ROARING BEAR

Real Name: Roaring Bear

Identity/Class: Human, mutate (Apache, Old West era)

Occupation: Chief of an Apache tribe

Group Membership: His Apache tribe

Affiliations: Major Dave Dixon

Enemies: Boom-Boom Brown, Colonel Clark and other soldiers of Fort Henry, Two-Gun Kid

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in Arizon, late 19th century

First Appearance: Two-Gun Kid#65 (September, 1963)

Powers/Abilities: Chief Roaring Bear possessed superhuman strength, proving able to rip a rifle apart with his hands. He was said to have the strength of ten warriors. He also rode a stallion which was unusually large, having taken the same formula, and wielded a rifle and lasso.

History: (Two-Gun Kid#65) - Chief Roaring Bear was an ally of Major Dave Dixon, a discharged soldier from Fort Henry, and was supplied with firearms by him. Dixon also supplied a formula which grew a stallion to an unusually large size, and Roaring Bear took it as well, granting him superhuman strength. Roaring Bear then led his braves in an assault upon Fort Henry.

The Two-Gun Kid and his friend Boom-Boom Brown were among those who defended Fort Henry, and Boom-Boom faced Roaring Bear in combat when he broke into the fort, only to be easily clobbered. The Two-Gun Kid then faced Roaring Bear, and managed to outfight him by simply striking faster. When Roaring Bear finally fell, his braves retreated. One threw dynamite at Fort Henry as they fled, but Dixon smothered the explosives with his body, sacrificing himself.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Dick Ayers.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Roaring Bear should not be confused with:


MAJOR DAVE DIXON

Major Dave Dixon was a doctor at Fort Henry, and stole medical supplies from the army then sold them in Tombstone. When he was found out, he was assigned Matt Hawk as his lawyer by Colonel Clark, and Hawk kept him from being imprisoned, instead being dishonorably discharged from the army. Dixon was bitter at his being discharged, and started selling firearms to the Apaches led by Roaring Bear, then supplied Roaring Bear with a formula he had made which made Roaring Bear and a stallion large and superhumanly strong. Dixon was pleased when Roaring Bear attacked Fort Henry, but when the Two-Gun Kid drove them off and a brave threw dynamite at the fort, Dixon smothered the explosives with his body, unwilling to see the fort destroyed. He was given a military funeral.

--Two-Gun Kid#65



Images taken from:
Two-Gun Kid#65, cover
Two-Gun Kid#65, page 5, panel 6
Two-Gun Kid#65, page 3, panel 5


Last updated: 05/15/05

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