Saturday, April 9, 2016

H: Hercules




Here's the latest entry in my A-Z Challenge. My theme? "Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters."

This Hercules is not the original, mythological Olympian Hercules. He's actually Joe Hercules (I swear!), the "strongest man in history." (Convenient last name then, huh?) His premiere appearance was in Quality's Hit Comics #1, 1940.

(Wow. There are a lot of characters in this series that debuted in 1940, I've noticed!)

The modern-day Marvel Comics Hercules is the "real" one, the one from mythology. He first showed up to fight The Mighty Thor in Journey into Mystery Annual #1, 1965. His main power is his superhuman strength... and he's got an ego bigger than any muscle on his body.


Thanks for your time. 

19 comments:

  1. Never knew about the first one, but knew the original was used in Thor from a video game he was in.

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    1. There were actually two heroes named Hercules in the Golden Age, but I thought Joe Hercules would be funnier.

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  2. Joe Hercules... XD Of course, why not... Reminds me of a Scion game we played. :D

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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    1. Can you imagine being a member of Joe's family without super strength? "There go Bob and Kathy Hercules... the weaklings."

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  3. Can't believe the prices on those covers! 10c 12c for such lovingly crafted works of art really. That too without the help of all the fancy gizmos we have now. Totally stunning!

    Have a good and busy day at the flea market! Wishing you plenty sales :)

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    1. What a nice sentiment! Thank you.

      I agree that the older comics got a lot done with limited technology. And those 10 and 12 cent prices are long gone, too.

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  4. I'm sure I saw the second Hercules in the comic book store, and too old to read it, particularly as I was already immersed in the mythology.

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    1. Reading Thor comics was my introduction to Norse mythology.

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  5. I've heard about the mythical Hercules, Hercule Poirot from the Agatha Christie mysteries (who has superhuman mental strength), and now I know a third one.

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    1. Aren't you lucky. Certainly Joe Hercules is the most important. Ha.

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  6. What a wealth of knowledge you possess! I did not know comic book characters had fictional counterparts. Lovely graphics.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. And some of the old characters were extremely well-drawn.

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    2. Hey, how do I find your blog? Clicking on your name just gives me your Google+ profile.

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  7. Hercules I never considered the brightest bulb. The 2nd look has "dumb nut" written all over him.

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  8. Another character that DC also featured. But Joe Hercules may be one of the best things I have heard in a bit.

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