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Jim-Joyce. Jim-Joyce was created by the Portuguese author Reinaldo Ferreira (Herculano Calafaia, Dr. Duque, Fresquinho, Gil Goes, João of Portugal, Juca, Kiá, Musketeer of the Air, John Nobody, João Roxo, Ralph Williamson) and appeared in at least sixty stories in ABC from 1926 to 1928; several of the stories were collected in As Sensacionais Aventuras de Jim Joyce, O “Az” dos Detectives Americanos #1-15 (1928).
Jimmy “Jim-Joyce” Joyceling is a Great Detective modeled on Nick Carter (I). Jim-Joyce is a celebrity detective known as “the terror of thieves and those with bloody hands.” He is consulted by policeman from across the United States on various cases. He lives in New York City with his sister, Helena Joyce, and “Snowball,” Jim-Joyce’s racist stereotype street urchin servant. Jim-Joyce’s Lestrade is Inspector Douglas of the N.Y.P.D., and Jim-Joyce’s Moriarty/Dr. Quartz is the Evil Surgeon Dr. Satanaz, who was born in 1714, is tall, gaunt, dresses all in black, and has a skull-like face and lidless eyes with enormous irises. Jim-Joyce also fights Sir Fantasm, a Lupin.
Jim-Joyce appears in stories with titles like “The Vengeful Corpse,” “The Invisible Apache,” and “The Regicides Club.”
* I'm including the Jim-Joyce stories in the Best of the Encyclopedia category because of the imaginative content within the pulp. Reinaldo Ferreira had a sound sense for when to deploy an ideasplosion, and generally how to write exciting pulp fiction, and the Jim-Joyce stories are examples of that. Dr. Satanaz is a great pulpy villain, and Jim-Joyce a suitably action-oriented Great Detective. Portuguese popular fiction didn't really have anything like the Jim-Joyce stories, or more generally Ferreira's work, and both Jim-Joyce and Ferreira were influential on other Portuguese pulp writers.
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