Real Name: George Peshaur
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)
Occupation: Outlaw, gunslinger
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Mannen Clements, John Wesley Hardin, Ida May, Ed Morrison (loose), Shanghai
Pierce (loose), various Texan gunsels
Enemies: Wyatt Earp, Charles Hatton, Wichita Mayor Hope, Judge Jewett
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile in Kansas &
First Appearance: Wyatt Earp#3/3 (March, 1956)
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed (possibly villainous black)
(Wyatt Earp#3/3) - In June 1874, Wyatt Earp became
the new Marshal of the burgeoning frontier town of Wichita, Kansas, a
relatively lawless town of troubled by dangerous Texans. Earp enforced
the law and rounded up many for the courthouse and jail, including
cattle king scoundrel Shanghai Pierce and his gunsels led by Ed
Morrison. Proud Texan George Peshaur felt that Earp was targeting
Texans and challenged him, demanding that he leave all Texans be. As a
lawman, Earp refused. Peshaur declared that Earp was hiding behind his
guns and badge, so Earp took him into the empty back room of a nearby
store, both unarmed, where they engaged in a savage fistfight. Almost a
half hour later, Peshaur stumbled out of the room first, apparently
trying to get away. Earp stepped over him and resumed his duties.
Earp#4/1) - Soon after, Peshaur swiped another cowboy's gun and fired
at Earp, but the lawman shot the gun out of his hand and ran him out of
town. Peshaur called on various friends and fellow gunmen to round up a
large posse against Earp. Peshaur approached John Wesley Hardin, but he
refused because he knew Earp's mettle, so Peshaur went to Hardin's
cousin, Mannen Clements. Peshaur returned to Wichita to the sordid
saloon of his girlfriend, Ida May, where she was in trouble for failing
to pay in full for a piano. Earp had been called in to collect the
money or the piano and his backup had greater firepower than Peshaur's
gunsels. May told Peshaur to have his men pay the remaining amount.
This reinforced Peshaur's resolve to violently oust the Marshal.
(Wyatt Earp#5/6) - Peshaur returned to his base and
gathered his band of 50 gunslingers while Earp handpicked 10 to stand
by him. The two forces met on a bridge into Wichita. Clements met Earp
solo but found Earp's steel-eyed gaze and resolve undefeatable; the
"Wichita War" ended without a bullet fired to Peshaur's disappointment.
A few days later, Peshaur noticed a young trick shooter (a cousin of
Clements) and had him challenge Earp to a gun duel; Peshaur promised
the kid he would fire on Earp if the Marshal drew. But the kid showed
off after calling his challenge and Earp's lightning fast draw disarmed
him. Peshaur's plan revealed, Earp ordered Peshaur to leave Wichita and
the villain rode off.
Comments: Adapted by Hank Chapman & Norman Maurer.
George Peshaur, apparently more of a gambler, was a real-life foe of the real-life Wyatt Earp and the final "Wichita War" is tagged as based on a real-life event.
I very much doubt Shanghai Pierce had any Chinese connection; it likely had more to do with the act of shanghai-ing (forcing) men into labor.
This profile was completed 2/17/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
George Peshaur has no known connections to:
Ida May was George Peshaur's girlfriend in Wichita
and ran the local "honky-tonk" (disreputable bar). She paid a deposit
on a piano from Kansas City but refused to make settlement after
delivery. When Marshal Wyatt Earp was called in to collect the money or
the piano, May turned to Peshaur, but Earp's backup had heavier
firepower than Peshaur's gunsels. May told Peshaur to collect money
from his men to cover the remaining cost of the piano and the debt was
Ed Morrison was one of the guns-for-hire under cattle king Shanghai Pierce's command. When Marshal Wyatt Earp stopped Pierce's dangerous behavior, Morrison and his fellow Texan cowboys came out of the saloon to back up Pierce. Overwhelming odds forced Earp to retreat and get a bigger gun and he stared them down, marching them to the courthouse where the gunsels were fined. Pierce paid all the fines. They were the last Texans arrested by Earp before George Peshaur challenged Earp. Pierce was likely part of Peshaur's later large posse riding against Earp.
Shanghai Pierce was a very rich Texas cattle ranch
owner originally from Connecticut. Seated in the main street in the new
booming town of Wichita, he chose to have some chaotic fun by shooting
at an old prospector's feet but Marshal Wyatt Earp rode in, disarmed
him and shoved him back into the saloon, threatening jail if he
reoffended. Instead, Pierce emerged with multiple guns-for-hire led by
Ed Morrison. Facing impossible odds, Earp left to get a bigger gun,
then challenged them again. The gunmen backed down and were marched
before the judge and fined. Shanghai Pierce paid all the fines.
Pierce's group were the last Texans arrested by Earp before George
Peshaur challenged Earp.
Wyatt Earp#4/1, p1, pan1 (main image)
Wyatt Earp#5/6, p4, pan4 (headshot)
Wyatt Earp#5/6, p3, pan9 (horseback)
Wyatt Earp#4/1, p3, pan5 (May)
Wyatt Earp#3/3, p4, pan1 (Morrison, main)
Wyatt Earp#3/3, p3, pan1 (Morrison, headshot)
Wyatt Earp#3/3, p2, pan4 (Pierce, main)
Wyatt Earp#3/3, p3, pan1 (Pierce, headshot)
Wyatt Earp#3/3 (March, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Norman Maurer (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Wyatt Earp#4/1 (May, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Norman Maurer (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Wyatt Earp#5/6 (July, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Norman Maurer (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 09/10/2021
Last updated: 09/07/2021
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