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Hercules
Herc 2
Information
Real name: Hercules
Species: Human / Immortal Hybrid[1]
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-S
Relatives: Zeus (father)
Base: Rock of Eternity
Affiliations: Space Sentinels
Freedom Force
Immortal Elders
Abilities: Super strength, Invulnerability, Immortality
Voiced/Played: George DiCenzo and
Bob Denison


Hercules (or "Herc" for short) is the son of Zeus and a superhero who was a member of the Space Sentinels and the Freedom Force.

Superman's super strength has been compared to the strength of Hercules.[2]


Background History

Pre-Crisis: Earth-One / Silver Age

Not much is given on the background of Hercules. Further, history is silent on whether or not he had any dealings with the Amazons of Earth-One; beyond the blessing of "strength greater than his" on little princess Diana.[3]

Pre-Crisis: Earth-Two / Golden Age

In the Golden Age he was mentioned in the origin of the Amazons as having enslaved them by tricking Queen Hippolyta (spelled 'Hippolyte' in the original issue) into giving him her golden girdle on the bequest of Ares (aka 'Mars') who hated the Amazons. Hercules was shown as an archetypal muscle-bound man wearing a lion-skin, and only appeared in flashbacks. A picture of him, during Wonder Woman's time, shows him as the God of Strength with black hair and a beard.[4]

Pre-Crisis: Earth-S / Character in Captain Marvel's Universe

The World's strongest man in Ancient Times, Hercules performed the Twelve Labours to atone for the killing of his wife Megara and his sons in fit of rage.[5]

Various Pre-Crisis Backgrounds

Herc

Many centuries ago, Hercules was born to Zeus and a human mother, and he was raised on Earth. Being half human-half-Olympian, Hercules was very strong, and virtually invulnerable, but since he was only half Olympian, he wasn't nearly as powerful as the Gods of Caltos. For example, he wasn't immortal.

That is, not until a few years later, when the cosmic computer entity known as Sentinel One transported three young Earthlings to his domain, granting them astounding powers and eternal youth.[6] Hercules was among those young Earthlings. Hercules and the others later become superheroes and call themselves the Space Sentinels.

At some point Hercules joins another superhero group called the Freedom Force.

Hercules is also a member of the council of Immortal Elders, imparting his super strength to the agents of Shazam, and also giving young Billy Batson guidance on occasion.


Hercules' Steed

Hercules faithful steed is the winged horse Pegasus.


Powers and Abilities

Super powers

Abilities


Appearances

Space Sentinels (TV series) (1977):


Notes

  • In Space Sentinels he is portrayed as being somewhat juvenile in his personality, (even though he was centuries old) whereas in the Freedom Force he's portrayed far more like the traditional modern interpretation of the mythical Hercules. And he seems far wiser, much like he is portrayed in Shazam!.
  • Although the character of Hercules did appear in the live-action Shazam! series, he was never seen in live-action, as he was shown as an animated character.
  • Hercules first appears in All Star Comics, #8 (December 1941) as part of a Wonder Woman story, and was created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter, in the first of several incarnations. Later versions appeared in Superman, #28 (May 1944), created by Jerry Siegel and Ira Yarbrough, Wonder Woman, #105 (April 1959) and Hercules Unbound, #1 (October 1975) created by Gerry Conway and José Luis García-López. Hercules Unbound featured a Hercules in a post-apocalyptic future
  • He was also one of the mythological figures in which Captain Marvel drew power from when speaking the word "Shazam." (Particularly super strength)


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References

  1. In the Earth-1A universe these immortals are Olympians from the planet Caltos
  2. In The New Adventures of Superman TV Show, episode Lava Men (December 10, 1966), Superman's strength is described as "Herculean" by the narrator.
  3. As revealed in the Silver Age story: Wonder Woman, #105 (April 1959). This story also tells us that a handful of gods came the princess while she was an infant in the royal chamber: Aphrodite bequeaths the beauty of goodness; Athena bequeaths the wisdom of the planets; Mercury bequeaths speed faster than his and Hercules bequeaths strength greater than he has. The queen then prays that these blessings be used for justice.
  4. As referred to as Wonder Woman, #1 (June, 1942).
  5. As referred to as Shazam!, 15 (December, 1974).
  6. This seems to indicate that since he was only half-Olympian, he didn't possess the eternal youth and immortality that other full blooded Olympians do. His eternal youth was given to him by Sentinel One.
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