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Black, Johnny. Johnny Black was created by L. Sprague De Camp (Harold Shea) and appeared in three stories in Astounding Science-Fiction from 1938 to 1940, beginning with “The Command” (Astounding, Oct. 1938).

Johnny Black is an intelligent bear. Black’s intellect is enhanced by chemicals administered to him at the St. Croix biological research station by an evil biologist who is intent on world domination. Black stops the man and goes on to have various heroic adventures, one involving a badly-behaved talking monkey named McGinty.

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