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Dick, Tabu. Tabu Dick was created by L. Patrick Greene (Dynamite Drury, Sergeant Lancey, The Major, Commissioner Sykes, Trooper Useless) and appeared in Tabu Dick (1935).
Tabu Dick is a Jungle Hero. Dick is given his name when his dying Scottish father proclaims Dick to be "tabu," in order to protect him from the "savage natives." This gives Dick the time to survive and attend "the finest school in the world -- the school of experience." In classic racist fashion Dick grows up to become a better native than the natives, with more acute senses and a greater knowledge of the jungle. He still retains "the white man's ability to take mental short cuts and to make logical conclusions."
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