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Real Name: Hawk Borden

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Bartender;
   former gunslinger

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Sheriff Sam Nixon

Enemies: "Hawk Borden" imposter, various gunslingers

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Nick Smith

Base of Operations: Tombstone (territory/state unrevealed), USA

First Appearance: Quick Trigger Western#15/5 (December, 1956)

Powers/Abilities: Hawk Borden is very proficient at using handguns and has excellent aim, being incredibly fast on the draw. He was also a good horse rider.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 165 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown


(Quick Trigger Western#15/5 (fb) - BTS) - Over several years, young Hawk Borden established himself a fearsome reputation as a fast gunfighter, but found it a lonely life.

(Quick Trigger Western#15/5) - Aged 24 in the small town of Tombstone, Borden found himself challenged by three gunslingers at once. He shot the gun hands of each of them at them at lightning speed, but was hit by two bullets in his shoulder. Winning the gunfight and still standing, he ordered them out of town, never to return.

(Quick Trigger Western#15/5 - BTS) - Borden found his fame was hollow and lonely. He rode away from Tombstone and was not heard from again, although his legend remained. Almost twenty years later, he returned to Tombstone using the name Nick Smith as an alias and became bartender at the popular saloon in the now growing town. The local sheriff, Sam Nixon, became aware of Smith's history but kept his secret.

(Quick Trigger Western#15/5) - Three years later, at the town saloon, Sheriff Nixon accepted Tom as deputy, but berated him for being much slower than the legendary Hawk Borden. This soon drew the ire of Smith, who had grown tired of hearing about the great history of Borden the gunman. But a bullying bearded imposter claiming to be Hawk Borden barged in and began shooting in the saloon, and customers froze. Only bartender Smith challenged him, knowing full well this new gunslinger was faking his identity. Smith outdrew him, giving the imposter only a light wound, and ordered the gunman be patched up and taken out of town. Nixon returned, surprised that Smith hadn't revealed his true identity, but Smith stated he was happier than ever being a bartender.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee & Reed Crandall.

I'm guessing "Hawk" was just a nickname.

Interesting coloring/art in the story used as misdirection: the younger Hawk has brown hair, but it's colored darker from shadow, yet his hat adds contrast by being colored all white with no shadow.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Hawk Borden has no known connections to:

Sam Nixon

Sheriff Sam Nixon was the amiable lawman in Tombstone and was looking for extra deputies. He knew bartender Nick Smith's former identity as Hawk Borden and kept it a mutual secret. When a "Hawk Borden" imposter bullied his way into town riding the real Borden's reputation of two decades and began shooting, he was quickly disarmed in a shootout with Smith (the real Hawk Borden, since retired). Immediately after, Smith reiterated to Nixon that he was much happier as a bartender.








--Quick Trigger Western#15/5

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Quick Trigger Western#15/5, p6, pan1 (main image)
   p2, pan4 (youthful headshot)
   p3, pan2 (Sheriff Nixon)

Quick Trigger Western#15/5 (December, 1956) - Stan Lee (writer & editor), Reed Crandall (pencils & inks)

First posted: 10/17/2020
Last updated: 10/17/2020

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