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CONCHO KID

Real Name: Billy Bivins

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Killer, thief, fugitive

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Sam Bender, Indian Gomez, various victims (names unrevealed)

Known Relatives: Sam Bender (father), mother (name unrevealed), Jeb Bivins (stepfather)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in Nevada, USA

First Appearance: Wild Western#20/4 (February, 1952)

Powers/Abilities: The Concho Kid was a vicious and bloodthirsty gunfighter who found happiness in killing and stealing. He had a cruel streak generally that blossomed when he had handguns.

Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Brown

History:

(Wild Western#20/4 (fb) - BTS) - Billy Bivins' mother ran off with her son away from his father, Sam Bender. She instead married Jeb Bivins, who looked after the boy when she died soon after. However, Jeb was abusive to the boy.

(Wild Western#20/4 (fb)) - Billy developed a cruel streak, happy when hurting animals, but felt isolated as other children didn't want to play with him and he blamed it on his bullying stepfather. One day, one of Jeb's friends stopped by, the rogue fugitive Indian Gomez. Billy admired the gunman's killer reputation and listened to Gomez brag of his latest murderous crimes. When Gomez slept, Billy wanted to hold Gomez's guns and slipped one out of its holster. But Gomez woke and thought the buy was stealing, so he quickly lashed the boy with a bullwhip. Scared, Billy fired the gun and killed the fugitive. Jeb woke and, while shocked, hoped to steal from the corpse. Billy wanted to keep the guns, angering Jeb into violence, so Billy shot him dead too. Billy then dressed in Gomez's clothes, and took his guns and horse. For four years, he roamed Nevada, killing many out of sheer enjoyment and garnered a fearsome reputation as the Concho Kid, named after the conchos that decorated his stolen clothes. Barely an adult, he eventually rode into Butte County, which was protected by his forgotten father Sam Bender. The sheriff tracked Billy down, finding him in the woods where he had killed Gomez. The Concho Kid refused to surrender, so Bender shot him dead.

(Wild Western#20/4 (fb) - BTS) - Curious, Bender researched into the Concho Kid's past and discovered he was his long-lost son.

(Wild Western#20/4) - Bender recounted their encounter and what he'd learned of the Concho Kid, hoping that Billy had finally found the happiness the boy had long sought.

Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Warren Broderick (pencils & inks).

Although not shown on his outfit (you can barely see them on the hat), he was dubbed "Concho Kid" for the conchos (small, decorative, metal disks) he wore.

Interesting secondary-color scheme (purple and green) like the future Green Goblin.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Concho Kid has no known connections to:


Sam Bender

Unbeknown to both, Sam Bender was the Concho Kid's biological father. For unrevealed reasons, Bender's wife took off with her son and lived with the abusive Jeb Bivins. Years passed and Sam Bender became a sheriff while his son became a murderous outlaw and fugitive. The two met on a street in Butte County; later, the Concho Kid was killed by Sheriff Bender in the woods. The sheriff investigated the Concho Kid's past and discovered that he was his long-lost son. Bender consoled himself by thinking that his son would be at peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Wild Western#20/4


Jeb Bivins

Jeb Bivins became Billy's stepfather when Billy's mother left Sam Bender to marry the reclusive Jeb in the Nevada woods. Billy took his stepfather's surname. Billy's mother passed away and Jeb was left to raise the boy solo, but was abusive. Jeb was friends with a local rogue named Indian Gomez. A misunderstanding led to Billy shooting Gomez; Jeb was shocked, yet wanted to rob the corpse and sought to punish the boy, but he was also shot dead by Billy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Wild Western#20/4


Indian Gomez

Indian Gomez was a local rogue in Nevada who was friends with Billy's stepfather, Jeb Bivins. He was of mixed heritage (presumably Native American and Mexican). At one point, he bragged about killing and stealing from several others who had been asleep and hid out with Jeb to evade the law. Gomez was rumored to have put notches on his guns for his 11 kills. Billy admired Gomez's handguns while Gomez slept, but waking suddenly, Gomez thought the boy was trying to steal them. Gomez grabbed his bullwhip and lashed the boy, who defended himself by shooting Gomez dead. Billy also shot his stepfather, then took Gomez's clothes (decorated with metal disks (conchos)) and guns, and quickly established a reputation as an outlaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Wild Western#20/4


images: (without ads)
Wild Western#20/4, p4, pan2 (main image)
   p2, pan1 (headshot)
   p1, pan1 (Bender headshot)
   p1, pan2 (Bender as sheriff)
   p1, pan3 (Jeb Bivins)
   p2, pan5 (Gomez headshot)
   p3, pan3 (Gomez)


Appearances:
Wild Western#20/4 (February, 1952) - uncredited writer, Warren Broderick (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


Last updated: 03/27/19

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