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Peanut Pete. Peanut Pete was created by Johnston McCulley (The Avenging Twins, Bat (II), Black Star, Jim Bodney, Crimson Clown, Captain Goodwin, Green Ghost, Richard Hughes, Man in Purple, Mongoose, Peter Noggins, Spider (I), Thubway Tham, Thunderbolt (I), Terry Trimble, Whirlwind, Zorro) and appeared in three stories in Clues in 1932, beginning with “Peanut Pete” (Clues, May 1932).
“Peanut Pete” (so-called because he always has a bag of peanuts in his pocket) is a low-level criminal, just getting by on luck and work. His overriding ambition is to be recognized as being someone of consequence. But he works in a pool hall and is always bullied by Detective Sergeant Halloran. “His baggy clothes, his greasy cap, his servile manner, an air about him of always being ready to dodge—these things stamped Peanut Pete as inconsequential, something to be brushed aside as not worthy of recognition.” Pete is cunning, at least, and has a false courage born of continual irritation.
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