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Looking at the upcoming comics over at Comics Alliance revealed that Marvel has a big event coming up with Hercules called The Chaos War.
Here’s the preview text:
Bigger than THE INFINITY GAUNTLET! More cosmic than ANNIHILATION! Since the end of SECRET INVASION, the CHAOS KING has amassed his army of alien slave gods -- and the time to strike Earth is NOW! Only the greatest Marvel heroes can oppose him -- all led by the newly-returned god of heroes ... HERCULES! But are even his incredible new powers enough to stand against the greatest threat the Marvel Universe has ever seen: A mad god who seeks to destroy Reality itself? PLUS: While thought dead, Hercules was trapped in a dangerous world that threatened his very sanity. Find out the secret of his exile in a special extra story penciled by "Prince of Power" artist Reilly Brown!
But didn't Hercules just die five months ago? Yep. Because they published a comic specifically devoted to his funeral - Hercules: Fall of an Avenger.
I understand, superhero deaths and resurrections are standard elements in comic books, so it might seem ridiculous to call foul on this but I gotta say, this sudden return from death strikes me as rather hasty.
It makes me wonder if Hercules death wasn’t supposed to last a bit longer, but perhaps the Chaos War got moved up the schedule for some reason. This sounds likely to me, as going into the Fall, I don’t see a lot of big books on the schedule for Marvel. If I’m correct, I'm curious what was scheduled to come out then and why did it get postpone? Or was this just a case of Marvel realizing they don't normally have much of anything big scheduled for that time, but a new emphasis from Disney is causing them to reevaluate the normal publishing numbers for this time period?
Anyway, Hercules is alive and well in the world of Public Domain Comics and today I present two issues from two different publishers featuring the Demi-god.
The first is from Quality’s Hit Comics featuring a Hercules who isn’t actually descended from the Gods.
[ Hit Comics 12 ]
The other is the MLJ’s Blue Ribbon Comics and features a Hercules who fits in rather nicely with the rest of that line’s light hearted characters.
[ Blue Ribbon 4 ]