Real Name: Tod Sultan
Identity/Class: Human (Old West Era)
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Black Rider (Matthew Masters), Bobby Lathrop, Jim Lathrop, Marie Lathrop, Max, Satan (Ichabod)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Impersonated the Black Rider
Base of Operations: Mobile in Texas, USA
First Appearance: Two-Gun Kid I#9 (August, 1949)
Powers/Abilities: Tod Sultan was a good horserider and an experienced gunman. He carried a pistol.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'1")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 180 lbs.)
History: (Two-Gun Kid I#9/3 (fb) - BTS) - Pursued by the law, outlaw Tod Sultan was shot in his left shoulder. He made his way to the town of Leadville, Texas.
(Two-Gun Kid I#9/3) - Sultan burst into the office of Dr. Matthew Masters and held a gun on him. He forced Doc Masters to treat his wounded shoulder but once he was bandaged up, Sultan struck Masters with the butt of his gun and knocked him unconscious. Rifling through Masters' medical bag, Sultan was surprised to discover the costume of the Black Rider. Realizing Masters was the Black Rider, Sultan decided to, rather than wear Masters' clothes to effect an escape, dress up as the Black Rider and left Doc Masters tied up in his office.
Stepping out into the streets of Leadville as the Black Rider, Sultan was approached by the town sheriff and quickly drew his gun to shoot the lawman to death. He shot another townsperson called Max and stole his horse then fled town, convincing the citizens that the Black Rider had become a criminal.
Heading out of town, Sultan ran into Marie Lathrop and her brother Bobby Lathrop. Sultan demanded they identify themselves, which confused the duo as they were both well-known to the Black Rider. Bobby also wondered why the "Black Rider" wasn't riding his steed Satan. When they explained who they were, Sultan decided Marie would be a valuable hostage and took her prisoner then ordered Bobby to deliver a ransom notice of $10,000 to their father. Instead, Bobby rode directly to Doc Masters' office and untied him.
Doc Masters rode out of town to where Sultan was keeping Marie and captured him in a lariat so that Sultan could not use his guns. Keeping himself concealed behind a bush, Masters ordered Sultan to confess to Marie that he wasn't the real Black Rider. Sultan confirmed this but Masters was careful to keep him from revealing how he had come by the Black Rider's costume. Masters made Sultan remove the Black Rider's clothes and return them to him but as he was donning his clothes, Sultan attempted to escape by leaping on to the back of the Black Rider's horse Satan. However, Satan refused to bear Sultan on its back and bucked him off, knocking him off a cliff. Sultan fell to his death, thus protecting the Black Rider's double identity.
Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and John Severin.
Profile by Prime Eternal.
Tod Sultan should not be confused with:
Max was a citizen of Leadville, Texas. When Tod Sultan impersonated the Black Rider he stole Max's horse. When Max drew a gun and objected to Sultan's actions, Sultan shot him with his own gun, killing him.
--Two-Gun Kid I#9/3
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Two-Gun Kid I#9/3, page 1, panel 3 (Tod Sultan, main)
Two-Gun Kid I#9/3, page 3, panel 6 (Sultan as Black Rider)
Two-Gun Kid I#9/3, page 3, panel 1 (Max)
Two-Gun Kid I#9/3 (August, 1949) - unidentified writer, John Severin (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 07/10/2022
Last updated: 07/10/2022
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