Apache Kid (01 - Alan Krandal)
Real Name: Alan Krandal
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Alan Krandal was raised by Apache chief Red Hawk and his wife after being orphaned. When grown, he took on a "civilian" identity as cowboy Aloysius Kare, changing to his warpaint outfit to fight outlaws both white and Native American, and generally protect both groups of people. Captain Bill Gregory of the nearby fort was his "white brother" who also respected the elder Red Hawk's counsel. Unlike many other Western comics of the 1950s, Apache Kid generally presented the indigenous Americans in the same light as Caucasians, and made distinctions among the various tribes.
After debuting in Two Gun Western (1950), he received his own title the following month in (The) Apache Kid. Nevertheless, his stories continued to run in Two Gun Western and Wild Western simultaneously.
After initial artistic endeavors by a young John Buscema story and at least two by Joe Maneely (who would also do many of the later covers), most of the Apache Kidʻs tales were penciled and inked by future Silver Age X-Men artist Werner Roth.
After Apache Kid ended with #19 (April 1956), its numbering continued as the anthology series Western Gunfighters, where the character did not appear.
Apache Kid reprints, however, did appear in Marvel's 1970s omnibus series also titled Western Gunfighters. The Kid shared its pages with new Ghost Rider (also known as Phantom Rider) stories, as well as anthological and Western-hero reprints of a changing lineup that included Atlas' Black Rider (here renamed Black Mask}, the Western Kid, Wyatt Earp, and later Kid Colt. Apache Kid reprints ran from #2-33, the final issue (Oct. 1970 - Nov. 1975).
The character returned in Apache Skies (2002), a four-issue miniseries starring the Rawhide Kid and two persons called the Apache Kid: Dazii Aloysius Kare, and his wife, Rosa. This was a sequel to the miniseries Blaze of Glory (2000), which specifically retconned that the naively clean-cut Marvel Western stories of years past were merely dime novel fictions of the characters' actual lives.
Unrelated character: Apache Skies (2002)
This character should not be confused with the Apache Kid who appeared in Fox Comics' Western Outlaws #21 (May 1949), and Youthful Comics' Indian Fighter #5 (Jan. 1952).
First Appearance: Two Gun Western (1950) #5
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Apache Kid (1950)
TPB#1 Kid Colt Outlaw (1948)
- 'Hard Ride'#3
- 'Straight to Hell!'
Two Gun Western (1950)
Western Gunfighters (1970)
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