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Clifton, Leon. Leon Clifton was created by the Czech author Jaroslav Pulda and appeared in Z Pamětí Amerického Detektiva Léona Cliftona #1-275 (1906-1910); the series was reprinted in 1926 and 1936. Leon Clifton is a Great Detective modeled on Nick Carter (I).
Clifton is famous, capable, and welcome wherever he goes, America and Europe, for he solves crimes and defeats the most evil wrongdoers everywhere. A Czech-American, Clifton was orphaned at a young age and found abandoned in Nebraska, where he grew up. Some of Clifton’s cases verge on the fantastic, as when he discovers the cursed belt buckle of Cagliostro lying in the street, or in the appropriately-titled “Gorilla ex Machina.” Clifton takes on the Black Company, the Human Beast, the “Mad Doctor” (an Evil Surgeon), an evil robot, the Death’s Head of Cleveland, the communist Red Spider, an “Arab magician,” the Brotherhood of the Dark Eyes, and the Devil Woman. He also meets Harry Ward. Clifton dies in the last issue of his series. Clifton appears in stories with titles like “Torn Apart By Wolves,” “The Shadow Without a Head,” and “The Lady of the Death’s Head.”
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