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DERRINGER KID

Real Name: Jim (possibly a pseudonym, last name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Unemployed;
   formerly cow-herder;
   formerly gunslinger, outlaw

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Mary Clayton

Enemies: Nevada (full name unrevealed), Mr. Clayton (first name unrevealed), others

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile on the American frontier in the Old West, notably Wyoming;
   formerly Pecos County, Texas

First Appearance: Western Kid I#8/5 (February, 1956)

Powers/Abilities: The Derringer Kid was an accurate and fast gunfighter, but arrogant and callous. He also had very good horse-riding skills.

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

History:

(Western Kid I#8/5 (fb) - BTS) - The man who became known as the Derringer Kid grew up in Pecos County, Texas. As a boy, he dreamed of being the fastest gunman in the region. He was largely self-taught, specializing in "derringer" handguns.

(Western Kid I#8/5) - Finally confident in his sharpshooting skills, he went to a nearby saloon and issued a gunfighting challenge. The surly Nevada was outdrawn and fell. More gunfights followed and the Derringer Kid developed a fearsome reputation. Soon, most people avoided him and he considered his handguns his best friends. But years passed and he mellowed, realizing the worthless life of the killer Derringer Kid, so he headed north to Wyoming, got himself a new name and became a cow-herder on the Clayton ranch. Now known as Jim, he fell in love with the ranch owner's daughter, Mary, and seemed to be about to ask her father for permission to marry her. But the ranch owner discovered Jim's nefarious past. Finding him still carrying his derringers, Mr. Clayton had the handguns emptied of bullets as he slapped Jim down and forced at gunpoint off his ranch. Jim left ashamed and realized that his foolish past had caught up with him.

 

Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Norman Maurer (pencils & inks).

An important story, it showed Atlas taking an active stance telling moralistic stories, with the Comics Code Authority stamp having started to be boldly branded on Western Kid comics five issues earlier.

This story was later reprinted in Kid Colt Outlaw I#161 (August, 1972).

From Wikipedia: "derringer" refers to any small-sized handgun that is neither a revolver nor a semiautomatic pistol. It is not to be confused with mini-revolvers or pocket pistols.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Derringer Kid has no known connections to:


Mary Clayton

Mary Clayton was the daughter of the ranch owner who employed Jim (secretly the outlaw formerly known as the Derringer Kid) as a cow-herder. Mary and Jim fell in love and it seemed that Jim intended to ask her father for permission to marry her. But Mary's father had discovered Jim's nefarious past and instead ran him off the ranch at gunpoint. Jim felt so ashamed that he no longer believed he deserved to be with Mary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Western Kid I#8/5


Nevada

Nevada (presumably so called because he came from there) was a surly gunslinging patron of a saloon. When the Derringer Kid arrogantly issued his first challenge at the saloon, Nevada was the first to counter him, but was outdrawn and crumpled to the floor, shot at close range by the Kid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Western Kid I#8/5


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Western Kid I#8/5, p1, pan2 (main image)
   p3, pan4 (headshot)
   p3, pan4 (Mary)
   p2, pan1 (Nevada)


Appearances:
Western Kid I#8/5 (February, 1956) - uncredited writer, Norman Maurer (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


First posted: 07/18/2019
Last updated
: 07/18/2019

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