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Umlosi. Umlosi was created by Edwy Searles Brooks (William Beeke, Sexton Blake, Norman Conquest, Ironsides Cromwell, Clive Derring, Carson Grey, Jimmy Harding, Dixon Hawke, Invisible Speedman, Frank Kingston, Marko the Miracle Man, Falcon Swift, Waldo the Wonder Man) and appeared in a number of stories in Nelson Lee Library from 1917 to 1933, beginning with “The Ivory Seekers” (Nelson Lee Library (Original Series) #105, June 9, 1917).
Umlosi is a Superhuman. He was lift of H. Rider Haggard’s Umslopogaas (see: Allan Quatermain) and a copy of Lobangu, but Umlosi had enough longevity and popularity to become a distinct character. Umlosi is a mighty African warrior and the great friend and boon companion of the white explorer Lord Dorrimore. Umlosi is a giant, easily seven feet tall. He is the leader of the Kutana tribe, a "noble and honourable race who live in the dense forests in Central Africa." Umlosi became the Kutana's chief by defeating Fatoomba, his scoundrel half-brother, in combat.
Umlosi is very strong and very athletic. He is a fierce fighter, capable of leaving a trail of corpses behind him either by himself or with the help of his great spear. He also has a “snake” which visits him in his dreams and when he is awake and tells him things. Sometimes the snake tells Umlosi where his friends are: when Lord Dorrimore's plane is forced down, and everyone thought that it is lost in the Kalahari, Umlosi's snake correctly tells him that Dorrimore is actually on the veldt. At other times the snake warns Umlosi of imminent danger, at which point Umlosi also sees "red mists," a portent of bloodshed-to-come. The snake is always right. Umlosi and Lord Dorrimore are good friends, although Dorrimore treats Umlosi with a combination of respect and condescension.
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