> Rawhide Kid Volume 1

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"But I can't keep runnin' all my life! I've got to find a place to hide somewhere! A place to rest -- a place where every dark corner doesn't hide a lawman or a bounty hunter!"

- - Rawhide Kid, page 3

A little different ending than would take place in Amazing Fantasy #15 exactly two years later.


Rawhide Kid #23
August 1961 • 25 pages + cover

Publication Date: May 9, 1961

Letters Page: No letters page was published in this issue

I: Rawhide Kid:
"The Origin of the Rawhide Kid!"

Job Number: V-245

Pages: 19

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Dick Ayers
Letters: Unknown

Special Note: This is the same script by Stan Lee as the origin story in RK #17, but it is completely redrawn by Jack Kirby.

Featured Characters: Hawk Brown, Spade, Ben Bart

Origin: Rawhide Kid

Death: Ben Bart

Settings: Rawhide, TX

Synopsis: The whole town of Rawhide, TX, shrinks in fear as the Rawhide Kid walks into the city limits. But as he remembers the time when he was just a kid, living on the range with his Uncle Ben Bart, Johnny Bart recalls the times he would practice his shooting, perfecting his draw and working on his aim. One day, while he was away, Hawk Brown and his partner Spade stalked his Uncle Ben - who was known as the quickest gun around - and shot him in the back.

Johnny Bart realizes he was shot in the back, and swears to his dead uncle's grave that he'll pays back the men that murdered him. He heads into Rawhide and overhears Hawk Brown bragging that he outdrew Ben Bart fair and square. He challenges Hawk Brown to a quick draw and shoots his guns out of his hands, then shoots behind his back to knock the guns out of Spade's hands! They confess to the murder and the marshall takes them into custody.

Johnny decides to leave behind the life he had known in Rawhide, dedicating his life to fighting jaspers like Hawk and Spade, and he rides off into the night on the back of his horse, Nightwind.

II: Text Story: "Golden Trail"”

Job Number: J-704

Pages: 2

Script: Unknown

Featured Characters: Dan Clerihew, Clark

Settings: Ellentown, Goldbank

Synopsis: The last stagecoach along the Gold-Dust Trail is loaded down with precious metals. There's got to be a way to safeguard all that gold from local bandits!

III: Rawhide Kid: "A Place to Hide!"
Part Two: "No Place to Hide!"

Job Number: V-246

Pages: 11

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Dick Ayers
Letters: Unknown

Featured Characters: Luke Stokes, Nancy Stokes, Montana Joe, Weasel, Ox

Setting: Sagebrush

Synopsis: Once again, the Rawhide Kid is on the run from those who want to turn him over to authorities for a reward, but he makes it out to Sagebrush...finally a place where they've never heard the legend of the Rawhide Kid! But when Luke Stokes starts picking on the Kid, the young sharp-shooter decides to just take it, all the better to keep his true identity from being exposed.

Later, Luke Stokes sister, Nancy, apologizes to the Kid for the rough treatment he got from her brother, and over the next few days, he gets treated like a yellow coward by all the tough guys in Sagebrush. But when he sees Montana Joe molesting Nancy, he can't resist stepping in to save her. He has to step up to the plate and show Montana and his friends he means business, and also gives Luke Stokes a good solid slug while he's at it. Once everyone realizes he's the Rawhide Kid, it's on to another town....

IV: Western Story: "They Called Him Outlaw!"

Job Number: V-244

Pages: 5

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Paul Reinman
Inks: Paul Reinman
Letters: Unknown

Featured Characters: Slade, Hulk, Slim, Tom

Synopsis: Slade recruits Tom to join his gang of owlhoots to help knock over an old folks' home on the range. Too bad they don't know just who Tom is...!

--synopsis by Gormuu

Issues Reprinted
Rawhide Kid #17-25

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.

RK #17 RK #18 RK #19 RK #20 RK #21
RK #22 RK #23 RK #24 RK #25


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