JED

Real Name: Jed (last name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Human (Old West era)

Occupation: Buffalo hunter

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Reno Jones, Kid Cassidy

Enemies: The Dawson Gang

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: A cabin in Kansas

First Appearance: Gunhawks#1 (October, 1972)

Powers/Abilities: Jed was an expert buffalo hunter, but would only kill buffalo to meet his own needs, and disapproved of hunting for money or sport. He designed his own special buffalo gun which could strike with accuracy from almost a mile away.

History: (Gunhawks#1) - Jed encountered Reno Jones and Kid Cassidy as they made a feeble attempt to kill a buffalo from the herd near his cabin. Realizing how green they were, he forgave them, and brought them back to his home and heard how they had set out west a year earlier to find Reno's lover Rachel Brown. Jed agreed to train them to hunt buffalo, and taught Reno how to use his own buffalo gun. Over the next six weeks, Reno came to learn how to use the gun like an expert.

One day as they were testing Reno's skills against the herd, the Dawson Gang rode up, intending to slaughter the herd for sport. Reno and Cassidy drove the Dawson Gang off, and Reno killed Dawson himself with the buffalo gun. After finding a locket of Rachel Brown around Dawson's neck, Reno and Cassidy decided to ride after the rest of the gang to find out what they knew. Jed told Reno to take his buffalo gun, saying that "Any man can use it like you do...oughtta own one!" Reno said he would bring it back once he found Rachel.

Comments: Created by Gary Friedrich, Syd Shores and Sol Brodsky.

The American Civil War ended in 1865, and Gunhawks#1 opened one year later, so the events of the Gunhawks series would be set in 1866-1867.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Jed should not be confused with:


THE DAWSON GANG

The Dawson Gang set after Jed's buffalo herd a number of times, killing buffalo just for fun. At some point, they wound up with Rachel Brown, who they had cook for them before finally selling her to Colonel Johnson, but Dawson himself kept a locket with her picture inside. When the Dawson Gang returned to kill more of Jed's buffalo, they wound up facing Reno Jones and Kid Cassidy, and Reno shot Dawson dead with his buffalo gun. After finding the locket, they rode after the remaining gang members, and learned what they had done with Rachel before Dawson died.

--Gunhawks#1( 2









Images taken from:
Gunhawks#1, page 3, panel 5 Dawson Gang- Gunhawks#1, page 27, panel 4


Last updated: 06/30/05

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