Real Name: Smithers (first name unrevealed ("Skinny" was likely a nickname)
Identity/Class: Human (Old West era)
Occupation: Rodeo performer
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Unidentified owlhoot
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "The Greatest Gunman Since Annie Oakley" (as billed on poster) (see comments)
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Two-Gun Kid I#61/4 (January, 1963)
with a single six-shooter pistol, the slender Skinny Smithers was an
expert marksman and sharpshooter. Despite his slight build and
appearing to have little skill in fighting, he seemed unafraid to take
on a larger and stronger opponent in a physical confrontation, and he
only resorted to using his gun when openly challenged. Smithers
wore eyeglasses to correct a visual impairment--perhaps he was
nearsighted (and he may have had
another impairment (see comments)).
Height: 5' 8" (by
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
(Two-Gun Kid I#61/4 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Skinny Smithers is
unknown, but he used his skills as a gunman to become a rodeo
performer. While in between performances, Skinny rode into a
town near the rodeo, and went into a saloon.
(Two-Gun Kid I#61/4) - Smithers was sitting in the saloon,
leaning his chair against the wall, just relaxing and dozing. But
trouble came Skinny's way when a big owlhoot came bursting into the
establishment, causing much fear and trepidation amongst the saloon
patrons. The big man noticed Skinny and came lumbering over, then
the ornery owlhoot kicked the chair out from under him, and Skinny fell
to the floor. Skinny angrily shook his fist at the giant, but the
big man cruelly smiled and backhanded Skinny when he stood up, knocking
him against the wall. Skinny got up and threw a punch at the big
man, to no effect, and the owlhoot punched him to the floor.
Undeterred, Skinny got back on his feet, a look of seething rage on his
face. The owlhoot pointed to his own gun, challenging Skinny to a
gunfight. As the two faced each other eye-to-eye, sizing each
other up, Skinny realized he had no choice but to accept the big man's
challenge for a showdown (Cuz a man's
gotta do what a man's gotta do). Then just as the owlhoot
pulled one of his guns, Skinny shot it out of his right hand.
Shocked, the big man immediately tried to draw his other pistol, and
Skinny shot it out of his left hand. The humbled owlhoot stooped
on the floor, cradling his left arm, a look of stunned disbelief on his
face, while Skinny merely put on his hat and walked out of the saloon.
Skinny climbed on his horse and lit a cigarette, and as he
rode out of town, he passed a poster advertising his appearance at the
Just a thought--Since this was a silent story, maybe
Skinny was actually deaf, and the story was told from his perspective.
I can think of the perfect foe for Skinny -- the
boomerang-throwing Australian Fat
In regards to this story's mention of Annie Oakley:
Timely/Atlas did do an Annie Oakley series (#1-4 in 1948, and #5-11 in
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
Skinny Smithers has no known connections to:
The unidentified owlhoot has no known connections to:
A mountain of a man (I pity the horse he rode!), this hard-drinkin' hombre was armed with a pair of six-shooters. He burst into the town's saloon, ready to raise a ruckus. Pounding his fist on the bar, he demanded a drink; but when he saw the bartender pouring into a shot-glass, he pushed the bartender aside as he grabbed the bottle of redeye, then proceeded to drink it all with one swig. After throwing the empty bottle against the wall, the big man menacingly drew out his gun and spun it around his finger, intimidating the other saloon patrons and causing them to scatter in fear But then he noticed a scrawny man dozing on a chair, so he plodded over and kicked the seat out from under him, knocking the thin man to the floor. After punching the scrawny man a few times, the big man pointed down to his pistol and challenged him to a gunfight. But when the two faced each other for a showdown, this ornery owlhoot found himself bested by the slender man when he had both his pistols shot out of his hands.
As the humbled big galoot stooped on the floor, cradling his injured left arm, the slender man put on his hat, walked out of the saloon, and rode off; possibly the big man never knew that he made the mistake of challenging... Skinny Smithers, the greatest gunman since Annie Oakley!
--Two-Gun Kid I#61/4
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Two-Gun Kid I#61/4, p4, pan6 (main image, enraged Skinny Smithers stands up after getting punched)
Two-Gun Kid I#61/4, p5, pan2 (head shot, Skinny Smithers)
Two-Gun Kid I#61/4, p4, pan4 (Skinny throws punch at unidentified owlhoot)
Two-Gun Kid I#61/4, p5, pan7 (Skinny passes rodeo poster as he rides out of town)
Two-Gun Kid I#61/4, p2, pan5 (unidentified owlhoot about to drink bottle of redeye)
Two-Gun Kid I#61/4, p5, pan1 (Skinny Smithers faces unidentified owlhoot)
Two-Gun Kid I#61/4, p5, pan4 (unidentified owlhoot's gun shot out of his hand by Skinny Smithers)
Two-Gun Kid I#61/4 (January, 1963) - Stan Lee (scripter/editor), Dick Ayers (artist)
Last updated: 04/20/16
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