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Edison, Thomas Alva. Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was an American inventor and entrepreneur. In 1908 he was the hero of the German Celebrity Pulp Thomas Alva Edison--Der Grosse Erfinder #1-5, written by the pseudonymous “John Merriman.” The fictional Thomas Edison is a kindly-yet-heroic old man who uses SCIENCE! to create wonderful new inventions--homunculi, advanced radio sets, and the like--and uses them to vanquish benighted natives and wicked men, from yacht pirates to Indian gold thieves to Chinese pirates to radium thieves.

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