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Reata. Reata was created by “George Owen Baxter,” the pseudonym of Frederick Faust (Dan Barry, Blackie & Red, Border Bandit, Angus Campbell, Dave Clovelly, Jim Curry, Ronicky Doone, Firebrand (I), James Geraldi, Anthony Hamilton, Bull Hunter, Kid Montana, Doctor Kildare, King Charlie, Red Hawk, Silvertip (II), Thunder Moon), and appeared in six stories in Street & Smith’s Western Story Magazine and three story collections in 1933 and 1934, beginning with “Reata” (Street & Smith’s Western Story Magazine, Nov. 11, 1933).

Reata is not an especially lethal cowboy—he much prefers the lasso to the gun—who must perform three missions for Pop Dickerman in order to repay a debt. Reata hates Dickerman, but owes him and carries out the missions Dickerman sets him. Reata is big, and “there’s an edge on Reata that would cut through chilled steel like butter.”

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