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Vanel, Paul. Paul Vanel was created by “Max Morell,” the pseudonym of the German author Max Reck, and appeared in Paul Vanel-Serie #1-6 and fifteen novels from 1944 to 1948.

Vanel is a Great Detective. With his Watson, Otto Hilberg, Vanel is active around the world, and even becomes head of an international detective agency. In his final appearance he dies. Vanel’s adventures are often blatantly science fictional, involving angels, skeleton dwarfs, the graves of ancient astronauts on the moon, an island with Greek and Norse gods living on it, and a metafictional story involving the reader as the criminal.

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