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McClain, Dave. Dave McClain was created by “John L. Benton,” the pseudonym of C.S. Montanye (Canary Kid, Johnny Castle, Archibald Catfitz, Captain Valentine, Jeff Vance), and appeared in twelve stories in Thrilling Detective from 1944 to 1950, beginning with “Primed for Bear” (Thrilling Detective, Feb. 1944).

Dave McClain is a detective for the Homicide department of the N.Y.P.D. He is large, loose, and hard-boiled, and always has a cigar in his mouth or in the pocket of his overcoat, waiting to be lit.

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