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Sambo (Literary Character)

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Little Black Sambo
Story of Little Black Sambo

Real Name


First Appearance

The Story of Little Black Sambo (October, 1899)

Original Publisher

Grant Richards

Created by

Helen Bannerman


Sambo is a South Indian boy who encounters four hungry tigers, and surrenders his colourful new clothes, shoes, and umbrella so they will not eat him. The tigers are vain and each thinks he is better dressed than the others. They chase each other around a tree until they are reduced to a pool of melted butter. Sambo then recovers his clothes and his mother makes pancakes out of the butter.

Public Domain Comic Appearances

  • Ha Ha Comics #44
  • Fairy Tale Parade #1


Given the character's stereotypical look and name, the character would need to be updated for any type of use today.

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