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Two-Gun Kid

Real Name: Matt Hawk
Occupation: Lawyer
Identity: Secret
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Other Aliases: Clay Harder
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts
Place of Death: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Nancy (wife, deceased), (daughter, name unknown, deceased)
Group affiliation: The Sunset Riders
Base of Operations: Tombstone, Texas in the 1870s
First Appearance: TWO-GUN KID #60
Final Appearance: UNKNOWN.

History: Matt Hawk was a young lawyer from Boston, Massachusetts who settled in Tombstone, Texas after the Civil War. Soon after arriving, Hawk was roughed up by a gang of rowdies led by Clem Carter until Carter's stepsister, Nancy Carter, a young schoolteacher, stopped them. Nancy Carter befriended Hawk, welcoming him to town.

Later, Hawk saw members of Carter's gang harassing an elderly man named Ben Dancer, who was formerly a leading gunfighter. Hawk went to try to help Dancer, who finally drew his gun on his tormentors and drove them away. Impressed with the young lawyer's courage in trying to help him, Dancer undertook teaching Hawk how to use a gun. Over the following months, under Dancer's tutelage, Hawk not only became Dancer's superior as a gunfighter, but also learned lassoing from him and became a superb horseback rider. Moreover, Hawk trained himself athletically until he was in excellent physical condition.

Dancer warned Hawk that if people knew how fast Hawk had become in drawing a gun, gunslingers would go after him to make their reputations by beating him in shootouts. Therefore, Hawk adopted a masked identity, calling himself the Two-Gun Kid after Clay Harder, a fictional gunslinger about whom he had read. (Harder's fictional exploits were presented in issues of TWO-GUN KID before #60.) Hence, if Hawk ever needed to use his guns against an opponent, he could do so in the guise of the Two-Gun Kid without his true identity being suspected. Dancer gave him a strong, fast horse named Thunder.

Dancer decided to return East to live, and boarded a stagecoach leaving Tombstone. But Clem Carter and his gang sought vengeance on Dancer, overturned the stagecoach, and were about to kill Dancer when Hawk intervened as the Two-Gun Kid. Together, the Two-Gun Kid and Ben Dancer succeeded in overcoming the gang.

From then on Matt Hawk continued to fight against criminals as the Two-Gun Kid. Among his more unusual opponents were such criminals as Hurricane and the Rattler. Hawk had a long-running romantic relationship with Nancy Carter. His best friend was "Boom-Boom" Brown, a former boxer whom Hawk trusted with the knowledge of his double identity.

At times the Two-Gun Kid allied himself with other legendary gunfighters of his time, including Kid Colt, the Rawhide Kid, and the second Phantom Rider. In 1873 the Two-Gun Kid, Kid Colt, the Rawhide Kid, the Ringo Kid, and the Phantom Rider all joined forces with three members of the Avengers -- Hawkeye, Moondragon, and Thor -- who had traveled back in time to battle Kang the Conqueror. The Two-Gun Kid and Hawkeye became good friends, and the Two-Gun Kid journeyed to Hawkeye's own time with him. Preferring his own time period, the Two-Gun Kid returned via a time machine to 1874. In 1876 the Two-Gun Kid encountered Hawkeye again, who had gone back in time along with his wife Mockingbird and other members of the West Coast Avengers. The Two-Gun Kid and the Rawhide Kid then fought the second Phantom Rider, who had abducted Mockingbird. She, Hawkeye, and the other West Coast Avengers safely returned to their own time.

Before Hawkeye left, though, the Two-Gun Kid told him that someday he might want to return to Hawkeye's time period himself. It is as yet unknown whether or not the Two-Gun Kid ever did so.

Years later, Matt's life seemed to have wound down. He married Nancy and had a daughter, but mother and child both died, as did his best friend Boom Boom Brown. These deaths, which might have been prevented with the modern medicine Two-Gun saw in the future, made Matt cynical and fatalistic, an attitude reinforced by historical records of his own death that he had seen in the future. When the dates of his "deaths" as both Matt Hawk and the Two-Gun Kid drew near, he faked his death as Matt Hawk so he could devote his Two-Gun Kid identity to foiling an international conspiracy aimed at controlling the world's economy. The Kid and several allies were seemingly killed in the conclusion of that conflict when the Two-Gun Kid destroyed a massive oil deposit the conspiracy had hoped to exploit. In actuality, the Kid and his allies survived the explosion, and for a time, they rode together as a band of adventurers called The Sunset Riders.

The Sunset Riders soon drifted apart, though, and Matt decided to begin life anew. He resumed his legal career under the alias Clay Harder, taking his new name from a fictional Two-Gun Kid depicted in the dime novels of his day. He was determined to remain retired from the realms of gunfighting and adventuring, but when some of his old gunfighter peers approached him to help protect the town of Wonderment, Montana from corrupt business interests trying to wipe out the community, Matt donned the mask of The Two-Gun Kid once more. Alongside Gunhawk, Caleb Hammer, Reno Jones, Kid Colt, The Outlaw Kid and The Rawhide Kid, Two-Gun Kid rode into action one last time. Wonderment was saved, but Gunhawk, Kid Colt, The Outlaw Kid and The Two-Gun Kid were ultimately killed in the conflict

Height: 5 ft. 9 in.
Weight: 160 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown

Strength Level: The Two-Gun Kid possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged in intensive regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Powers: None

Other Abilities: The Two-Gun Kid was one of the fastest and best gunfighters of his time, rivaled only by such people as Kid Colt and the Rawhide Kid. The Two-Gun Kid was also an excellent hand-to-hand combatant, a superb horseback rider, and a master of the lasso.

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