Appearing in "Guns at Outlaw Canyon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Apache Kid #14.

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  • Cayuga County
    • Outlaw Canyon

Synopsis for "Guns at Outlaw Canyon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Apache Kid #14.

When Hank Bower and his gang come into town with the intent to take it over Aloysius Kare tries to step in and stop it, but the sheriff tells Kare to stand down, telling him that Bower is his nephew and that it is his job to bring down the son of his dead brother. Bower meanwhile robs the National Bank while the sheriff is easily bowled over.

Even though he has promised not to interfere as Aloysius Kare, Kare decides to deal with the matter as his alter-ego the Apache Kid. The Kid follows after the sheriff and when the lawman is ambushed by Hank and his men, the Apache Kid sneaks into the area and attacks the outlaws when they capture the sheriff the Apache Kid attacks. He then challenges Hank to a fight hand-to-hand. Hank attempts to cheat first with his whip, and after the Kid pulls it from his hand, with his gun. Disgusted at his lack of honor, Hank's gang shoots the gun out of his hand and then forces him to surrender, and turn themselves in to the authorities. The sheriff then thanks the Apache Kid for his help.

Appearing in "The Crisis!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Western Tales of Black Rider #31.

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  • Buster (Horse)
  • Cindy (Horse)
  • Jake
  • Burt Wyatt (Only appearance; dies)[1]

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  • Leadville Stage

Synopsis for "The Crisis!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Western Tales of Black Rider #31.

The Black Rider comes across a pair of men about to attack a stage coach heading into Leadville and gets the drop on them. He forces them to stand down until the coach passes by and sends them on their way. Still not trusting the men he encountered, the Black Rider catches up with the coach to ask the drivers if they had any trouble. They tell the Black Rider that it was a smooth run except for a stop six miles back where they were a couple of Wells Fargo men had them change their water supply. Finding this suspicious the Rider learns that none of the drivers drank the new water but one of the passengers had. The Rider rolls back and questions the passenger in question: Burt Wyatt who tells him the water was okay.

Still suspicious the Black Rider takes a canteen of the water and rushes ahead into the town and changes back into his alter-ego of Dr. Matthew Masters and returns to his medical practice. However before he can examine the water, Burt Wyatt comes for a visit telling Masters that he suddenly feels ill. While examining the man, Matthew learns that he had come to town to testify against Spur Cameron a local outlaw that is standing trial in town. Suddenly, Wyatt falls completely ill and suddenly dies. Masters examines the body but cannot find any cause of death.

He goes to report the situation to Sheriff Ben Yarby, who is upset that Wyatt is dead as without his testimony Spur Cameron will go free. Yarby also tells Masters that he will have to find a cause of death for the Territorial Examiner. When Masters fails to produce one he is told that his medical license is suspended. Shamed, Masters prepares to leave town but examines the water he took from the stage coach before doing so and finds traces of a poison in it. Realizing this is what killed Wyatt, he changes back into the Black Rider.

Learning that Spur Cameron was set free and he and his men were last seen riding off in the direction of the Lathrop ranch, he rushes there. When he arrives he finds the ranch hands recovering from a fight and they tell them that Spur was wounded in the fight and has barricaded himself in the Lathrop house with the whole family as his prisoners. Inside, the wounded Cameron demands that the Lathrop's send someone to get a doctor for him. The Black Rider changes into Matthew Masters and enters the house and presents himself to Spur.

When Spur demands that he patch him up, Masters explains that he is no longer licensed to practice medicine due to Wyatt dying on his watch. However, he offers to patch up Spur if he admits that he killed Wyatt. Spur does just that and as Masters treats him he gets a hold of the killer's gun and holds him at gunpoint while Jim and Marie send Bobby in town to fetch the sheriff. With the confession made by Spur, Matthew's medical license is reinstated.

Appearing in "Matt Slade, Gunfighter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Matt Slade, Gunfighter #4.

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  • Doc Tender
  • Mack

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  • Dobb Wells

Synopsis for "Matt Slade, Gunfighter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Matt Slade, Gunfighter #4.

Matt Slade is after a gang out outlaws when he is winged in the shoulder allowing the gang to escape. He decides to fix up a camp and his arm before seeking out a doctor. In the town of Dobbs Wells the local sheriff Alec Dobbs pays a visit to the doctors office where a member of the stagecoach that was robbed and wounded. The coach driver tells him that the leader of the gang wore a mask but was wounded in the arm. Going outside, Alec finds that local named Mort has gathered a group of townspeople to protest against Alec and his continued service as the sheriff. As the one who founded Dobbs Wells, Alec refuses to stand down and leaves to look for the outlaw responsible for robbing the coach.

Instead he finds Matt Slade at his camp, seeing how Slade is wounded in the arm he assumes that Matt is the leader of the gang who robbed the coach. Slade professes his innocence and informs him that there is evidence that others were responsible for robbing the coach. Matt waits for the sheriff to check it out and he finds that Matt is telling the truth. He takes Slade into town to have the doctor look at his shoulder but the townspeople come and instantly assume that Alec has captured the one responsible for the robbery. With his job on the line if he says otherwise, Dobbs goes back in and takes Slade under arrest. Slade chastises Dobbs for taking the easy way out shaming the local sheriff who leaves to think it out and decides to follow his conscience.

However at the jail, Mort sneaks into the jail to set Slade free. However Slade is suspicious of Mort's sudden desire to set him free. Soon Mort shows his true colors by revealing that he was the real thief and that in killing Slade any attempt to clear his name will be gone. However, Slade easily defeats him and when the locals and Sheriff Dobbs arrive, Slade reveals that Mort also has a wound on his arm. With the real thief captured, Alec thanks Slade for his help and soon Slade is on his way.

Appearing in "The Gunhawk!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Two-Gun Kid #45.

Featured Characters:

  • Sheriff Ross Flint

Supporting Characters:

  • Anne Flint

Antagonists:

  • Gunhawk (Matt McCabe)

Other Characters:

  • Burt
  • Jim

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Locations:

  • Dobe Wells

Synopsis for "The Gunhawk!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Two-Gun Kid #45.

A gunhawk comes into town looking for his rival after he ran away four years prior. His rival has since become sheriff of the town and married the girl he ran away with. When the duel took place the sheriff's steadiness and confidence made the gunhawk quick on the trigger allowing the sheriff to disarm him and end the running once and for all.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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