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Wild Bunch

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The Wild Bunch

Real Names


First Appearance

Hell-Rider #1 (August, 1971)

Original Publisher


Created by

Gary Friedrich, Dick Ayers, Syd Shores, & Mike Esposito


The Wild Bunch was a biker gang consisting of: Animal, Deke, Slinker, Curly, and Ruby.

Brick Reese was briefly a member until he was drafted to fight in Vietnam. The gang was also close friends with Marian Michaels.


  • Hell- Rider #1-2


  • Skywald did not include a proper copyright notice on its issues of "Hell-Rider" (it did not consist of the word "copyright"/the symbol for copyright followed by the year of publication and the name of the copyright holders) and thus, because of copyright law at the time, became public domain upon release.
  • The "Hell-Rider" issues were mature-audience magazines not covered by comic books' Comics Code Authority.

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