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Olga Mesmer

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Olga Mesmer

Real Name

Olga Mesmer

First Appearance

Spicy Mystery Stories (August, 1937)

Original Publisher

Culture Publications

Created by


Golden Age Origin

Olga Mesmer is the daughter of the queen of a underground kingdom. When Queen Margot was driven out of her kingdom by a coup d'etat, she retreated to the surface and came to the home of Doctor Hugo Mesmer, a scientist from Earth. Margot married Dr. Mesmer, but her husband experimented on her using soluble x-rays. This experimentation nearly killed Margot but left her with x-ray vision. She accidentally killed Dr. Mesmer when she discovered her new power. Widowed, Margot gave birth to their daughter, Olga Mesmer, before she returned to her underground kingdom.

Olga grew to possess powers of her own. She inherited both the x-ray vision of her mother and supernatural strength. As a young woman, Olga rebuffed the advances of her guardian who had grown lustful for her. Soon after that, she happened across the attempted murder of a young man named Rodney Prescott and easily saved him by killing his attacker. As a result of transfused blood from Olga to Rodney, he gained some of her abilities.

Together, Olga and Rodney traveled to the underground kingdom. During an adventure to destroy the rebels and restored Margot to her throne, Olga drank a secret potion of the kingdom which gave her immortality in addition to the powers she already possessed. After that, the three of them traveled to Venus together where a marriage between Margot and the Venusian king was expected to bring peace between Venus and Earth.

Olga first appeared in the story, "The Astounding Adventure of Olga Mesmer, The Girl with the X-Ray Eyes" in 1937. The story appeared in sequential artwork format within the pulp magazine was possibly created by studio head, Andolphe Burreaux. According to comics historian Will Murray, this timing makes Olga arguably the first superheroine in comics.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Spicy Mystery Stories (August 1937-October 1938)


  • No known artwork of Olga Mesmer still exists, not even fan art, in which she is not wearing torn clothing.
  • Like the newspaper comic-strip character Popeye (1929) and novelist Philip Wylie's protagonist Hugo Danner (1930), she is among the precursors of the archetypal comic-book superhero, Superman.

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