Appearing in "Brand of Terror"
- Bronc Laswell
Synopsis for "Brand of Terror"
The Black Rider pays a visit to his rancher friend Jim Vance and notices that his ranch is doing as poorly as the others in the area. Meeting with Vance he finds the rancher bed ridden and learns that cattle is not selling so well and that he cannot work on the ranch because he sick. The Black Rider offers to help Vance with his ranch since his other family members are not physically primed enough to deal with maintaining the ranch. Going out onto the ranch land the Black Rider notices a bunch of cattle that have different brands and realizes that the property might be used as a rustlers hiding spot. He also notices that the area is overrun with wild horses of no material use that are eating all the grass and that the area could use some foal killers to wipe out the invasive species. He returns to the ranch and meets with Jim's sister and father who thank him for his help but tell him that Jim's dreams of having a successful cattle ranch are in vein. Their talk is cut short when they spot smoke off in the distance and foreign foot prints.
The Black Rider follows the trail and finds some rustlers trying to re-brand a cow. When confronting the rustlers, Jim's father is shot dead and the rustlers escape. Later after the funeral for Pop Vance, Jim is told by one of the locals is a Mustanger named Bronc Laswell who is coming to town and is offering to deal with the Mustang problem and is willing to work a 50/50 deal to use Vance's property to do the job. The Black Rider cautions him into allowing this for mere pennies, but Jim is despirate for money with the mortgage coming due. The Black Rider convinces Jim to make a deal. Returning to the ranch, Black Rider cautions Jim to trust a stranger on his property who could steal his cattle, but Jim' sister insists that they at least listen to the proposition at least.
The next day the Black Rider goes to the local saloon where Laswell is signing contracts with the local ranchers. The Black Rider, recognizing some of Laswell's men as the rustlers who shot Pop Vance tells the other ranchers that they are being foolish to trust Laswell. A fight breaks out, but the Black Rider wins and once more cautions the ranchers not to trust Laswell. Suspecting that Laswell must know something, the Black Rider sends a telegram off to the World Meat Packing Company asking about the price of beef. He decides to convince Jim to move his cattle to the railroad to sell.
Meanwhile, the telegraph operator is shot dead when a telegram comes informing that the price of beef has gone up. When the local ranchers notice that some of their cattle have gone missing. When the locals discover the dead telegraph operator and the telegram addressed to the Black Rider, they blame the Rider and Jim for stealing their cattle. They then try to route the cattle heading for the train. The Black Rider tries to talk sense of them but Laswell tries to convince them that the Black Rider is responsible. The Black Rider points out that the cattle purchasers can verify that Jim's brands have not been altered and that Laswell hasn't killed a single Mustang. When Laswell and his men try to shoot the Black Rider, the hero guns down the outlaws. Laswell tries to escape, but the Black Rider ropes him up and turns him over to the authorities. In the aftermath, the locals learn that the Black Rider was speaking the truth and apologize for not trusting the Black Rider and destroy the rustlers brands.
Appearing in "Trapped in Rustler's Canyon"
- Wyatt Kune
Synopsis for "Trapped in Rustler's Canyon"
Outlaw Wyatt Kune and his gang are riding through the range heading toward Rustlers Canyon in Apache territory. Their travel is witnessed by the Apache Kid who recognizes the outlaws. He rides out to Fort Gregory and informs Captain Bill Gregory. Gregory fears that Kune and his men will rob and murder around the area and hole up in Rustlers Canyon where they can hold off the authorities. The Apache Kid gets the assistance of Red Hawk and his Apache tribe to assist the US Army in trying to smoke out Kune and his men. While the Apaches and army surround the canyon cave, Kune has it's protection.
Unknown to all, Kune has already escaped the canyon and is riding into town. At the Pony Express a shipment of gold has come in just as the Apache Kid -- in his alter ego of Alyosius Kare -- arrives to keep an eye on things just in case Wyatt Kune might try to steal it. Kune arrives and shoots out the light in the post office. Caught in the dark, Kare and the post master are helpless against Wyatt who can see like a cat in the dark. Kune demands that they give him the gold, Kare is more than happy to oblige and tosses them at Kune, catching him off guard enough to attack. However when the post man comes out to cheer Aloysius on but gets in the way and is shot dead. This allows Wyatt to escape with the gold. Some of the locals come out and accuse Kare with shooting the postman and stealing the gold. Before they can stop Aloysius, he breaks free and races after Kune.
Changing back into the Apache Kid, the hero catches up to Kune and tackles him as they get near Rustler's Canyon. He then takes Kune at knife point and forces his men to surrender. With the thieves turned over to the authorities, Apache Kid has Kune confess to killing the postman so that Aloysius Kare's name is cleared of the crime.
Appearing in "The Fighting Texan"
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Synopsis for "The Fighting Texan"
Appearing in "The Madman of Tumbleweed Flats"
- Crazy Cahill
Synopsis for "The Madman of Tumbleweed Flats"
The the San Marco prison in Arizona is where the outlaw Crazy Cahill is being held prisoner. When the sheriff goes to check on the crazed killer Cahill reaches out and kills him with his bare hands and uses the keys to free himself. Armed with a gun, Crazy Cahill vows to get revenge against the sheriff who put him in jail.
Arriving in the town of Rock Ledge, Crazy Cahill guns down some men for mocking his size. When some local trouble makers come out of the saloon he gives them the option of joining him as a posse of outlaws or die. Sometime later, the Gunhawk rides into the town of Tumbleweed Flats and learns that it is under siege by Cahill and his gang.
The Gunhawk goes to see the sheriff and learns that he is too afraid to deal with Cahill. When he asks Gunhawk for his help, Red declines telling the sheriff that he only uses his guns when he is forced to. When Gunhawk leaves the sheriff's office he spots Crazy Cahill's men giving trouble to the young boy who warned him of the towns situation. This angers Gunhawk enough to get involved, he beats the goons senseless and when Crazy Cahill comes out and challenges the Gunhawk to a draw but looses and dies in the draw of the Gunhawk's guns.
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