Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954 July Marvel Update

Blue Text means a change in the section

Green means new appearance

Red Text means spoilers

These will also contain the teams everyone is currently on, and a separate section at the end where you can see the full roster, but there are no active teams right now so, not gonna happen in this one? Also I may not be sure on the location if their last appearance was before this June 54 because I wasn’t keeping track of that yet?

I’m updating as I learn things so I will mark a character as alive until I hear they are dead. I will remove people from the list if they have not appeared for five or more years. Or if their last appaerance was before the blog haha.

Aquaria Neptunia

Universe: Earth-616

Current ID: Namora (not secret)

Status: Alive

Morality: Good

Last Seen: 1954 July

Location: Earth’s oceans

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Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954 June Marvel Update

Gonna start keeping track of some details for ya guys (and me) now these will get long as fuck as I plan to keep every character on there, but blue text will indicate something has changed in the section and red will mean that you may be spoiled reading that section. These will also contain the teams everyone is currently on, and a separate section at the end where you can see the full roster, but there are no active teams right now so, not gonna happen in this one? Also I may not be sure on the location if their last appearance was before this month because I wasn’t keeping track of that yet?

I will not make it blue just for a new appearance, and I’m updating as I learn things so I might mark a character as alive until I hear they are dead.

Aquaria Neptunia

Universe: Earth-616

Current ID: Namora (not secret)

Status: Alive

Morality: Good

Last Seen: 1954 June

Location: Earth’s oceans

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Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954 Feb

Two-Gun Kid 12

First panel is a bit disturbing. There is the body of a man at Kid’s feet, and he is confronting the murderers, who said they killed the man as practice for the Kid. As he waits for their next move he remembers how he got here. He enters the town a few hours before, and notes how fancy and clean it is. He heads to the saloon, and tracks in some dirt so the proprietor calls his janitor guy to clean up real quick. The janitor guy knows who Two-Gun is and they begin to talk til the barman shoos him off for bothering a customer. Two-Gun defends him, and the other man replies that Huey- the janitor-is nothing more than a booze hound and he was mostly given the job out of pity I guess.

Then a man enters the saloon, a tough guy named Bull who scared the crap out of the barman. He says he had come for his protection money, and poor Huey accidentally bumps into him. Bull gets pissed and strikes at Huey, knocking him down and then kicking him from there. Kid stands up for Huey at once, coming in with fists ready. He beats the man and then scare him off with a gun. Bull warns him that this isn’t the end, and Huey is filled with admiration, and the remind of his days before the bottle. Everyone thanks Kid for what he did, and then they head outside as Bull is bringing his men over.

Huey comes with, and valiantly tries to stand up for his friend, but is shot down cold. In anger his guns flashed out, and the entire gang perished. Kid scolds the town for how they treated the brave man, and they give him the name of the town as his surname, and promise to bury him well.

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Two-Gun is heading out to see his friends he Comstocks, and as he rides out that way a bullet flies by him. Apparently Lucy Comstock was taking watch, and upon hearing a horse she got scared and opened fire. Once she saw it was Two-Gun though, she appologizes. He scolds her, and tells her he’s gonna tell her paw how she greets old friends. But her father is dead, murdered in fact- and this news make Two-Gun forget his anger at Lucy.

Sadly she begins a tale in response to his questions. Her father had been a rancher, but he was more of a prospector than anything and so ignored his ranch. The day she tells us about her father claimed to have found a large vein of silver. He tells her to be careful, as there are two gangs of outlaws camped out in Wolf Creek, and he heads into town to file a claim. He never returned home, and the map to the silver was lifted from his corpse.

Finishing her tale Lucy tells Kid she’s scared to go into town, and has little to no food or money remaining. Two-Gun heads into town to get some food for her, and investigate the murder. On his way in he meets the townsfolk, fleeing the two gangs, who seem to have settled down. And the two gangs do not get along, each taking one side of Wolf Creek. The lower members of the gang tell Kid to clear off, and well he shoots them.

The sheriff comes out and asks what the noise is and Kid tells him he killed to men and the sheriff is cool with it. But he has no answers to Kid’s questions about Pa Comstock either. Kid chews the sheriff out for letting the outlaws take over his town, and the man says he’s gonna retire in a month and wants to do it alive. Disgusted with the man Kid says he’s now the deputy, and he’s gonna arrest the man (one of the gang bosses) who owned the land Comstock was found on.

He does it too. Waltzes in, punches some people and uses the boss as shield/hostage combo and drags him to the jail. As you may have guess both gangs or there for the mine, and the captured man says he knows who killed the man, but won’t tell. Knowing that gang wouldn’t take him kidnapping their leader well, he leads the other gang against them. He returns to the jail, hoping that now the promise of rescue was gone he’d talk. But he was dead, and since the gangs had been busy fighting Kid was able to conclude it was the sheriff. Confronted the Sheriff confessed that he had killed both the gang boss, and Comstock He and Mace were gonna split the mine 50/50, but were waiting till the murder thing blew over. The sheriff tried to shoot Kid, who kicked the gun out of his hand, knocked him out and recovered the map.

The gang that was still in town entered then, and Kid killed them. He then gives Lucy the map, and rides into the sunset. Might I add leaving her in a town with a bunch of dead bodies, and her as the only living person?

Black Rider

Back to the hood. Make up your minds not-yet-Marvel! Not gonna tag this for a bit cause they keep jumping. There is is stage coach trundling through the night, and the horses begin acting spooked, and the men have their blood run cold. The driver checks on his passengers, and finds all four dead. When they have Doc look at them, he finds no cause of death. He is forced to conclude they were scared to death, judging by their expressions. (Gasp! Avada Kedavra!)

While talking about what could have possibly killed the men Doc’s friend brings up the story of  Doom Street. There once had been a mining town nearby, having grown up practically overnight as they were wont to do, and it had no name. The town had only one road, and thirty hard-working families, and one giant roughneck. He was left mostly alone, but his anger continued to grow until he killed every person in the town. He the burned the town down, and supposedly died in the flame. People say the angry ghost still haunts the area.

Doc, being a sensible man doesn’t believe a word. Still, he becomes the Black Rider that night to find what could have killed the men. Following the tracks he finds the stagecoach had taken a wrong folk and had gone through Doom Street. Leaving his horse outside BR began to stroll into the wrecked (maybe burned?) houses. He feels eyes upon him, and we actually see a figure with a melted face in on of them. A shriek rents the air and the large disfigured being appears before him. Black Rider opens fire, and empties his clips into the man, for that what it was. The man fell, truly dead now.

Two-Gun Kid

Watching as a group of Cheyenne rob a supply train Two-Gun gets ambushed by more of them. Taken by surprise he is over come, and as he is taken to their base he muses that he understands why they were angry. A treaty had recently been signed to give the land they were on to the Cheyenne, and with soldiers from the supply train passing through…

They then do something they call the gauntlet? They form two lines of armed men and Two-Gun goes though the channel between. Usually this would mean horrendous injury or death, but Kid manages to dodge and weave passing through unharmed. Some of the tribe are impressed enough they want to let him go, but instead he is tied to a stake, and a fire is about to be set when the Chief rides in.

Chief Tall Pine knows Two-Gun and frees him, telling his people he is not with the supply train and “A friend to any man, red or white, who has clean hands”. The man who tied him to the stake was displeased by this though, and  strikes at Kid with a knife. Two-Gun turned the blade back at the brave, who perished.

The two men talk, and Tall Pine asks Two-Gun to find out why the soldiers were on their land. We quickly find out they are not supposed to be there, and the leader of this group is a huge racist. Two-Gun says he’s going to report this, so they arrest him. He gets away from his guard that night, and hears the soldiers attacking the Cheyenne. He thunders to the battle in time to see the major kill Chief Tall Pine. The Major seems a little sad? A shot rings out and the major is hit. Dying he tells Two-Gun that Tall Pine was his father, he had hated the fact that his own career would be hindered if his half heritage was discovered. He was glad he was going.

They man who was egging the major on this whole time was planning to wipe out the Cheyenne so he could sell the land. Angry at everything that had taken place Two-Gun disarms him and hands him over to the Cheyenne.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954 Feb

Kid Colt Outlaw 34

A few men had been tracking down Colt for months as he had killed their brother. I mean I feel bad for them, but it’s not like Colt kills for fun. He probably felt a little bad himself, but he still shot and killed them. One shot however did not come from the brothers, but a bar. Luckily for the shooter Colt didn’t notice. His companion stopped him from letting off more rounds, warning him that Colt was too good. The shooter complained that they both wanted him dead, as Colt was siding with the ‘valley nestlers’ against him.

The man, who is called El Tigre, tells his men that they need the valley to bring their stolen cattle through, and the people in the  valley make it difficult. His men reply they know this, which I think is humorous. In fact this villain is pretty funny, if you ignore the written out Mexican accent. He contiunes talking to his men, saying the valley people are strong, and killing Colt may make them band together against them.

While Colt rides through the town he finds out that a bullet had killed a child during his battle with the brothers, and he blames himself. He swears never to carry a gun again, and the valley people turn from him for bringing this violence. Later the kid wakes up, as he had only passed out from a minor wound. El Tigre is the first to find out he is not dead, and forms a plan.

He hides the fact the kid is alive, and when Colt comes into town to gather supplies and try to figure out what he’s going to do now the men strike.  Filed with anger, and unarmed he lets loose his fists, fighting like a madman to keep them from their guns. He manages to win, and the news of him not wearing his guns spread. The father of the injured child, having been threatened by Tigre is hiding his boy, who gives him a sound talking to about leaving Colt in danger and letting him feel so guilty.

Soon the man rides out, and tells Colt the truth. And Colt makes a speech about each man having an art as he picks up his guns. He rides to El Tigre’s place and shoots down all the men there before hitting the road once more.

Again we jump right into the action, Colt is in a gunfight with a group of Apaches, and it looks as though he has another on his side. As their enemies flee Colt drags his injured companion into the shade. He is apparently a deputy, and now the flashback begins. He is riding along, and notes their are signs of rouge Apaches in the area, and that he thought he had shook his tail; a man named Jake Macklin.

As he thinks this a young man, a boy really steps out and has Colt at gun point. He is unimpressed and kicks the pistol out of the deputy sheriff’s hands. Backing up slowly Colt intends to leave, but Steel is startled by a rattler and spooks, giving the boy a chance to grab for his fallen weapon. Without thinking Colt lets off a round, and the boy goes down. Seeing another sign of the Apaches, and not sure how hurt the deputy was he returns from riding off to check on him.

Just as the boy tries to attack Colt the Apaches arrive and we are where we began. The deputy awakens and starts talking about how someone had said the Colt was square, but he hadn’t believed them. Colt fixed up his wound, and finds out the man who had been talking good about him was the boy’s dad, (Jake Macklin) who was a sheriff in a town over run by a man named Blackie and his gang. While they speak Jake comes in the cave they are hiding in. he says that though though he hates to do it, Colt is an outlaw, and he must bring him  in.

With a quick movements Colt manages to get away, and now Jake and his son are in real danger, as Blackie has the sheriff at gunpoint. Riding away Colt hears shots and turns back, finding the deputy who tells how Blackie had shot his father and he was going to get revenge. Knowing the boy was still too hurt to risk such things Colt goes for him instead. Together they shoot the foul man and the boy becomes the new Sheriff.

Black Rider “Whip vs Gun”

The Black Rider costume has changed again. Last time it was a hood with eyes cut out, and we previously had a cloth just hanging down the lower half of his face. Now it is a combination of the two. Pics on Tumblr as always.

Black Rider comes across a man, whipped and flayed nearly to death, and while helping him asks who had done this to  the man. It was a man known as Whip Ward, and the injured man had found his stealing his cattle. I assume he confronted Ward, but it doesn’t say. He takes him to Doc Master’s place, and then leaves to find the doctor. Though half of him wants to go after Ward he knows it is more important to fix up the poor man.

We skip to later in the day, when Doc himself gains the wrath of Whip Ward. Ward had seen Doc talking with Marie, and wanted her for himself. So he knocks of Doc’s hat, and lashes around his ankles so he falls over. Then he uses his whip to loop around Marie and pull her towards him (Like Indiana Jones, but an ass). For once Doc stands up and gets in the guy’s face, and then pushes Ward to the ground. Then Marie protects Doc by being a shield for him and they head back to Doc’s place and she says she’s proud of him.

As soon as she leaves he changes clothing and becomes the Black Rider. He comes across Whip Ward in the saloon, and he doesn’t seem happy to see the famous lawman. As the whip flashes out to hit the Rider he shoots bits off the leather, again and again. Mocking him Black Rider allows him to lash around his guns, and then pulls the whip out of his hands via the guns, and the enemy pulls out their own firearms. Black Rider laughs at them, and cleanly shoots them down.

Kid Colt

Alright, so Colt is about to swing. He has been accused of rustling, there is an eyewitness and he’s already a wanted man so they didn’t bother to give him a trail. The men are justifiably angry about their herds being stolen, but Colt says it wasn’t him. The horse beneath him moves, but a split second before it left a bullet breaks the rope and the steed takes off with him. He manages to free his hands and plans to go back to ask the witness why he had lied. He almost runs into a woman as he wonders who saved him.

He stops to help her up, and stunned by her beauty, kisses her. Then he rides off. On the way back to town he finds cattle tracks that aren’t on the usual paths and follows them to the rustler’s hideout. He sneaks in, but when he sees the man who said he had seen Colt rustling he steps out and yells at him for a bit. Then the woman comes in, and Colt tells  he’s gonna turn her brother (that’s who the guy is) in.

First she says no one would believe it, it couldn’t be proven. Then her brother gains a spine and says they are stolen so of course it could be proven! She acts ashamed of him, but he scoffs, telling her not to lie. She had made him, he had always done whatever she wanted. She then pulls out a gun and planned to kill both of the men. She tells Colt that she told the townsfolk where he was, to take suspicion off of her. Colt asks if they knew who saved him (still at gunpoint guys…) and the brother says he did, as he couldn’t stand to have an innocent man hung.

See he’d killed a man by accident once, and she had held it over him for a long time. He tells her he’s through taking orders and charges her. She shoots, but it’s a flesh wound. Taking advantage of her distraction Colt steals her gun and ties her up. He tells the brother to turn her in, and that the law would go soft on him. Then Colt rides off to his next adventure.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954 Feb

Young Men 25

Human Torch “The Return of the Human Torch”

There is a sudden crime wave, and the thing that sticks out about this (though the art style truly doesn’t show it well) is that all the crooks are 20 or younger figuring out that bullets are useless against the flaming heroes, one of the boys take a hostage and the force the two into the vault of the bank they were robbing. It takes a while, but within a few minutes Jim and Toro melt their way out of the vault and are after the boy criminals.

They play with the criminals in their getaway car, making them flee for fear the gas fueled machine might blow. They then try to scatter but can’t make it past the flaming loops the two draw around them. They bring the boys in to jail, but they are far from upset. In fact the officer mentions how strange it is that none of the young gangs brought in seem displeased with the situation.

While crossing over town they note that an old-folks home is being boarded up and stop by to ask some questions. They find out that all of the old folks homes are shutting down, as all their residents had left. Thinking there might be a connection he and Toro disguise themselves as old men and wander about town. They are approached by a man who says he was once old, and he takes them to be changed to youngsters, in return for turning to crime. If they don’t they will be killed.

Tired of the deception the two flame on, and strapping the man holding the meeting into the machine he is threatened with it unless he tells them what is going on. Scared the man admits that his machine only returns youth for thirty days, and then those who have had the machine used on them turn to dust. Angered one of the old men turned young shoots the man, and it destroys the machine as well.

Captain America “Top Secret”

A news paper headline calls for Captain America’s help in Washington, and so he and Bucky head that way at once. They are shown an atomic cannon, and told that there are wanted to protect it and its secrets from foreign agents. We cut to the foreign agents- Arnold and Lupa. They are worried about the Executioner, a man who kills all who fail, and nothing else is known about him. Cap and Bucky see off the man who holds the key to the cannon, as he heads to Vegas to see his girl. He drops a picture and Cap recognizes the woman as a spy (it’s Lupa).

As they hurry after the man Lupa and her husband tell their hired hands to kill Captain America if he turns up. Something is slipped in the man’s drink as he talks with Lupa and he is then helped to a car by Arnold, and as they drive away they unknowingly bring Bucky who is atop the car. Cap sees him going and leaps off the roof, presumably to get his bike and follow but some men see him and try to fight him, and he gets the destination out of them instead.

The man is refusing to give Lupa and Arnold any information, and so they are about to kill him so Bucky attacks, and is narrowly beaten by them. They are pleased to see him,as they believe that killing  him will save them from the Executioner. They also tell Bucky that Cap is dead, only to eat their words as the shield bearer smashes a fist into Arnold’s face. Then Lupa turns a gun on Arnold, revealing herself as the Executioner, and then killing herself as well.

Sub- Mariner

A woman is running through a crowd saying that she desperately needs to get through, pushing and forcing her way. Her destination is the sea itself, and she leaps- fully clothed- into the wet. A policeman jumps after her, but despite much searching all he can find is her clothing. He even has the bay drug, to no avail.

We cut to Betty, who is reading about the incident in the paper, and the following identical cases. Namor agrees with her that it’s odd and begins investigation. While walking the dock he finds a dead body, torn up by what Namor knew to be a shark. But sharks don’t live in this area, he was too far from the bank to have washed up, and the wounds too fresh for someone to have dumped him.

Again we cut to another scene, this one a far away shark attack. There are no survivors. Also, there is no sign as to why the boat they were on capsized. While talking with the police a strange man talks about the sharks starving and turning the boat over for food. Note, this dude looks like a shark. Later Namor sees this guy strip down and head into the sea.

He follows but he only finds a great white, which attacks him. Namor kills it by ripping it’s jaws apart. Brutal. When a human body washes up, with the same wound Namor gave the shark the Sub-Mariner figures it out. Namor waits by the beach late into the night, and when a woman suddenly appears and comes on land he tells her he has a plan to kill all the sharks. In anger she hurls herself at him, but he bests her and says he will keep her on dry land if she doesn’t tell him what he wants to know.

Apparently they are aliens, astral projected to Earth where their minds gained the bodies of sharks, but they can shift to look human. Knowing no one would believe this tale without proof, Namor aims to bring the girl to the police. (oh and they want to rule the world) She escapes his grip and dives into the sea where she then becomes a shark and commits suicide. So Namor brings out a fleet of fishing boats and they haul up a shit ton of sharks. He tells them to go home, or they will dry up on land. So they go.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954, Jan

Girls’ Life 1

Patsy Walker is a very important character, and I am missing a lot of her early stuff. Thankfully the golden age Patsy works are retconned to be fictional in-universe works of the 616 Patsy. For lack of a better tag I will tag it simply as 616, but know she doesn’t really appear until the 60s.

Mr. Walker comes home and is greeted by the sound of loud music, and is told it is Patsy and her friends, who are there to study. He complains he has had a long day and wants his wife to get rid of them. She refuses, saying he had gotten them into this mess that morning when Patsy had asked if she could have friends over that morning and he had overridden his wife’s refusal. She tells him, he must get rid of them if he truly wishes it.

He goes to his daughter’s room and finds himself greeted enthusiastically, and given much thanks for him allowing them to come over. Unable to kick them out after that he comes up with a new idea. The next day he offers to help them with their studies, having prepared a room for it. Cunningly Buzz Baxter asks him about a Dr. Himmelhock, causing the man to search for hours until he is told by his wife that he is the dentist who just opened shop in town.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954, Jan

Kid Colt Outlaw 33

A Marshall who has been hunting Colt for a long ass time finally catches up to him and has the boy in his sights before he’s even awake. He wouldn’t have gotten him if Colt hadn’t been on the runs from other law seekers for three days straight. He is cuffed and his guns are taken. The Marshall was vigilant, knowing just how good Colt was, but he was so focused on his prey his missed the landslide. Colt saved the man’s life with one swift movement, and to the shocked inquiry as to why, Colt replied that he had grown fond of the Marshall over the years.

They continued their trek to Colt’s future cell, with him being a model prisoner. But the Marshall fell asleep briefly and when he woke Colt was gone. He wondered why he was still alive, and thought Colt was aiming to kill him when he came riding back, but truly he was warning the older man of natives on the warpath nearby. They fought together against their enemies until the Marshal took a bolt in the shoulder.

Standing over the prone man Colt skillfully drove off the Apaches,and then cared for the wound. Colt brought him to his town, his own bed. And when he said “Miles City, my office? You’re a blasted fool, I’m a lawman!” Colt replied, “I wasn’t remembering that, All that I remember was that you were a man.” and the Marshall let Colt stroll out of the door and retired.

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Colt rides into a den of outlaws, for once not to wipe them out. They welcome him, which I think is odd, because one would think his feelings about most outlaws would be well-known. Anyway he’s in rough shape, not looking nearly as fresh as he usually does. He is asked to join the group, and the narrator of this piece-one of the other men in the group- figures his boss was scared of the fact he was such a good gunhand, and wanting someone he could put against him should he turn. Angry he accuses the boss of this and it’s confirmed as he asks Colt to shoot the man.

He thinks if he is killed then Colt will just kill the current boss and take over, and so he proposes that they just kill the boss right off, and not have to fight. But the boss puts a gun to the narrator, and a girl comes out of a tent and pleads with Colt to take her home. It is explained she was kidnapped and even if the ransom was paid they had no plans to bring her home. So Colt punches the boss in the face. Colt says he’s riding out with the girl, and the narrator figures he just wants all the ransom and so teams up with him to kill all the rest, planning to kill Colt when he gets a chance.

The battle done the two turn to each other and then when the reason he joined him was explained the two drew and the narrator fell. Colt left with the girl to bring her home, leaving the bodies for the crows.

Black Rider

We seem to keep starting with cliff hangers these days. Black Rider is standing across from a man, posed as if to fight a duel, with the man across from him and the caption says that the gun in his hand was empty. The instant the man begins to pull the trigger the Black Rider recalls how he came to be here.

While riding along one day BR comes across a group of arguing men, one of whom was saying he wanted out as robbin banks and rustling weren’t his idea of an adventure. Hearing this he reveals himself, and gives the men time to reach for their guns, before shooting them down. The man who had wanted to leave fought on Rider’s side, but was injured in the fight. Two of the others manage to flee while BR tends to him.

He takes the man to town and fives him up in his other identity. After he wakes the men who had fled the Rider turn up to reclaim their wayward member. Doc warned the men about taking him, told them he would protect him, but they didn’t understand the true threat this country doctor held. As they took he injured man away from Doc’s office, the man changed clothing. He rode after them and soon found the men.

We are almost to the beginning now. The man he is going to face claimed the Black Rider’s guns are cursed, and so BR agrees to use one of the man’s guns, to ensure a fair fight. They turn and Black Rider gets one off first- or would had the gun not been empty. The man laughs, but it’s his last one, as the man BR had saved shot the man in the back then, killing him instantly.

Kid Colt

These Western tales don’t like to waste time! First Panel Colt is shooting a man, who seems to be terrorizing a town, r at least trying to kill and old man. Having stopped that Colt asks what is going on is told the man he killed worked for another man named Frog, who owned a big ranch in the valley, He had driven out every other rancher, besides the elderly man.

The man says he guesses he best move on as well, but his grnason suggests Colt work for him,and runoff Frog, or at least secure the man’s land. Though the man dind’t ask Colt rode along with them back to their ranch, clearly not wanting to leave them unprotected, bu with a resigned note in his voice. When they arrive all the cattle are gone, presumably taken by Frog’s men. Colt frowns and says he’ll be back, with the herd. He rode after them, killed the thieves and brought back the cows.

Two gunmen come to the ranch to kill our boy, and when he kills one in return the woman of he house says that colt is as bad as them, and wants him off their land. Her father shuts her down though, and Colt stays. That Night Frog and his men head in to finish this. During the battle the young boy is grazed with a bullet, and his sister thinks him dead. During this time Frog leaves, either run off, or thinking he has won. Back in town Colt has followed the evil men, and finishes them, then thinking the family will be better off without him and his guns, he leaves.

Comic Books · Golden Age · Marvel

1954, Jan

Black Rider 20

It appears that Marvel was playing with how the Black Rider looks right now because he has another change in appearance already. Now he wears a hood with holes for his eyes.

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Okay, Black Rider is being charged with high treason, and being sentenced to death. Now we may not know what the hell is going on, but we can guess this is all some sort of misunderstanding, or a setup. As he is tossed in  a cell he is to pray for the lives of thirty-six people he had betrayed, and Black Rider thinks ‘I don’t mind dying, but not as a traitor! Who did this to me? How was it done?’ and finally a flashback begins. Black Rider is watching as a group of outlaws is chased from Texas into New Mexico, and thinking how now they’ll just have a new group of people to terrorize. He lightly scolds the men for not caring about their neighbors and rides on.

We now jump to the men who we saw being run out, and others who had been before hand. They know they can’t go at it alone and decide to gang up, and soon there is nowhere safe in New Mexico, as they blaze a trail of destruction. When some of them ride into Leadville (where Doc lives) Doc is asked to fight with the other men, but he refuses because of his oath. Of course he somehow feels that his Hippocratic oath doesn’t apply to the Black Rider, and changes to fight. He arrives before his townsmen, and cleans up the invaders.

Next we see he is talking with some bigwig he calls colonel. He tells the Rider that all of the west is filled with rannys like the ones he took out and asks him to help take them out. He sends him to a man who would lend him men (and was supposed to lead them but was super drunk). Knowing where the leaders of the entire gang are (he doesn’t explain how) he takes some troops and ride for the hideout. Doc takes out the sentries and they ride into the Hallow where the leaders were supposed to be, to find no one there, and once trapped, the criminals descend upon the troops. Black Rider is able to fight clear, but the rest die.

We are back in the cell with Black Rider, who wonders who had leaked the info. He hears a whisper at his barred window and finds Bobby, the one person who knows his true identity. He tells the Rider that he heard the criminals were going to ‘blow the fort’ but no one would believe him as he is just a kid. He hands the Rider his guns, and Satan (Rider’s horse) pulled out the bars. Black Rider goes to the place the criminals were waiting to make their move and kills them. Then he is given an apology, as the drunk man who gave him the troops was the real traitor (never says how this is exposed).

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Black Rider is against a wall before a firing squad, but as the countdown begins someone leaps over the wall, and shoots those who were about to shoot the Rider. He grabs his guns, and the stranger leads him to Satan and together they flee. When they gather with the man’s friends they explain just what is going on. Apparently a ‘god’ (I doubt it this early, and in this sort of tale) appeared in a temple and threatened the people with famine and illness if they did not give him gifts. All who rebelled against this god were killed, and it was the gang of cutthroats that were going to kill Black Rider that enforced everything for the god.

So Black Rider goes with the people when they enter the temple, pretending to be bearing gifts for the fake god. A riot breaks out and the leader of the cutthroats runs free and BR goes after him. Obviously he kills him and the town is free of their fake god.

Two-Gun Kid

Two-gun stand before another man, hands on hilts, ready to draw. Around him snipers were also ready to shoot the western hero. Before they draw a flashback begins, and we see him astride his steed, about to enter a place called Sagemore City. A bullet narrowly missed him, and he shoots the offending gun out of a young boy’s hands. He had mistaken Two-gun for a killer named Black Bart (the man he is about to duel pre flashback) who had been hired to kill his pa. He, doesn’t wait for an explanation though and runs back into town to warn the people.

While the townsfolk try to run him out he gets greeted by the man who had hired Bart, and gives him the lowdown. Two-gun approaches the man Bart is meant to kill, and explains that he is not Bart, and it is proven soon when the real one arrives. He told the man to take his son and flee, and he faced down the man he had been mistaken for. Black Bart was nothing to our lad, and the rest of his posse was taken out by the angered townsfolk. Then the man who hired Bart tried to sneak up on Kid. He didn’t last long. Two-gun rode out as the battle dwindled.

Black Rider

Back to the main character I guess. Black Rider is being shown along by a Native chief, where all the wildlife has mysteriously vanished. The chief worries for his people, but the Black Rider promises the white men will not let the tribe starve. Returning home Doc petitions his town to lend aid to their neighbors, to resounding ‘ayes’. We then cut to a group of strangers who are driving the last herd of buffalo in the area away. When that is done the people sit down and talk about how they are planning on starving ‘them redskins’ off of their own land.

Black Rider isn’t done looking into the problem though and finds the watering hole that was used by the herd that was just run off, and follows the tracks. Guarding the pass through which they had run the animals, they talk about how the Comanches were unable to get enough food from Leadville and were moving. They planned to ambush an kill the entire tribe, the bastards. But having followed the buffalo the Black Rider had heard all of this and was able to launch an attack at the foul men.

The noise of him taking out the guard brings the rest of the gang, but they too are no match for the Rider. He then blows a load of dynamite to cause a stampede, bringing the herd back to their lands.