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Brian, Duke. Duke Brian was created by Eaton K. Goldthwaite (Joseph Dickerson) and appeared in five stories in Black Mask in from 1940 to 1942, beginning with “The Frame That Didn’t Fit” (Black Mask, Aug. 1940).

Duke Brian used to be an international thief, but he met Janet, a beautiful society girl, and fell in love and reformed for her. Now he is a hard-boiled San Francisco private detective who is sidekicked by Franny Steinmetz, another “ex-felon from Philly.” Brian is friends with Homicide detective Bill Kurtz, who believes in Duke. (Few others do).

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