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Real Name: "Lady" Larabee (first name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Saloon owner

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Hank Palmer

Enemies: Steve Conlan

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Roaring Gulch, midwest frontier USA

First Appearance: Love Trails#1/1 (December, 1949)

Powers/Abilities: Svelte yet seductive, Lady Larabee is a shrewd and tough business owner of a gambling den and saloon. Uncompromising, she once made it a point to never grow romantically attached to a man. She has good equestrian abilities and is skilled in firing handguns.

Height: 5'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 125 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond


(Love Trails#1/1 (fb) - BTS) - Lady Larabee established a saloon in the midwest frontier town of Roaring Gulch with business partner Steve Conlan. Both were quietly attracted to each other, but Larabee maintained a professional distance and ran an honest business. But Conlan secretly killed passing gambler Jerry Palmer for his gold without Larabee knowing and she was briefly saddened at his death.

(Love Trails#1/1) - Soon, Jerry's brother Hank wandered into town, suspecting his brother had been murdered and searched for clues. He found his way to Lady Larabee's Saloon and, having lost his money gambling, gained a job with Larabee, who was charmed by his good looks. Hank and Larabee soon began a romance, and Larabee was surprised at how quickly she had fallen in love. Conlan became jealous and declared his love for her, but threatened violence if she didn't dismiss Hank. Larabee refused so Conlan planted evidence that implicated Larabee in Jerry's murder for Hank to find. Easily fooled, Hank confronted Larabee angrily and swore to kill her in vengeance when he returned. She realized Conlan's misdeed and a brief gunfight ensued between Larabee and Conlan; Larabee and Conlan injured each other with superficial wounds. Hank fired the killing shot against Conlan as he also realized Conlan's guilt. The sheriff nearby witnessed the event and was sure Hank would be judged innocent. Hank carried Larabee to a bed for treatment and she saw a future together, leaving her gambling days behind her.


Comments: Uncredited creators (see comments).

Grand Comics Database suggests Syd Shores & John Buscema for artist credits, and Stan Lee for editor.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Lady Larabee has no known connections to:

Steve Conlan

Steve Conlan was Lady Larabee's business partner in her saloon and was romantically attracted to her. He had a violent and criminal streak, and secretly murdered passing gambler Jerry Palmer for his gold. Not long after, Jerry's brother Hank arrived to investigate and soon fell in love with Larabee. Conlan became jealous and threatened Larabee with violence if she didn't end it with Hank, but she refused. Conlan planted evidence that fooled Hank into thinking Larabee was responsible for his brother's death and he stormed off. But Larabee realized Conlan's duplicity and the two had a brief gunfight where they only wounded each other. Instead, Conlan was shot dead by Hank, who had overheard Conlan's confession.







--Love Trails#1/1

Hank Palmer

Hank Palmer traveled to Roaring Gulch to investigate his brother Jerry's death. Gambling his money away in Lady Larabee's Saloon, he quickly gained a job, attracting the eye of Larabee, and the two soon fell in love. But Larabee's fellow business owner Steve Conlan, also quietly also attracted to Larabee, became jealous. When Larabee refused to accede to Conlan's demands to dismiss Hank, Conlan blustered violence and planted evidence that implicated Larabee in Jerry's murder. Hank foolishly believed it and stormed off, threatening to shoot her out of vengeance. But he overheard Conlan confess his misdeeds to Larabee and during a gunfight between Larabee and Conlan, Hank fired the killing shot that downed Conlan. Hank carried the wounded Larabee to a bed and the pair declared their love for each other, ready to commit once Larabee had recovered.







--Love Trails#1/1

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Love Trails#1/1, p1, pan1 (main image)
   p5, pan4 (headshot)
   p8, pan3 (Conlan)
   p2, pan5 (Palmer)

Love Trails#1/1 (December, 1949) - no credits given

First posted: 02/14/2022 - happy Valentine's Day!
Last updated: 02/14/2022

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