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Zarkov, Dr. Dr. Zarkov was created by Robert Leslie Bellem (Little Jack Horner, Duke Pizzatello, Nick Ransom, Tate Shevlin, Dan Turner) and appeared in eight stories in Spicy Mystery Stories from 1935 to 1938, beginning with “The Executioner” (Spicy Mystery Stories, Aug. 1935).

Dr. Zarkov is a Superhuman. He is the “Surgeon of Souls,” a superhuman being (he may not even be human) who has the ability to travel in time and space and to warp reality. He uses these abilities to appear to those who are at moral crossroads, offering to cure them of the “cancerous tumors” (lust, envy, hate, etc) in their souls and to guide them to a righteous course of living.

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