Kid gets the drop on Red Rain with his bow and arrow and then forces the renegades to flee. Questioning the rail men on how Red Rain and his people got possession of guns, he learns that they were sold to them by Luke Rosby who owns the coach line in the area. Apache Kid decides to pay Rosby a visit and stop his operation. To do this, Apache Kid slips away and changes into his alter ego of Aloysius Kare and convinces the railroad company to hire him.

On the job, Aloysius witnesses one of Rosby's coaches drive by and it's riders threatening the rail men. Realizing that the coach is not on it's usual run, Kare decides to follow after it to see where it's going. He attacks the coach and forces the riders to get off and is surprised to see that the coach is loaded with guns and that it was on its way to Red Rain's tribe. Kare then steals the coach and rides it into town where he goes to confront Rosby in his office. Inside the local saloon he overhears Rosby's plot to supply Red Rain with guns to stop the railroad from being built in the area as it would create competition for his lucrative coach business and that he had sabotaged the nearby rail bridge. Kare is caught spying and fights his way out of the saloon.

Changing back into the Apache Kid, Kare races to the train and manages to get everybody off before it rides over the sabotaged bridge and derails. Meanwhile, Red Rain and his people, believing that Rosby had betrayed them for failing to deliver the guns find that the coach of guns is still in Rosby's possession. Rosby tries to warn Red Rain not to attack, but a shot is fired setting off dynamite killing all the conspirators, saving Apache Kid the job of rounding them up.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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