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Real Name: John Silver

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Gunslinger

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Alvah Bradley and his men

Enemies: Cheyenne (including Long Spear), Lobo, Red Wolf (Johnny Wakely), Col. Brett Sabre

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in the American West, especially New Mexico territory

First Appearance: Red Wolf#5 (January, 1973)

Powers/Abilities: John Silver was a very skilled and fast gunfighter who prided himself on his speed and ruthlessness in a gunfight.


(Red Wolf#5 (fb) - BTS) - Fast John Silver was considered (one of ) the fastest guns in the west. His gun was always for hire and his skill earned him a small fortune.

(Red Wolf#5 (fb)) - Alvah Bradley saw Silver shoot down another man in a gunfight and immediately sought to hire him to kill Red Wolf, who was disrupting Bradley's greedy plans for illegal land acquisition of Pah Pana, water-filled land sacred to the Cheyenne. Although not wishing to kill an Indian because of the trouble, Bradley's offer of money convinced him otherwise.

(Red Wolf#5) - Fast John Silver shot Red Wolf at close range and, believing him killed, rode off to collect his fee. However, Red Wolf's medicine pouch stopped the bullet. After paying him, Bradley offered the killer more money to accompany his men's raid into Pah Pana, where he threatened to kill the natives if they did not leave. That night, Red Wolf used phosphor to scare Bradley's raiders, but Silver saw through the ruse. Nevertheless, the gunslinger retreated from an otherwise invisible enemy and Bradley's paid lackeys rode quickly away toward Checkerboard Ranch. Fast John Silver was very surprised when Red Wolf and Lobo charged in and attacked the gunhawks. Silver tried to shoot at Red Wolf but Lobo bit his wrist. Only Silver was able to escape. Red Wolf later picked up the killer's trail, but Silver was watching from a nearby hill, waiting to shoot him with a rifle. Sun glinted off the silver band of the gunfighter's hat, warning Red Wolf in time. The peaceful warrior crept quickly up and Silver sought to shoot him with his handgun, but his weapon was knocked away by Red Wolf's spear. Red Wolf soon overpowered him and took him back to Fort Rango where Col. Sabre had him arrested and sent to jail.

Comments: Created by Gardner Fox (writer), Syd Shores (pencils) and Chic Stone (inks).

"Fast" was only a moniker that he had adopted, although the story has him titled as "Fast John" Silver.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Fast John Silver has no known connections to:

Alvah Bradley

Alvah Bradley

Alvah Bradley was a greedy man who sought to illegally steal the Pah Pana land away from the Cheyenne because of its watershed, which he wanted for his huge herd of cattle but which he did not want to pay for. After seeing Fast John Silver's speedy but deadly skills at shooting, he hired the gunslinger to kill Red Wolf, who was negotiating on the part of the Cheyenne. He later ordered a raiding party on Pah Pana, but his men were instead captured. Bradley quickly rode to Col. Sabre and complained that the Indians were stopping the water, causing his cattle to die of thirst, but was disbelieving when he saw that beavers had actually restricted the flow of water. Bradley's plan to stir up war and force the natives away was uncovered and he was arrested alongside Silver and taken to prison. 



--Red Wolf#5

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Other Appearances: None

Last updated: 06/20/10

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