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JIM BRECK

Real Name: Jim Breck

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Gunslinger, fugitive

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Kingfisher (loose)

Enemies: Billy the Kid (William Bonney), "Greaser" (real name unrevealed), Sam (last name unrevealed), other gunfighting opponents

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Killer Jim Breck

Base of Operations: New Mexico, USA;
   formerly Texas, USA;
   briefly Mexico

First Appearance: Wild Western#30/4 (October, 1953)

Powers/Abilities: Jim Breck was a fan of gunfighters and was himself skilled in gunslinging, but relied on well-balanced handguns to enhance his aim. His reputation and experience as a gunslinging murderer left him cruel and arrogant.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Gray
Hair: Blond

History:

(Wild Western#30/4 (fb) - BTS) - The young cowboy Jim Breck admired various local gunfighters.

(Wild Western#30/4) - One day, Breck watched the grim gunfighter Kingfisher shoot down an opponent in Abilene, Texas. Breck overheard a local man, who had witnessed many of the great gunfighters, assert that well-balanced guns could give a gunfighter an edge in a duel. Ruminating on this, Breck saw two matching handguns in a store window, advertised as having belonged to the notorious gunfighter Billy the Kid. Desiring the guns, Breck shot Sam the store owner with the weapons and stole them, riding away. He fled to Mexico, reveling in the improved accuracy of his guns, and killed a local (he unkindly called "Greaser"), who unintentionally bumped into him. His newfound confidence with improved guns fueled his arrogance, and he crossed back into the USA, shooting several more in deadly duels in Texas. Having garnered a fierce reputation, Breck rode to Lincoln County, New Mexico. Walking brashly into a saloon, he unknowingly knocked into Billy the Kid, who challenged him to a duel. Billy the Kid outdrew his opponent and shot Breck down, then walked away.

 

Comments: Created by uncredited writer and Jack Katz (pencils & inks).

The experienced gunslinger Kingfisher (shown victorious here in Wild Western#30/4) admired by Jim Breck sure looks and sounds like King Fisher, a gunslinger who outdrew Jeb Collins in Wild Western#19/4. It sounds like a unique moniker for a fast, experienced gunslinger, dropped in as a cameo in the same comic series. And yet there's that annoying space in the other's name, no author credits, and lack of detailed artwork for King Fisher, so I can't say for sure that it's meant to be the same guy.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Jim Breck has no known connections to:


Kingfisher

Kingfisher (real/full name unrevealed) was a feared but renown gunfighter who dueled in Abilene, Texas. Aspiring gunfighter Jim Breck watched with many others as Kingfisher killed another in a street duel. Later, a local man, Cass, said Kingfisher's skill was "tolerable" compared to Wyatt Earp and other deadly gunmen, implying that a well-balanced gun could elevate a gunman's hit rate.

 

There was a real-life gun-slinging King Fisher active in the 1870s.
--Sean Levin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Wild Western#30/4


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Wild Western#30/4, p4, pan7 (main image)
   p3, pan5 (headshot)
   p1, pan1 (Kingfisher)


Appearances:
Wild Western#30/4 (October, 1953) - uncredited writer, Jack Katz (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


First posted: 03/12/2019
Last updated: 10/23/2020

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