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Morton, Will. Will Morton was created by the German author Joe Morris (Jack Nelson) and appeared in Kleine Detektiv-Romane #1-370 (1919-1927); the series was reprinted in Denmark as Detektiven Will Morton’s Oplevelser #1-46 (1923).
Will Morton is a Great Detective modeled on Nick Carter (I). Morton is based in New York City but travels around the United States and occasionally Europe, solving crimes and helping people. He is assisted by a group of agents, including Bob Shaw, the Chick Carter to Morton’s Nick Carter; the German teenager Billy Hassell, Charly West, Dick Kaye, and the female agent Miss Fife, and on at least one occasion Harry Piel. He fights a white slaver, the Witch of the Bronx, vampires, a Maya cult in NYC, a factory which produces fake mummies, the Black Hand, the female gang leader the Lady in Grey, and a Yellow Peril opium lord. He chases a murderer through a maze of tunnels beneath New York City, he retrieves the Crown of the Inca, he cracks a Japanese spy ring, he stops a Mad Scientist’s Frankensteinian experiment-gone-wrong, and he catches the real Jack the Ripper. Morton also fights a Japanese Yellow Peril criminal who attempts to dig a giant golden meteor out of Greenland and use it to boost Japan’s military power. Morton appears in stories with titles like “The Mayan Signal,” “The Terror Machine,” and “The King of Manhattan.”
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