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Bos, Dick. Dick Bos was created by the Dutch creator Alfred Mazure and appeared in comic strips, comic books, and films from 1940 to 1969, beginning with the comic strip “Dick Bos” (Weekrevue De Prins, July 20, 1940).

Dick Bos is a wealthy Dutch private detective, working out of the Hague, whose cases and missions take him around the world. During World War Two Bos is Agent K-22 with the Dutch resistance, but after the war he opens a private agency and solves crimes in Europe and America as well as captures Communist spies. In addition to ordinary criminals and spies, Bos takes on and defeats a variety of more fantastic opponents, including the Scar, Nemesis, the Scorpion, the Spider, the Sledge Hammer, the Raven, and Hastings, the Man with a Thousand Faces. Bos is an expert at martial arts, a crack shot, and in later years makes use of a variety of technologically advanced gadgets. Bos is primarily assisted by his beautiful and quite capable secretary Sheila, whose feelings for him are not reciprocated by the unusually (for the genre) asexual Bos.

* I've included Bos in the Best of the Encyclopedia category because of the ideasplosions in "Dick Bos" and because of the strip's historical importance. As far as ideasplosions go, "Dick Bos" is comparable to the Canadian pulp heroes in the range of criminals Bos fights, which go from ordinary criminals (common at the strip's beginning, less common as time passed) to gloriously fantastic (more common post-War). Historically, "Dick Bos" is important because for nearly thirty years the strip (and of course Alfred Mazure) provided the Dutch with their own version of the Canadian pulp heroes and the German heftromane heroes, a strip that wonderfully leapt over genre borders and used whatever genre tropes, concepts, motifs, and plot devices that would make for a good story. Dutch popular culture didn't have anyone like that for quite a look time, and the individuals like that who followed Bos bore his influence heavily. 

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