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Whistlin’ Kid. The Whistlin’ Kid was created by “Emery Jackson,” a Street & Smith house name most likely used in this case by J. Allan Dunn (Ace Ainsworth, Boru, Griffin, Bud Jones, Peter Prime, Sleepy Sloane, Henry Smith (I), John Strong), and appeared in 238 stories in Wild West Weekly from 1927 to 1941, beginning with “The Whistlin’ Kid” (Wild West Weekly, Sept. 24, 1927).

Pete Prentice (sometimes “Prentiss”) is the “ace range detective” for the Cattleman’s Association. He is called the “Whistlin’ Kid” because he continuously whistles, especially when he is working on a problem. His favorite air is “The Cowboy’s Lament.” He rides the buckskin horse Speed, and meets Sleepy Sloane and Billy West.

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