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SILENT WOLF

Real Name: Silent Wolf

Identity/Class: (Old West Era) Native American (Cherokee)

Occupation: Nomad

Group Membership: None;
   formerly Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma, USA

Affiliations: Lt. Boxer, Col. David (first names unrevealed)

Enemies: Spider Jenkins and his gang of killers

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in the USA, notably Oklahoma

First Appearance: Wild Western#31/5 (December, 1953)

Powers/Abilities: Silent Wolf was a teen-aged Cherokee brave with an unerring sense of justice against his tribe's killers. He was mute, potentially since soon after birth (given his name), and knew native sign language to communicate.

Height: 5'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Wild Western#31/5) - Silent Wolf was a mute teenager residing on a Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma. But on August 29, 1889, the land-stealing bandit opportunist Spider Jenkins led his murderous gun-wielding gang in a merciless slaughter of all on the reservation so that the thieves could claim it and sell it. The last Cherokee there alive was Silent Wolf, who lunged at Jenkins with his ax, but was shot down. The Cherokee brave grabbed at Jenkins' holster as he fell, clasping an ornamental silver spider that Jenkins used as decoration. The brave was left for dead as the US Cavalry charged in pursuit of Jenkins and his crew. Lt. Boxer and other soldiers found only Silent Wolf (barely) alive and nursed him back to health. Silent Wolf communicated a description and Wanted posters were circulated.

(Wild Western#31/5 (fb) - BTS) - Silent Wolf recovered and swore he would only leave when the killers were found. Meanwhile Jenkins wore disguises and evaded capture, but Silent Wolf persisted in searching, wearing the holster's silver spider on his neck.

(Wild Western#31/5) - Months passed and Silent Wolf stumbled across Jenkins in town and alerted Lt. Boxer. Jenkins was arrested and marched to a cell.

(Wild Western#31/5 (fb) - BTS) - Keen to find the rest of Jenkins' hidden gang, Silent Wolf devised a plan with Lt. Boxer.

(Wild Western#31/5) - Disguised, Silent Wolf knocked out the guard and freed Jenkins at night, who thought the helper was one of his men. But Silent Wolf had left dynamite with a damp fuse (to delay the explosion) in the saddle bag of the escape horse. later, at the nearby fort, Silent Wolf and Boxer saw the large explosion in the distance. Signing "friends forever", Silent Wolf rode off toward the sunrise, satisfied he had avenged his people.

Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Sam Kweskin (pencils & inks).

Unfortunately, there's no good clear shot of him for the main image. The closest are the supplementary images.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Silent Wolf has no known connections to:


Spider Jenkins

Spider Jenkins had a distinctive facial scar. Loyal to no one, he was a racially motivated greedy murderer and led a gang of killer bandits. He had no qualms about killing Native Americans, regardless of age or gender, in an effort to steal their land. One such raid in August 1889 saw him lead his gang against a Cherokee reservation and he ordered every Cherokee there killed. One young brave, Silent Wolf, came close to hitting him with a tomahawk ax, but was shot. Spider and most of his gang fled before the US Cavalry could stop them. Although mute, the surviving brave helped identify the killer. Spider and his gang continued to rob and murder, including white settlers. Spider used wigs and make-up to significantly alter his facial appearance, so he evaded capture for a while. But Silent Wolf noticed the distinctive spider emblem on the bandit's holster one day and Spider was quickly jailed. In an effort to stop his gang and gain vengeance, Silent Wolf secretly helped Spider escape, but placed dynamite in the escape horse's saddle bag with a damp fuse to delay the explosion, which occurred when Spider reached his gang's hiding cave, likely killing all of the bandits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Wild Western#31/5


images: (without ads)
Wild Western#31/5, p3, pan7-12 (main image)
   p2, pan3 (with ax)
   p5, pan6 (crouching)
   p1, pan1 (Jenkins)


Appearances:
Wild Western#31/5 (December, 1953) - uncredited writer, Sam Kweskin (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


Last updated: 03/25/19

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