Real Name: Clem Sykes
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)
Occupation: Rodeo rider
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Marshal Hank
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Abilene, Texas, USA
First Appearance: Cowboy Action#11/2 (March, 1956)
Powers/Abilities: Clem Sykes is a reasonable
rodeo rider, but relies on underhanded tactics to win against
competitors and is more of a showman, seeking applause. He carries a handgun and bullies his way through disagreements.
Weight: 175 lbs. (by approximation)
(Cowboy Action#11/2 (fb) - BTS) - Clem Sykes was a
keen competitor in the Abilene Rodeo Championships, winning four times
in a row, but used dirty tactics to do so. The Rodeo Association
suspected him of cheating for several years and dispatched Marshal Hank
Elliot to go undercover and investigate.
(Cowboy Action#11/2) - After one ride, Sykes did not
gain cheers from a dour onlooker, who suggested Sykes only acted the part
of a difficult ride. Sykes challenged him to a gun duel, but the
opponent, covertly Marshall Elliot, just walked away. Days later,
Sykes, still none the wiser, challenged Elliot to ride against him at the
next rodeo, but secretly placed a burr under the saddle to upset
Elliot's horse. Sykes was surprised, then enraged, when Elliot skillfully calmed
his unruly horse. Sykes was about to punch him, but Elliot instead knocked him down and revealed his identity.
Sykes was arrested and later punished with an unrevealed penalty,
apparently one of the first cases of cheating in American sports history.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Chuck Miller (pencils & inks).
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Clem Sykes has no known connections to:
Marshal Hank Elliot of Wade County was with the Rodeo
Association and tasked with going undercover to investigate claims of
cheating by Clem Sykes. He worked with the horses and quickly caught
the ire of showman Sykes, who later challenged to ride against him, but
secretly placed a burr under Elliot's saddle to upset Elliot's horse.
Elliot skillfully calmed the horse and rode her back, but this
infuriated Sykes, who attacked Elliot. Elliot knocked him down and had
Cowboy Action#11/2, p1 (main image)
p3, pan4 (headshot)
p3, pan2 (Elliot)
Cowboy Action#11/2 (March, 1956) - Stan Lee (writer & editor), Chuck Miller (pencils & inks)
First posted: 09/11/2019
Last updated: 09/11/2019
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