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"The Fight at Buckskin" (in The Outing Magazine, December, 1905)
Clarence E. Mulford
Hopalong Cassidy was a ranch hand on the Bar 20 Ranch in Western Texas, around the time of Billy the Kid (1870's). He walked with a limp, as a result of an injury from a shootout in Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was young. He received the name "Hopalong" as a result of that limp, but making fun of the limp had resulted in the death of more than one man. Hopalong had a code of honor, but was generally ill tempered. He cursed, smoked, chewed tobacco and was both feared and respected. He has a strong camradderie with his fellow ranch hands on the Bar 20.
Hopalong was one of the fastest guns in the west, and an incredibly deadly gunfighter. He was also an exceptional rider and poker player.
The other hands on Bar 20 include:
- Buck Peters: The fierce foreman of the Bar 20.
- Tex Ewalt: Once Hopalong's rival, he became Cassidy's closest friend after Hopalong saved his life. He often wear fancy black lothing.
- Red Connors: Known for his hot temper.
- Skinny Thompson: Known for being a prankster.
- Mesquite Jenkins: Known for his great tracking skills.
- Johnny Nelson: Known for his ingenuity.
Public Domain Literary Appearances
- Bar 20 (1907)
- The Orphan (1908)
- Hopalong Cassidy (1910)
- Bar-20 Days (1911)
- Buck Peters, Ranchman (1912)
- The Coming of Cassidy (1913)
- The Man From Bar-20 (1918)
- Johnny Nelson (1920)
- The Bar-20 Three (1921)
- Tex (1922)
Public Domain Golden Age Comic Appearances
- Hopalong Cassidy (1943 series) #1
- Hopalong Cassidy (1946 series) #2-85
- Master Comics #33-49
- Real Western Hero #70-75
- Six-Gun Heroes (1950 series) #1-23
- Tim McCoy #19
- Western Hero #76-86