BRASS BUTTON KID
Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Blackie Greer, other gunfighters (names unrevealed)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile in the American West
First Appearance: Rawhide Kid I#43/2
Powers/Abilities: The Brass Button Kid was an
experienced gunfighter with excellent aim, but his high kill rate left
him meek. Nevertheless proud of his reputation, he kept his distinctive
outfit that incorporated large brass buttons.
(Rawhide Kid I#43/2 (fb) - BTS) - The Brass
Button Kid was an experienced gunfighter with a fearsome reputation for
accuracy, but the high number of kills weighed on his conscience and he
retired. He drifted for several years between frontier towns, hoping to
forget the past, and no longer carried weapons; his speed at drawing a
gun was impacted. Proud of his reputation, he maintained his outfit
with its distinctive polished brass buttons.
(Rawhide Kid I#43/2) - Aggressive new
gunfighter Blackie Greer chanced upon the Brass Button Kid in a bar,
tripping him up and sought a duel, but the Kid hoped to meekly move on.
Greer punched him outside. Challenging his reputation fired up the Kid
and Greer threw him a gun to defend himself as Greer knew his opponent
was out of practice. Fortunately for the Kid, sunlight reflected from
his brass buttons dazzled Greer's sight and he missed. The Kid fired
back, his shot grazing Greer, who fell. Townsfolk rushed to Greer's
aid, sure he would recover in a few days, but the Brass Button Kid had
already discarded the gun and resolved to move on to another territory.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils) and George Roussos (inks).
The Kid had a simplistic gimmick that relied a bit too much on sunlight and reflection. If he seriously wanted to hide, then don't wear the bright brass buttons!
This is a nicely compiled four-pager with great expressive art by Jack Kirby.
The Grand Comics Database lists George Roussos for inking (originally uncredited).
This story was later reprinted in Rawhide Kid I#122
wherein his outfit was gaudily recolored to all bright pink.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
The Brass Button Kid has no known connections to:
Blackie Greer was a bullying gunfighter, keen to
make a name for himself. By chance, he picked on retired gunfighter,
the Brass Button Kid, and challenged him to a duel outside, throwing
the weak and unarmed opponent a spare gun. But the Kid's big brass
buttons dazzled and distracted Greer's aim and his shot missed,
the Kid to fire back in defense. Greer was injured and fell, but the
wound was superficial and he was quickly attended to by several
--Rawhide Kid I#43/2
Rawhide Kid I#43/2, p3, pan4 (main image)
p2, pan3 (headshot)
p2, pan2 (Greer)
Rawhide Kid I#43/2 (December, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils) and George Roussos (inks)
Last updated: 01/26/18
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