Nothing is known of Bick's early life. He was likely born in the southern United States and at some point turned to a life of crime.
While the Man with No Name is touring with Dandy Deevers and his circus, he briefly detours into the town of Hangville, a safe haven for criminals. After nearly getting arrested, the Stranger leaves town and returns to the circus, but finds that he has been followed by the outlaw "Curley" Bick. After a brief confrontation, the Stranger manages to kill Bick, and collects the $1,500 bounty on his head.