Hardy, Chuck. Chuck Hardy and his (female) friend Jerry are part of an underseas expedition to the Marquesan islands. While the pair are diving, a volcanic eruption propels them into the Hollow Earth, which is jungle-like. The pair have various adventures in this land, which they learn is “Aquatania.” They fight frog men, strangling trees, “pygmy lobstermen,” an evil queen, and so on. While in Aquatania Chuck and Jerry have thrice human strength and endurance and can make John Carter-like leaps in the air, for E.R. Burroughsian reasons.
First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #5 (Centaur), Sept 1939. 9 appearances, 1939-1940. Created by Frank Thomas.
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