Auro. Early in the 21st century Prof. and Mrs. John Hardwich are traveling through space when their ship crashes on the wild planet of Jupiter. They are both killed, and their son, Auro, is raised in the wilds by the saber-tooth tiger Tara. As an adult Auro is a futuristic Jungle Hero, "the tremendous gravitational force of this planet" having turned his "earthly muscles to steel!" He cows a pack of natives, who dub him “Auro,” meaning “invincible,” and he becomes the King of Jupiter, living in a castle, and giving banquets for the poor. He has space opera adventures, fighting and defeating: the mad lord of Saturn, “who has invented a ray to destroy the solar system;” the Ogre and his Jupiterian bug-men; the savages and pre-historic apes of the jungles of Saturn’s interior; armored pygmy warriors; the Yasgadorian life-drinkers; the Mecho-Men of Mars; and a Mad Scientist and his mermaids and Werewolves of Hydra-Hell, among others. He appears in stories with titles like “Life-Drinkers” and “Experiment Existence.”

First Appearance: Planet Comics #1 (Fiction House), Jan 1940. 45 appearances, 1940-1949. Created by Malcolm Kildale and ?





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