|Plot Synopsis: Rawhide Kid (1955) #68|
"When Stalks the Cougar!" is written and drawn by Larry Lieber (in a cool Jack Kirby-like style) with inks by Sal Buscema. For all of his prowess with his fists and his six-guns, the Rawhide Kid is, at heart, a man of peace. So when he sees a frail young man unsuccessfully trying to avoid a barroom brawl, the Kid can't help but throw himself into the mix. Cleaning up a couple of owlhoots is no trouble for our crimson-haired hero. But once he takes the young man back to his father, the Rawhide Kid agrees to take on a much bigger job that puts his life on the line.
The young man's father, railroad tycoon J.S. Garrison, says he'll give the Rawhide Kid access to the finest lawyers in the country. They'll help him clear his name of the trumped up charges dogging his tracks if the Kid agrees to stop the mysterious highwayman called the Cougar from robbing any more of Garrison's trains. And as part of the agreement, the Rawhide Kid has to take Garrison's son, the mild-mannered Wayde, with him to help him become more of a man. As sure as shootin', the Cougar strikes again and the Kid fights a desperate battle with the masked crook atop the speeding train. But the Cougar's skill, balance and specially weighted gloves help ensure he escapes. Tracking the Cougar back to his lair, the Rawhide Kid takes on his whole gang singlehanded. And when the Cougar is unmasked, the Kid discovers a shocking secret about the much-feared train robber.