Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)
Occupation: Outlaw, fugitive
Group Membership: Briefly leader of his own
Enemies: Matt Slade, Sheriff
Wade Thompson, Carson County citizens
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile in Midwest USA
First Appearance: Frontier Western#2/1
Powers/Abilities: The Utah Kid is a fast and
accurate gunfighter who uses his skills for robbery and killing. He is
an excellent horse rider.
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Dark brown
(Frontier Western#2/1) - The Utah Kid made himself a fierce reputation as a bandit and accurate gunfighter. He targeted the bank in Carson County, hoping to encounter the new sheriff there, Wade Thompson. They met in the doorway; the Kid shot the sheriff's gun aside and intended to take him hostage, but Thompson was so dedicated to the law that he was willing to die for it. Seeing the armed townsfolk gathering, the Utah Kid surrendered.
(Matt Slade, Gunfighter#2/6 (fb) - BTS) - The Utah
Kid apparently escaped, teamed up with four gunsels, and killed again.
Undercover marshal Matt Slade
pursued him through the harsh Mohave Desert.
(Matt Slade, Gunfighter#2/6) - Hidden, the Utah Kid
shot and killed Matt Slade's horse and his canteen, leaving the marshal
stranded. Recuperating with a wounded wild stallion he had helped,
headed into a nearby cave the next day and was confronted by the Utah
his men, who had returned to ensure Slade was dead. A gunfight barely
before Slade's new loyal horse kicked away the other outlaws, leaving
only the Utah Kid, his guns shot away by Slade. The marshal
arrested the Kid and took him away for trial.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee & George Tuska.
I can't be 100% sure the Utah Kid is the same across
the two issues, but given they were published within a few months of
other, I'd say it's a fairly safe bet, especially given the very
physical appearance. There is another Utah Kid,
but he looks quite different, so I'd place him as a separate
character. It seems very unlikely there would be three Utah Kids
published within 10 months of each other, even with the high rotation
of western characters at that time. And in both stories, his hair is
colored as black and dark brown in different panels.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
The Utah Kid has no known connections to:
At some point in the 1870s, Wade Thompson was
initially a cowboy,
quick to anger. He was made sheriff of Carson County and took the job
too seriously and roughly. Hearing the Utah Kid was raiding the bank,
he rushed over but was quickly disarmed by the outlaw. Thompson was
held hostage so that the Utah Kid could escape, but Thompson was
prepared to die for the law, making him a useless hostage. The Utah Kid
surrendered as armed townsfolk gathered around to protect their
sheriff. Noting his commitment, the citizens promised to re-elect Thompson as sheriff.
Frontier Western#2/1, p4, pan5 (main image)
Matt Slade, Gunfighter#2/6, p5, pan1 (headshot)
Frontier Western#2/1, p4, pan1 (Thompson)
Frontier Western#2/1 (April, 1956) - Stan Lee (writer & editor), George Tuska (pencils & inks)
Matt Slade, Gunfighter#2/6 (July, 1956) - uncredited writer, Werner Roth (pencils), Russ Heath (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 10/27/2020
Last updated: 10/27/2020
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