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Kroom. Kroom was created by “Valentine Wood,” the pseudonym of Walker A. Tompkins (Arizona Thunderbolt, Border Eagle, Deo Daley, Desert Phantom, Firebrand (II), Ozar the Aztec, Rio Rand, Tommy Rockford) and appeared in eighteen stories in Top-Notch Magazine in 1930 and 1931, beginning with “Kroom, Son of the Sea” (Top-Notch Magazine, June 15, 1930).

Kroom is a Jungle Hero. The yacht Celeste is wrecked in the South Pacific during a storm, and the only survivor, the infant grandson of a millionaire, is sucked into a whirlpool. The whirlpool drags the child under a cliff and into a body of water inside an enormous extinct volcano. This sea is inhabited by the Fish People, a throwback race. They rescue the child and raise him as one of their own. He grows to become a handsome, muscular, blond warrior and as an adult has adventures among the Fish People and in the outside world.

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