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Cassidy, Hopalong. Hopalong Cassidy was created by Clarence E. Mulford (Corson) and appeared in sixty-seven stories, serials, and twenty-eight novels and story collections from 1905 to 1941, beginning with “The Fight at Buckskin” (Outing Magazine, Dec. 1905). He also appeared in over sixty movies and numerous comic books and radio and television shows.

The prose Hopalong Cassidy is substantially different from the parfait knight who appeared on screen and over the airwaves. Mulford’s Cassidy was intended to be a relatively faithful recreation of historical cowboys, so he has a limp, talks with his mouth full, swears, chews tobacco, rarely washes, has matted red hair, and is as tough as any fictional cowboy. Like the radio and film version, the prose Hopalong Cassidy is quick with his gun and is always willing to defend innocent men against evil criminals. He works with the men of the Bar 20 Ranch, who are led by Buck Peters.

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