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Mister X. Mister X was created by the Danish author Niels Meyn (Count Basil, Kurt Danner, Gentleman Detective, Lord Kingsley, Lord Lister, John Mac Carty, Modern Thief, Count Sterling) and appeared in Lord Kingsley–Gentlemantyven #74 (1926), Den Gadefulde Dr. X #1-? (1940?), Mr. X. Underverdenens Kong #1-6 (1942), and Den Mystiske Mr. X #1-76 (1943-1946).
Mister X is a tuxedo-clad Occult Detective who fights a variety of mystical evils around the world, from the possibly Satanic Femme Fatale Lady Devil to a mummy in Egypt to racist stereotype cannibals in Deepest Africa to murderous androids, slave-murdering Indian sultans, vampires in London, pirates in the Caribbean, Yellow Perils, and African Leopard-Men. In Den Mystiske Mr. X #50, “De Tusinde Maskers Mester,” Mister X encounters Count Basil.
Mister X appears in stories with titles like “The Robot Man’s Love,” “The Druid’s Castle,” and “The Black Vampire.”
* I'm including the Mister X stories in the Best of the Encyclopedia category because of their imaginative content. The Mister X stories (apart from the racism) hold most of what's wonderful about the pulps. A crossover, a mummy, a vampire, a druid, a murderous android, an amorous android, pirates, Occult Detecting, a tuxedo-clad hero...the list goes on and on. There's nothing deep or sophisticated about the Mister X stories, just one great concept or pulp trope after another. Excellent stuff.
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