Real Name: "Idaho" Smith (first name
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Dr. Bailey, Yucca Bates (deputy
sheriff), Benny the Barber, blacksmith (name unrevealed), Buffalo Ben,
Bill Gordon, Mrs.
Gordon, Randy Kincaid, Agnes Oakley (Shot-Gun Sadie), Annie Oakley, Ben
Prissy, Shep, Spades Sherman (loose), Col. Avery Throckenberry,
Enemies: Bart and his gang, Black
Bart and his
gang, the Boss, Prof. Karl Brukenwald, Frank
Butler (loose), "Dollar"
Dillon, "Dude" Dodson, Ford, Lobo Larson and his bandits, Roger Peabody, Lulu LaBella (Scarlet
Shadow), "Quick-Draw" Quatros, Rex, Marty
Sharp, Trader Thorn, Concho Zimmer, various
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Buena Vista, New Mexico
First Appearance: Annie Oakley II#5/1 (June,
Powers/Abilities: Idaho Smith was athletic
with very good hand-to-hand fighting and equestrian skills. He was
armed with two handguns, which he could fire with great accuracy,
although he chose to be non-lethal. He had an excellent
knowledge of the law but would sometimes compromise to achieve a
favorable and ethical outcome. While friendly to all, he held
conservative, sexist views (common for that era).
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
(Annie Oakley II#5/1) - Idaho Smith was welcomed by
ranch owner Ben Oakley as the new sheriff of Buena Vista, along with his deputy,
the happy-go-lucky Yucca. Seeing his daughter Annie bring in newly
captured bank robbers, he introduced Annie to Idaho and the two fell
instantly but quietly in love, although Idaho's conservative views wanted
a housewife while Annie wanted a roving cowboy who respected her as an
equal. The next day at the rodeo, Annie narrowly defeated the shocked
Idaho in the tournaments. Robbers took Idaho hostage but Annie rescued
him and caught the crooks. Initially proud of her achievements, Annie
was heartbroken when Idaho turned cold to her when he realized she
wasn't the demure potential housewife he'd hoped for.
(Annie Oakley II#5/2) - Town mayor candidate Roger
Peabody had been rustling cattle and gained political influencer Col.
Avery Throckenberry's endorsement. Peabody framed Idaho and sought his
arrest, but Ben Oakley found evidence to save Idaho. Annie,
temporarily made sheriff, was tearful thinking she had to arrest Idaho
until she learned the truth. Throckenberry then endorsed Idaho for
(Annie Oakley II#5/5) - Real estate owner Marty Sharp
had Idaho evict would-be squatters Mrs. Gordon and her son Billy from a
country cabin until it was revealed Sharp had badly injured the woman.
Idaho had the town doctor brought out, plus provisions, for the
Gordons. Later, Idaho arrested Sharp when he confessed to murdering
Mrs. Gordon's gold-prospecting husband three years earlier.
(Annie Oakley II#6/1) - Miss Prissy and her orphanage
children plus Idaho thrilled at
Annie's rodeo show. Soon after Idaho and Annie found Ben Oakley being
harassed by "Dollar" Dillon, who demanded payment for Ben's mortgage
on the ranch. Dillon tried to thwart Ben's plan to sell his cattle to
make payment, even kidnapping Annie, but Dillon's plans were
foiled. Idaho took Ben's final payment from Dillon as payment to avoid
prosecution for kidnapping Annie. Idaho passed the money to the
(Annie Oakley II#6/5) - Idaho and Ben were angry that
Annie risked her life to stop Marty Sharp's escape from jail. Idaho
asserted that women belonged in the kitchen. Later, hearing from her
father of her mother's tragic past, Annie made dinner and Ben invited
Idaho over, both men happy until thieves tied them up.
Annie bashed the robbers with skillet and pot to surrender, then took
them to town to be charged while Idaho and Ben cleaned the kitchen.
(Annie Oakley II#7/1) - Although Idaho was too busy
for Annie, he was quickly charmed by traveling dance hall girl Lulu
LaBella. Idaho was nevertheless jealous of newcomer Spade Sherman, who
pretended to court Annie. LaBella was secretly the Scarlet Shadow,
a robber who would send stolen loot sewn inside her showgirl wigs, and
had the seemingly smitten (but secretly suspicious) Idaho running her errands. Annie identified LaBella as
and passed her to Sherman, actually a US Marshal. Idaho went back to
his sheriff duties.
(Annie Oakley II#7/2) - Annie called for help from a
disbelieving Idaho against two men masquerading as conquistadors in a
nearby canyon, whose leader Rex was digging for buried treasure. The
violent bandits were stopped and the treasure turned out to be shiny
junk. But Rex's hole yielded an oil well, giving the town income, and
all were happy, including Idaho and Annie.
(Annie Oakley II#7/5) - Rodeo cowgirl Miss "Dude"
Dodson, in cahoots with rodeo judge Ford and a corrupt bookmaker,
defeated Annie in every test of a rigged rodeo tournament to the
crowd's amazement. Upset and vulnerable in a stable, Annie almost
kissed Idaho until they discovered the nefarious trio's plot. Idaho had
the tournament repeated fairly and Annie won. Idaho had the bookmaker
pay back lost bets or face jail time.
(Annie Oakley II#8/1) - At a rodeo, Annie impressed
visitor Mr. Kelly, who invited her to perform in New York's Madison
Square Garden. Kelly also invited her to bring friends, but Idaho
declined due to his sheriff duties. Idaho and other townsfolk waved her
goodbye and looked forward to her return.
(Annie Oakley II#8/2) -
Idaho and Yucca helped Annie
uncover Trader Thorn's scheme of stealing horses from Tall Feather's
Tesuque tribe and selling them to a nearby US frontier fort, thereby
averting a war.
(Annie Oakley II#8/5) - Concerned that troubled youth
Randy Kincaid rode with violent bandits, Idaho offered to make the boy
a junior deputy and guard a payroll delivery as a ruse to see if he
would inform Bart the outlaw gang leader. Randy escaped the gang when he
heard Bart had killed his father two years earlier, and instead
helped Idaho and Annie apprehend Bart and his gang.
(Annie Oakley II#9/1) - Black Bart (NB: not Bart from the previous story) and his gang
stirred murderous trouble for Annie with a large bounty because she
thwarted one of his bank heists. Concerned, Idaho escorted her safely
to her father's ranch. They hatched a plan and, aided by old-timer
Shep, captured Black Bart.
(Annie Oakley II#9/4) - Wicked prospector Concho
Zimmer had Idaho and Yucca sent on a false chase so that they would be
elsewhere when fire, set by Concho, ravaged the town orphanage.
Evidence in the rubble, followed by confession, quickly led to his arrest
(Annie Oakley II#9/6) - Buffalo hide bandits were
plaguing hide skinners near Buena Vista. Hide trader Buffalo Ben led
the discontent against Idaho, demanding that the thieves be caught quickly.
Annie devised a plan that revealed the two bandits and Idaho arrested
(Annie Oakley II#10/4 (fb) - BTS) - Annie informed
Idaho of deer rustlers that she had confronted with Warden Waco, but
that the criminals had been killed by the freed bucks.
(Annie Oakley II#10/6) - Shot-Gun Sadie robbed
several town banks and she outdrew Annie. Eventually distracted by
Idaho, Sadie was lassoed by Annie and knocked out. When she awoke,
Idaho arrested her, but she explained that a bullet had creased her
skull many years ago and she lost her memory; Sadie was an identity she
had been brainwashed into adopting by a bandit gang. Her full memory
now restored from the fall, she "proved" it by
taking Idaho and a posse to the gang's hideout. Shoot outs, arrests and
recovered money led to dropped charges and a reunited Oakley family.
(Annie Oakley II#11/1) - Lobo Larson and his bandits
robbed a bank but were thwarted in making a getaway by Annie and
resident Willie Willikins with his crazed donkey. Idaho arrested the
frightened thieves and he gave Willikins the reward for helping in their
(Annie Oakley II#11/3) - Idaho, Yucca and the Oakley
family discovered the town water source had become poisonous and the
town was evacuated after testing by an expert, Prof. Karl Brukenwald.
However, the law enforcers found it was a plot by
bandit "Quick-Draw" Quatros and Brukenwald to create a sanctuary for
outlaws. Quatros and his gang surrendered when the rallied town
citizens rode in to reclaim their town.
(Annie Oakley II#11/4) - Idaho was the subject of a
romantic crush of a 16-year old girl her family called the Boss because
they wouldn't refuse her demands. After he punched out two town
troublemakers, Annie told Idaho of the Boss and how the girl wanted to
eliminate Annie. To stop the girl crush, Idaho shaved his head and
pretended to be infirm and aged. The idea worked and scared the girl
(Annie Oakley II#10/3) - Frank Butler arrived in town
to invite Annie to join Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with an open
competition showcasing their sharpshooting skills. Idaho grew concerned
that Annie was attracted to Butler, despite wanting to stay, but
Butler's offer of performance money to help her father's ranch
persuaded her to go, leaving a heartbroken Idaho behind. She hoped
Idaho would wait for her.
(Annie Oakley II#11/6) - Annie Oakley failed her tricks in her first show as she was too distracted by feelings that pulled her from Buena Vista and Idaho, or to the big show and Frank Butler. She resolved to return home and determine who she truly loved before she responded to Frank Butler's marriage proposal.
(History) - Annie Oakley left her old life behind and
married Frank Butler. She continued with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Comments: Created by Hank Chapman, Ross Andru, Mike Esposito.
I'm guessing Mr. Kelly in #8/1, who took Annie to New York, was a talent scout for Frank Butler.
is the real-life character who eventually married Phoebe Ann Mosey
(stage name Annie Oakley). As far as I can determine, Idaho Smith is
exclusively Marvel (it would be great if he had started off as "Idaho
Kid" but I haven't come across any such gunslinger... yet).
Annie Oakley visits New York City in #8/1 and Ulysses
Grant's tomb is shown. This was dedicated in 1897, giving a time point
for Annie's & Idaho's adventures. However, this is out of whack
with Annie Oakley historically, so maybe it's another tomb labeled
"Grant" that uncannily looks the same.
Annie Oakley vol. II ran from 1955-1956 from issue #5-11 and continued numbering from vol. I (1948, issues #1-4).
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.
Idaho Smith has no known connections to:
Black Bart was a notorious outlaw with a bandit gang
who had been thwarted by Annie Oakley several times, but a recent
foiled bank robbery led to him placing a large bounty on Annie. Old
timer Shep sought to collect but Annie stopped him and Shep was locked
up by Idaho. While he escorted Annie back to her father's ranch, they
hatched a plan whereby Shep would "escape" with Idaho's gun and take
Annie to Black Bart's hideout. But Black Bart never intended to pay and
was about to shoot Shep until Annie used a hidden gun to disarm him.
Black Bart and his bandits were taken to Idaho to be locked up.
--Annie Oakley II#9/1
Prof. Karl Brukenwald
Prof. Karl Brukenwald was a water-testing expert
based in Santa Fe. Annie Oakley sent for him when the water was found
to be poisoned in Buena Vista. However, he had been corrupted by
promises of wealth from the bandit "Quick-Draw"
Quatros to lie about
the (temporarily) poisoned water so that the residents would be forced to evacuate. Quatros
intended to make the empty town a sanctuary for outlaws but Idaho,
Yucca and the Oakley family discovered the plot by Quatros and
Brukenwald, and rallied the townsfolk to reclaim Buena Vista. Faced with
overwhelming odds, the criminals surrendered.
--Annie Oakley II#11/3
Buffalo Ben was one of many local buffalo hide
traders. When two bandits kept raiding the traders, Buffalo Ben led the
discontent in Buena Vista calling for action with the view that Sheriff
Idaho Smith be replaced if naught was achieved. A clever plan by Annie Oakley,
helped along by Idaho and Yucca, revealed the two bandits, who had been
posing as hide traders. Idaho arrested the criminals and took them away.
--Annie Oakley II#9/6
Randy Kincaid's father, a marshal, was killed by
outlaw Bart, leaving just him and his mother. Angry, with his
stepfather run out of the state as an outlaw, teen-aged Randy fell in
with Bart and his gang (not realizing Bart was the murderer), and
helped rob a stagecoach, although Annie Oakley recognized him from a
ring she had gifted him. Annie took Randy to see Idaho, who offered to
make him junior deputy to stop him from riding with Bart and, as a ruse
to test the lad's loyalty, suggested Randy help guard a payroll
stagecoach run. Randy declined and instead told Bart, but Randy
discovered that Bart was his father's murderer and escaped the gang. He
warned Idaho and Annie that Bart and his gang were riding to kill them
and a trap was set that instead disarmed the outlaws and they readily
surrendered. Randy took on the junior deputyship and his mother was
proud at his now responsible behavior.
--Annie Oakley II#8/5
Ambitious Roger Peabody was the mayoral candidate for
Buena Vista and had secured the endorsement of political potentate,
Col. Avery Throckenberry. Although Idaho had been sheriff for only a
week with no arrests, Peabody wanted him removed. Peabody had secretly
stolen prize bulls from nearby ranches since Idaho had started, and
considered this proof Idaho should be arrested. Annie Oakley
reluctantly accepted a temporary sheriff assignment; meanwhile Ben
Oakley discovered evidence identifying Peabody, but the rustler
intended to kill Idaho. Quick thinking saved Idaho and Peabody was
locked up. Once Throckenberry had the full story, he endorsed Idaho for
--Annie Oakley II#5/2
Miss Prissy ran the orphanage in Buena Vista. She was
happy to see the children enjoy Annie Oakley's rodeo and sharpshooting
skills. Both Idaho and Annie wished that a new orphanage could be
built, but soon unscrupulous businessman "Dollar" Dillon's criminal
ploy to take Ben Oakley's ranch was foiled and resulted in Dillon
surrendering the money to evade prison; the money was passed to Prissy
to build a new orphanage. Some time later, Prissy called for help to
evacuate the orphanage after Concho Zimmer
secretly set fire to it, seeking the gold vein in its soil, and he robbed the money raised to rebuild it. She almost
accepted Zimmer's offer to buy the land where the rubble stood until
Zimmer's nefarious plot was revealed. The stolen money was then returned to rebuild the orphanage.
--Annie Oakley II#6/1 (Annie Oakley II#9/4
"Quick-Draw" Quatros and his gang (temporarily)
poisoned the water supply to Buena Vista to force its evacuation and he
promised riches to water tester Prof. Karl
Brukenwald to lie about the test results. Quatros' plan was to make
the town a sanctuary for outlaws (for which outlaws would have to pay to
stay). However, Idaho, Yucca and the Oakley family discovered the
dastardly plot by Quatros and Brukenwald, and rallied the townsfolk to
reclaim Buena Vista. Faced with overwhelming odds, the criminals
--Annie Oakley II#11/3
Concho Zimmer had discovered a gold vein running
under the foundations of the Buena Vista orphanage. Keen to exploit it,
he had Idaho and Yucca sent off on a false mission while he set fire to
the orphanage at night. All children were successfully evacuated and
Annie Oakley held a charity rodeo to raise funds for a new orphanage, but
Zimmer's bandits stole the money. Soon after, Zimmer stepped forward
and appeared benevolent by offering to buy for the land where the
orphanage rubble stood. However, a tagged concho found in the rubble,
matching the missing one on Zimmer's belt, plus a gun-draw and
confession, ended his plot.
--Annie Oakley II#9/4
Annie Oakley II#7/1, p1, pan4 (main image)
Annie Oakley II#7/1, p2, pan6 (headshot)
Annie Oakley II#8/5, p6, pan3 (shooting)
Annie Oakley II#9/1, p5, pan3 (Black Bart)
Annie Oakley II#11/3, p3, pan3 (Brukenwald)
Annie Oakley II#9/6, p3, pan2 (Buffalo Ben)
Annie Oakley II#8/5, p3, pan5 (Kincaid)
Annie Oakley II#5/2, p3, pan4 (Peabody)
Annie Oakley II#9/4, p1, pan1 (Prissy)
Annie Oakley II#11/3, p5, pan5 (Quatros)
Annie Oakley II#9/4, p5, pan6 (Zimmer)
Annie Oakley II#5/1 (June, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#5/2 (June, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#5/5 (June, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#6/1 (August, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#6/5 (August, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#7/1 (October, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#7/2 (October, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#7/5 (October, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#8/1 (December, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#8/2 (December, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#8/5 (December, 1955) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#9/1 (February, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#9/4 (February, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#9/6 (February, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#10/3 (April, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#10/6 (April, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#11/1 (June, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#11/3 (June, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#11/4 (June, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Annie Oakley II#11/6 (June, 1956) - Hank Chapman (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 09/10/2021
Last updated: 09/07/2021
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