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SCARECROW

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Cattle rancher, criminal

Group Membership: Leader of his gang

AffiliationsSquint, various henchmen

Enemies: Ernie Cantrel, Kid Colt (Blaine Cole), Betty Latimer, Herb Latimer, other local ranchers

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Area around South Forks & Storyville, USA

First Appearance: Kid Colt Outlaw I#5/1 (May, 1949)

Powers/Abilities: The greedy Scarecrow was a fast and experienced gunslinger, and used violence and extortion to achieve business gains. As a wealthy bully, he led a gang of obedient gunslingers. He also had good equestrian skills. He had a gray, grassy beard, which earned him his nickname.

Height: 5'11" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black and white

History:

(Kid Colt Outlaw I#5/1 (fb) - BTS) - Through cunning, criminal and violent means, Scarecrow secured small ranches around South Forks to become the largest and wealthiest ranch owner in the area, but he still wanted more. He would usually bully ranchers to sell their herds under market price.

(Kid Colt Outlaw I#5/1) - Backed by his right-hand man Squint, Scarecrow gunned down young Herb Latimer, who was inexperienced in gunfighting. This left the teenaged Betty Latimer in charge of the small Latimer ranch. The other townsfolk and remaining ranch owners were too fearful of Scarecrow and his bullying gang to intervene as they left. But fearless rancher Ernie Cantrel rode in and condemned the cowards. Soon after, Scarecrow, Squint and several others set off dynamite that diverted the South Forks river and stopped the water supply to ranches, including Latimer's. That night, Cantrel organized a meeting of remaining ranchers but Scarecrow's men violently barged in with the extortionist's even lower offer. However, by chance, Kid Colt arrived and drove off Scarecrow's men. Hearing the ranchers' plight, Colt set up a strategy against Scarecrow. First, he fooled Scarecrow into splitting his forces by buying Betty's cattle and driving them to market at Storyville. Soon after, a chaotic gunfight saw the ranchers defeat Scarecrow's remaining gang. Kid Colt, Betty and Cantrel then confronted Scarecrow in Storyville, and revealed that Betty was too young to make business deals. Angered at having been fooled into taking the Latimer cattle to market, Scarecrow ordered his two gunsels to shoot them, but Kid Colt and Cantrel easily outdrew and killed the foes.

 

 

Comments: Created by uncredited writer & artist(s).

See the Grand Comics Database for probable creators (several are offered).

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Scarecrow has no known connections to:


Squint

Squint was Scarecrow's right-hand man, trailing him around. Following orders, he detonated dynamite to divert the South Forks river away from the small ranches Scarecrow was targeting. Later, he led Scarecrow's men to interrupt the ranchers' emergency meeting, extorting a lower price again for their thirsty cattle. Kid Colt's sudden arrival and intervention sent Squint and his bullies running. He was among Scarecrow's forces split as part of Kid Colt's strategy to protect the ranchers' interests and was later shot during a frantic mass gunfight while trying to flee. Squint's final fate is unrevealed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Kid Colt Outlaw I#5/1


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Kid Colt Outlaw I#5/1, p1, pan4 (main image)
   p2, pan7 (headshot)
   p1, pan2 (Squint)


Appearances:
Kid Colt Outlaw I#5/1 (May, 1949) - uncredited writer & artist(s), Stan Lee (editor)


First posted: 03/06/2021
Last updated: 03/06/2021

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