Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp

 - Gambler, saloonkeeper and lawman -

( 1848 - 1929 )
 


* List of the stories he appears in :
- D 92514 : "The King of the Klondike" (Lo$ #8), from 1993, by Don Rosa.

 

* His biography :
     Wyatt Earp was born in Monmouth, Illinois on March 19, 1848, son of Nicholas Earp and named after his commanding officer when he served as Captain of Cavalry in the Mexican War, grew up on a farm in Iowa, and moved with his parents in 1864 to Colton, California, where he worked as a a teamster and railroad worker.
   In 1870, he married young Urilla Sutherland, but she died of the terrible typhus epidemic.
Then, he became a buffalo hunter and stagecoach driver.
   In 1873, he moved to Kansas, where he was a police officer, and arrested dangerous gunfinghter Ben Thompson in Ellsworth. In 1875 he arrived in Wichita, Kansas, now a famous man, and was made deputy marshal there. In 1876, he moved to Dodge City, Kansas where he became assistant marshal. It was here he met and became friends with Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday, as well as establishing his reputation as a notable lawman and gambler. He killed George Hoy, a cowboy. He married Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock.
   He left his wife and assembled with his brothers and his friend and his friend John "Doc" Holliday in the new silver mining town of Tombstone, Arizona, in 1879. He acquired the gambling concession at the Oriental Saloon and married Josie (Josephine "Sadie" Marcus ). On October 26, 1881, a feud that had developed between the Earp brothers and a gang led by Ike Clanton culminated in the most celebrated gunfight in western folklore : the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Three of the Clanton gang were killed, while Ike and another wounded member escaped. The three Earp brothers and Doc Holliday survived. In March, 1882 Morgan Earp was gunned down by unknown assassins. Wyatt, along with his brother Warren and some friends, embarked on a vendetta during which all four suspects were eventually killed. Now accused of murder, Wyatt and his wife had to move often. They briefly settled in San Diego where Wyatt gambled and invested in real estate and saloons.
  In 1897 Wyatt and Josie headed for Nome,Alaska where they operated a saloon during the height of the Alaska Gold Rush.
Wyatt Earp spent his final years working mining claims in the Mojave Desert during the winters while summering in nearby Los Angeles
   He died peacefully on January 13, 1929, in Los Angeles, with his wife Josie at the bedside.
   With the blaze of his Buntline Special, Wyatt Earp literally shot his way into the lore of Western Americana.
 

* His place in the Barks/Rosa stories universe :
    In "The King of the Klondike", which takes place in Skagway, Alaska, in 1896-1897, Scrooge accidentally jostles Wyatt Earp, and tells him he's sorry, but Wyatt answers that sorry isn't enough, because he IS Wyatt Earp. And Scrooge answers he IS Scrooge McDuck, and starts quoting all his nicknames. When Wyatt understands this, he invites young Scrooge to drink something. In the bar, a guy provokes and challenges Scrooge, and Wyatt protects him. In this story, Wyatt tells Scrooge he is just passing, and that he just bought a Saloon in Nome, which coincide, given that the real Wyatt Earp actually did buy and operate the "Second Class Saloon" in Nome during the Gold Rush.


When Wyatt and his Buntline Special
meets Scrooge McDuck ...



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