A blind silver miner from Colorado, Hank Steele was Junior Tracy’s real father who lost his son when Junior’s mother ran away. Hank offered a $5,000 reward for his return and Junior was returned to him after Steve the Tramp attempted to falsely collect the reward. When Steve and Stooge Viller escaped from prison, Tracy send Hank and Junior on a cruise with Pat Patton guarding them while he hunted for the two criminals. Steve was captured first but Stooge Viller caught up to Hank, Junior and Patton in Canada and killed Hank when he tried to protect Junior. Hank was not always blind, but lost his sight in a dynamite explosion shortly after striking it rich prospecting. Using this money he purchased a ranch in Silver Mountain, Colorado.