KID MONIKERIf Western genre comics are any type of reliable indicator, the Wild West was overrun with pistol-toting, gunslinging, six-gun shooting, range riding, town taming youngsters.
The best known of these juvenile delinquents were The Rawhide Kid, Two-Gun Kid, The Outlaw Kid, Ringo Kid, and Kid Colt, but there were a little red school house full of others.
There were, of course, the generics—Kid Cowboy, Kid Six-Gun, Western Kid, The Gunsmoke Kid, and Billy the Kid, but these were the least colorful of the fast shooting Kids.
Many states had their own representatives—Wyoming Kid, Arizona Kid, Oklahoma Kid, The Kansas Kid, Dakota Kid (North or South not specified), Kid Montana, The Colorado Kid, The Texas Kid, and The Kid From Texas (I guess Texas was big enough for two Kids).
Then there were those underage gunslicks who were named after a city because another Kid was already representing their state—Yuma Kid, The Dodge City Kid, Cheyenne Kid, The Boise Kid, Fargo Kid, The Durango Kid, The Chisholm Kid, The Pecos Kid, and one named after a river, The Rio Kid.
A few teen gunhawks drew on other inspirations for their monikers—Kid Dynamite, Kid Slade, Apache Kid, Silver Kid, The Cisco Kid, The Copper Kid, Latigo Kid, The Sundance Kid, The Hell Bent Kid, and my favorite—The Presto Kid (as in prestidigitation).
The Kids were all deadly, as fast with their fists as they were with their guns. They could all shoot accurately while galloping on horseback, and split ropes with bullets fired from their six-guns at distances that would make a modern sniper balk. However, most important of all—they never lost their hats under any conditions.
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CONTRIBUTOR: PAUL BISHOP