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HAL DENT

Real Name: Dr. Hal Dent

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Medical doctor;
   formerly gunslinger

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Jesse Kincaid, Doc Stewart

Enemies: Corbin gang

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Wyoming Kid

Base of Operations: Big Bend, Utah, USA;
   formerly Wyoming, USA

First Appearance: Frontier Western#10/4 (August, 1957)

Powers/Abilities: Hal Dent is a fast draw with the handgun, but is very reluctant to use them anymore. He is also a trained medical doctor.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 175 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Blond

History:

(Frontier Western#10/4 (fb) - BTS) - As the Wyoming Kid, Hal Dent was a gunslinger. One day, he saved the life of millionaire rancher Jesse Kincaid, who then paid for Dent's general education and medical schooling. Unaware of Dent's past, Doc Stewart found Dent and convinced him to become the doctor serving the small town of Big Bend in Utah.

(Frontier Western#10/4 (fb)) - Doc Stewart was very popular with the townsfolk, who only wanted to be treated by him, despite his age and arthritis forcing his retirement. But two months passed and Dent found himself still with barely any patients as they lacked confidence in his abilities, despite Stewart's public endorsement. However, peace in the area was broken with the arrival of the villainous Corbin gang, who shot several townsfolk. The wounded were taken to the doctors' clinic and Dent, already feeling useless and preparing to leave, returned to his guns to end the bloodshed. Watched by several astonished townsfolk, including Stewart, Dent confronted the Corbins in the saloon; his speed outmatched his foes and, victorious, he ordered the gang to leave, never to return. The doctors returned to the clinic, Dent stating he would leave, expecting distrust.

(Frontier Western#10/4) - Back at the clinic, the doctors were surprised to see the waiting room full with people now confident in Dent's skillful hands and courage.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee & George Tuska.

There was another Wyoming Kid outlaw set around this time from Marvel. I'd consider this coincidental, rather than a case of Dakota Kid, where one was influenced by another.

Interestingly, DC had a character called the Wyoming Kid published around this time. So I guess Stan Lee kinda retired him!

Creator credits from comics.org, via initials carved into the overturned table in the opening image.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Hal Dent (formerly the Wyoming Kig Kid) has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Frontier Western#10/4, p1, pan1 (main image)
   p3, pan1 (headshot)


Appearances:
Frontier Western#10/4 (August, 1957) - Stan Lee (writer & editor), George Tuska (pencils & inks)


First posted: 10/20/2020
Last updated: 10/20/2020

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