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MUSTANG KID

Real Name: Battick (first name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Mercenary gunfighter

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Jeb Collins, Jesse Gail, his gunfight opponents

Known Relatives: Russ Battick (brother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in Texas, USA, notably Coffeeville

First Appearance: Wild Western#19/4 (December, 1951)

Powers/Abilities: Mustang Kid was an unscrupulous gunfighting mercenary with a notorious reputation for killing due to being incredibly fast on the draw with a handgun; however, he used a particular tactic, approaching from behind, forcing his opponent to spin around while he already had his sights and balance set, and only focused on the draw. He was also a good horse rider.

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

History:

(Wild Western#19/4 (fb) - BTS) - Battick became a fast and accurate draw with the handgun, and turned to roving mercenary work in gun duels. To avoid bringing shame to his family name, he took on the moniker Mustang Kid and sought to avoid encounters with them when in his gunslinger identity. He came to be known as the top killer in the region.

   Elsewhere, in Coffeeville, Texas, large cattle ranch owner Jesse Gail was falling into a heated dispute with his smaller neighbors, so to deal with them, Gail hired two experienced gunslinging mercenaries: King Fisher and the Mustang Kid.

(Wild Western#19/4) - Although King Fisher had not yet arrived, the Mustang Kid was keen to start the dueling with Gail's foes. He checked with Gail to ensure his brother, Russ, was not around, but Gail hid the fact that Russ was his first opponent. Approaching from behind before ordering his opponent to turn around, the Mustang Kid was so quick on the draw that Russ fell. The Mustang Kid was shocked; Gail's arrogant and much less skilled gunman, Jeb Collins, took the opportunity to boost his own reputation and challenged the Mustang Kid. Distracted, the Mustang Kid did not fire back at Collins and instead chose to shoot the deceitful Gail as he died. King Fisher arrived the next day and took down Collins in a gunfight.

 

 

Comments: Created by uncredited writer & Al Eadeh.

King Fisher, the gunslinger who killed Jeb Collins, sure looks and sounds like the experienced gunslinger called Kingfisher, who appears (also victorious) in Wild Western#30/4. It sounds like a unique moniker for a fast, professional gunfighter (both in Texas), dropped in as a cameo in the same comic series. And yet there's that annoying space in the name, no author credits, and lack of detailed artwork for this King Fisher (see below; he appears only in the last panel), so I can't say for sure that it's meant to be the same guy.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Mustang Kid has no known connections to:


Jeb Collins

Jeb Collins was a boastful and under-skilled gunslinger, yet pretended to give knowledgeable assessments of other gunslingers' abilities. Outdrawing a drunken opponent was the source of his overconfidence, but he knew the town had little respect for him. He challenged and downed the notorious Mustang Kid to boost his own reputation when the Kid was distracted and unable to fire back. Collins became arrogant with his murderous victory, swaggering through the town, but the next day, the more experienced gunslinger King Fisher arrived and killed him in a fair gun duel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Wild Western#19/4


King Fisher

King Fisher was an experienced gunslinger and mercenary hired by big cattle ranger Jesse Gail. He took on the bragging Jeb Collins the day after Collins killed the Mustang Kid. However, Collins' underhanded tactics in that previous fight showed him to be unskilled and underprepared, and made him an easy victory for King Fisher.

 

There was a real-life gun-slinging King Fisher active in the 1870s.
--Sean Levin

 

 

--Wild Western#19/4


images: (without ads)
Wild Western#19/4, p4, pan3 (main image)
   p2, pan5 (headshot)
   p1, pan3 (Collins)
   p4, pan16 (King Fisher)


Appearances:
Wild Western#19/4 (December, 1951) - uncredited writer, Al Eadeh (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


First posted: 10/24/2020
Last updated: 10/24/2020

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