Robur the Conqueror

Real Name


First Appearance

Robur the Conqueror (novel, 1886)

Original Publisher

Created by

Jules Verne


Robur is a brilliant inventor who creates the airship known as The Albatross, and wishes to unify the world under his own command. He plants his flag, a black flag with a golden sun emblem, on top of historical landmarks throughout the world, including the Statue of Liberty, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Eiffel Tower. He is somewhat of an ego maniac, and when he visits the Weldon Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he lacks any tact in trying to convince the members of the institute that aircraft need not be lighter than air. After being attacked by members of the institute, Robur disappears, and later returns, kidnapping the president and secretary of the group, to try to convince them of the wonder of the Albatross. However, the two men refuse to accept the superiority of his vehicle, and attempt to destroy it. Robur, takes the ship back to his headquarters on X Island to rebuild the ship.

The Albatross was a huge airship, suspended by numerous rotor blades. It could travel around the world in just under 8 days. It had accomodations for a large crew and had weapons, including cannons and harpoons. Robur himself was a brilliant man, who operated off of X Island.

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