"COYOTE" CASH

Real Name:  William "Coyote" Cash

Identity/Class:  Human Genius/Technology User   

Occupation:  Inventor and Professional Criminal, currently making license plates

Affiliations: None   

Enemies:  New Mexico State Police, the Hulk, security at Michael Berengetti's casino, U.S. Military

Known Relatives: None   

Aliases:  Coyote Cash

Base of Operations: Currently imprisoned in either Nevada or a military prison, formerly mobile throughout the southwestern United States

First Appearance:  Incredible Hulk II#393 (back-up story)(May, 1992 )

Powers: Coyote Cash possesses no superhuman powers.  He is, however, a somewhat brilliant inventor, capable of building an armored jeep with automatic weaponry and a magnetic particle displacer that could control a roulette ball.  

History:  Nothing is known about Cash's life before the events that led to his first encounter with the Hulk.

(Incredible Hulk#393)  Coyote Cash first appeared as he fled from a robbery in an armored vehicle he called his "Cash Stasher."  The police were unable to stop Cash, and he seemed headed for a clean getaway, when suddenly the Hulk appeared.  The Savage Hulk was leaping away from the military when he landed on the hood of the Cash Stasher, destroying it.  The Hulk leapt away with the hood stuck to his foot.  He tossed it back to Cash, telling him to take back "stupid hood" and to watch where “Hulk is going.”  With the Cash Stasher destroyed, Cash was easily captured by the police and imprisoned.    

A few years later, Cash was released from prison and decided to make a fortune by cheating in Las Vegas.  Cash used a "magnetic particle displacer" to control the roulette game and win lots of money.  Unfortunately for Cash, the head of security at the casino was the Hulk (now gray), in his guise of Mr. Fixit.  Hulk got suspicious and sent two security men to talk to Cash.  Cash reacted violently, and the Hulk grabbed him, telling him to "get back here, you stupid hood!"  Cash immediately realized it was the Hulk, although the Hulk didn't remember him.  The Hulk found the device and Cash was sent back to prison.

Upon his release, Cash decided that he could not be a successful criminal until he defeated the Hulk.  To this end, he hijacked an army convoy and stole an experimental bazooka-like weapon.  Cash then broke into Rick Jones' house in Reno.  He planned to kill Jones, then use the bazooka to kill the Hulk when he arrived to investigate (Did I say he was a genius? Scratch that).  Cash fired the bazooka at Jones' bed, utterly destroying it.  Cash then mused out loud that whenever the Hulk showed up, he'd be ready. 

Suddenly the Hulk emerged from the ruined bed and said "I hope you're ready right now, you stupid, flea-bitten hood!"  It turned out that Jones was out of town, and the now-intelligent green Hulk (who still didn't recognize Cash) was house-sitting.  The dumbfounded Cash was led away by the police, while the Hulk was only left to wonder what kind of world it is where you can just be minding your own business and some stranger comes along and complicates your life.  

Comments: Created by Peter David and Herb Trimpe.

This was one of the funniest comic book stories I've ever read.  It was the back-up in issue#393, but it stole the show.  I tried my best, but this profile barely captures the humor.  You must buy this issue so you can get the running joke with the phrase "stupid hood."(I just can't do it justice in a summary).  This is Peter David at his best.

We won't see Cash again.  In addition to the fact that he was a 3-time loser who likely got convicted of attempted murder, burglary, and arson (not to mention the military charges), the story is just too perfect the way it is. 

Profile by Chuck D.

Clarifications: "Coyote" Cash should not be confused with:
Coyote, a pet cat, @X-Force#-1
Coyote, an alias which might have been used by Edwin Martynec, @ X-Force#-1,#72
Coyote, the Steve Engelhard creation, who had some adventures in Marvel's late, lamented Epic Line

Last updated: 08/02/02

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