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Black Star. Black Star was created by Johnston McCulley (The Avenging Twins, Bat (II), Jim Bodney, Crimson Clown, Captain Goodwin, Green Ghost, Richard Hughes, Man in Purple, Mongoose, Peter Noggins, Peanut Pete, Spider (I), Thubway Tham, Thunderbolt (I), Terry Trimble, Whirlwind, Zorro) and appeared in seventeen stories and serials in Detective Story Magazine and Best Detective Magazine from 1916 to 1930, beginning with “Rogue for a Day” (Detective Story Magazine, Mar. 5, 1916).
Black Star is a master thief. He will not murder, nor will he allow his men to murder, or to harm women. There are some things to which a proper criminal will not stoop. But the Black Star sees nothing wrong with theft, or kidnaping, or blackmail, or breaking and entering.
He is opposed by Roger Verbeck, a foppish millionaire and amateur detective who is assisted by Muggs, a former thug who was saved from suicide by Verbeck and pledged his service to him. They oppose Black Star at every turn, being captured by him (and plastered with black stars) and capturing him, more often being left behind as Black Star and his gang escape, to loot ballrooms and buildings and cities yet again, leaving mocking laughter in his wake.
Black Star wears black robes and a black hood. On the face of the hood is a "star of blazing jet." Beneath the hood, just to ensure his anonymity, Black Star is masked. Black Star's gang is likewise clothed in black. Black Star always keeps his word and is vigorous in the defense of his reputation. He calls himself "a genuine criminal" and is rather proud of that fact. He is a handsome man of roughly forty-five from an undistinguished background. He and his men use "vapor bombs" and "vapor guns," which instantaneously knock out its victims.
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