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Silvertip (II). Silvertip (II) was created by “Max Brand,” 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, Reata, Red Hawk, Thunder Moon), and appeared in thirteen novels from 1933 to 1947, beginning with Valley Thieves.

Silvertip (II) is a wandering cowboy adventurer in the years after the Civil War. He is Jim Silver, but he’s called “Silvertip” because of the streaks of gray on his temples. He’s only in his twenties, but he’s experienced. As one man says, “He’s ripped the top ground off a fortune twenty times, but he never stops long enough to dig out the pay dirt, because he’s always in a hurry. Trouble is what he hunts for breakfast and kills for lunch and eats for supper.” He is always on the move, and carries with him only his chestnut stallion Parade, a blanket, a coat, a rifle, and matches. As he says, “When I move, I generally have to move fast—and sometimes far.” He is experienced enough to have become fictionalized in dime novels, but the fictional exploits are exaggerations of his real accomplishments. He has many visible scars and a deep, pleasant voice. One man describes him: “I looked into the face and eyes of an eagle who preyed on hawks only.”

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