|And little did the editor of this episode know that her name wasn't "Wentworth," but moving on ...|
Why Calamity Kate? It’s hard to say, except that it’s a name that is sufficiently far from “Patricia” that it passes for a successful pseudonym. Beyond that, Layne’s disguise doesn’t extend much further than a domino mask a buckskin outfit so tight that it left little to the imagination but a lot to feature on the cover.
|Probably wouldn't be as sexy if she used a shoehorn.|
Although she debuted as an opponent to Wild Pecos Buffalo Doc Bill Hickock Dillinger, it was only a sham intended to rout the men who’d stolen from her ranch. After that, Calamity Kate fought strictly on the side of justice, even acquiring something of a nemesis in The Gaucho Kid, a smooth-talking lothario with a lariat who used romance as a cover for his keen and canny mind. It must’ve worked because, in one appearance, Calamity Kate sort of basically exposed her dual identity to him – although it was glossed over in the rush to get to print.
Besides being a crack shot, Kate also wielded a bullwhip with aplomb, which means she could’ve transitioned into the Eighties as a Devo-themed cowgirl, if only anyone had been alert at the wheel.