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Hyx, Captain. Captain Hyx was created by the French author Gaston Leroux (Balaoo, Cheri-Bibi, Eliphas de Saint-Elme de Taillebourg de la Nox, Theophraste Longuet, Benedict Masson, Mysterious King, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph Rouletabille) and appeared in “Les Aventures Effroyables de M. Herbert de Renich” (Le Matin, Sept. 7 1917-Feb. 12, 1918).

“Les Aventures Effroyables de M. Herbert de Renich” is Leroux’s rendition of Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, with Captain Hyx being Leroux’s version of Captain Nemo. The Luxembourgian Herbert de Renich is taken on board the Vengeur, a technologically-advanced submarine piloted by the misanthropic Captain Hyx. (Hyx openly refers to Twenty Thousand Leagues during the story, mentioning that the Vengeur can do things the Nautilus could not). Leroux added an anti-German element to the story, which was written during World War One, having Captain Hyx torture German officers.

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