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King, Ken. Ken King was created by “Frank Richards,” the pseudonym of Charles Hamilton (Billy Bunter, Arthur Augustus d’Arcy, Sheerluck Jones, Len Lex, Ferrers Locke, Herlock Sholmes, Harry Wharton), and appeared in hundreds of stories from 1928 to the early 1960s, beginning with “King of the Islands” (Modern Boy #1, Feb. 11, 1928).
Ken King is a South Seas Adventurer. King is "King of the Islands," a trader in the South Seas and the skipper of the ketch Dawn. King trades and adventures across the Pacific, encountering every possible variation of South Seas Islands In the 1930s & 1940s enemies: cannibals, pearl thieves, ruthless whites (like the bloodthirsty Wolf Williams) who enslave whole islands, rascally traders and thieves like Jabez Wild and Dandy Peters, cursed pearls of Gola, and so on. The two-fisted, square-jawed, patriotic, pro-Empire, pro-imperialistic colonization, and pro-benign racism King is assisted by his Australian first mate Kit Hudson, his native Hawaiian bo'sun Kaio-lalulalong, a.k.a. "Koko," and the racist stereotype Danny, the cook.
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