Appearing in "Death to Tex Morgan!"

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Synopsis for "Death to Tex Morgan!"

In Smoke Powder Valley, Smokey and Cleg are snooping around a nearby Native American reservation inhabited by the Crow tribe and discover that there is gold on the land. Seeking to obtain the riches they return to town and tell their posse and begin plotting to mine the gold. The sheriff gets wind of the plot and warns Cleg that the men he hired are hard calibre men and that the Crow people will not tolerate them invading their territory and that it will cause trouble for the people in town. Cleg refuses to listen, telling the sheriff that the people will have to look after themselves. Soon Cleg and his men arrive on the reservation land and when they are confronted by a Native and his wife they gun the couple down. When news of this slaughter gets back to the tribal chief, he tells his people to have patience and that they should talk it out with the white men. However, his son Red Wolf will have nothing of the sort and organizes a warpath to attack the village.

Sometime later, Tex Morgan and Lobo are riding through the area when they are confronted by a posse from town who decide to hang them -- because Lobo is a Native American and they see Tex as a traitor. However, before they can be hung, a war party of the Crow tribe arrive and scares off the townspeople. Tex and Lobo find that this is merely a stay of execution, as Tex is a white man and they view Lobo as a traitor. However, before the execution can be carried out the chief stops them, saying that there has been too much bloodshed. However, Red Wolf refuses to stand down. Tex then offers an ultimatum: He and Red Wolf are to fight using traditional Native weapons. If Tex wins they are to be let free to sort things out in town, if he loses then Red Wolf and his people can go to war. Red Wolf eagerly accepts the challenge and they begin.

They start off on horse back with spears, when they knock each other off their horses they fight by tomahawk, then lastly by knife. Tex gains the advantage in the fight. Not wishing to kill Red Wolf, he drops his knife and fights with his fists, however one of his blows sends Red Wolf landing fatally on his own knife, killing him. With the battle over the Crow chief allows Tex and Lobo to go and sort things out. They ride out to the US Army camp where Cleg and his men are trying to convince the army to help quell the Native uprising. However, Tex arrives and explains the true story, when Cleg tries to pull a gun on Tex, Lobo throws a knife into his heart killing him. Soon the Native chief and the commanding officer of the military meet and a peaceful resolution is resolved. With the crisis over, Tex and Lobo ride out of the area.

Appearing in "Big Jim Larkin's Plot"

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Appearing in "Fury in the Shadows!"

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Synopsis for "Fury in the Shadows!"

Tex and Lobo are hired by a cattlemen's association to investigate a series of cattle rustling in Silver City. The two ride into the area and are caught in a heavy rain storm. Along the way they pass the Bonanza Mine, which once was rich with silver and is now worthless. As they cross the rising water they are attacked by a posse of men who then flee under their superior fire power. Following along their trail they come across a dying man named Dan Matthews, owner of the Bonanza Mine. He tells them that blooded cattle and the deed to his mine were stolen before dying.

Tex and Lobo then take Dan's body into town and deliver it to the sheriff and explain what happened. However, the sheriff does not believe that anyone would want to steal the deed to the Bonanza Mine since it is worthless and suggests that Dan was out of his head before he died. When Tex asks if any gold has been found in the area, the sheriff tells him there has not. As the pair head to the nearby hotel for the night, they are suddenly attacked by a gun man and they are forced to mount their horses and flee the area. Tex decides they should investigate the Bonanza Mine since the stolen cattle has been reported to have disappeared at the river nearby.

When they arrive at he mine they are attacked by the posse again, who knock the pair out and leave them to drown as the rain causes the river to swell up and flood the area. However, the pair revive before they can drown and seek shelter in the mine. There they find that the stolen cattle has been slaughtered here and sold for beef and leather. With the water rising fast and the river gone raging, they find a row boat in the mine and use it to get to safety.

They rush back to Silver City and are attacked by the posse a third time, this time led by their leader the sheriff. Tex and Lobo gun the entire gang, ending their scheme once and for all. As the pair ride out of town, the rain lifts and the sun begins to shine.

Appearing in "Riding the Owlhoot Trail!"

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Synopsis for "Riding the Owlhoot Trail!"

A group of cattle rustlers led by a man named Sam Larup are riding their stolen herd through the Texas Rio Grand, when one of the cattle happens to break loose and tries to flee. Tex Taylor happens to be in the area and helps rope the errant steer. Unaware that these men are cattle thieves, Tex accepts their offer for paid work driving the cattle. However, shortly after joining the group, Tex and the others are confronted by the local US Rangers. Suspecting rustlers, they ask to see the bill of sale on the cattle, prompting Sam and his men to gun the rangers down.

Horrified, Tex tries to fight his would-be employers but they out number him and knock him out. He is then laid up on Fury, and taken along so that they can eliminate him later. However, Tex revives and tries to flee, riding into the nearby Ranger camp. There Sam's men start gunning down the Rangers. When the gang begins dropping like flies Sam flees leaving Tex to surrender. When he tries to explain what happened they do not believe him and lock him up in the jail.

Seeking to get out and clear his name, Tex feigns a stomach ache to get the guard to come close to the bars. Tex knocks him out and steals his key, leaving a note telling the authorities that he plans on bringing the rustlers to justice. Tex and Fury cross the Rio Grande into Mexico and track down Sam. He finds him in a Mexican saloon and convinces Sam that he is on the run from the law and agrees to continue working with him. However, Tex lures him to an area where the US Rangers are waiting and has him confess into tricking Tex into driving stolen cattle. When the Rangers come to arrest Sam, Tex knocks him out before he can flee. With Sam captured, Tex's name is cleared and he is allowed to go free.

Notes

  • While many Western stories recycle the same plot elements, the Tex Morgan story "'Death to Tex Morgan!' Swore the Redmen of Powder Pass!" is nearly identical to the story "Duel to the Death" from {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|comic| | }} which featured a story where the Two-Gun Kid prevented a war between a Native American tribe and a local village by battling the headstrong warrior Red Coyote.

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