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JACK CLOUD

Real Name: Jack Cloud;
   former native name unrevealed

Identity/Class: Normal human (Native American - Cheyenne) (Old West Era)

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Gen. Cruikshank (first name unrevealed), Capt. Clay Johnson, Capt. Peters (first name unrevealed), Nan Peters

Enemies: Racists, warring Cheyenne

Known Relatives: mother, father (names unrevealed, deceased), Capt. Peters (foster father), Nan Peters (foster sister)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in South Dakota, USA;
   briefly east coast USA

First Appearance: Two Gun Western#6/5 (February, 1951)

Powers/Abilities: Jack Cloud was of Cheyenne heritage, but raised and educated in white American culture. Brave and faithful to his foster family, he hoped for peace between Native Americans and white settlers, despite many from both sides considering him an outcast.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Two Gun Western#6/5 (fb)) - In October 1868 in South Dakota, war between the plains-dwelling Cheyenne and US military headed by General Cruikshank led to the Cheyenne retreating and abandoning their settlement. A lone small boy was found by Captain Peters; seeing the boy was a similar age as his own daughter, Peters asked the General if he could take in the boy to keep his daughter company, rather than pass the boy to a friendly tribe.

(Two Gun Western#6/5 (fb) - BTS) - The boy was named Jack Cloud and raised in the Peters household in Fort Harris on the frontier; Cloud admired and silently fell in love with his foster sister Nan. He adopted white American concepts and speech.

(Two Gun Western#6/5) - Despite Cloud growing up in a white household, it was felt that there would be trouble from racist white settlers, so Peters sent Cloud eastward to gain an education. Accepted by many in the east, Cloud had ambition to bring peace between Native Americans and white settlers as equals. He returned to Fort Harris an adult and was introduced to Nan's fiance, Capt. Clay Johnson. Skirmishes between defending Cheyenne and greedy white settlers led to a town meeting, and Peters invited Cloud to attend. Cloud sought peace and understanding, but was derided and belittled by the white frontier folk hungry for land, gold and blood. The racists threw him roughly out, so he sought his Cheyenne people, but they no longer recognized him as he had been brought up learning the white settlers' ways. He camped alone in the wilderness, feeling an outcast. But tensions had escalated and Nan rode out to find him as he understood both sides' views. They returned and Cloud devised a plan to trap the Cheyenne in their alley where there was only one exit and force them to parley. Cloud volunteered for the risky mission to dynamite the only access, but was overruled in favor of Clay Johnson. However, knowing Nan loved Johnson most, Cloud knocked him out so he could risk his life. Injured from Cheyenne fire, Cloud set the dynamite but was unable to escape and died in the blast. Both sides acknowledged Cloud's brave self-sacrifice and Cheyenne leaders honored him by re-embracing his Cheyenne heritage.

Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Mike Becker (pencils & inks).

Different, delusional and ethnocentric times, when kidnapping children was seen as benevolent.

Art credits taken from comics.org.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Jack Cloud has no known connections to:


Capt. Clay Johnson

Capt. Clay Johnson became engaged to Nan Peters. With a little tension apparent, he met Nan's foster-brother, the Cheyenne Jack Cloud, who was secretly in love with Nan. Later, Johnson was asked to force a peace talk between Cheyenne and belligerent white traders, but the mission was risky. Knowing that Nan loved Johnson, Jack Cloud knocked out Johnson and took on the mission himself, but died in the process. Johnson recognized Cloud's sacrifice.

 

 

 

 

 

--Two Gun Western#6/5


Capt. Peters

Under Gen. Cruikshank in 1868, Capt. Peters (first name unrevealed) engaged in the attack on a Cheyenne settlement in South Dakota. The Cheyenne retreated and abandoned their tipis. Peters found a lone Cheyenne young boy and rather than follow Cruikshank's advice to pass him on to a friendly tribe, Peters chose to take the boy in (effectively kidnapping him) to keep his daughter, Nan, company. Peters sent the growing boy, now known as Jack Cloud, to the east to gain an education while Peters stayed in the US military. Increased skirmishes with Cheyenne prompted Peters to invite Cloud, now considered an outcast by both sides, to help with truce talks, but Cloud instead sacrificed himself on a dangerous mission to ensure peaceful settlement. Peters admired Cloud and witnessed Cheyenne leaders re-embrace his foster son as a fellow Cheyenne posthumously.

 

 

 

 

 

--Two Gun Western#6/5


Nan Peters

Nan was the daughter of Capt. Peters, who "rescued" an orphaned Cheyenne boy, later known as Jack Cloud, and chose to raise him to keep his daughter company. Cloud felt deep and enduring love and admiration for Nan, but this seemed unrequited. When Cloud was sent eastward for education, Nan became engaged to Capt. Clay Johnson and she gave an awkward introduction between the two men who loved her. Skirmishes between greedy white traders and Cheyenne prompted Nan to look for Cloud, who had since been made to feel an outcast. He followed her urging to seek peace and he sacrificed himself on a dangerous mission so that she could be with the man she loved.

 

 

 

 

 

--Two Gun Western#6/5


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Two Gun Western#6/5, p4, pan5 (main image)
   p3, pan2 (headshot)
   p5, pan1 (Johnson)
   p2, pan4 (Capt. Peters)
   p4, pan6 (Nan Peters)


Appearances:
Two Gun Western#6/5 (February, 1951) - uncredited writer, Mike Becker (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


Last updated: 04/16/2019

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