Public Domain Super Heroes
Red Rube
Weekender 3

Real Name

Reuben Reuben

First Appearance

Zip Comics #39 (1943)

Original Publisher


Created by

Ed Robbins


Reuben Reuben was a young orphan who ran away from the orphanage to escape the abusive owner. 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, and wanted to help him.

Reuben later became a cub reporter for the Daily Sun.

Powers and Abilities[]

The ghosts each gave him the powers they possessed in life: strength, wisdom, speed, invulnerability, and courage. All he needed to do to use these powers was call out "Hey Rube" and he would transform into Red Rube, a fully grown hero.


Reuben becoming the Red Rube.

Public Domain Appearances[]

  • Zip Comics #39-47
  • Roly Poly Comics #10
  • Weekender vol. 1 #1, 3 (cover only)
  • Zip Comics #41


  • Unlike other MLJ heroes, Red Rube was never revived by DC or Archie comics.
  • Red Rube's powers and origin are similar to Captain Marvel.
  • Initially his name was 'Rueben Rueben'. It was later corrected to 'Reuben Reuben'.

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