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Deerslayer. Deerslayer appeared in the German dime novel 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.”

* I'm including Wildtöter in the Best of the Encyclopedia category because of the ideasplosions within it. One might think that a reprise of James Fenimore Cooper's Hawkeye novels would have limited opportunity for fantastika. One would be wrong. In the classic heftroman fashion, the authors of Wildtöter found every excuse to insert fantastic concepts and crossovers, so that what was a somewhat played-out setting (at least in Germany) because a wonderland of adventure and great character ideas. Fun!

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