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Sitting Bull. Sitting Bull (c. 1831-1890) was a shaman and leader of the Hunkpapa Sioux who fought against the U.S. Army and defeated General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In 1906 the German author Paul Walter (Richard Hildebrandt, Gerhard Rotenberg), under the pseudonym of “Guido von Fels,” made Sitting Bull into the hero of heftromanes; he appeared in Sitting Bull, Der Letzte Hauptling Der Sioux-Indianer #1-180 (1906-1909) and Berühmte Indianerhäuptlinge #1-180 (1906-1909); the series was reprinted across Europe and Scandinavia from 1907 to 1932.

In these stories Sitting Bull is a heroic protagonist who has adventures very loosely based, if at all, on the historical Sitting Bull’s life. Some of the stories ventured into the fantastic, as when Sitting Bull discovers the underground temple of a Lost Race of Mound Builders. In a number of stories he aids Black Horse, Bloody Hand, Mah-Topa, and Wennonga. The fictional Sitting Bull appears in stories with titles like “The White Bandit of the Prairies,” “The Treasure of the Unearthly Temple,” and “The Tyrant of Fort Sagamore.”

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