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Morgan, Captain. Henry Morgan (c. 1635-1688) was an English privateer who fought the Spanish in the Caribbean in the 1660s and 1670s. In 1907 Morgan was the hero of the German dime novel Unter Schwarzer Flagge #1-240 (1907-1910); the series was reprinted and adapted across Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. Captain Morgan also appeared in a film serial, directed by Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset (Doctor Phantom, Meskal, Protéa, Riffle Bill), in 1909.
The fictional Morgan was a sanitized version of the historical person. He is a noble, heroic pirate whose ship is the Sturmvogel and whose nemesis is the wicked pirate captain Flint. He fights evil men like “Captain Satan,” the “Tyrant of Zanzibar,” and the cannibals of Turtle Island. He finds Lost Race Incas in their subterranean city, the “Golden Garden;” he fights pirates in the Caribbean, off the Chinese coast, among the Sulu islands, off the coast of Maryland, and in the Mediterranean; he rescues the Man in the Iron Mask, in a crossover with Dumas’ Three Musketeers; he fights various primitive submarines, some piloted by pirates, some by the Spanish, and some by Lost Race Aztecs; he overcomes icebergs, hurricanes, headhunters, cannibals, and kraken; he is taken prisoner by human-sacrificing Lost Race Maya in their “Blood Temple;” and he clashes with everyone from Maoris to Americans. The series ends with his death. Morgan appears in stories with titles like “The Brew of the Pirate Leaders,” “Under the Ice of the South Pole,” and “At War with Chinese Pirates.”
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