Black Rider

Cactus Kid

Nick Name
Civilian ID

Morris Masters


Matthew "Doc" Masters



Reformed Outlaw


Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with a pardoned criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Jezebel, Texas
Group Affiliation
Base of Operations
Leadville, Texas
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

Normal human with skills as a horseman and marksman.

Excellent hand-to-hand combatant.

Above average intelligence with skills as a doctor.


Satan: Horse used for transportation.

Common Enemies
Regularly Appearing

Black Rider

Kid-Colt Outlaw

Two-Gun Kid

Western Tales

Western Tales of the Black Rider

Wild Western

First Appearance
All-Western Winners #2 (Winter, 1948)
Syd Shores

Born on the frontier of Texas, Morris Masters mother died in childbirth. Masters father, who exiled himself from a patrician New York family with criminal secrets, raised the boy on his own until the outlaw Luke Davis killed him for his land. Masters drifted as a wild hand from ranch to ranch constantly perfecting his gun skills in hopes of vengeance.

Assuming the name Cactus Kid, Masters outlaw reputation made him a wanted man across the Texas frontier. Riding into Jefferson County, Masters tracked down Davis and his gang of outlaws - when the smoke cleared only the Cactus Kid was left standing. Taken into custody, the gunfighter was reprieved by the judge who convinced of his remorse gave him a chance at redemption. Graduating from the Universidad of Mexico the former outlaw assumed the identify of Matthew Masters M.D.

When a patient was gunned down before him and other witnesses, Masters refused to take-up arms and was branded a coward. Unwilling to let evil go unpunished he assumed the masked identity of the Black Rider.

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