WESTERN TEAM-UP #1 (November 1973)
By Larry Lieber
Rawhide Kid, Nightwind, Dakota Kid (Cliff Morgan), Col. Morgan (Cliff’s dad), Wayde Morgan (Cliff’s brother), Cliff’s sister (unnamed), Logan (Morgan’s ranch hand), Lily Lamont (Cliff’s girlfriend), a sheriff, townspeople, cattle rustlers
Rawhide Kid’s on the run again, so he decides to try his luck in North Dakota. He meets Dakota Kid who offers Rawhide a job on his dad’s ranch. The ranch hand decides to steal all the cattle and blame it on Rawhide Kid. Dakota Kid takes the day off to spend time with his saloon girl girlfriend, so his brother covers his shift. Meanwhile, Dakota Kid gets into a gunfight in town and s thrown in jail. When the ranch hand and his cattle rustlers attack, Dakota Kid’s brother is killed. Rawhide Kid is blamed so he runs off. Dakota Kid breaks out of jail so he can go after Rawhide Kid. Dakota Kid’s dad blames Dakota for his brother’s death. Dakota Kid finds Rawhide Kid, who says he’s been trailing the real cattle rustlers, and the two team up to kill them all (in self-defense, of course). Dakota Kid realizes that since he broke out of jail he’s now an outlaw, so he takes his life on the road.
Published the same month as Rawhide Kid #117 and Kid Colt Outlaw #176. We already have Kid Colt Outlaw #201 in Rawhide Kid’s chronology, so this should go before that. Not that it matters, but Rawhide Kid went bi-monthly after #117.
Reprint from KID COLT OUTLAW #87, 3rd story
By Jack Davis
Gunsmoke Kid (gunslinging outlaw hero), Andrews (gold miner), Benton (strongarm thief/claim jumper), King (Andrews’ pet wolf), Piutes (superstitious natives)
Gunsmoke Kid happens across a man trying to steal a prospector’s gold, so he comes up with a plan to trick the thief’s Piute posse into turning against him.
This (KCO 87/3) is, as far as I can tell, the last published story about the Gunsmoke Kid.
DAKOTA KID/CLIFF MORGAN
RAWHIDE KID/JOHNNY CLAY/JOHNNY BART
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