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Burton, Black. Black Burton was created by Nels Leroy Jorgensen (Rio Kennedy) and appeared in thirty-two stories in Black Mask from 1925 to 1938, beginning with “Black Burton” (Black Mask, Aug. 1925).

Sam “Black” Burton is a wandering gambler and amateur crime-solver. Although he is primarily active in the American Southwest, he travels widely, and solves crimes in San Francisco’s Chinatown (where he is known and respected) and London. He is married to Vivian, who he loves but who he does not live with.

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