Forgotten One (comics)

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Gilgamesh
Eternals5.jpg
Cover art for Eternals (vol 4) #5. The Forgotten One is the center figure.
Art by Daniel Acuña.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Eternals #13 (July, 1977)
Created by Jack Kirby
In-story information
Team affiliations Eternals
Avengers
Notable aliases Gilgamesh, Dragon-Slayer, Hero, Forgotten Nemesis, Hercules, Samson, Atlas, others unrevealed
Abilities
Superhuman strength, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability
Regenerative healing factor
Flight
Optic blasts
Repressed aging
Immunity to disease

The Forgotten One (also known as Hero and Gilgamesh) is a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. He is a member of the near-immortal hidden race known as the Eternals.

Publication history[edit]

The Forgotten One was created by Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The Eternals (vol. 1) #13.

Fictional character biography[edit]

During his millennia of activity, the adventurer and warrior Forgotten One has used the names of or been mistaken for numerous heroes of myth and legend, including Hercules and Gilgamesh. He became an outcast from his fellow Eternals when their ruler, Zuras, decreed that he had been too proud a meddler in the mortal world and confined him to a sector of Olympus. He was eventually convinced to come out of exile and journey to the mother-ship of the Fourth Host of the Celestials to assist the Eternals in battle against the Deviants by the Eternal called Sprite.[1]

After this battle, he was renamed Hero by the One Above All, the chief of the alien Celestials, who had created the Eternals and Deviants. After losing a battle with Thor, Hero and the other Eternals assisted Thor in battling the host of the Celestials to prevent them from destroying humanity. Hero also fought Hercules.[2]

Hero later became known as the Forgotten One. He helped the other Eternals in battle against Ghaur.[3]

Later, when the membership of the Avengers had been virtually emptied, the Forgotten One joined them for a time. He renamed himself Gilgamesh, donning a costume that resembled the hide of the Bull of Heaven and went to work as a monster-slayer. He assisted the Avengers in battles against the Growing Man, Nanny, the Orphan-Maker, and N'astirh's demons.[4] He participated in the Avengers' battle against Supernova,[5] and helped them fight the U-Foes.[6] He assisted the Avengers in their struggle with the Lava Men, and was somehow severely injured during the battle.[7] Gilgamesh was brought to the Eternals' home of Olympia, which had temporarily fallen into the Negative Zone, for recovery of his injuries. There, he fought against Blastaar, who had temporarily disintegrated the other Eternals. Gilgamesh left the Avengers at that time, as his essence had been bound to Olympus.[8] He later recovered from his injuries, and defeated B'Gon the sorcerer, thereby winning a reputation as a hero on modern day Earth.[9] Gilgamesh was later seen among the superhumans selected by Her as potential mates.[10]

He returned to the Avengers Mansion during "The Crossing", a crossover, only to be killed by Neut, an agent of the time traveler Immortus, who was at the time disguised as Kang the Conqueror.[volume & issue needed] It was later shown that Gilgamesh is alive, and once again associated with his fellow Eternals.[11]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The Forgotten One is a member of the Eternal race, and possesses a number of superhuman abilities common to the Eternals, but has trained some of them far beyond the norm.

The Forgotten One possesses immense superhuman strength. While the exact limits are unknown, he is known as the, by far, physically strongest of all known Eternals, save for Thanos. His strength has been shown to rival that of Thor, and Hercules.

Like all other Eternals, The Forgotten One is virtually immortal. He hasn't aged since reaching adulthood and he is immune to all known diseases. Also, his body is highly durable and resistant to physical injury. He is capable of withstanding high caliber bullets, falls from great heights, powerful concussive forces, and temperature extremes without being injured. However, it is possible to injure him. He is in complete mental control over every molecule in his body, which allows him to regenerate any damaged or destroyed tissue. However, if his mental discipline over his body is broken, it is possible to permanently injure or kill him.

Other abilities he has in common with most other Eternals includes the power to levitate himself and fly at superhuman speed, projecting beams of concussive force or heat from his eyes and hands, and the manipulation of matter. However, to what degree these powers have been developed in comparison with other Eternals isn't known, but the first two have been stated as presumed to be average[citation needed]. He also has highly developed senses that helped to compensate for his former blindness, and is one of the most accomplished hand-to-hand combatants among the Eternals.

The Forgotten One is an extraordinary hand-to-hand combatant, with knowledge of most methods of combat known in ancient Earth civilizations. He is also an extraordinary hunter and tracker. He sometimes wears battle armor of unknown composition, and usually arms himself with simple hand weapons such as an axe, spear, or club.

Notes[edit]

Other characters have used the identity of either Gilgamesh or Hero. These include:

  • The Eternal Warrior was called Gilgamesh in Marvel Preview #12.
  • Jimmy Rogers created Hero to save him from monsters in Venus #17.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eternals (vol. 1) #13
  2. ^ Thor #287-289
  3. ^ Eternals (vol. 2) #6, 9, 12
  4. ^ Avengers #300
  5. ^ Avengers #301-303
  6. ^ Avengers #304
  7. ^ Avengers #306-308
  8. ^ Avengers #309-310
  9. ^ Avengers Spotlight #25
  10. ^ Quasar #29
  11. ^ Eternals (vol. 4) #3 (October 2008)

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