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Running Elk was the medicine man to the Black Feet people during the 1940's. When their leader, Man-To was dying, he requested that Running Elk find the best brave to replace him as leader of their tribe. Running Elk promised to find the ideal candidate to be his successor. Running Elk began testing male members of his tribe with three tests: The first to beat a deer in a race, the second to beat the salmon in swimming up river, and the third their accuracy and concentration through archery. All the natives who participated failed the test.

Soon after, Daniel Lyons arrived at the camp, having come to repay the tribe for saving his father years ago. Learning of the tribe's plight, Lyons asked Man-To if he could participate in the competition. Although no white man ever competed in the competition, Man-To -- remembering Daniel's father as a great man allowed him. Running Elk witnessed as Daniel passed all the three tests and then sent him on a fourth and final task: To battle a bear to the death. Daniel succeeded in defeating the bear, and Running Elk declared Daniel as the worthiest successor. However, instead of leading the tribe, Running Elk rewarded Daniel with the mantle of the Black Marvel and sent him back to his home to fight crime instead.[1]




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