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Appearing in "The Monster of Hidden Valley!"

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Synopsis for "The Monster of Hidden Valley!"

The Two-Gun Kid is summoned to the town of Hidden Valley by his friend Dan Carter. When he asks for Carter to another local the man named Morgan Yancy attacks the Kid, telling him he doesn't wish to hear Carter's name. When the Kid tries to defend himself one of Yancy's minions shoots the hat off the Kid's head and asks his boss if he wants to deal with the Kid. Yancy tells his minion to stand down, and warns the Kid not to cause trouble because he runs the town. Suddenly, a local comes rushing into town telling them that the "monster" has been spotted up in the hills. The locals mount up and ride out to deal with the apparent monster, leaving the Two-Gun Kid confused as to what they could be talking about.

He meets up with his friend Dan Carter and learns that he has called for the Two-Gun Kid that someone has been stealing his cattle, and while he suspects that Morgan Yancy is responsible but has no proof. When the Kid asks him about the monster, Dan tells the Kid that the creature appeared in the outskirts of town about a month ago and had been terrorizing the locals until they built a fence around the forest where the creature lives. Suspecting that the monster has something to do with the stolen cattle and the stolen herds might be hidden near it the Kid decides to ride up and investigate the fence. There he is confronted by Yancy and the towns people, Yancy then accuses the Kid of trying to set the monster free. Suddenly the monster kicks a hole in the fence and the Kid decides to go in for a closer look to see if the monster is real or not. The Two-Gun Kid is in for the shock of his life when he looks into the hole and sees that there is indeed a monster on the other side.

While his guard is down, the Two-Gun Kid is ambushed by Morgan Yancy who draws his gun and orders the Kid to climb over the fence to face the monster alone. The Kid is faster than Yancy and manages to knock the gun out of his hand. While the two struggle with each other the monster begins ramming the fence. The Kid meanwhile subdues Yancy and demands he confesses to stealing the cattle, but Yancy continues to deny the accusations. Just then the sheriff arrives on the scene and tries to get the people to fix the fence, but the Kid stops the lawman, telling him he will deal with the problem once and for all. The Kid climbs through the hole in the fence and face off against the monster. As the creature approaches, he whistles to his horse Cyclone who comes crashing through the fence to help his master. The Kid then charges at the beast intending to rope it up with his lasso.

Tense moments later, the Two-Gun Kid emerges from behind the fence telling the locals he has something to show them. Bringing them all in he reveals the monster is nothing more than a hoax: A freakishly large buffalo that had a stitched costume placed over it and reveals that Ben's stolen cattle were hidden in the area. When the Kid accuses Morgan Yancy of masterminding the plot, Yancy cracks and draws his gun to try and shoot the Kid, but Two-Gun proves faster at the draw, shooting Yancy in the arm and forcing him to surrender. In the aftermath of the battle, the Two-Gun Kid is thanked by Ben for helping recover his stolen herd and the gunslinging hero rides off into the sunset once more with a song on his lips.

Appearing in "When Bull Braddock Strikes!"

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Synopsis for "When Bull Braddock Strikes!"

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Appearing in "The Legend of the Two-Gun Kid"

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Synopsis for "The Legend of the Two-Gun Kid"

After a long time away from his home of Sundown, Arizona, Clay Harder is bullied by Bull Yaeger, the local trouble maker. Despite his growing anger and desire to draw his guns, Clay manages to control his temper and stands down, leaving Yaeger to believe that he is a coward. When he talks to the local sheriff, he asks to be directed to the home of his father Seth Harder. When Clay returns home he is father comes out with a gun and almost shoots his own son until he recognizes the boy. He tells Clay that he has been harassed by Bull Yaeger and his men who want to take over his ranch, but he refuses to give it up.

When Clay offers to deal with Bull for him, Seth reminds his son of the vow he made never to raise his guns to another man, reminding Clay that he was crippled in a gun fight. Suddenly a shot rings out and Seth is shot dead. It was fired by Bull Yaeger, who tells Clay that he and his friends will claim that they killed his father in self defence, then order Clay to bury Seth and clear off the land. Clay holds his anger and buries his father. After he is done he believes that he is no longer bound to the promise he made with his father and waits for Bull and his men to return. When they do, Clay uses his superior shooting skill easily disarming Bull. The two just duke it out, and easily defeats him, dunking his father's killer in the well and holds him down there until he surrenders. After turning the outlaws over to the sheriff, the lawman remarks how Clay is a real "Two-Gun Kid", Clay decides to take the name and rides off onto the range, wanting to help anyone in need.

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  • "The Legend of the Two-Gun Kid" retells the origin story of the Two-Gun Kid yet again, using the same dialogue and plot as the origins presented in Two-Gun Kid #41, 48 and 52. Like in the other versions the artwork is redone by another artist, in this case legendary artist Jack Kirby.

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