Apollo (Marvel Comics)

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For the Wildstorm character, see Apollo (comics).
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Thor Annual #5 (Nov 1976)
Created by Steve Englehart and John Buscema
In-story information
Alter ego Phoebus Apollo
Team affiliations Olympian Gods
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, durability, and reflexes
Heal injuries at superhuman rate
Virtual immortality
Heat and light radiation
Precognitive abilities
Master archer
Extraordinary musician and harp player
Rides on enchanted chariots drawn by magical horses capable of flight and inter-dimensional travel

Apollo is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Apollo is the God of Light in the Olympian pantheon, and also the god of music, poetry, medicine, and the sciences.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Apollo is the son of Zeus, and brother to Artemis. He was born on Mount Cynthus, on the island of Delos, in the Mediterranean Sea. He now resides with the rest of the pantheon in Olympus.

Apollo was present at a time of war between Asgard and Olympus, and opposed the conflict.[1] He was also present when Zeus granted power to Thor to help resurrect the Asgardian gods.[2] Apollo aided Thor and the other gods in opposing Demogorge. Apollo was consumed by Demogorge, but was then released unharmed.[3] When Hercules' battle garb was destroyed, Apollo traveled to Earth and presented him with new battle garb.[4] When Hercules was gravely wounded fighting the Masters of Evil, Zeus blamed the Avengers for his condition. Apollo sought to aid the Avengers in Olympus against the wrath of Zeus, but was struck down by Zeus. He later healed the injuries that Zeus had caused to Captain America and Doctor Druid.[5]

Apollo, Artemis, and Hephaestus appear in a meeting with Hera and Pluto, where Hera reveals her plans to them.[6] Athena reached out to Apollo, but he refused to aid her, preferring to "wait and see".[7] Apollo later appeared at Hercules' funeral, in the company of Athena (now the leader of the Olympians after the deaths of Zeus and Hera), Pluto, Neptune, and Hebe.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Apollo possesses the typical powers of an Olympian, including superhuman strength, speed, durability, and reflexes, and virtual immortality.

Apollo can also radiate great heat and light at will, and has the power to heal the injuries of others with superhuman rapidity.

Apollo also has precognitive abilities enabling him to perceive events in alternate futures.

Apollo is a master archer with his bow and arrows, and an extraordinary musician and harp player with his lyre.

Apollo rides about on enchanted chariots built by Hephaestus. They are drawn by magical horses and are capable of flight and inter-dimensional travel.

Other versions[edit]

In one alternate future Apollo, by orders of Zeus, lends his chariot and steeds to Hercules, for use on his exile in space. The steeds only need the occasional feeding, which sometimes happens when they consume unwilling humanoids.[9] In the following four-issue volume, Apollo and the other Olympians exit Olympus, leaving Hercules there to father a new race of gods. Both volumes happen in the 23rd century.[10]


  1. ^ Thor Annual #5
  2. ^ Thor #310
  3. ^ Thor Annual #10
  4. ^ Avengers #265
  5. ^ Avengers #283-285
  6. ^ Incredible Hercules #123
  7. ^ Assault on New Olympus Prologue
  8. ^ Hercules: Fall of an Avenger #1
  9. ^ Hercules vol. 1 #1-4
  10. ^ Hercules vol. 2 #1-4

External links[edit]

  • Apollo at Marvel.com
  • Apollo at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe