Hugo Hercules was an American comic strip, drawn and written by Wilhelm Heinrich Detlev Körner. It ran less than 5 months, from September 1902 to January 1903, for the Chicago Tribune. Despite its short run it’s widely seen as the earliest superhero fiction comic.

A good-natured man endowed with superhuman strength, the character of Hugo wandered about town, helping people with their problems and shocking them with his surprising displays of power. He was so strong he could pick up an elephant, kick a house like a football, wield an artillery cannon like a handgun, and lift a locomotive engine off the tracks and pull its cargo behind him at train speeds.

Sometimes referred to as the first superhero, the strip was not a great success and Koerner eventually left comics to become a painter.

17 strips various



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