Chuck Dawson‘s final three adventures are disappointing, to say the least. The first two could be viewed as being a connected story, in both of them he vows to hunt down and capture the “gang” behind some murders at the end of the tales, but the third does not resolve this at all.
In issue 20 Chuck stumbles across a dead body on a mountain trail, and is once again accused of being the killer. He escapes capture, but never even tries to find out who the murderer really was. In issue 21 he is still on a mountain trail, possibly the same one, and comes across a cabin with a metis apache and a boy he claims is his son. In fact, the metis is a bad guy (what a surprise) and the boy, Jack, has been captured and held by him. Chuck kills the man and rides off with the boy, promising to find the boys family, as well as the rest of the metis gang, but we see him do neither.
Instead, in his final outing, Chuck yet again comes across a dead body and is accused of the murder. This time he actually tracks down and apprehends the killer, a hired gun working for the foreman of the Slash D Ranch, who killed the fiancee of Miss Parsons, the ranch’s owner, in hopes of marrying her and taking over the ranch.
I think poor hapless Chuck wound up sticking around after this case. Miss Parsons was now desperately in need of a ranch foreman and a boyfriend. I could have Chuck just continue wandering aimlessly, finding dead bodies left right and centre and always being accused of murder, but I would rather have him just settle down.
Chuck Dawson: Action Comics 20 – 22 (Jan – Mar 40)