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Marko the Miracle Man. Marko the Miracle Man was created by Edwy Searles Brooks (William Beeke, Sexton Blake, Norman Conquest, Ironsides Cromwell, Clive Derring, Carson Grey, Jimmy Harding, Dixon Hawke, Invisible Speedman, Frank Kingston, Falcon Swift, Umlosi, Waldo the Wonder Man) and appeared in at least twenty-four stories in the Dixon Hawke Library and Adventure (U.K.) from 1923 to 1947, beginning with "Marko the Miracle Man" (Dixon Hawke Library #116, Dec. 10, 1923).
Marko the Miracle Man began as a rewritten version of Waldo the Wonder Man and provided the source for Norman Conquest. Marko (sometimes Marco) is one of the arch-enemies of Dixon Hawke. Marko is a "rather amazing type of criminal," a scientist, inventor, and adventurer who turns to crime with great enthusiasm. He invents a belt that allows him to generate "anti-gravity" and levitate, and also creates "x-ray spectacles." Between those, his zeal and bloodthirst, and his experience running a gang, he is almost a match for Hawke, nearly assassinating him on a number of occasions, either with one of Marko’s inventions or with knife, harpoon, garrote, or his bare hands (Marko is exceptionally strong).
In his solo stories Marko carries out a long string of crimes, most of which are violent, and in general has a long and successful career as a bad guy, without any of the softening which overtook Waldo. Eventually Marko's anti-gravity belt betrays him while he is fleeing from Hawke and Marko falls to his death.
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