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Elkins, Breckenridge. Breckenridge Elkins was created by Robert E. Howard (Pike Bearfield, El Borak, Conan, Steve Costigan, De Montour, Steve Harrison, Solomon Kane, Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Turlogh O’Brien, Kirby O’Donnell) and appeared in eighteen stories in Action Stories from 1934 to 1937, beginning with “Mountain Man” (Action Stories, Mar/Apr 1934).

Breckenridge Elkins is a larger-than-life (the “first and foremost What-a-Man of 1934!”) backwoodsman modeled on the mythical Pecos Bill. Elkins was raised on bear meat and panther milk in Bear Creek, Nevada, and has the strength of a bull and a hide so thick he doesn’t feel bee stings, but he is immodest (though bashful when young) and is a hothead. He inevitably becomes involved in punch-ups and shoot-outs, whether he is helping to retrieve his uncle’s stolen gold or to impress his hot-tempered sweetheart, Glory McGraw.

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