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Matalaa. Matalaa was created by “Martin McCall,” the pseudonym of E. Hoffmann Price (Pâwang Ali, Pierre d’Artois, Honest John Carmody, Cliff Cragin, Don Cragston, Saul Epstein, Glenn Farrell, Simon Bolivar Grimes, Glenn Haley, Ishmeddin, Jim Kane, Average Parker, Dr. Zeng Tse-Lin), and appeared in four stories in Red Star Adventures in 1940 and 1941, beginning with “The White Savage” (Red Star Adventures, June 1940).

Matalaa is a Jungle Hero. Matalaa, the White Savage, is only a child when the ship he and his parents are on is wrecked in a ferocious storm somewhere in the South Pacific. Matalaa is raised by the natives and as an adult fights for them and for the islands on which they live. Matalaa fights various evil men, including Borden Pitts, the man responsible for the death of Matalaa’s parents, Bull Garvey, an amoral (though charming in a brutal way) pearl diver, wicked “Asiatics,” pearl poachers, pirates, and a typhoon.

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