The Sandman Will Keep You Awake - The Loop


Always in trouble: Billy-Bob

Billy-Bob was a human prospector searching for Kerium all across New Texas. He always seemed to be down on his luck or getting himself into trouble. Billy-Bob often partnered up with the alien prospector known as Diamondback, but also worked on his own.

Character History

During one particularly Kerium-free dry spell, Billy-Bob and fellow prospector Zeke could only afford one glass of Sweetwater between the two of them at Handlebar's Trading Post. When two Prairie People arrived carrying Kerium, Zeke, Billy-Bob and Fred became envious, started to call the Prairie People names such as 'Critters' and chased the natives right out of the Trading Post onto Main Street. There, the Prospectors faced off with BraveStarr, who warned them not to draw their Neutra-Lasers. Billy-Bob was the only one smart enough not to draw his weapon, as BraveStarr shot Zeke and Fred's weapons right out of their hands, then caught and crushed them.

Back at the Trading Post, the three prospectors considered taking the Kerium from the small Prairie People. Once again Marshal BraveStarr gave them a warning. But when Judge J.B. McBride was kidnapped by a couple of masked Prairie People, the prospectors drove out towards the Prairie People Settlement on Turbo-Mules, swearing to drive them into the Badlands. Although they claimed to do this to rescue J.B., their main goal was to get their hands on the Prairie People's Kerium.

Upon arriving at the Settlement, BraveStarr was already there waiting for them and this time, he shot the Neutra-Lasers out of all three of the Prospector's hands (apparently Zeke and Fred had a spare Neutra-Laser on hand, since they wouldn't have had enough currency to buy a new one). Judge J.B., who had escaped by herself, was on the scene and had with her evidence that the Prairie People had been framed by Tex Hex, who used robot look-a-likes to kidnap J.B. Billy-Bob was the first of the three to offer his apologies, only to find Deputy Fuzz cocking a Neutra-Laser of his own. But Fuzz used the laser beam to shoot at a nearby mountain, revealing a stack of Kerium beneath the rock. This made the three humans ecstatic with joy. They immediately began to take a share of Kerium for themselves without as much as a thank you. (Kerium Fever)


  • BraveStarr - The Legend - Diamondback and Billy-Bob were hit by Vipra's Venomizer. She then began to steal their mined Kerium using a giant mechanical snake that sucked the kerium right into it's gaping mouth. But Vipra was interrupted by Tex Hex who offered her a place in his Carrion Bunch.
  • Episode 05: Kerium Fever - Billy-Bob and Zeke could only afford one glass of Sweetwater between the two of them. When two Prairie People arrived carrying Kerium, they and fellow prospector Fred became envious and chased them right out of the Trading Post and onto Main Street. Later, when it seemed that Judge J.B. had been kidnapped for a ransom by masked Prairie People, Zeke, Billy-Bob and Fred decided to drive all of the Prairie People into the Badlands (and take their Kerium in the process). However, BraveStarr and J.B. showed them that they had the Prairie People were innocent of the kidnapping, having been framed by Tex Hex. In return for an apology, Deputy Fuzz revealed a mountanload of Kerium to the overjoyed prospectors.
  • Episode 09: BraveStarr and the Law - Billy-Bob fell into an underground passage near Starr Peak and discovered a great amount of Kerium. Together with his partner Diamondback, he staked a claim for the land underneath Starr Peak with Clem Clodhopper. But the next day, Tex Hex, Outlaw Scuzz and Cactus Head attacked the two prospectors, saying that he claimed the land the day before they did. The case was brought before Judge J.B. McBride's court, where Clodhopper backed up Tex Hex's claim while under oath. However, sooon afterwards Doc Clayton discovered that Clodhopper had been hypnotized by Vipra using her Venomizer and had been forced to lie in court.
  • Episode 12: Big Thirty and Little Wimble (none speaking role) - Billy Bob was being robbed by Barker and Goldtooth in Fort Kerium when BraveStarr and Fuzz stopped them.
  • Episode 21: The Vigilantes (none speaking role) - Billy Bob was one of the settlers riled up by Borka to take the law into their own hands and face Tex Hex at Black Rock.
  • Episode 48: Tex but no Hex - was in the audience during the trial of Tex Hex and was called as the first witness.
  • Episode 53: The Bounty Hunter - Billy-Bob was exited when a fight broke out in the Trading Post and enthousiastically joined in.
  • Episode 61: Legend of a Pretty Lady - present at the trial of Slarb together with Diamondback. Billy-Bob hurried to the Trading Post to fetch BraveStarr when Judge J.B. mysteriously disappeared.
  • Episode 65: Strength of the Bear - Billy-Bob was trapped in a mine by a huge boulder. When BraveStarr's strength failed him, Thirty/Thirty used Sara Jane to blast away the boulder.
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