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Mayen, Jan. Jan Mayen was created by “Lok Myler,” the pseudonym of the German author Paul Alfred Müller-Murnau (Sun Koh), and appeared in Jan Mayen, Der Herr der Atomkraft #1-120 (1936-1938), #1-10 (1949-1950).
Jan Mayen is a detective and adventurer. He grew up on an icy, fog-wrapped island in the North Sea. When Jan was young his father, the German industrialist Dietrich Hartmann, disappeared, and as an adult Mayen spends his free time looking for him. But Mayen discovers that there are dark forces opposing him, and he is forced to use all of his intellect, fighting skills, and advanced technology, including his atomic-powered plane, to defeat these enemies. Mayen discovers that his arch-enemy is the vile South American financier and conspirator Micero, who at one point kidnaps Mayen’s love interest, Ursula, forcing Mayen to pursue Micero and Ursula from Amsterdam to Australia to Florida to Canada. Mayen is assisted by his racist stereotype servant Clive, who works in Mayen’s labs in Amsterdam, and Mayen’s grandmother, the formidable Myfrouw van Leeuwen.
Mayen eventually discovers that his father has been living in the United Sates under the name “Ricky Hatman” and been working with the Hudson Bay company on a secret project. This project is the raising of Greenland, or Thule, from the ocean. This brings Mayen into contact with Sun Koh, and the over-arching plot of Jan Mayen is revealed to be a sequel to Sun Koh, with Mayen eventually discovering that he is the heir of Thule. In some of the stories Mayen and Sun Koh venture into the Hollow Earth via a tunnel in Greenland. In others Mayen and Koh work toward a racially pure, Aryan utopia by turning Greenland into arable land through the use of an orbiting solar mirror and raising Atlantis from the sea.
Mayen is tall and slim, “steel hard and full of pliant power.” Mayen appears in stories with titles like "Atom Fire in Greenland," "The Invisible Fire," "The Diamond Sun," and "The Green Dragon."
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