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Appearing in "The Uprising!"

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  • Larson Meads

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Synopsis for "The Uprising!"

The tribal elders of the Apaches are having a meeting regarding their current stance on the white settlers in the area. Red Hawk insists that they must maintain the enduring peace between themselves and the settlers, while medicine man Long Bow demands that they go to war and force the settlers off their land and reclaim what was originally their own. Red Hawk points out that the white men have higher numbers and greater firepower and that an attack would be a slaughter for their people. The meeting ends with the tribal elders divided on the issue. Later that night, Red hawk meets with his adopted son Apache Kid and asks for his opinion as the Kid is really a white man raised as an Apache. Unfortunately, Apache Kid cannot make the choice between white and Native American, but he wishes to maintain the peace. Meanwhile, Long Bow continues to convince the other Apaches to go to war.

The following morning, Apache Kid changes into Aloysius Kare in order to convince Captain Bill Gregory to talk to the tribe and convince them that an attack would be suicide. Along the way, Kare comes across a wounded man in a military uniform. Going to the man's aid, he learns that the man desperately needs to speak to the Apache council. Kare takes the man back to the tribe and slips away to change back into the Apache Kid. Returning to his people, he listens as the soldier tells them that the army is planning an attack on the Apaches and that he came to warn them because he never liked how the Natives were treated. Apache Kid is not so easily convinces until the man produces a letter apparently written by Captain Bill Gregory ordering the attack. Feeling betrayed, Apache Kid suggests that the mount a surprise attack on Fort Madison in retaliation.

A war party is quickly organized and soon the Apaches advance on the fort. Spotted by a sentry, Bill Gregory is warned and he orders his soldiers to go to arms. However, Red Hawk still believes peace can endure and he orders Apache Kid to advance to the fort alone to talk with Gregory despite the protests of their apparent ally. However, when Apache Kid approaches the fort, a headstrong soldier takes a shot against orders. This convinces Apache Kid and Red Hawk of the soldiers intention and the Apaches attack. However, the soon face overwhelming odds and Red Hawk orders Apache Kid to find their ally and see if they can find an alternate way into the fort.

Apache Kid searches for the man and finds him far away from the battle watching with a devious smirk on his face. The Kid realizes that the man instigated the entire battle and captures him. The Kid then jumps the man and gets in the middle of the battle. Bill Gregory orders a halt to the attack. When Apache Kid shows Gregory the man who instigated the attack, Gregory identifies him as Larson Meads a vigilante. Apache Kid correctly deduces that Meads is part of a combine that is trying to convince the government to form a private army to handle affairs with Native Americans.

When Meads confesses to this plot, the Apaches kill him. The battle is quickly ended and meeting with the Apache council and peace is re-established. Apache Kid reminds those gathered that Mead has taught them how fragile their peace is, and that they must work hard to insure peace endures.

Appearing in "The Trail of the Arrow!"

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  • Unnamed outlaws

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Synopsis for "The Trail of the Arrow!"

While out on the hunt with his people, the Apache Kid hears drum beats coming from Fort Madison summoning the Apache Kid there. Racing to the fort, Apache Kid is almost struck by someone firing an arrow. Apache Kid avoids it and recovers it, finding it strange that it uses yellow feathers. Arriving at the fort, Apache Kid meets with Bill Gregory. Gregory tells him of a series of attacks on prospectors near the area called "Trail of the Arrow", those who have ventured there have been killed with arrows with yellow feathers, suggesting that a Native American may be the killer. Apache Kid then relates his near death encounter with the yellow arrow. Apache Kid agrees to investigate the attacks.

Changing into Aloysius Kare, the Kid is escorted to the mouth of the pass. There he leaves the army escort. The killer, a white man, watches as Kare rides into the canyon pass. The shot misses alerting Kare to where the shooter is hidden. Kare confronts the shooter and demands to know why he is killing people who are traveling through the pass. However the man attempts to shoot him, but Nightwind attacks him. The man pulls away and before he can talk someone shoots him in the back. This alerts the soldiers who go into the pass as well.

They catch up with Kare and they follow the sound of the gunshot. There is another man hiding out in a lost Native American grave yard where a bunch of jewels there. When the other gunman tries to flee, he trips over the jewels, allowing Kare to capture him. Turning the shooter over to the authorities, they learn that the two men stumbled upon the old burial ground and were killing anyone who happened by to avoid discovery until they could clear out the jewels and other valuables from the area.

Appearing in "Scrapbook of the West: 'Wild Bill' Hickok"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Two-Gun Kid #10
(originally printed as The Horrible Hermit of Hidden Mesa!)

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Synopsis for "Scrapbook of the West: 'Wild Bill' Hickok"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Two-Gun Kid #10
(originally printed as The Horrible Hermit of Hidden Mesa!)

Chet Laribee has spent the past few months capturing wild horses when he is suddenly confronted by Lizard Galt and his gang who force him to flee and take his horse. Elsewhere, Chet's lover Julie is racing her horse to find him crossing paths with Two-Gun Kid and his sidekick Rusty Randolph. Her horse takes a tumble and the two cowpokes come to her aid. She pulls a gun on them and tries to take Cyclone, but the Kid easily disarms her. She explains that her boyfriend has a bad rap in nearby Green Valley, explaining that when the massive earthquake swallowed up the town of Hidden Valley City, Chet's grandfather went missing and was assumed to have been killed by Chet's father, the Laribee family has been hated by locals since. Two-Gun decides to help Julie find Chet and they soon locate him. Chet however has decided to recover his stolen horses and flee the area to live as a bum, not wanting Julie to live this life with him he breaks off their engagement. Two-Gun and Rusty, having come through the area to try and find the lost city of Hidden Valley agree to try and help Chet and change his mind about Julie.

They arrive just in time to save Chet from being shot in the face by Lizard Galt. They knock Galt out and retake the wild horses and ride them away. They are chased by Galt and his men who corner them around where Hidden Valley City disappeared in the earthquake. They seek cover in the rocks and suddenly Chet goes missing. They follow the sound of some maniacal laughter and find a tunnel. Going in side they are trapped when bars drop down in front of the entrance. They are then confronted by an insane hermit who kicks rocks at them before disappearing down into the tunnel. They hear Chet cry for help and come to his aid and are shocked to find Hidden Valley City is still intact hidden below the ground. They find Chet in the jail and after they untie them the crazy hermit traps them inside by putting stone blocks over the windows and locking the door. Suddenly the room fills with smoke and they all begin to pass out. The hermit enters, but Two-Gun is not completely out of it but passes out before he can get a good shot. The hermit then ties them all up and leaves them to die.

Meanwhile, Lizard Galt and his men, still searching for Chet Laribee, are riding the wild horses back through the area. The Hermit appears and starts driving down rocks forcing the gang and the horses into the underground tunnel. As the horses are being led in, the vibrations caused by their hoofs threaten the structural integrity of the tunnel threatening to collapse it. As Two-Gun and the others revive they are happy to see that Cyclone has followed them in and chews through their bonds. As the hermit tries to flee, the horse chases after him and strikes a blow to the hermit's skull with his hoof. They all seek cover from Lizard Galt's men.

When the hermit revives he is shaken out of a state of amnesia and they all learn that he is really Chet Laribees' grandfather. They learn that he was the mayor of Hidden Valley City and was jealous of the more prosperous Green Valley, founded by Jake Tompkins. He especially did not cotton to the idea of his son Blaine romancing Jake's daughter Sally. This led to an argument one night at a dance, and when the old man left he was followed by Jake and the two fought it out with Jake getting killed by a gun shot. Then in the aftermath, the earthquake struck Hidden Valley City. The elder Laribee tried to help people evacuate and found himself trapped under ground with the town as a result, struck on the head and with no memory of his past he became an insane hermit. With the tunnel about to collapse, old man Laribee helps lead the wild horses out while Two-Gun and the others flee. The tunnel collapses burying the elder Laribee and Lizard Galt's men alive.

With what they know, Two-Gun Kid and Rusty help clear the name of Chet's father and soon he and Julie are married.

Appearing in "Fatal Error"

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Synopsis for "Fatal Error"

Western Story.

Appearing in "The Defeat of Ace Waco"

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Synopsis for "The Defeat of Ace Waco"

Western Story.

Appearing in "Running Moose Strikes"

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Synopsis for "Running Moose Strikes"

After having been exiled from the Apache tribe, Running Moose vows revenge against against the one he holds responsible: Apache Kid.

News of Running Moose's return to the tribe soon reaches to Apache Kid, who decides to go out and deal with Running Moose. White Swan fears that Apache Kid is going off to his death decides to follow. Apache Kid notices that White Swan is following him and manages to slip away and change into Aloysius Kare. When she comes across Kare she is shocked to find the cowboy and expresses her dislike for him. Kare tells White Swan that Apache Kid returned to the village, tricking her into returning home and out of troubles way.

Meanwhile, Running Moose is watching Kare, and unaware that both Aloysius and Apache Kid are the same man decides to exact his revenge against the tribe instead. He finds in a bunch of penned in horses and sets them loose on a stampede to crush Kare and eventually the village. Seeing the stampeding the horse, Kare rides into the throng of horses and uses the cover to change into Apache Kid. He then routes the horses away from the tribe and confronts Running Moose. As the pair fight, they fall into the path of the running horses. As the two struggle, Running Moose breaks free and attempts to flee and is seemingly trampled to death. In the aftermath, Red Hawk and the other Apaches round up the horses and pen them back in.

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  • Although Running Moose apparently dies in this story he is seen again in Apache Kid #9.

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