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Hatfield, Jim. Jim Hatfield was created by “Jackson Cole,” a Better Publications house name which in this case was used by A. Leslie Scott (Walt Slade), and appeared in 206 stories in Texas Rangers and 101 novels from 1936 to 1977, beginning with “The Lone Wolf” (Texas Rangers, Oct. 1936).
Jim Hatfield, the “Lone Wolf,” is one of the toughest Texas Rangers on record. He is repeatedly beaten, shot, and burned, but always survives to catch his man or woman. Hatfield reports to Captain “Roaring Bill” McDowell of the Rangers in Austin but is active around the American Southwest. Hatfield, a “long-legged Ranger galoot,” is assisted by his very capable and clever horse Goldy, who saves Hatfield’s life on numerous occasions. Occasionally the Texas Rangers Milt Travis, Red Bouchard, or Fox Edley help Hatfield, but more often he works alone. He often meets historical personages, including Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, and Bill Hickok. Hatfield is tall, slim, wide-shouldered, and loves music–he’s a fair piano player and guitarist.
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