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Lupien, Arsène. Arsène Lupien was created by the Canadian author Félix Métivier and appeared in Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Arsène Lupien (le Hors-la-Loi, le Justicier) #1-251+ (1946?-1959?).
Arsène Lupien is a Lupin Wanted Man. He is a Québécois version of Arsène Lupin-–as witty, as insouciantly defiant of the law, and as brilliant a thief and master of disguise–but with two differences. He began his career in crime because he is wanted for a crime he did not commit, and is pursued relentlessly by police Inspector Morneau. And Lupien, unlike his French forebear, is primarily devoted to righting wrongs (hence his title, “le Justicier”). Lupien’s stories occasionally verge on the fantastic. He fights zombies, ill-intentioned Lupins, criminals who use trained rats to commit crimes, Yellow Perils (“the Monster of Chinatown”), Evil Surgeons, misogynist serial stranglers, evil priests, and murderous Femmes Fatale (“the Female Demon”). He appears in stories with titles like “An Outbreak of Rats,” “The Man With Two Faces,” and “The Cave of Skeletons.”
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