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The Nyctalope vs Lucifer

by Jean de La Hire
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories
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
ISBN: 978-1-932983-98-2

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