After spotting the inn, a weary Kevin approaches, looking for simple refuge. However, the innkeeper sees an easy mark. Kevin meets Brett for the first time, and immediately feels protective of the lad.
Brett seems to appreciate the kindness Kevin has shown him, and soon repays his new friend with a daring act. Kevin learns that Brett is clever as well as brave, and a bond is forged.
Inspiration for the February 10 comic came from a short story titled A Terribly Strange Bed by the English novelist Wilkie Collins (familial relationship to Kreigh Collins is unknown, but unlikely). Interestingly, Wilkie Collins credited a painter by the name of W. S. Herrick with the idea of the death-trap bed.
Horrors of another kind happened a couple years ago when I received a shipment of several “Kevin the Bold” comics I had purchased, among them the one featuring the “terribly strange bed.” Either a very disgruntled postal worker deliberately disregarded the instructions on the envelope or the package was completely mangled by a sorting machine. Either way, it’s a very sad result for what was a particularly nice copy of a beautifully-printed and dramatic comic strip.