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Allan, Frank. Frank Allan appeared in the German dime novel Frank Allan, der Rächer der Enterbten #1-612 (1920-1932). The first 55 issues of Frank Allan were reprinted and republished in a second Frank Allan, der Rächer der Enterbten from 1930-1932; the series was reprinted across Europe and Poland in the 1920s and 1930s.
Frank Allan was one of the longest-running of the heftromane heroes and was the model and standard for many similar world-traveling heftromane adventurer characters. He was not given a specialty such as pilot or detective, but rather was good at everything. “Frank Allan” is the pseudonym of Bob Harras, a rich American who as a hobby travels the globe, fighting for the underprivileged, the “disinherited,” and the poor. Only a few of his closest friends know that Harris is actually the “Frank Allan” who is dreaded by wrongdoers everywhere. He helps free kidnapped children and endangered women, but his stories are often more fantastic than that. He fights opium smugglers in China, submarine pirates in the Pacific, evil Indians in the American West, rioting prisoners in Sing-Sing, the masked criminal the "Scorpion" in Gotham, the evil Chain Bearer of Krakow, jewel thieves on the Orient Express, pirates on the Yangtze, art thieves in Tokyo (who take the "urn of the Mikado"), the Wolf of Bucharest, the Vampire of Baltimore, Mr. Satan, and many other, similar characters. Some of Allan’s opponents were unusually gruesome for the heftromanes, such as the “Butcher of the Rue Lafayette,” who pulls a Sweeney Todd and turns pretty young girls into hamburger. Allan is assisted by a black servant, Sam, who is portrayed in stereotypical ways. One of Allan’s recurring enemies is "Der Luftpirat," a thinly-veiled Captain Mors analogue. In Frank Allan #39, “Inspector Doodle of Scotland Yard,” Allan competes with and humiliates “Inspector Doodle,” a Sherlock Holmes analogue. After World War Two Frank Allan’s son appears in Frank Allan. Frank Allan appears in stories with titles like “The Ghostly Hand,” “The Dwarf Nippor,” and “The Living Sphinx.”
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