WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS - #6 'DEATH OF THE GHOST RIDER' (1972 - VF/VF+)
💥 DEATH OF THE GHOST RIDER! CLASSIC WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS!
The Black Rider is after the remnants of an outlaw gang, chasing them into a ghost town, there the outlaws ambush the Black Rider. The Black Rider pretends to get shot and plays possum, tricking the outlaws into coming close enough for him to shoot at them. He guns them all down except for one man named Ormond who has been uneasy about the entire conflict. Cornering Ormond the Black Rider easily subdues him and chastises him for being an outlaw when his son grows up without a father in Leadville. He shames Ormond and tells him to man up and go back home and raise his son properly, but the disgraced Ormond leaves -- the Black Rider calling him a coward.
Riding back to Leadville, the Black Rider stops by the nearby school house just as class lets out for the day. He witnesses the school kids picking on Juddy Ormond for not having a father. The Black Rider interrupts the bullying to tell Juddy that he crossed paths with his father in Silver City, claiming that his father just took out a gang of outlaws and promised to come home and bring Juddy his own horse. Talking to Juddy in private, the Black Rider asks the boy to write a letter to his father that he promises he will bring to him. The boy writes about how much he misses and loves his father and gives it to the hero.
The Black Rider then tracks down Ormond to a run down rooming house in another town and forces him to read the letter written by his son. Ormond is even more ashamed than ever and can't bring himself to face his son due to his criminal past and that he agreed to pull a stage coach robbery with an outlaw named Drummond. The Black Rider tells him that if he doesn't return home to his son it will kill the boy for sure. Later that night during the coach robbery, Ormond has a change of heart and when the Black Rider arrives the pair wipe out the gang.
Later, the Black Rider helps Ormond obtain a pony which he brings to his son and the two are happily reunited, Ormond promising to turn over a new leaf.
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