'Kid Cheung'.

Yuan Bou-wan (袁步雲, also written as Yuen Po-Wan) was a mid-20th century Hong Kong manhua artist and movie actor. He created several notable characters for newspapers, such as 'Kid Cheung' and 'Miss Lau'. Both have also been adapted into movies. Yuan Bou-wan himself was an actor in many Hong Kong film productions between 1947 and 1995.

Kid Cheung
Yuan Chi-tang, as was his real name, was born somewhere in the early 20th century.  In the 1930s he began publishing his work in several newspapers from Guangzhou. One of his earliest creations was 'Kid Cheung' ('細路祥'), through whom the author gave his critical look on the adult world and the unfairness of society. By 1950 this boy character was so popular that the comic was adapted into a film. He was portrayed by Bruce Lee, who was nine years old at the time and not yet the global martial arts superstar he'd become by the late 1960s and early 1970s. A comic book compilation was published in 1952 under the title 'Kiddy Cheung Extension'.


'Miss Lau'.

Miss Lau
'Miss Lau' deals with the adventures of a pretty maid and the men who pursue her. This character was also the subject of a movie, which broke box office records when it premiered in 1949.

Arrogant Chiu and Wong Chai
Among Yuan's other notable creations are 'Arrogant Chiu', originally published in Red Green Daily, and 'Wong Chai'. The latter starred a spineless young man who cowers before his wealthy uncle, and gave the artist's satirical look at the gap between Hong Kong's upper and lower classes.


'Arrogant Chiu and Wong Chai'.

Hot-Tempered Leung
Finally, 'Hot-tempered Leung' was originally a pre-war newspaper column by Yan Wu-fa for the Red Green Daily. The 1947 movie adaptation by Yu Leung in turn resulted in a two-volume comic book by Yuan Bou-wan in that same year. 


'Hot-tempered Leung'.

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