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Horse-Sense Hank. Horse-Sense Hank was created by Nelson S. Bond (Lancelot Biggs, Jessifer, Lobblies, Meg the Priestess, Pat Pending, Anne Rogers, Squaredeal Sam, Chip Warren) and appeared in five stories in Amazing Stories from 1940 to 1942, beginning with “The Scientific Pioneer” (Amazing Stories, Mar. 1940).
Horse-Sense Hank is a Superhuman. “Horse-Sense Hank” Cleaver is a rural hick who has a natural aptitude for mechanics and mathematics. He is entirely uneducated and not particularly intelligent, but he is a brilliant, unconscious human computer. He uses common sense to solve problems, but the best explanation he can give is “Just seems as if–“ He fixes broken cars just by jiggling the “thingamajig hangin’ on the whatchamaycallit.” He can plot a comet’s course, predict where a roulette wheel will land, and even travel in time. He is “a long cold drink of wisdom about thirty years old…given to lack of speech and habit of chewing tobacco.”
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