Sunday, August 29, 2010

Louie Lue-Zaza the Mystic-1956

Here we have Louie Lou...who is actually the great Asian detective Charlie Chan. It seems that Charlton gave up the rights to the Charlie Chan character in 1956 so they changed the CHARLIE CHAN title--in the time-honored manner of skirting postal regulations--to ZAZA THE MYSTIC, a completely unrelated character. Apparently they had some Chan inventory left, however, as this back-up story from the first issue under the new title is clearly Charlie! All they've done is add some glasses to the character and re-letter his name rather poorly throughout. Even "Number one son" is still called "Number one son!"

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