Real Name: Phil Taylor
Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West era)
formerly outlaw, fugitive
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Gabe Frost
Enemies: Dale Bent, other
Known Relatives: Zach "Trigger" Taylor
(father, deceased), mother
(name unrevealed, deceased)
Base of Operations: Mobile on the U.S.
frontier, notably La Toja
First Appearance: Western Gunfighters I#23/5
Powers/Abilities: The Yahoo Kid is an
exceptional gunfighter, despite his young age, and very quick on the
draw. He was initially angry at anyone he felt challenged him due to
his orphan past. He also has very good equestrian skills.
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
(Western Gunfighters I#23/5 (fb) - BTS) - When Phil
Taylor was a child, his father Zach ran with outlaw Quantrell and his
raiders. Undercover government agent Gabe Frost infiltrated the gang
and killed Zach. Phil was left an orphan and ostracized; other children
were told not to play with him and adults said he would turn out bad
like his father. Phil's anger grew and he became a skilled gunfighter,
choosing to become the outlaw Yahoo Kid, and challenged any he felt
badmouthed him to a gunfight.
(Western Gunfighters I#23/5) - Dale Bent told Phil he
was a bad man due to his father; he was immediately challenged to a
duel by the Yahoo Kid and lost, although the Kid thought Bent was
killed. Now the town sheriff, Gabe Frost was alerted and gave chase
solo, choosing to forgo a posse, hoping the angry Kid could be
redeemed. The Yahoo Kid rode fast, gunfighting anyone he thought
insulted him in towns along the way, but all victims were left with
just injuries. In the outlaw-rife border town of La Toja, the Yahoo Kid
sought to join Curly Jacks' gang, but Frost captured the Yahoo Kid and
rode back to his town with him. Along the way, Frost lied to Phil about
his father's history, weaving it with lies and (falsely) claimed that
Zach was secretly a government agent too and killed by Quantrell. This
shocked the Yahoo Kid and gave him new perspective. Frost released him
and the Yahoo Kid then rejected the outlaw way, choosing instead to
find a town where he could become a lawman.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer & Chuck Miller.
Yahoo Kid's father ran with Quantrell's raiders like the outlaw-poet Black Bart; nice to have recurring background villains, although recurring names for different main characters (like Black Bart and Dakota Kid) makes things a bit confusing. Quantrell is a reference to the historical figure William Quantrill.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Yahoo Kid has no known connections to:
Dale Bent lived in the same town as Phil Taylor and derided him for his father's bad reputation. Angry and now skilled with shooting, Phil challenged Bent to a gunfight and easily won. Incorrectly thinking Bent dead, Phil left considering himself the outlaw Yahoo Kid.
--Western Gunfighters I#23/5
Gabe Frost was sheriff of the town where Phil Taylor
lived. Frost was initially a marshal and infiltrated outlaw
Quantrell's raiders where he encountered and killed Phil's father Zach.
Years later, Phil had grown up angry but skilled with guns and Frost,
now a sheriff,
warned townsfolk not to provoke him. But one day, Dale Bent's harsh
words led to a gunfight and Phil fled, now identifying as the Yahoo
Kid. Frost gave chase and eventually captured the Yahoo Kid. Believing
the young man could still be redeemed, Frost lied to Phil about how his
father had died a hero and not a villain. Frost then released the Yahoo
Kid, who chose to become a lawman instead of an outlaw and Frost was
satisfied that Phil had been set on the right path.
--Western Gunfighters I#23/5
Western Gunfighters I#23/5, p1, pan1 (main image)
p4, pan5 (headshot)
p1, pan2 (Bent shot)
p2, pan6 (Frost & his sausage)
p2, pan4 (Frost headshot)
Western Gunfighters I#23/5 (December, 1956) - uncredited writer, Chuck Miller (pencils & (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 10/14/2021
Last updated: 10/14/2021
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