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Greatest 12 Characters of the 1910's

Who is on this list, what this list is about and how they got on the list!

 Thank You Mr. Burroughs!
 Thank You Mr. Burroughs!
This is one of a set of lists I made showing a progression of the greatest characters in a heroic style throughout time. Focusing for the most part on one decade at a time. The heroes that we know and love today were inspired by heroes before them. Some are even real people who moved into folklore. Before comics there were pulp magazines. Before that there was dime novels and before that was the penny dreadfuls. There were many others as well like Gothic novels, story papers and yes even a real novel.  
The List 
This is a list of the greatest comic characters to first appear in literature between the years of 1910 and 1919.  These would be characters who will go on to be the biggest influences in comics either directly or indirectly.  In other words these will become great inspirations to future comic characters and stories. Right now they are in order of year.
New Stuff 
This list is mainly made up of magazine adventure characters who would later be printed in novels.  This is the decade of Edgar Rice Burroughs because so many of his greatest creations were produced in this decade.   Six of them made this list and some are still being printed in comics today.

 The First Superhero
 The First Superhero
Here is the past list 
Greatest 12 Characters of the 1900's 

Here is the next list 

Greatest 12 Characters of the 1920's

List items

  • Paul Bunyan may have been around for decades before he was written about but eventually in 1910 Paul was written in the story Round River Drive.

  • Marlene Alraune gets her name from Alraune in the novel Alraune written in 1911. The original Alraune was a character who was born due to an experiment. A prostitute is impregnated by the semen of a hanged murder and Alraune is born supposedly without a soul.

  • Fantômas is one of the most famous and popular villains in crime fiction, Fantômas transended and bridged the gap from gothic villain to serial killer. He is the precursor to many of today's comic villians. He first appeared in 1911 in his self titled book Fantômas.

  • Sure Tarzan did not appear in comics until Tip Top Comics #1 inn 1936 but he really made his first appearance in a magazine story called Tarzan of the Apes in 1912.

  • John Carter was first published in Under the Moons of Mars in 1912. He battled all kinds of creatures in space and dealt with aliens and a sword 65 years before Star Wars.

  • In no way a hero Dr. Fu Manchu was one of the very first evil, genius, Super-villains. His first appearance was in novel written in 1913 called the Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu. Characters like Lex Luthor and even Megamind can draw their roots back to this bald super genius.

  • Cave Girl first appeared in the novel the Cave Girl in 1913. She was a precursor to the jungle heroines that preceded her.

  • Perhapse over shadowed by his villian Dr. Fu Manchu, Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith was one of the very first detectives. His first appearance was in novel written in 1913 called the Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu.

  • Another Edgar Rice Burroughs character David Innes first appeared in At the Earth's Core in 1914. He discovers a lost world on earth before Warlord the Suicide Squad, Flash and many other who would discover these lost worlds on earth.

  • The Reverend, Doctor Christopher Syn, the Scarecrow, Captain Clegg. No matter what you call him this character has everything. He is a hero of incredible skill and intelligence. He first appeared in Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh, published in 1915.

  • The Uncle Sam that we know today was first depicted in Leslie's Weekly in 1916. He has been seen in political cartoons comic books and even as an official superhero for the United States.

  • In 1919 Zorro first appeared in All-Story Weekly Magazine #2. Batman himself was based on this Superhero who appeared twenty years before the dark knight.