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Howdy, Pa. Pa Howdy was created by Laurence Donovan (Joe Bunt, Wildcat Martin, Boxcar Reilly) and appeared in twelve stories in Detective Fiction Weekly and G-Men Detective from 1934 to 1945, beginning with “Pa Howdy, Gunner” (Detective Fiction Weekly, Dec 8, 1934).
John “Pa” Howdy is a “lanky, restless retired cattle sheriff” from Thunder Gap, Montana. He is long and lanky, with a pair of “range hardened knuckles about as destructive as any pair of pawn shop brass.” He and his plump, “guinea-hen bodied” wife Ma Howdy venture into the big city and discover that crime is much worse there than back home. However, the big city criminals are shocked to discover that Pa Howdy is more than capable of delivering range justice in the big city. Nor is Pa Howdy alone in this; Ma Howdy tends to appear behind thugs and knock them out with her reticule, which contains a hand siren and Pa’s .45, among other things. on. Pa says things like, “Yuh lowdown, yeller bellied kyoot.”
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