Editor’s note: This is the second in a two part series.
Did the Lone Ranger have a name? In the first Lone Ranger film in 1938, the Ranger’s back history was brought out. His name was John Reid. He and his brother, Dan, and four other Texas Rangers had been ambushed in the Badlands by the outlaw Butch Cavendish and his gang. When Tonto discovers the bodies of the Rangers, they are all dead except for John Reid, the younger brother of Captain Dan Reid. Tonto nurses John back to health and creates a fake grave to fool Cavendish into thinking everyone had died. Tonto inadvertently gave him a new identity when he commented, “now you lone ranger.” The Lone Ranger and Tonto team up to capture Cavendish and other criminals across the southwest.