Little Hercules

First Appearance: Daring Mystery Comics (June 1940).
Golden Age Appearance: Daring Mystery Comics #5.
Modern Appearances: None.
Years Active: 1940-?

Little Hercules is only a twelve-year-old child, but in the words of the head of "the leading scientists of the world," "his brain has made us older men of science look like children." Little Hercules has created a new explosive which he calls "Dynopop." The "leading scientists," obviously impressed, make Hercules "a Doctor of all the Sciences." Naturally, foreign agents want to get their grimy foreign hands on the formula, and try to steal it from them. But Hercules is nearly as strong as his namesake, quite capable of knocking much larger adults out and smashing boulders with one blow, and when his plane, the "Sky Bird," is blown up in mid-air, Hercules is not harmed by the explosion or the fall.

Notes: "Little Hercules" is drawn by Bud Sagendorf in the style of E.C. Segar and his own work on Popeye. It makes for a somewhat uncanny experience, reading Little Hercules' adventures and expecting Popeye or Brutus or the Jeep or the Sea Hag to make an appearance at any moment.

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