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Topango John. Topango John was created by Harold Freeman Miners and appeared in four stories in Black Mask from 1923 to 1926, beginning with “Oscar the Terrible” (Black Mask, Dec. 1923).

Topango John is an old, leathery, dried-out desert rat and gold-seeker in the American Southwest. He is also an amateur detective and uses his skills in the desert to catch criminals.

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