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Real Name: Clem Sykes

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Rodeo rider

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Marshal Hank Elliot

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: 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.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 175 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown


(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:

Hank Elliot

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 him arrested.







--Cowboy Action#11/2

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   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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