The Best of the Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes: Deerslayer

wildtoterDeerslayer. Deerslayer appeared in the German pulp Wildtöter #1-300 (1915-1917, 1920-1924). Deerslayer is a German immigrant modeled on James Fenimore Cooper’s Hawkeye. Aided by his native companion, Eagle Eye, Deerslayer has a variety of adventures on the American frontier during the 19th century, from the northeast to the southwest, fighting evil natives and Anglos. His arch-enemy is the wicked native Oputu, a traitor and murderer of his own chief. He meets Winoga (I), he finds Montezuma’s treasure, he discovers the Petrified Wizard. In an unexplained process, he fights at and survives the Alamo. He fights an Indian zombie, balloon-piloting air pirates, evil Mormons, and Lost Race Aztecs with the living descendant of Montezuma. He also meets the Robinsons and the New Robinson. Deerslayer appears in stories with titles like “Death Rode Through The Wilderness,” “The Navajos’ Ambush,” and “In The Crater of the Extinct Volcano.”

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