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Allen Quatermain is a public domain character. That was originally published in several novels. Because of his public domain status he is picked up by anyone who wants to continue his stories. Most prominently is the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
that picks up his life after his novels.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
In the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Quartermain is found in a opium den in Africa
. His life seeming over until Wilhelmina
finds him and gets him to join her in order to save England
and perhaps the world. His life comes together somewhat but his addiction is a liability. They eventually meet Captain Nemo
and set out to find Edward Hyde
and Hawley Griffin
. The Leagues first adventure pits them against Professor Moriarty
. A few years later, Earth is invaded by Martians and their tripod death machines. Quatermain and The League manage to stop the invaders by releasing Dr Moreau's virus but not before the Martians have killed 100,000's and devastated London
It was after these events when Quatermain and Mina Harker bathed in the Fire of Life and became immortal. He masqueraded as his own son and took on the name of Allan Quatermain Jr to hide the fire's mystical rejuvenation.
In 2011 Bluewater Productions will be doing a graphic novel featuring the character.
Quatermain has been in several films includeing the first one called Allan Quatermain in 1919 where Quatermain is played by Hal Lawrence. There has been several films after that. Several of them based on the first novel called King Solomon's Mine.
Most comic fans are most familiar with the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen based on the comics and starring Sean Connery. This is despite the two films that came out in the 1980's starring Richard Chamberlain. These were in response to the popularity of the Indiana Jones