WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS - #7 1ST APP OF GHOST RIDER II (1972 - VF/VF+)
💥 1ST APPEARANCE OF GHOST RIDER II (JAMIE JACOBS)!
💥 1ST APPEARANCE OF PHANTOM RIDER III (MARSHALL LINCOLN SLADE)!
Dr. Matthew Masters is riding through town on his horse Ichabod when he crosses paths with a newcomer named Deuce Dixon. Dixon tells Masters to get out of his way, but when Matthew tells Dixon there is room enough on the road for them to pass, Dixon decides to have fun by slapping Ichabod and sending the horse galloping away and sending Masters tumbling off his horse to the ground. Dixon then tells Masters that he intends to set up a gambling hall in Leadville and rides off.
Knowing that a gambling hall is trouble and suspecting that Dixon is a cheat who will swindle the locals of their money, Masters slips away and changes into the Black Rider. The Black Rider forces himself into Dixon's gambling house and makes him a bet: 30 ounces of gold in a high card draw. While the Black Rider is focusing on the game, one of Dixon's men replaces the Black Rider's gold with a bag of gold stolen from the Sage City Bank. When the Black Rider wins the game, Dixon tells the Black Rider that he runs a lawful casino and points out the Black Rider's "stolen" gold and asks one of his men to get the sheriff.
When the sheriff arrives, he confirms that the Black Rider -- or at least someone disguised as him -- robbed the Sage City Bank a few days prior. The Black Rider goes off peacefully at first, but suddenly turns on the lawmen and knocks them out. The Black Rider then rushes back into the casino hall, where he guns down Dixon's men. Dixon, fearful for his life, confesses that he disguised himself as the Black Rider in order to rob the bank. The Black Rider then decides that they are going to play roulette and that the loser forfeits his life. Unable to use the controls on the wheel to rig the game, Dixon lunges for his gun instead, but the Black Rider is faster than the crooked gambler and guns him down before he has a chance to shoot.
💥 CONDITION: VF/VF+
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