Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Arcade (real name unrevealed)

User/Possessors: Arcade

Aliases: "Cowboy" (as called by Spider-Man)

First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up I#66 (February, 1978) (see comments)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Apparently a non-sentient human-sized robotic mechanism (see comments), it was dressed with the accoutrements of an Old West gunslinger. Built to commit assassinations, it was armed with what appeared to be a pair of conventional revolver handguns.

When approached by its human target, it would issue a vocal challenge for a gunfight showdown ("Draw, pahdnuh").

If it were somehow overcome by its challenger, the robot would vocally admit defeat and simulate its "death" by deactivating ("Uhrrrh!").

(X-Men I#124 (fb)) - When the hitman Arcade wanted to utilize his unique "talent" for murder with style, he built Murderworld, the first assassination amusement park -- this "Disneyland of Death" was filled with a multitude of lethal traps and devices, including Kid Cyborg.

   At some point, at least one unidentified victim met his end at the guns of Kid Cyborg, when the robot shot him in the back.

(Marvel Team-Up I#66) - When Spider-Man (Peter Parker) was trapped in Murderworld, one of the first mechanical menaces he encountered was Kid Cyborg. The robotic gunslinger challenged the unarmed hero to "Draw!" and immediately fired its pistols at him; but Spider-Man jumped above the robot's line of fire, then followed up by punching off Kid Cyborg's head, which deactivated the automaton.

Comments: Created Chris Claremont and John Byrne.

Although Kid Cyborg's first appearance was in Marvel Team-Up I#66, the flashback appearance in X-Men I#124 chronologically precedes that story.

Despite his name, Kid Cyborg appeared to be just a robot, and not a true cybernetic organism.

As far as I know, the three panels above are all of Kid Cyborg's appearances, but it seems like it would have been easy enough for Arcade to repair -- if anyone knows of any further appearances, please contact us.

There may have been a similar game using a mechanical gunfighter in the days of the penny arcades of the past, but by modern times, there were several video games, including Fast Draw Showdown.

A robot gunslinger -- kind of reminds me of the old movie Westworld.

Profile by Ron Fredricks.

Kid Cyborg has no known connections to:

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X-Men I#124, p3, pan2 (Kid Cyborg shoots unidentified victim)
Marvel Team-Up I#66, p9, pan4 (Kid Cyborg confronts Spider-Man)
Marvel Team-Up I#66, p9, pan5 (Spider-Man punches off Kid Cyborg's head)

Marvel Team-Up I#66 (February, 1978) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Dave Hunt (inks & colors), Tom Orzechowski (letters), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men I#124 (August, 1979) - Chris Clarmeont (plot, script), John Byrne (plot, pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Glynis Oliver (colors), Tom Orzechowski (letters), Roger Stern (editor)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First Posted: 10/21/2021
Last Updated: 10/21/2021

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