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Scarlet Pimpernel

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Scarlet Pimpernel
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Real Name

Sir Percy Blakeney

First Appearance

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

Original Publisher

Hutchinson

Created by

Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Golden Age Origin

Scarlet Pimpernel was really Sir Percy Blakeney one of the richest men in England. He was considered a fool by his peers, but in reality he was the savior of those condemned to the guillotine during the Reign of Terror (5 September 1793 – 28 July 1794). He was a master of disguise, swordsman, and strategist. The Scarlet Pimpernel was assisted by his wife Marguerite and the League of the Pimpernel, a band of his devoted followers. His archenemy was Chauvelin, a sadistic French agent who was obssessed with capturing the Scarlet Pimpernel and unmasking him.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Stories by Famous Authors #1 (Seaboard Publishing/Famous Authors Illustrated)

Notes

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel was a precursor to the "disguised superhero" tales of the pulps and comic books.

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