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Cisco Kid. Cisco Kid was created by “O. Henry,” the pseudonym of William Sydney Porter (Jeff Peters, Jimmy Valentine), and appeared in one short story, twenty-four movies, and various comic strips and radio and television programs, from 1907 to the present, beginning with “The Caballero’s Way” (Everybody’s Magazine, July 1907). The firsts, prose Cisco Kid is a cunning Mexican-American sociopath:

He killed for the love of it--because he was quick-tempered-- to avoid arrest--for his own amusement--any reason that came to his mind would suffice. He had escaped capture because he could shoot five-sixths of a second sooner than any sheriff or ranger in the service, and because he rode a speckled roan horse that knew every cow-path in the mesquite and pear thickets from San Antonio to Matamoras.

His portrayals in other media quickly changed him into a Robin Hood-like character who wandered across the southwestern frontier of America in the 1870s and 1880s, accompanied by an older, obese sidekick named Pancho.

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