Real Name: Hal Newby
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Bob, Clem, Slim (full names unrevealed)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed area in western frontier countryside, USA
First Appearance: Wild Western#31/4 (December,
Powers/Abilities: Hal Newby was an
accomplished horse rider and cattle herder with many years of
experience, but his old age left many underestimating his skills and
knowledge. He was armed with a handgun that he used to help round up
Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 125 lbs. (by approximation)
(Wild Western#31/4 (fb) - BTS) - When he was a much
younger and inexperienced cowboy, Hal Newby was saved from death by an
older colleague he had initially mocked. Newby learned from this and adopted a cowboy's code not to
display others' faults.
(Wild Western#31/4) - Many years passed, now an aged
cowboy who joined cattle roundups, Newby overheard others question
employer Clem if Newby was too old to help. Later, they found the
ranging cattle and Clem ordered Slim to watch out for Newby as the
cattle were rounded up. Newby warned Slim about charging into a blind
canyon but the younger cowboy ignored the advice and was confronted by
a stampede. Slim intended to leave Newby behind but his horse fell.
Newby courageously used gunshots to keep the stampede away from the
unconscious Slim. Clem arrived and Newby covered for Slim's foolhardy
behavior; Newby was fired by Clem and accepted his fate as he rode off.
But Slim soon recovered and told what had really happened. Seeking to
right a wrong, Slim rode after Newby who had meanwhile been caught in a
fierce storm. A fallen tree pinned Newby to the muddy ground. Slim
arrived and, defying the lightning, helped Newby to safety. The storm
cleared and they faced clear skies ahead.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Ed Moline (pencils & inks).
I like to think that the Newby character was fashioned after somebody real, as it's an unusual mix of "newbie" sound with someone old.
No credits are given in-story; art credit from comics.org.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Hal Newby has no known connections to:
Wild Western#31/4, p5, pan5 (main image)
p2, pan3 (headshot)
Wild Western#31/4 (December, 1953) - uncredited writer, Ed Moline (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 04/07/2019
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