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King, Sergeant. Sergeant King was created by Zane Grey (Diamond Outfit, Buck Duane, Lassiter) and appeared in the comic strip “King of the Royal Mounted” (1935-1954) and in ten novels, film serials, and Big, Little Books from 1936 to 1946.
Sergeant King (his first name is never disclosed) is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He is active in northwest Canada and is one of the toughest, most effective policeman of any kind and in any climate. He always gets his man, always pursues a criminal no matter what environment King has to track him through, and always keeps a stern demeanor regardless of the situation. King goes after fur thieves, cattle rustlers, train robbers, Chicago gangsters come to Canada for "easy pickins," German spies, and any number of other wrongdoers. On occasion he also catches crazed costumed villain types, including a distaff version of Robin Hood and a deranged doctor who wears a winged suit and calls himself the "Black Bat”. King's boy sidekick is Kid Blake, his girlfriend is Betty Blake, and his constant companion and pilot is Jerry Laroux, a stereotypical French-Canadian.
* I'm including Sergeant King in the Best of the Encyclopedia category because of his archetypal nature. There were Mountie stories, American and Canadian, before Zane Grey invented Sergeant King. There were Mountie serials and series heroes before the first appearance of Sergeant King in 1935. The Mountie was...not a cliche, exactly, but something readers were quite familiar with in 1935. But Grey, who was actually fairly talented but chose to spend his time writing Westerns and frontier literature, created in Sergeant King the archetypal Mountie, the tough, square-jawed, stern-faced, moral and upright two-fisted Mountie who always got his man or woman. That "King of the Royal Mounted" was in its way as great a whitewashing of the Mounties as any post-1980 American film with CIA agents in it is a whitewashing of the CIA, generally goes unremarked-upon. The real Mounties were the exact opposite of Sergeant King--immoral corrupt bullies who hated People of Color, protestors, socialists, communists, and striking workers and did their best to commit violence against them or conspire to have them jailed forever on false chargers. But the American and Canadian publics wanted to believe in the Sergeant King more than reality, so Sergeant King became archetypal both within popular culture and in mainstream culture.
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