I am aware of speculation that Indiana Jones is possibly based on one or more hybrids of historical individuals, but does the character have a literary forerunner?

  • Is this question specifically about the Indiana Jones films?
    – Tsundoku
    Apr 24, 2021 at 13:46

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The origins are well documented on Wikipedia.

George Lucas was very public about the character of Indy being inspired by Scrooge McDuck in a treasure hunting storyline, although Alan Quartermain and Professor Challenger are taken to be more direct references.

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