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Pry, Paul (II). Paul Pry (II) was created by Erle Stanley Gardner (Black Barr, Major Copley Brane, Terry Clane, Bertha Cool, Ken Corning, Speed DashJax Keen, Barney Killigen, Bob Larkin, Lester Leith, Señor Lobo, The Man in the Silver MaskPerry Mason, Ed Migraine, Patent Leather Kid, Phantom Crook, Doug Selby, Pete Wennick, White Rings, Gramps Wiggins, Bob Zane, Sidney Zoom) and appeared in twenty-seven stories in Gang World and Dime Detective from 1930 to 1939, beginning with “The Crime Juggler” (Gang World, Oct. 1930).

Paul Pry (II) is a copy of Gardner’s Lester Leith. Pry is a professional thief who steals stolen material from other criminals and then gives the stolen goods back to their rightful owner and thereby receives sizable rewards. Pry is young and debonair and is assisted by the one-armed Mugs Magoo, an ex-con and recovering alcoholic who has a thorough knowledge of the underworld.

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