Real Name: Sawyer (first name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: (Old West Era)
formerly gunslinger, outlaw
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Sheriff Dan Brunt,
Known Relatives: father (name unrevealed)
Base of Operations: Mobile in New Mexico, USA
First Appearance: Cowboy Action#6/3 (May, 1955)
Powers/Abilities: The Gun-Dance Kid is an
excellent and accurate gunslinger, but violent and quick to anger,
although he claims to have grown tired of this. He longs for his family.
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
(Cowboy Action#6/3 (fb) - BTS) - The boy surnamed
Sawyer left his father while a child, eventually turning to crime and
became a gunslinger around New Mexico. He earned the nickname
"Gun-Dance Kid" because he would force people to "dance" by shooting at
their feet when making demands, developing a reputation for murder and
violence. Eventually he grew tired of the violence and being on the run
from the law, and sought out the only family he had. He wanted to pass
money he had stolen to his father so they could enjoy life together.
His wanderings took him to the small town of Sagebrush.
(Cowboy Action#6/3) - The Gun-Dance Kid rode into
Sagebrush and he demanded from a local to know where someone called
shooting at the feet of the scared citizen. Sheriff Dan Brunt came out
to calm the situation, but the Kid challenged him to a gun duel. Brunt
instead knocked him down and kicked him out of town. That night, the
Kid returned and broke into Brunt's home, and was about to kill him
Brunt asked why he was looking for Sawyer. The Kid explained and the
sheriff took the opportunity to lie, claiming to be the Kid's father,
that he had changed his name because he had been ashamed of the Kid's
violent misdeeds. Brunt refused the Kid's money and challenged him to
get a real job and return in six months if he was honest about wanting
to surrender his criminal past. The Kid dropped his guns and rode off,
hoping to change.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Paul Reinman (pencils & inks).
The editor's postscript suggests that Sawyer returned months later a changed man, having abandoned his outlaw ways for good.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
The Gun-Dance Kid has no known connections to:
Dan Brunt was the sheriff of the small town of
Sagebrush, New Mexico. His son Joe had died when young and he vowed to
never hurt anyone who reminded him of his boy. Brunt had grown old when
the Gun-Dance Kid rode into Sagebrush and caused trouble. Brunt knocked
him down when the Kid challenged him to a gun duel and kicked him out
of town, not wanting to arrest the Kid as he was about the same age as
his son would've been. Brunt speculated that the Kid was searching for
family called Sawyer. That night, the Gun-Dance broke into Brunt's
house to kill him. Thinking quickly, Brunt discovered that the Kid was
looking for his father to pay back money. Seizing the opportunity,
Brunt lied and claimed he was the Kid's father, having changed his own
name as he had been ashamed for what the Kid had done. Brunt refused
the Kid's money and told the Kid that if he truly wished to surrender
his outlaw ways and recover family, then he should leave for six months
and get a proper job. The Kid left without his guns and Brunt hoped for
Cowboy Action#6/3, p2, pan5 (main image)
p6, pan2 (headshot)
p2, pan2 (Brunt)
Cowboy Action#6/3 (May, 1955) - Stan Lee (writer & editor), Paul Reinman (pencils & inks)
First posted: 09/13/2019
Last updated: 09/13/2019
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