The character of Charlie Chan was originally created by Earl Derr Biggers in 1919, while visiting Hawaii. He was inspired to create a Chinese-American police officer, as an alternative to the stereotypical Asian 'Yellow Peril' villains, in particular 'Fu-Manchu'.
He has appeared in six novels written by Earl Derr Biggers. The character has also appeared in many Feature Films, Radio Drama and Television Series, frequently assisted or hindered by 'Number One Son'.
He has also appeared in numerous comic books almost continually from 1940 through to 1960 and then sporadically afterwards. They include, Big Shot Comics published by Columbia Comics, Favorite Funnies published by DynaPubs Enterprises, Feature Comics published by Quality Comics and many versions entitled Charlie Chan Comics.