The man who became known as the Ringo Kid was the son of white settler Cory Rand and his Comanche wife Dawn Star in the mid 1800s. The boy was welcomed and blessed by the Comanche tribe to whom his mother was a princess. As the boy grew up he was tutored by his father and learned hunting, fighting and survival skills from the Comanche people. The young boy also became proficient in shooting six-guns, and came to enjoy the ringing sound that was produced when he practiced his aim with bottles, earning him the nickname the Ringo Kid.
Taught at home, the Ringo Kid never knew the prejudice of the outside world, and as he grew up often wondered why he could not go to school with the other children. When he asked his father why that was, Cory Rand refused to tell the boy, telling him that he would find out why one day. That dark day came in 1868 when the teenaged Ringo's curiosity got the better of him and he went into town to try and befriend the children there. He was shocked to find that the children were cruel and ignorant to him due to his mixed heritage. When one of the boys insulted Ringo's mother, causing a fight between the boys and the Kid. Shad Rathburn, a man who sought to steal Cory Rand's land, happened upon the fight and decided to use it as an opportunity to get back at Rand for refusing his offer to buy the land and began whipping the boy. Cory Rand arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and shot Rathburn dead in order to avenge his son. Now an outlaw, Cory Rand turned his guns over to his son and left.
However, Rathburn's minions killed Dawn Star and burned down the Rand family ranch then captured Cory Rand and prepared to lynch him. Cory was rescued by his son who came to his rescue with guns blazing, slaying all of Rathburn's men making himself an outlaw as well in the process. Knowing that they had better chances at being free if they parted ways, Cory Rand and the Ringo Kid parted company.
Not long after becoming an outlaw, Ringo Kid met with his father at the grave of his mother. The pair were then ambushed by Gyp Halliday who captured Cory. The Ringo Kid and his childhood friend Dull Knife worked together to break him out of jail. Later, the Ringo Kid prevented Doc Stiles from stopping a sale of Comanche and Cherokee land. Riding into the town of Dry Wells, the Ringo Kid learned of and prevented the Starr brothers attempt to murder the local sheriff. When fleeing the law, the Ringo Kid's horse was seriously injured. Taking the steed to a vet, he learned that his horse is about to die. Fleeing from the law on the Santa Fe line, the Ringo Kid rode in a box car with a magnificent Arabian stallion destined for Colonel James Hutton. When the train is held up by outlaws who came to steal the horse, the Ringo Kid protected the horse and saved Hutton's daughter. In thanks, Hutton gifted the horse to the Kid, who named his new steed Arab, the two were inseparable since. Another reunion with his father was cut short when outlaw Jackknife Jordan who sought to turn the Ringo Kid for the ransom on his head. Cory Rand in turn rescued his father.
Returning to his mother's tribe, Ringo Kid found them displaced by outlaw Hatchet Harmond who sought to wipe out the entire tribe. The Kid helped reunite the tribe and helped them stand their ground, wiping out Harmond and his gangs. Later the Ringo Kid came to the aid of an unrelated Comanche tribe saving one of their women from a renegade Mandans who sought to sacrifice her to their gods. When crooked lawyer Clem Dugal sought to take Cory Rand's land, he hired outlaw Grom Trevor to eliminate both the Rands. However after seeing how close the family members were, Grom went back to eliminate Dugal, and died in the ensuing gun battle. Ringo and his father buried Trevor near his mothers grave. Later Brand Dillon offered to purchase Arab off the Ringo Kid, but when the Kid refused Brand had him arrested and collected the reward. However the Ringo Kid was freed by his father and Dull Knife and then gunned down Dillon.
Later the Ringo Kid and Dull Knife worked together to stop an outlaw named Driscol from obtaining the lost treasure of Ra-Mal. Riding solo again, Ringo stopped Flip Cullin and his gang from robbing a wagon train of Mormon settlers when Flip mistook the Mormon's claims of "gold" being literal, as opposed to an allegory -- in reality the Mormon "gold" was really their children and their supply of Holy Bibles. The Kid and his father later helped a local sheriff capture the Leech gang, the pair later assisted in defending a US Army fort that was attacked by One-Eye Mapes and his army of outlaws. For their assistance, Ringo Kid and Cory Rand had their names stricken from the Army's list of wanted men. However, the pair were still considered outlaws to both local sheriffs and US Marshalls alike. In the town of Cavallo, the Ringo Kid was approached by Vic Vandal a local gang leader to help enforce his rule over the town. Ringo refused and easily slew Largo and the Weasle, assassins hired by Vandal, and liberated the town. In the town of Black Mesa, the Ringo Kid was framed for crimes by an outlaw named Gila and was summarily arrested and incarcerated in a US Army fort. He was freed by his father, and the pair prevented Gila from attacking an army gold shipment, clearing Ringo's name. The Ringo Kid later rescued the daughter of a US Marshall from a gang of outlaws. Later when that same Marshall captured Cory Rand, Ringo turned himself so his father could go free. Seeing the loyalty between the two family members, the Marshall instead let both men go. Ringo Kid soon found himself forced into murdering land owners for Faro Travis, who had captured his father. However, before Ringo ended up with any blood on his hands, he was rescued by Dull Knife and the pair then helped free Cory from.
Soon the Ringo Kid appeared to renounce killing his foes, opting instead to use his shooting skills to disarm his opponents and fighting them hand to hand. However, despite this new stance the Ringo Kid still remained an outlaw.
During this period, the Ringo Kid rescued miners who were enslaved by Hutch Hammer. Ringo Kid and Dull Knife later came to the aid of the Roark family helping them recoup their losses after they were swindled by the Baxter gang and faced losing their land. When outlaw Chuck Hanna framed the Ringo Kid for robbing the Pony Express, the Ringo Kid clearned his name. Ringo's father Cory soon became a target of Blast Banyon who sought to claim the Rand family land by forcing Ringo to sign it over to him. The Ringo Kid instead brought the law to his door and used a bunch of unrelated documents to fool Bayon long enough for Ringo and Cory to escape and Banyon to be arrested. Ringo Kid was subsequently arrested for the murder of Don Hopkins. Cory Rand then represented Ringo in court, wearing a mask to protect his own identity and exposed the real killer: Frank Leech. In one of his more bizarre adventures, the Ringo Kid experienced Pa-Ki-Wanta, also known to the Comanche people as the "Life Mirror", witnessing his father being attacked by outlaws in the town of Vista Del Toro. Ringo and Dull Knife then freed Cory from the outlaws, who sought to force him to reveal the location of a long lost Aztec treasure. Riding solo again, Ringo was captured by a US Marshall who intended to bring him to Dry Creek to stand trail. However, after the Kid saved the Marshall's life multiple times and did not make any escape attempts the Marshall decided to set the Kid free instead. Ringo was later led into a trap set by law enforcement in the town of La Paz, his escape was assisted by his father and Dull Knife.
The Ringo Kid later was charged with getting the very documents that would exhonorate both himself and his father to Judge Baxter in Shotgun City. Although impeded by the Travis gang, Ringo succeeded in his task, however a sudden house fire destroyed the documents, leaving Ringo and his father no better for the experience. Later, the Ringo Kid and Dull Knife helped capture an outlaw named Spider and expose his secret hideout to the law. Shortly thereafter, the Ringo Kid clashed with the mad scientist known as Dr. Saturn who sought to take over the United States using his "Black Sunset" device that temporarily blinds people. Given pupil dilation medication from his father, Ringo Kid rendered himself immune to the Black Sunset and easily defeated Dr. Saturn. The Kid was once more forced to do the bidding of another outlaw, this time by Cheyenne Castro who captured his father in an attempt to force Ringo to assist in his gang's attack on Fort Saginaw. However, Ringo still managed to tip off the soldiers and rescue his father. In the town of Tumbleweed, the Ringo Kid helped free his father from jail as well as thwart an assassination attempt by outlaw Alf Deveres. Hunted by US Marshall "Bulldog" Peyton, Ringo and his father saved his life from Duke Geiger and his gang, earning their continued freedom. When Ringo is blinded by drugged water and framed for a coach robbery and arrested, Cory and Dull Knife broke him out of jail and the trio captured the real thieves just as they were about to taint the stream water near a gold mine and rob it as well. Riding solo again, Ringo travelled to the town of Stampede where he convinced local Sheriff "Hurricane" Pardee to come out of retirement and clean out the lawless town.
In the years they spent apart, both men had adventures, and Cory made many friends in the west. Ringo continued to excel in his skills, and when the two finally reunited, they rode together. Dull Knife remained true to Ringo all this time, and joined the Rands in their travels as they came to aid of people in need, brought down outlaw gangs, and cleared the names of innocents. The Ringo Kid even thwarted a mad scientist named Dr. Saturn, who blinded entire towns with flashes of light so that he could plunder them while they were dazed. The Ringo Kid was known to have ridden with the Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt, Two-Gun Kid and Phantom Rider in his later days.
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The Ringo Kid once experienced Pa-Ki-Wanta, also known as the "Life Mirror" by the Comanche people. This allowed him to remotely view events that were happening elsewhere that were closely related to him. In this instance, he saw his father being attacked by outlaws. If this was a power which the Kid exhibited (be it mystical or mutation based) or a vision projected from an outside source (such as a member of the Manidoog pantheon of gods) remains to be seen.
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Very proficient with both a bow and a gun. Also an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and horseman.
TransportationThe Ringo Kid rode a horse named Arab
Ringo Kid Western #1 and various other early issues early on in the series run alternate statements about Ringo Kid's heritage, stating that he is part Cherokee in some issues and Comanche in others. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #9 makes a distinction stating that he is part Comanche.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ringo Kid Western #1
- ↑ Ringo Kid Western #2
- ↑ Wild Western #38
- ↑ Ringo Kid Western #3
- ↑ Wild Western #40
- ↑ Ringo Kid Western #4
- ↑ Wild Western #41
- ↑ Ringo Kid Western #5
- ↑ This change in character was due to the implimentation of the Comic Code Authority which enforced changes to the entire comic industry
- ↑ Wild Western #43
- ↑ Ringo Kid Western #6
- ↑ Wild Western #44
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Ringo Kid Western #7
- ↑ Wild Western #45
- ↑ Ringo Kid Western #8
- ↑ Wild Western #46
- ↑ Ringo Kid Western #9
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 9
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Appearances: Wild Western #39, 41, 43-44, 46-47, 50, 52-56, Rawhide Kid #79, Ringo Kid Western #1-21, Western Trails #1-2, Wyatt Earp #22.