Real Name: Buzz Scanlon

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Adventurer, wagon escort

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile on the western frontier, USA

First Appearance: Wild Western#9/3 (October, 1949)

Powers/Abilities: Buzz Scanlon had a type of "danger sense" that warned him of impending trouble, but no idea of what it actually would be. He initially ignored such premonitions, but this undermined his self-confidence until he learned to listen to such signals. He was a good horse-rider and could handle a gun.


(Wild Western#9/3 (fb) - BTS) - Buzz Scanlon ignored psychological premonitions of danger and others nicknamed him "Hard Luck Kid" for the bad things that occurred soon after he was there. He was quietly aware of impending danger, but did not know what form it would take. These circumstances undermined his self-confidence and he became an armed wagon escort for settlers crossing from St. Louis to California in the 1880s. During one such wagon trek, he opened up to another rider, but then had another premonition from his "danger sense"; thundering ground soon revealed a bison charge. The other rider encouraged Scanlon to listen to his premonitions and they quickly turned the wagon train so that it lined up with the charging creatures, leaving no loss of life or property. Scanlon's confidence was boosted and, using his "danger sense", became a daring adventurer on the frontier, losing his nickname in the process.

Comments: Created by an uncredited writer.

This was a text-only story, so no images are given.

No reason was given for this "danger sense" (my term), so it could be from a blessing or curse, mutation, genetics, etc.

The tale was told by an unnamed speaker, with the closing paragraph vaguely suggesting it may have been an attention-seeking yarn or even the history of the storyteller, but nothing there that disqualifies it from canon.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

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Wild Western#9/3 (October, 1949) - uncredited writer, Stan Lee (editor)

Last updated: 04/09/2019

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