Real Name: Narrato Ponce
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era (1860s))
(Chilean citizen - see comments)
Occupation: Fugitive, outlaw
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Sheriff Samuel
"Harry" B. Morse, Californian lawmen
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Alameda County,
First Appearance: Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#66/2 (April, 1951)
Powers/Abilities: Narrato Ponce is an excellent gunfighter, but quick to anger and ruthless in eliminating opposition, often killing unarmed civilians to achieve his aims. He engages in other crimes, notably horse thievery, and is a very good equestrian.
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
(Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#66/2 (fb) - BTS) - In
the 1860s, Chilean Narrato Ponce had become a notorious outlaw, killer
and horse thief throughout California.
(Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#66/2) - Ponce ventured
into Alameda County and killed a man in cold bar in a Hayward bar. After a
quick drink, Ponce left, but Hayward's Sheriff Harry Morse was
swiftly alerted and a manhunt ensued. After two weeks, Morse finally
caught up with Ponce and a night-time gunfight followed in a field of
haystacks. Morse and his two men set fire to the haystacks to force
Ponce to reveal himself but the gunslinger escaped, albeit with a
(Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#66/2 - BTS) - Ponce
made his way through the night to a nearby settlement of adobe huts and
forced the locals' cooperation to hide him and tend his wound.
(Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#66/2) - Morse and his small posse tracked Ponce the next day, thinking the nearby settlement a likely refuge. The locals pretended not to know who Ponce was, but Ponce, hiding on a roof, then opened fire on the lawmen. Already injured, Ponce fell to Morse's bullets.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer & Davy Berg.
The story title is "The Sheriff Who Wouldn't Quit!" with the badge of Sheriff Samuel B. Morse next to the title, yet the sheriff is called Harry Morse in the story. Further, he's more of a co-star with Ponce the main character.
Ponce is described as Chileno (Chilean) and later Mexican by a (white) bar patron, so I've interpreted this to be Ponce is a Chilean, but considered Mexican by some whites because of his Spanish language and ethnic appearance.
The Atlas era of comics in the 1950s reflected some of the unkind ethnic biases and stereotypes of the time.
This profile was completed 09/28/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Narrato Ponce has no known connections to:
Samuel "Harry" B. Morse
Sheriff Harry Morse was the sheriff of the town
Hayward. When murderous outlaw Narrato Ponce killed a man in the town
he protected, he doggedly pursued the gunslinger with a posse of two
other lawmen. At one point, Morse and his men pinned Ponce down in a
night-time gunfight in a field of haystacks and set fire to them to draw
out the killer, but Ponce escaped (although wounded by a bullet). Morse
tracked Ponce down the next day to a nearby settlement of adobe huts.
Ponce was on an adobe hut roof and shot at Morse and his men, but Morse
fired back with deadly accuracy, killing the rogue.
--Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#66/2
Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#66/2, p1, pan1 (main image)
p2, pan4 (headshot)
p5, pan6 (death)
p3, pan5 (Morse)
Western Outlaws and Sheriffs#66/2 (April, 1951) - uncredited writer, Davy Berg (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 09/28/2021
Last updated: 09/29/2021
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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