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Red Rube

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Red Rube
Weekender 3

Real Name

Rueben Rueben

First Appearance

Zip Comics #39 (1943)

Original Publisher


Created by

Ed Robbins

Golden Age Origin

Rueben Rueben was a young orphan who ran away from the orphanage. He hid out in an old castle, but discovered it was his ancestor's home. His ancestors still haunted the castle as ghosts, all sharing the same name as their descendant, wanted to help him. The ghosts each gave him the powers they possessed in life. They gave him strength, wisdom, speed, invulnerability, and courage. All he needed to do to use these powers was call out "Hey Rube". After saying this he would transform Red Rube, a full grown hero. Rueben later became a cub reporter for the Daily Sun.


Rueben becoming the Red Rube.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Zip Comics #39-47
  • Roly Poly Comics #10 (reprints Zip Comics #41)
  • Weekender vol. 1 #1 (cover only)


  • Unlike other MLJ heroes, Red Rube was never revived by DC or Archie comics.
  • Red Rube's powers and origin is similar to Captain Marvel.

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