Real Name: Hawk Borden
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Sheriff Sam
Enemies: "Hawk Borden" imposter, various
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Nick Smith
Base of Operations: Tombstone (territory/state
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.
Weight: 165 lbs. (by approximation)
(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
(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
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Hawk Borden has no known connections to:
Sheriff Sam Nixon was the amiable lawman in Tombstone
and was looking for extra deputies. He knew bartender Nick Smith's
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
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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