Real Name: Spade Borden
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)
Occupation: Outlaw, fugitive
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Law enforcement officials
Known Relatives: Jim Borden
Borden (nephew), grandnephew (name unrevealed)
Base of Operations: Mobile in frontier USA
First Appearance: Wild Western#53/3 (January,
Powers/Abilities: Spade Borden was a fast
gunfighter and a rough bully. He thrived on cultivating his criminal
reputation. He was an excellent horse rider and handled the lasso
Weight: 190 lbs. (by approximation)
(Wild Western#53/3 (fb) - BTS) - Spade Borden
thrilled at his notorious reputation as the Utah Kid. But he sought
company in his crimes. He tracked down his half-brother Jim so he could
take his son Tommy away from him. Spade waited until the sheriff was
out of town before making his move.
(Wild Western#53/3) - Spade entered the town, assaulting a man to find Jim's ranch. He rode on and, finding Jim's ranch, fired a shot to announce his arrival. Seeking praise but finding none from Jim, Spade said he wanted to take Tommy with him, even threatening Jim with a gun, but Jim defiantly knocked him flat on the ground with well-placed punches. Jim ordered Spade off his land and the Utah Kid rode off defeated.
Three weeks later, a posse finally
caught up with the Utah Kid. A quick gunfight and he was killed, likely
buried in a forgotten grave outside Lathrup, Wyoming.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee & Dick Ayers.
This sounds to be a potential case of "Dakota Kid" syndrome, where Borden was inspired by a predecessor/contemporary (or maybe took on the name to ride on the notoriety of a predecessor/contemporary).
I can't find his place of burial, Lathrup, Wyoming, on a map.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Utah Kid has no known connections to:
Jim Borden was Spade Borden's half-brother and
content to live an honest life on a small ranch. Having not seen each
other for a while, Jim was
unimpressed with his brother's notoriety as the outlaw Utah Kid. When
Spade revealed that he wanted to take Jim's son, Tommy, with him as a
partner in crime, Jim defended his family, knocking away Spade's gun
and punching him down. Spade rode away defeated and they never met again. Years
later, Jim was proud of his son, who had become a sheriff and had a son
of his own.
Wild Western#53/3, p4, pan4 (main image)
p1, pan2 (headshot)
p4, pan5 (Jim)
Wild Western#53/3 (January, 1957) - Stan Lee (writer & editor), Dick Ayers (pencils & inks)
First posted: 10/25/2020
Last updated: 10/25/2020
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