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'''''The Masked Marvel''''' is a {{Western}} {{Superhero}} from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, published by Youthful in ''Gunsmoke'' #1-16. He's bookworm socialite Chet Fairchild, who secretly brings justice to the West as a skull-faced vigilante.

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'''''The Masked Marvel''''' is a {{Western}} {{Superhero}} from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, created by Graham Ingels and published by Youthful in ''Gunsmoke'' #1-16. He's bookworm socialite Chet Fairchild, who secretly brings justice to the West as a skull-faced vigilante.


* AintNoRule: Royal Brazos, BigBad of ''Gunsmoke'' #6, builds a dam to starve the local city into selling their land to him, and can't be stopped because building a dam on your own land is legal. [[spoiler:As it turns out, he's on US government land without a permit, which ''is'' legal.]]


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* LoopholeAbuse: Royal Brazos, BigBad of ''Gunsmoke'' #6, builds a dam to starve the local city into selling their land to him, and can't be stopped because building a dam on your own land is legal. [[spoiler:As it turns out, he's on US government land without a permit, which ''is'' illegal.]]


* BruceWayneHeldHostage: The villains of ''Gunsmoke'' #9 rob a bank while the Marvel is there as Chet Fairchild. Amusingly enough, their leader is dressed like the Marvel in order to frame him.

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'''''The Masked Marvel''''' is a {{Western}} {{Superhero}} from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, published by Youthful in ''Gunsmoke'' #1-16. He's bookworm socialite Chet Fairchild, who secretly brings justice to the West as a skull-faced vigilante.
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* TheAdjectivalSuperhero: Masked Marvel.
* AintNoRule: Royal Brazos, BigBad of ''Gunsmoke'' #6, builds a dam to starve the local city into selling their land to him, and can't be stopped because building a dam on your own land is legal. [[spoiler:As it turns out, he's on US government land without a permit, which ''is'' legal.]]
* BadassBookworm: The Masked Marvel loves reading in his downtime. He uses this fact to play up his mild-mannered socialite image.
* BeastMaster: The villain of ''Gunsmoke'' #16 is a Native American shaman who can control animals to do his bidding.
* BigDamPlot: ''Gunsmoke'' #6 has the Marvel going after a CorruptCorporateExecutive who has placed a dam on the local river to starve the townsfolk into fleeing and selling him their land.
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: The villains of ''Gunsmoke'' #9 rob a bank while the Marvel is there as Chet Fairchild. Amusingly enough, their leader is dressed like the Marvel in order to frame him.
* CopKiller: ''Gunsmoke'' #3 has the Marvel investigating the assassination of the sheriff.
* CrimeOfSelfDefense: Sheriff Turner's brother spent three years in prison for shooting somebody who pulled a gun on him first. His resentment of his brother for arresting him means he's the perfect fall guy for the real baddies, who assassinate the sheriff.
* DirtyCop: The BigBad of ''Gunsmoke'' #14 turns out to be [[spoiler:the Sheriff of Laredo, who is trying to get some fertile land by masquerading as {{Satan}}]].
* DiscOneFinalBoss: ''Gunsmoke'' #4 has the Marvel going after a group of Apaches who are racing cattle. He eventually leads the locals into gunning the raiders down, before going after the men who hired him, [[spoiler: ranch hands Monte Durrow and Charlie Briggs]].
* FrameUp: It's common practice for villains in this comic to frame somebody else for their crimes, and the Masked Marvel has to clear their name. Usually it's a supporting character, but several times the Marvel himself was framed.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The baddies of ''Gunsmoke'' #12 think they've been discovered by Chet Fairchild, who hears the dying words of one of their victims. They haven't, but [[BatmanGambit the Marvel makes them think he has in order to make one of them crack]].
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: The Marvel discovers the BigBad of ''Gunsmoke'' #9 by hearing him talk about how quickly he got to a canyon the criminals were invading, which nobody but the Marvel and the gang knew.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: ''Gunsmoke'' #5 opens with the Marvel stopping some robbers from killing everybody in a stagecoach they just ransacked.
* LivingMacGuffin: ''Gunsmoke'' #8 chronicles the Marvel's search for a herd of cattle that vanished off the face of the Earth. [[spoiler:It turns out they were embezzled by their owner in an attempt to frame another rancher to get his land, which has oil on it.]]
* MistakenIdentity: ''Gunsmoke'' #13 has the villains confuse Chet Fairchild for a man they swindled a ranch from due to a distinct pair of guns.
* NewOldWest: Despite the Old West aesthetics and general lack of technology, it seems like the series is set in the then-modern day of the late 1940's, given references to the Theory of Relativity and other things.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: These are purple, skeletal monsters borne of black magic, who can only be killed by silver bullets or staking.
* ParanormalEpisode: The Masked Marvel spent most of his time fighting regular criminals and bandits, except for the final two issues, where he fights a vampire and a sorcerer, respectively.
* ProtagonistTitle
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The Marvel avenges his framing in at least two different issues.
* {{Satan}}: The BigBad of ''Gunsmoke'' #14 disguises himself as the Devil as part of a ScoobyDooHoax.
* TheSavageIndian:
** The main antagonists of ''Gunsmoke'' #4 are a local Apache tribe who have taken up cattle rustling.
** The villains of the last two issues are both Native American sorcerers who use their magic for evil.
* ScoobyDooHoax:
** The villains of ''Gunsmoke'' #10 cook up a legend of a monster known as the "Creeping Death" to scare people away while they try to find a map to a goldmine.
** The villains of ''Gunsmoke'' #14 disguise themselves as demons led by {{Satan}} himself and summoned by a Native American curse in order to drive people off their land.
* SealedEvilInACan: In ''Gunsmoke'' #15, the Marvel fights Ha-Ni-Pa, a Native American vampire who was sealed in a cave centuries ago and has been freed by miners.
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: The Masked Marvel wears a green skull mask.
* StarterVillain: Reno, a ranch foreman and secret cattle rustler who framed one side of a family feud for another side's murder so he could use the distraction to make a killing. He's gunned down at the end of the issue.
* StockSuperheroDayJobs: Busy socialite.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: {{Deconstructed}} in ''Gunsmoke'' #11. The Marvel has to save his friend from a lynch mob who think he murdered an old man in the beginning of the issue, and soon discovers that the real killer lead the lynching to cover up his crime.
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