Real Name: Dragon Face
Identity/Class: Normal human (Native American - Apache) (Old West Era)
Occupation: Briefly chief of his Red Hawk's Apache
formerly leader of his own small Apache band
Group Membership: His small band of Apaches
Affiliations: Fellow Apaches of his tribe;
formerly Red Hawk
Enemies: Apache Kid (Alan Krandal/Aloysius
Kare), Major Bill Gregory, Mary Gregory, Red Hawk, US soldiers, local
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile near Fort Judson,
Arizona Territory, USA
First Appearance: Two Gun Western#7/1 (April,
Powers/Abilities: Raised an Apache, Dragon
Face used religion, invoking the revered spirit Manitou, to
fuel his quest for power. He was willing to
kill, including holding human sacrifices, to achieve this, particularly
against encroaching white settlers. He could shoot a rifle fairly
had good horse-riding skills.
Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
(Two Gun Western#7/1
(fb) - BTS) - Dragon Face railed against encroaching white settlers and
military that protected the settlers on Apache lands. Leader of a small group, he was a
firebrand drifter among the Apaches, encouraging the killing of non-Apaches,
or their capture and human sacrifice, invoking the revered Native
American spirit Manitou to gain reluctant compliance from his fellows. His extremist stance earned him a feared reputation among the local population.
Gun Western#7/1) - Harnessing superstition, Dragon Face led a stealthy
attack against a four US troopers patrolling the area, killing three
but kept one alive to burn at the stake out in the open. The killers
took refuge in Chief Red Hawk's encampment. The Apache Kid, having seen
the carnage, challenged Dragon Face but the Kid's stepfather, Red Hawk,
was honor-bound to provide hospitality for one more night (although he
denounced human sacrifice). Dragon Face and his men later wore stolen
US trooper uniforms and opened fire on Apaches gathering sacred water
from a scalding geyser, using this trickery as an excuse to usurp Red
Hawk's leadership and then attack a nearby wagon train. Dragon Face
captured Mary Gregory (Apache Kid's secret love) for sacrifice and
readied for war against Major Gregory and his US fort, but Apache Kid
rode in and rescued Mary while also scattering Dragon Face's forces.
The firebrand gave chase and they passed near the sacred geyser, which
blew an hour early, scalding Dragon Face as he shot far up into the air
and died. The Apache Kid mused that there may have been divine
intervention from Manitou.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Joe Maneely (pencils & inks).
He appeared in one panel only with what appears to be a ceremonial mask (see third image at right), but this was the introductory panel and the headgear is not shown again. Presumably it was used at one point in the human sacrifice ceremony.
This story was later reprinted, as per comics.org, in Apache Kid#11 (December, 1954) (but had a white chest stripe instead of green) and Western Gunfighters#10 (July, 1972) (but had a red face stripe instead of green).
Marvel's Apache Skies miniseries retconned many of
the adventures of Marvel's western stars as dime novel fictional
accounts, but we can't be sure which stories that account covers.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Dragon Face has no known connections to:
Two Gun Western#7/1, p5, pan2 (main image)
p4, pan4 (headshot)
p1, pan1 (with ceremonial mask)
Two Gun Western#7/1 (April, 1951) - uncredited writer, Joe Maneely (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 11/04/2020
Last updated: 11/04/2020
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