Real Name: Nan Macklin

Identity/Class: Human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Student

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Arizona Kid (Davy Laramee), Bartley, Chief Bear Claws, Major Cullen, Chief Grey Fox, Happy Hicks, Kicking Horse, Jonathan Smythe

Enemies: Big Buffalo, Creech Gang (Chili Charlie, Ox Creech, Crooked Wolf), Jules DuBois, Marshal Sam Forbes, Sir Reginald Fornal

Known Relatives: Cliff Macklin (father), Kent Macklin (uncle, deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Fort Houston, Prairie City, southern Texas, USA (late 1800s)

First Appearance: Arizona Kid I#1 (March, 1951)

Powers/Abilities: Nan was a skilled horse rider.

Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

History: (Arizona Kid I#1) - Nan met the 17-year old Arizona Kid, Davy Laramee, who had helped her father and come to Fort Houston to join the Texas Rangers. Nan was happy that someone her age would be with the Texas Rangers but her beauty made the Kid somewhat tongue-tied. Nan helped counsel the Kid as he dealt with another Texas Ranger, Bart Trager, who turned out to be a traitor.

(Arizona Kid I#2/2) - As the reformed convict Red Rand left Fort Houston, Nan observed him and opined that he was so nice no one would think he had ever been a convict.

(Arizona Kid I#2/5) - When the English professional game hunter Sir Reginald Fornal visited Fort Houston with his valet Jonathan Smythe and sought the Arizona Kid as a scout on Apache lands, Nan asked to join them. Sir Reginald seemed interested in Nan but he was extremely rude and condescending to the Kid as he tried to guide them. When a cougar appeared, Sir Reginald ignored the Kid's advice and fired a shot which only wounded it, sending it into a frenzy as it lunged for Nan. The Kid killed the cougar, which only incensed Sir Reginald, who wanted to kill the creature on his own. When Apaches led by Chief Bear Claws appeared and Fornal was rude to them, the Kid arranged a secret signal to the Apaches to make them frighten Fornal. As it seemed the Apaches were going to attack, Sir Reginald offered to bargain for his own life. Chief Bear Claws demanded Nan in exchange for his life and Sir Reginald agreed. However, once Sir Reginald had returned to Fort Houston, Chief Bear Claws followed after him and returned Nan safely to her father.

(Arizona Kid I#4) - When the Texas Rangers were summoned to Klamath Wells because three men had been killed by Apaches, Nan accompanied the squad but agreed to wait in town while the Rangers met with the Apaches. However, the encounter with the Apaches led to violence and a band of Apaches raided Klamath Wells in retaliation. Nan was kidnapped by Big Buffalo, an Apache brave who wanted her to be his wife. The Arizona Kid rode to the Apaches' village and convinced Chief Grey Fox to negotiate with Major Cullen, having learned the three men were killed due to gold found on the Apaches' land. Big Buffalo refused to let Nan go so the Kid fought him in a duel with knives which the Kid won, killing Big Buffalo. Nan was set free and the Kid reminded her to forget what she knew about the gold so that no one else would bother the Apaches.

(Arizona Kid I#4/2) - Nan accompanied the Texas Rangers as they camped near Cactus City. As her uncle Kent lived in the town, Captain Macklin suggested she stay in a hotel in Cactus City while he visited Kent. After Nan parted from her father, Marshal Sam Forbes murdered Kent and framed her father and the Arizona Kid for his death. The marshal then sent his men to accost Nan but the Arizona Kid broke out of custody and rescued her then killed Marshal Forbes. Nan went back to the camp with the Kid and the two began to take stock of what had happened when Happy Hicks interrupted and accidentally emptied a bucket of water on the Kid.

(Arizona Kid I#4/5) - Nan was upset when her father was brought back to Fort Houston injured from a shootout with el Chivuto. The Arizona Kid got revenge on the outlaw and Cliff recovered from his injury.

(Arizona Kid I#5/5) - While camped with the Rangers at Chapaqua Springs, Nan saw the Arizona Kid get into a fight with Bull Corbin, a brutal buffalo hunter.

(Arizona Kid I#6) - Nan accompanied the Texas Rangers to Sioux Falls as they pursued the Creech Gang. While the other Rangers went after the gang, Happy was left at their camp to guard Nan. The Arizona Kid captured Job Creech but in retaliation, Ox Creech attacked the campsite and overpowered Happy. Ox made Happy deliver his ransom demand that Job be released in exchange for Nan's life. Cliff and the Arizona Kid were willing to make the trade but Major Cullen refused and Job was finally lynched to death by the townsfolk. The Kid and Cliff ultimately snuck into the gang's hideout at night and quietly rescued Nan. When the gang gave chase through the mountains, the Kid knocked over a boulder which caused an avalanche and buried the gang.

(Wild Western I#21/4) - When the Arizona Kid was assigned to find Miss Ramsdell's missing brother Pete, Miss Ramsdell was so grateful she kissed the Kid. Seeing this, Nan was incensed and behaved coolly as the Kid departed. When the Kid returned with Pete, Miss Ramsdell kissed him again, this time to thank him for saving her brother. In response, Nan kissed the Kid to thank him for rescuing himself.

(Texas Kid I#9/3) - After the Arizona Kid drove him out, Jules DuBois sought revenge by masquerading as Ute medicine man White Elk and kidnapping Nan so that the Texas Rangers would attack the Utes. However, the Kid suspected it was a trick and joined forces with Ute chief Kicking Horse to rescue Nan. As the Kid and Nan went back to the Ragers, DuBois was left to the Utes to face justice at their hands.

Comments: Created by an unknown writer and Russ Heath.

This profile was completed 7/13/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Prime Eternal.

Nan Macklin should not be confused with:

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Arizona Kid I#2/5, page 3, panel 5 (main)
Arizona Kid I#2/5, page 5, panel 6 (headshot)

Arizona Kid I#1 (March, 1951) - unknown writer, Russ Heath (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Arizona Kid I#2 (May, 1951) - unknown writer, Russ Heath (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Arizona Kid I#4 (September, 1951) - unknown writer, Russ Heath (artist, story 1 and 2), Pete Morisi (artist, story 5), Stan Lee (editor)
Arizona Kid I#5 (November, 1951) - unknown writer, Pete Morisi (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Arizona Kid I#6 (January, 1952) - unknown writer, Pete Morisi (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Wild Western I#21/4 (April, 1952) - unknown writer, Pete Morisi (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Texas Kid I#9/3 (May, 1952) - unknown writer, Pete Morisi (artist), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 09/10/2021
Last updated: 09/07/2021

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