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Real Name: Edvard Hugo

Identity/Class: Human, citizen of Romania (pre-modern era)

Occupation: Captain in the Romanian Home Militia

Group Membership: The Home Militia

Affiliations: Black Fox (Robert Paine), Agent Groza, Doctor Stephen Strange, Pixie

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None (see comments)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Petralova, Romania

First Appearance: Marvel: The Lost Generation#8 (July, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: Captain Hugo possessed no know superhuman abilities, despite the gravity-defying aspects of his impressive handlebar mustache. He was remarkably skillful at sneaking up on people, surprising even those with enhanced senses. Hugo was fluent in Romanian and English, and carried a conventional firearm which, presumably, was Home Militia standard issue.

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Height: 6'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 156 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

(Marvel: The Lost Generation#8 (fb) - BTS) - Edvard Hugo served as captain in Romania's Home Militia. He was assigned to safeguard the small town of Petralova. During his time in law-enforcement, he presumably met the physician Stephen Strange (see comments).

    At some point in the mid- to late-1970s, Hugo was called in after a man had been found murdered in Room 12 of the local hotel (the victim was agent Groza, killed by Nocturne). Figuring whoever murdered Groza might return, Hugo waited around just outside the hotel room.

(Marvel: The Lost Generation#8) - When First Line members Black Fox and Pixie, in their civilian guises, came to the hotel to meet with Groza, they discovered his body lying on the floor. The Fox quickly concluded Nocturne was responsible, but by then Hugo had already come out of hiding. Startling Pixie, he pulled his gun on the heroes and put them both under arrest. The Fox tried to sell Hugo the cover-story that he was R.W. Paine, who had come to Petralova with his secretary "Miss Pixley," to work out a trade agreement with Groza for a company called Canadian Grains Ltd.--Hugo was anything but convinced by Paine's cover-story. Only the timely arrival of his associate Doctor Strange, who vouched for Paine, convinced the captain to let the two alleged Canadians go.




Comments: Created by Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks).

    It's never been made clear if the good captain actually knew Doctor Strange, or if the mage put him under some unseen, subtle spell.

In Fantastic Four I#30 (September, 1964), the FF were vacationing in Transylvania when they chanced upon the alchemist Diablo's castle; Baron Hugo, the mayor of the district, warned the team not to enter the structure, and invited them to stay at his estate. The elderly Baron Hugo appeared to be perhaps 60 years-old. Considering that the Lost Generation stories took place during the pre-Fantastic Four I#1 era, perhaps Captain Edvard Hugo was intended to be Baron Hugo 20-30 years earlier--both Edvard and the Baron had similar gravity-defying mustaches.
--Ron Fredricks

I'm not 100% convinced that Edvard and the modern-era Baron are the same person--"Hugo" might just be a common surname in that part of Transylvania. Still (considering Stern and Byrne's eye for detail), it's certainly not a complete coincidence--they might even be relatives.

Yeah, I guess Edvard and the Baron might not necessarily be the same person, maybe just relatives... although with the way Marvel's sliding time-scale works, I suppose someday the elderly Baron would have to be revealed to be Edvard's son!--Ron Fredricks

Profile by Norvo.

Captain Edvard Hugo should not be confused with

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Marvel: The Lost Generation#8, p12, pan2 (main image)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#8, p12, pan3 (closeup)
Fantastic Four I#30 (Baron Hugo; Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl (background))

Marvel: The Lost Generation#8 (July, 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

First Posted: 04/06/2014
Last updated: 11/23/2019

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