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Gagaklodra. Gagaklodra was created by “Monsieur d’Amour,” the pseudonym of the Indonesian author Njoo Cheong Seng, and appeared in over one hundred stories, novels, comic strips, and films from 1930 to 1953, beginning with “Penjakit Tjinta” (Liberty, Nov. 1930).

Gagaklodra is a Superhuman Lupin modeled on Arsène Lupin. Gagaklodra (real name A. Raden Wiradraka) is Chinese-Malay Indonesian and is active across the archipelago. From 1930 to 1945 he is a rogue who enjoys mocking the police, but after Indonesia’s declaration of independence in 1945 Gagaklodra begins helping the police solve crimes, especially those committed by political agitators. Gagaklodra is very clever, athletic, and skilled as both thief and crime-solver, but he is also a silat expert and has various mystic abilities.

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