BOUNTY HUNTER

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human (Old West era)

Occupation: Bounty hunter

Affiliations: Niles May-Berry, Jeff Packard, Rawhide Kid

Enemies: Fargo, Nightriders (formerly) Jeff Packard, Rawhide Kid

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in late 19th century, last seen in Emancipation, Wyoming

First Appearance: Rawhide Kid II#3 (October, 1985)

Powers/Abilities: The bounty hunter wielded a rifle, which he was an especially quick draw with. He also carried a knife. He was experienced in the use of canons, possessed strong tracking skills, and usually smoked a cigar.

History: The man known only by his occupation-- bounty hunter-- was a slave prior to the Civil War. After becoming a free man, he became a bounty hunter to make a living.

(Rawhide Kid II#3)- At a bar in Wyoming, the bounty hunter caught up to his latest bounty, a man named Fargo. Fargo tried to outdraw him, but the hunter shot him dead. He was observed by Niles May-Berry, a Pinkerton agent pursuing Jeff Packard and the Rawhide Kid. He offered the bounty hunter $5,000 for their death or capture of Packard, and $25,000 for the Rawhide Kid. The bounty hunter agreed.

Accompanying May-Berry and his Pinkertons, the bounty hunter snuck up on Packard while he fixing a meal by campfire and held his knife to his throat. Packard tried to get free, and kicked logs from the campfire at May-Berry, providing him the means to escape the bounty hunter's clutches and shout a warning to the Rawhide Kid. The Kid had their horses ride through the scene to create a diversion, then leapt upon his horse Nightwind backwards, and shot the guns from the hands of six Pinkertons. The two fugitives then rode away.

May-Berry complained to the bounty hunter saying, "You could have dropped at least one of them, boy. Yet you didn't fire a shot!" The hunter replied that he wanted to see what the Kid was capable of, and that now he would ride after them alone, saying "A couple of things you should know about me. I always finish the job-- and I don't ride with any man who calls me...'boy!'"

The hunter followed them to the town of Emancipation, which had been founded by freed slaves following the Civil War. After the townspeople discovered oil, Nightriders descended upon the town, and killed all of the men. There were now only the women and children, all unarmed, with little hope of surviving another assault. The hunter was about to draw against the Kid, when the Nightriders arrived. The Rawhide Kid observed that the bounty hunter would have no hope of riding out of town alone, so he would need the help of both him and Packard against the Nightriders. The hunter reluctantly agreed.

The three of them rode out to face the Nightriders and split off into three directions. The bounty hunter led several Nightriders into a barn, where he dismounted them from their horses, then used his cigar to set the barn on fire.

Finally, the three of them met up in the center of town, where they loaded the town's canon and fired it to scatter the remaining Nightriders. Then all three men unloaded their guns, and kept firing until all of the Nightriders were dead.

With Emancipation freed from the Nightriders, the Rawhide Kid observed that they would need a protector. The bounty hunter agreed that his eyes had been opened, and that he had a duty to protect those of his race. He agreed to defend the townspeople from further attacks, and to let the Rawhide Kid and Packard ride away.

Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo, Herb Trimpe and Gerry Talaoc.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The bounty hunter should not be confused with:


Appearances:
Rawhide Kid II#3 (October, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)


Last updated: 11/26/03

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