Justice League of Public Domain Victorian Characters?

Yeah, it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Alan Moore’s series, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen , affords the readers a Steampunk setting for these fanciful creations of Victorian imagination.

The original series, illustrated bye Kevin O’Neill, premiered in 1999 with Jim Lee’s Wildstorm Comics imprint and DC Comics formidable backing. Moore has noted as literary influences such diverse authors as William S. Burroughs, Douglas Adams, Aleister Crowley, and Oscar Wilde.

The value of keeping literary characters available in the public domain is exhibited in not only Alan Moore’s authorship, but with the character’s portrayal across multiple forms of media delivery. It is unfortunate Moore has developed such an acrimonious relationship with Hollywood and we won’t have the chance to see his stories through a collaborative lens, as the movie industry takes his work from the page to the screen.

At any rate, hope you enjoy a ride with some the iconic personalities of modern Western culture.

Source works of the principal characters:

Wilhelmina Murray

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker

Archive related media: Movie

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Archive related media: Text

The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Illustrated by Charles Raymond Macauley

Dr. Fu Manchu

  • The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer

Archive related media: Old Time Radio

The Shadow of Fu Manchu
Serial melodrama, based on the stories by Sax Rohmer.


Allan Quatermain

  • King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Archive related media: Movie


Capt. Capt. Nemo (Prince Dakkar?)

  • Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island

Archive related media: Text


Sherlock Holmes

  • Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

Archive related media: Audio Book


– baird

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