Small-time pianist with an odd nickname in the "Melody of Hate" story of Charlton comic book Strange Suspense Stories #27 (Oct 1955). He's late for rehearsal at the Ruby Club with Paul Starr's band because "I was thrown into the river and left for drowned!" He announces he's out of the band and exit, much to the dismay of girlfriend and singer Avalon Ayres.
Passing songwriter Neal Valentine, who witnesses it all, volunteers to find out what's going on. They start by trying to find Boppy at his hotel.
Turns out Boppy and another musician, Riverboat Davis, were threatened by song publisher Harry Jefferson, the uncle of Neal's fiance. Somehow only Davis and Gates knew the truth that Jefferson stole the fortune left by his brother to finance his music business. Jill was about to find out since her 21st birthday was coming up. Valentine saves Jill from Jefferson just in time, and Jefferson confesses and prepares for jail.