DC Western Characters

The Western Characters of DC Comics


compiled by John Bullough (bulloj@rpi.edu)

All characters are trademarks of DC Comics, Inc.


The following list contains western, cowboy, cowgirl, Native American and related characters that have appeared in comic books published by DC Comics. The character's nickname, real name (if known), identity, primary setting, the comic book and issue number of their first appearance, and an artist or artists associated with the character are listed.

Characters such as Vigilante and Stiletta who are not "western" characters per se are listed because of their association with other characters or the specific motif of the character. Some of the characters such as Big Anvil were prominent because of membership in a team (e.g., Tomahawk's Rangers).

It is interesting to note that of the 45 chacaters listed below, 40 are men and 5 are women. That so few woman characters appeared in Western comic book stories strongly reflects the primary readership of these books: young males. The DC Comics series Who's Who was a valuable source of much of the following information. If you are aware of any missing characters, please contact me at bulloj@rpi.edu.

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Character Name: Arak
Real Name: Arak Red-Hand
Identity: Tribal shaman (Quontauka tribe)
Setting: Medieval America and Europe
1st Appearance: Warlord #48
Artist(s): Ernie Colon

Character: Balloon Buster
Real Name: Steven Henry Savage, Jr.
Identity: U.S. Army pilot
Setting: Europe during World War I
1st Appearance: All-American Men of War #112
Artist(s): Joe Kubert

Character: Bat Lash
Real Name: Bartholomew Aloysius Lash
Identity: Gambler
Setting: Late 1800s old west
1st Appearance: Showcase #76
Artist(s): Dave Gibbons

Character: Big Anvil
Real Name: n/a
Identity: Member of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #83
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character Name: Black Bison
Real Name: John Ravenhair
Identity: Teacher and possessed mystic
Setting: New York, 1980s
1st Appearance: Fury of Firestorm #1
Artist(s): Pat Broderick

Character: Brass Buttons
Real Name: Jed Fuller
Identity: Member of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #85
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character: Cannonball
Real Name: Horace Calhoun
Identity: Member of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #83
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character: Captain Fear
Real Name: Fero
Identity: Chief of Carib tribe and pirate
Setting: Carribean Sea during 1700s
1st Appearance: Adventure Comics #425
Artist(s): Walt Simonson

Character: Cinnamon
Real Name: n/a
Identity: Bounty hunter
Setting: Old West during late 1800s
1st Appearance: Weird Western Tales #48
Artist(s): Brent Anderson

Character: Dan Hunter
Real Name: Daniel Hunter
Identity: Member of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Star-Spangled Comics #69
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character: Don Caballero
Real Name: n/a
Identity: Expert fencer
Setting: California during early 1800s
1st Appearance: All-Star Western #58
Artist(s): Bill Wray

Character: El Castigo
Real Name: Don Fernando Suarez
Identity: Masked hero
Setting: American southwest during 1800s
1st Appearance: Flash Comics #1
Artist(s): Mike Gustovich

Character: El Diablo
Real Name: Lazarus Lane
Identity: Bank teller
Setting: California during late 1800s
1st Appearance: All-Star Western #3
Artist(s): Gray Morrow

Character: El Papagayo
Real Name: n/a
Identity: Bandit gang leader
Setting: Mexico during 1800s
1st Appearance: Jonah Hex #2
Artist(s): Mark Texeira; Frank Giacoia

Character: Firehair
Real Name: n/a
Identity: White man raised by Blackfoot Indian tribe
Setting: Great Plains during early 1800s
1st Appearance: Showcase #85
Artist(s): Joe Kubert

Character: Frenchie
Real Name: Duval (first name n/a)
Identity: Member of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #83
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character: Hawk, Son of Tomahawk
Real Name: n/a
Identity: Frontiersman
Setting: Midwest during early 1800s
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #131
Artist(s): Frank Thorne

Character: Healer Randolph
Real Name: Randolph (first name n/a)
Identity: Member of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #128
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character: Johnny Cloud
Real Name: Flying Cloud
Identity: Fighter pilot during World War II
Setting: Europe during 1940s
1st Appearance: All-American Men of War #82
Artist(s): Joe Brozowski; Sal Amendola

Character: Johnny Thunder
Real Name: John Tane
Identity: Teacher
Setting: Old West during late 1800s
1st Appearance: All-American Western #100
Artist(s): Gil Kane

Character: Jonah Hex
Real Name: Jonah Woodson Hex
Identity: Civil War soldier and bounty hunter
Setting: Old West during late 1800s and 21st century America
1st Appearance: All-Star Western Tales #10
Artist(s): Mark Texeira; Tony DeZuniga

Character: Kaintuck Jones
Real Name: Jones (first name n/a)
Identity: Member of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #83
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character: Long Rifle
Real Name: Morgan (first name n/a)
Identity: Member of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #83
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character: Lord Shilling
Real Name: n/a
Identity: British spy
Setting: America during Revolutionary War
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #28
Artist(s): Jose Delbo; Bob Smith

Character: Madame .44
Real Name: Jeanne Walker Tane
Identity: Photographer
Setting: Old West during late 1800s
1st Appearance: All-Star Western #117
Artist(s): Gil Kane

Character: Miss Liberty
Real Name: Bess Lynn
Identity: Nurse
Setting: Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #81
Artist(s): Don Lomax

Character: Nighthawk
Real Name: Hannibal Hawkes
Identity: Traveling repairman
Setting: American Old West
1st Appearance: Western Comics #5
Artist(s): Leonard Starr

Character: Pow-Wow Smith
Real Name: Ohiyesa
Identity: Sheriff
Setting: American Old West during late 1800s
1st Appearance: Detective Comics #151
Artist(s): Carmine Infantino; Dick Giordano

Character: Roving Ranger
Real Name: Jeff Graham
Identity: Texas Ranger
Setting: Texas during late 1860s
1st Appearance: All-Star Western #58
Artist(s): Mike DeCarlo, Karl Kesel

Character: Scalphunter
Real Name: Brian Savage/Ke-Woh-No-Tay
Identity: White man raised by Kiowa Indian tribe
Setting: Old West during late 1800s
1st Appearance: Weird Western Tales #39
Artist(s): George Evans

Character: Serifan
Real Name: None
Identity: Member of Forever People
Setting: Modern-day Earth and New Genesis
1st Appearance: Forever People #1
Artists: Jack Kirby, Gary Martin

Character Name: Silver Deer
Real Name: Chanka
Identity: Cherokee tribe medicine woman
Setting: America during 1980s
1st Appearance: Fury of Firestorm #25
Artist(s): Joe Brozowski; Rodin Rodriguez

Character: Stiletta
Real Name: n/a
Identity: Gladiator
Setting: America during 21st century
1st Appearance: Hex #1
Artist(s): Ron Wagner; Carlos Garzon

Character: Stovepipe
Real Name: Leroy Johnson
Identity: Member of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #97
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character: Strong Bow
Real Name: Strong Bow
Identity: Indian brave
Setting: America during 1400s
1st Appearance: All-Star Western #58
Artist(s): Mark Badger

Character: Super-Chief
Real Name: Flying Stag
Identity: Iroquois warrior and hunter
Setting: America during late 1400s
1st Appearance: All-Star Western #117
Artist(s): Carmine Infantino; Dick Giordano

Character: Terra-Man
Real Name: Toby Manning
Identity: Criminal
Setting: America during late 1800s and during late 1900s
1st Appearance: Superman #249
Artist(s): Curt Swan; Sam De La Rosa

Character: Tomahawk
Real Name: Tom Hawk
Identity: Leader of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Star-Spangled Comics #69
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character: Trail Boss Matt Savage
Real Name: Matt Savage
Identity: Cattle drover
Setting: Texas during 1870s
1st Appearance: Western Comics #77
Artist(s): Carmine Infantino; Bernard Sachs

Character: Trigger Twins
Real Name: Walter Trigger; Wayne Trigger
Identity: Sheriff (Walter); Merchant (Wayne)
Setting: Old West during late 1800s
1st Appearance: All-Star Western #58
Artist(s): Carmine Infantino; Dick Giordano

Character: Vigilante
Real Name: Greg Sanders
Identity: Country singer
Setting: America during 1940s
1st Appearance: Action Comics #42
Artist(s): Gray Morrow

Character: Whip
Real Name: Rodney Elwood Gaynor
Identity: Wealthy socialite and hero
Setting: America during 1940s
1st Appearance: Flash Comics #1
Artist(s): Mike Gustovich

Character: Wildcat
Real Name: n/a
Identity: Member of Tomahawk's Rangers
Setting: Revolutionary War America
1st Appearance: Tomahawk #92
Artist(s): Dan Spiegle

Character: Wyoming Kid
Real Name: Bill Polk
Identity: Traveling lawman for hire
Setting: Old West during 1800s
1st Appearance: Western Comics #1
Artist(s): Tom Yeates


Compiled by John Bullough (bulloj@rpi.edu). All characters are trademarks of DC Comics, Inc.



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