|Leo Saint-Clair, alias the Nyctalope, was created in 1911
by Jean de La Hire, one of France's most prolific serial writers. Gifted
with night vision, hypnotic powers and an artificial heart, Saint-Clair
is a fearless hero who battles colorful super-villains. His adventures,
which spanned 30 years, created a template that was later adopted by such
pulp heroes as Doc Savage (1933), before providing the core mythology of
American comic books.
In Lucifer (1921), his second appearance and possibly his greatest battle, the Nyctalope faces Baron Glô von Warteck, a.k.a. Lucifer,whose hypnotic powers, amplified by his "teledynamo," threatens to enslave the world.
Just as Captain America, is the incarnation of the Stars and Stripes, the Nyctalope, stood for the ideals of Colonial France between two world wars.
Cover by Denis Rodier
Published by Black Coat Press in 2007
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