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Real Name: Phil Taylor

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West era)

Occupation: Nomad;
   formerly outlaw, fugitive

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Gabe Frost

Enemies: Dale Bent, other victims

Known Relatives: Zach "Trigger" Taylor (father, deceased), mother (name unrevealed, deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile on the U.S. frontier, notably La Toja

First Appearance: Western Gunfighters I#23/5 (December, 1956)

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.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black


(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

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

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

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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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