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Zivan, Khun. Khun Zivan was created by the Spanish creators Jose Canellas Casals (Amiel, Armando, Jaime Bazán, Black (III), Carlos and Marcos Bon, Bronkos, César, Thalma Klan, Judit, Mario, Nick, Red Circle, Rin-Tin-Tin (I), Sam, Sankro, Spaceman (II), Titán (II), Toby, Capitán Velez, Mack Wan, Fernando Zabal, Zimbra) and Marc Farell (Corsair X, Isaak & Benjamin, Margaret, Pablo & Sidney, Red Circle, Sam, Titán (II), Toby, Mack Wan) and appeared in Khun Zivan. El Terrible #1-16 (1934).
Khun Zivan is a Mongolian Yellow Peril. In the future year of 1950, the world is threatened by the terrorist Khun Zivan, a scientific genius dedicated to evil who operates from a mountain lair in the heart of Tibet. Zivan hates humanity and uses his assassins and his SCIENCE! weapons and vehicles against the world, including a bullet-proof suit, an earth-boring vehicle, death rays, invisible planes, android minions, and coma-inducing weapons. Among his wicked accomplishments are the destruction of the Statue of Liberty and the long-distance electrocution of everyone inside the Bank of New York. Zivan is opposed by the mystic lamas of Tibet, who use their Superhuman powers against the one they call “the enemy of the Buddha.” Zivan is also opposed by a group of young men from various nations of the world, who also have an earth-boring vehicle at their disposal. The struggle against Zivan spans the world, from Tibet to New York City to the Maghreb to sub-Saharan Africa to Baghdad to a diabolical island at the center of the Earth. Zivan is eventually killed in an exploding volcano.
* I'm including Khun Zivan, El Terrible in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because of its imaginative content. The pulp is a trip, one of the most pulpy products of Spain's Pulp Era/Golden Age of Comics. Casals and Farell made Khun Zivan as imaginative as possible and as full of pulpy tropes and motifs and imaginative concepts as they could think of. The art isn't the best, but the writing is pure A+ pulp, and the clash between Khun Zivan and the lamas of Tibet and the young men of the world is prime pulp epic. Great stuff, highly recommended.
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