Figures on the left side strip of cover taken from interior stories. Black Mask by Syd Shores;
Wyatt Earp by Dick Ayers, per Nick Caputo. Apache Kid by Werner Roth per Bruno Andreacchi. Hurricane figure altered by Herb Trimpe.
The story was originally announced for Ghost Rider (Marvel, 1967 series) #8. When the book was cancelled the story may have been partially completed. Note that the first five pages are inked by Vince Colletta and lettered by Artie Simek, while pages 6-10 are inked and lettered by Ayers; he may have completed the story for this issue. Info per Nick Caputo.
Recounts how the Apache Kid first acquired his horse Nightwind (also written as Night-Wind).
Title from cover of APACHE KID #53 .
Black Rider's name altered to Black Mask in this and other reprint stories