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Dunn, Dan. Dan Dunn was created by Norman Marsh and appeared in two comic books, a comic strip, a radio show, and a pulp magazine from 1933 to 1943, beginning with the comic book Detective Dan #1.

Dan Dunn was the first and most successful of the Dick Tracy imitations. Although Dunn is a policeman in an unnamed big city, he doesn’t limit himself to just urban crime. He is also Secret Operative 48 for the F.B.I. (or, sometimes, the Secret Service), and in that role he fights the bad guys across the nation. Among his enemies are Ma Zinger, a Ma Barker-like gang leader; Spider Slick, leader of his own gang of murderers; Eviloff, a hood-wearing arch-criminal who has a private war-dirigible and operates from his own Caribbean island base; and, most memorably, Dunn’s nemesis, the Yellow Peril Wu Fang: “Wu Fang, King of the Dope Smugglers, with diabolical, fiendish cunning, aided by a horde of depraved gangsters, and an endless stream of money squeezed from human blood, corruption and degradation.”

Dan is assisted by Secret Service Operative 185, a female government agent, by Wolf, Dunn’s pet "Wolf Dog," by an orphan girl named Babs that he has informally adopted, and by his chubby sidekick Irwin Higgs.

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