CODY "ONE-EYE" SMITH
Real Name: Cody Smith, Jr.
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)
Occupation: Outlaw, fugitive
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Weasel Craw
Enemies: Clem Snider, Jeb
Snider, various victims
Known Relatives: Cody Smith, Sr. (father),
Mrs. Smith (mother, name unrevealed)
Base of Operations: Mobile in Texas, USA, mid-19th Century
First Appearance: Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#69/1 (October, 1951)
Powers/Abilities: Bitter and merciless,
One-Eye Smith was a murderous and unforgiving outlaw and thief.
However, his crimes caused him to develop a paranoid streak where he
thought any ally could be an enemy. He was an accurate and fast
close-range shooter, despite losing his left eye, and an expert
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
(Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#69/1 (fb)) - In 1852 in
Texas, Cody Smith, Jr., aged just 14, was shot alongside his father, a
US Marshal, and his mother, by outlaw Clem Snider, who targeted Cody
Smith, Sr. as revenge for shooting Clem's brother Jeb for cattle
rustling. His parents died and Cody Jr. barely survived and lost his
left eye. Years later (1860), aged 21, Cody Jr. chanced upon Clem in a
bar in the town of Summit Gap and shot him dead. The sheriff tried to
arrest Cody Jr., but the murderer went berserk and shot the sheriff,
then others before escaping on horseback. He became
One-Eye Smith, a wanted outlaw. Months later, he met fellow outlaw
Weasel Craw and the two joined forces rustling cattle. Seeking greater
opportunities and money, they turned their hand to robbing stagecoaches.
(Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#69/1) - In one raid,
after killing the driver and guard, Weasel and One-Eye left abandoned
passengers in the desert and made off with the stagecoach. Only one
survivor made it to the nearest town of Los Rios and the sheriff
deputized a large hunting party. However, One-Eye and Weasel raided the
bank while the law was out of town. The outlaws escaped into the hills
but could run no further with rangers patrolling. Weasel suggested
retiring from the outlaw life but One-Eye ignored him. That night,
paranoid that Weasel was stealing from his pack, One-Eye shot him, but
this alerted the sheriff and his men. A shooting standoff ensued and
rather than be captured, One-Eye shot himself in the head. He was
buried in 1861 in an unmarked grave somewhere in the Pecos Hills.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Joe Maneely (pencils & inks).
The main image also served as the (slightly recolored) cover image of the issue.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Cody "One-Eye" Smith has no known connections to:
Weasel Craw was a wanted outlaw. Sometime in 1860, he
met and teamed up with the murderous outlaw One-Eye Smith and the two
become a fearsome duo, initially with cattle rustling, then raiding
stagecoaches and banks, killing many as they went. Given the riches
they had acquired, Weasel hoped to retire, but One-Eye ignored him. One
night, as rangers patrolled the hills hunting for them, the paranoid
One-Eye thought Weasel was stealing from him and shot him dead.
--Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#69/1
Alongside his brother Jeb, Clem Snider was a cattle
rustler. In 1852, Marshal Cody Smith, Sr. sought to arrest them, but a
gunfight broke out and Jeb was killed while Clem escaped. Later, Clem
attacked the marshal's house, shooting him and his wife dead, and
severely injuring his son, Cody Jr. Years later, Cody Jr. had grown up
bitter and resentful of the law, and chanced upon Clem in a bar. Cody
Jr. gave Clem no chance to draw, shooting him at point-blank range.
This murder sparked Cody Jr.'s career as the murderous outlaw One-Eye
--Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#69/1
Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#69/1, p1, pan1 (main image)
p3, pan3 (headshot)
p6, pan4 (Weasel)
p3, pan6 (Clem)
Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#69/1 (October, 1951) - uncredited writer, Joe Maneely (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 09/26/2019
Last updated: 09/26/2019
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