After the discovery of gold in California, Malcolm Lyons, a printer from Philadelphia, decided to close his shop and seek his fortune in the west. He left with his wife and his one-year-old son James in a convoy of wagons but as soon as they arrived in Kansas the caravan was attacked by the Comanches, but they were saved by the timely intervention of a Blackfoot warrior. The day after the assault, Malcolm told his wife of the heroic intervention of the Indian warrior and since the warrior had a face painted with black dye he called him Black Marvel.[1]

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