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QUICK-DRAW KID

Real Name: "Hulk" Andrews (see comments)

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Drifter;
   formerly carnival act;
   formerly ranch worker

Group Membership: None;
   formerly Ace Cody Traveling Side Show and Carnival

Affiliations: None;
   formerly Ace Cody and other carnival workers

Enemies: Ace Cody, Seth Waco, several other outlaws

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: mobile in Wyoming Hills, USA;
   formerly mobile with a roving carnival in Midwest USA;
   formerly Dallas, Texas, USA

First Appearance: Western Outlaws#15/2 (June, 1956)

Powers/Abilities: Hulk Andrews is a very fast draw with his handguns matched with extreme accuracy. However, he is slow in speech and thought, and can be naive and quick to anger. He has been known to be easily influenced by others. Brave and strong with a solid build, he has no desire to kill anyone and has a strong, basic sense of right and wrong.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond

History:

(Western Outlaws#15/2) - During cow-branding at a Dallas ranch, a worker made fun of Hulk Andrews' solid build and slowness, so Andrews challenged him to a gun duel and easily outdrew the bully. Carnival owner Ace Cody was passing by and was impressed with Andrews' skill, and offered him a substantial pay increase to join his traveling show as a carnival act, promoting him as the "Quick-Draw Kid". Large crowds came to see him and he remained undefeated against showtime challengers, including famed Marshal Dave Tepper. After a show, Cody duped Andrews into joining a group of gunslingers, including Seth Waco, into raiding a bank closed for the night. They were successful with a large haul, but the Quick-Draw Kid felt an overwhelming sense of guilt at being cast an outlaw and wanted to return the money. Sensing a double-cross, he spun and dodged bullets from the other gunmen, and he shot their guns away. They quickly backed away from any further challenge.

(Western Outlaws#15/2 (fb) - BTS) - The Quick-Draw Kid returned the stolen money to the bank and received a pardon for the crime. Having abandoned the carnival, he chose obscurity, becoming a drifter in the Wyoming Hills, his name a fading legend.

 

 

Comments: Created by Stan Lee & Bob Forgione.

I assume "Hulk" is just a nickname...

The story was reprinted in The Ringo Kid I#19/3, which is where the images are from.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Quick-Draw Kid (Hulk Andrews) has no known connections to:


Ace Cody

Ace Cody was the owner of a mobile carnival that toured the Midwest. Chancing across Hulk Andrews' quick and accurate gunshooting skills, he offered Andrews a spot in his show as the Quick-Draw Kid at a significantly higher rate of pay than what Andrew received as a ranch worker. Cody's promotion elevated  the legend of the Quick-Draw Kid, but the unscrupulous Cody cajoled him into joining several nefarious gunslingers and raiding a bank at night. Cody dismissed Andrews' later guilt and desire to return the money. He ordered his men shoot Andrews, but the Kid outdrew them all and disarmed them, soon after abandoning Cody's carnival and returning the stolen loot.

   The Quick-Draw Kid later received a pardon after returning the stolen  money, suggesting that Cody was arrested and punished.

 

 

 

 

--Western Outlaws#15/2


images: (without ads)
The Ringo Kid I#19/3, p7, pan3 (main image)
   p1, pan1 (headshot)
   p5, pan2 (Cody)


Appearances:
Western Outlaws#15/2 (June, 1956) - Stan Lee (writer & editor), Bob Forgione (pencils & inks)


First posted: 11/06/2020
Last updated: 11/06/2020

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