Real Name: Bannock (first name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)
Occupation: Criminal, fugitive
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Joe Peterson, local Sheriff (name
unrevealed), Federal Marshal (name unrevealed), local Native Americans
Known Relatives: Pete Bannock (father)
Base of Operations: Mobile in the American Midwest
First Appearance: Frontier Western#10/1
Powers/Abilities: The Phoenix Kid was a violent and aggressive gunfighter who chose to live out a criminal persona, but trusted no one.
(Frontier Western#10/1 (fb) - BTS) - When young, Pete
Bannock's son idolized outlaws and gunmen, and shunned work. The boy
chose the name Phoenix Kid as his outlaw persona and swore to make a
criminal name for himself with violence.
(Frontier Western#10/1) - Aged 19, the Phoenix Kid made his first criminal move, robbing general store owner Joe Peterson, punching the old man needlessly. The Phoenix Kid continued his lone armed robberies, including a stagecoach, also shooting people near El Paso. Twelve months into his violent criminal activities, he had Wanted posters up, which made him proud. A mail stagecoach robbery upped law enforcement searches to the federal level and a posse was organized against him. Saddlebags laden with loot, the Phoenix Kid headed to an unspecified border and, requiring a fresh horse, he chanced upon a lone Native American with a pony and violently bashed him, stealing his pony and was set to outrun the pursuing posse. However, the Phoenix Kid came across a band of Native American horsemen, who recognized their horse. The Phoenix Kid lied how he had acquired it, then tried to bribe them with stolen money, but they weren't interested. A fierce tussle ensued and the Native Americans left with the stolen pony while the money scattered on the wind. The Marshal's posse found the Phoenix Kid's body the next day and later buried him marked with the gravestone of his persona.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer and Jay Scott Pike (pencils & inks).
It's not specified why he adopted "Phoenix Kid" as his moniker, presumably more to do with the the town in Arizona (maybe his birthplace?), although his activity in El Paso indicates he was in Texas. I don't expect this Phoenix character to undergo any resurrection in the Marvel Universe.
Unfortunately there are no good clear full body shots
in the story.
This story was reprinted in Rawhide Kid I#115 (September, 1973), which is where the images are from.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
The Phoenix Kid has no known connections to:
Rawhide Kid I#115/2, p2, pan3 (main image)
p2, pan5 (poster)
p5, pan6 (gravestone)
Frontier Western#10/1 (August, 1957) - uncredited writer, Jay Scott Pike (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 01/28/18
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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