Real Name: Charlie Feather (see comments)
Identity/Class: Normal human (Native American, Old West era)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Unidentified cowboy
Enemies: Grizzly Pete
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Man Who Refused To Die
Base of Operations: Southern Texas
First Appearance: Kid Colt, Outlaw#9/6 (May 1950)
Powers/Abilities: Charlie Feather was a strong-willed individual, capable to forcing his body to keep going until he had completed his mission even after being multiple times in the chest. He was at least semi-skilled with knives.
Height: 5'10" (by estimation)
Weight: 175 lbs. (by estimation)
(Kid Colt, Outlaw#9/6 (fb) - BTS) - Charlie Feather was a Native American who lived in a small Texas town. Quiet and dignified, for a number of years he calmly and stoically put up with being pushed around, made fun of and being the butt of various indignities inflicted on him by some of the town's more bigoted residents.
(Kid Colt, Outlaw#9/6) - Charlie was
minding his own business smoking a pipe on the walkway outside the
saloon when town ne'er-do-well Grizzly Pete came up and decided to taunt
him. As Pete derisively asked Charlie why he wasn't out collecting
scalps, Charlie did his best to ignore the jackass, but then Pete got
physical, violently kicking Charlie over claiming the "low-down redskin"
was blocking his path into the saloon. This proved to be the last straw
for the previously restrained Charlie. Picking himself up once Pete had
gone into the bar, Charlie angrily pulled out his knife and declared he
would kill the "foul-mouthed paleface." A nearby cowboy tried to stop
him, concerned Grizzly would kill Charlie and urging the Native to go
home and forget the incident. However Charlie was too incensed, seeing
the insult as a slur against his entire people and determined to avenge
He stormed into the saloon and demanded
Grizzly apologize or he would be killed. Pete laughed this off
disparagingly, then declared he had never liked "redskins" anyway and
pulled his pistol, telling the other patrons that they had witnessed
Charlie's threat, so shooting the man would be self-defense. Ignoring
another patron pointing out that the gunless Charlie had no chance, so
it would be murder, Pete shot Charlie in the chest, then, as his victim
fell to the floor, calmly turned back to the bar telling the shocked
witnesses that drinks were on him. However, to everyone's shock, Charlie
pulled himself back up of the ground, shaking and bleeding but declaring
that only Grizzly's death would wipe out the insult to his people.
Surprised, Grizzly declared that Charlie didn't know when to give in,
and shot him twice more. Seeing Charlie continued to stagger towards
him, Pete began to panic, declaring Charlie wasn't human. Emptying his
entire gun into the slowly advancing Charlie, Pete called out for him to
fall down, then with no bullets left and Charlie mere feet away, Pete
cried out in terror, insisting that Charlie was dead. A determined
Charlie responded that he couldn't die until the insult to his people
was wiped out by Pete's demise, and as he finally reached his opponent
Charlie thanked the Great Spirit for letting him live long enough to
complete his task. As Pete screamed in denial, Charlie killed him with a
single swipe of his knife, then collapsed atop his former tormentor,
finally succumbing to his wounds.
He was buried in a quiet churchyard with a tombstone that declared him
"The Man Who Refused To Die."
Comments: Created by Gene Colan.
Charlie was a Native American based in an
unidentified Texas town. Given he was buried "north of the Rio Grande,"
I'm assuming Southern Texas, though technically since the Rio Grande is
pretty well at the bottom of Texas, that description could cover
anywhere in the State. However, you don't say someone lives "north of
Los Angeles" if you mean they live in Alaska; so I'm guessing Charlie
lived somewhere only slightly north of the Rio Grande. His exact tribal
background isn't divulged, and his clothing gives no real clues, being
pretty much the generic look Native characters tended to be given in all
media back in the 1950s.
Charlie's three page story was reprinted in Western Thrillers#1 in November 1954, which is where the pictures on this page came from.
This profile was completed 9/02/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Loki.
Charlie Feather has no known connections to:
Unidentified concerned cowboy
When Charlie declared his intention to kill Grizzly Pete, a nearby cowboy tried to hold him back and reason with him, pointing out that the mean Grizzly would likely kill Charlie.
--Kid Colt, Outlaw#9/6
images: (without ads)
Western Thrillers#1, p1, pan1 (main image)
Western Thrillers#1, p2, pan2 (headshot)
Western Thrillers#1, p3, pan2 (being shot)
Western Thrillers#1, p3, pan6-8 (killing Pete, Charlie's death, Charlie's gravestone)
Western Thrillers#1, p2, pan1 (unidentified cowboy trying to restrain Charlie)
Kid Colt, Outlaw#9/6 (May 1950) - Gene Colan (pencils), Stan Lee (editor), other credits unknown
First Posted: 09/10/2021
Last updated: 09/07/2021
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