Forgotten One (comics)
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Cover art for Eternals (vol 4) #5. The Forgotten One is the center figure.
Art by Daniel Acuña.
|First appearance||Eternals #13 (July 1977)|
|Created by||Jack Kirby|
|Notable aliases||Gilgamesh, Dragon-Slayer, Hero, Forgotten Nemesis, Hercules, Samson, Atlas, others unrevealed|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability|
Regenerative healing factor
Immunity to disease
The Forgotten One (also known as Hero and Gilgamesh) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a member of the near-immortal hidden race known as the Eternals.
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The Forgotten One was created by Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The Eternals (vol. 1) #13.
Fictional character biography
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.
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.
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. He participated in the Avengers' battle against Supernova, and helped them fight the U-Foes. He assisted the Avengers in their struggle with the Lava Men, and was somehow severely injured during the battle. 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. He later recovered from his injuries, and defeated B'Gon the sorcerer, thereby winning a reputation as a hero on modern day Earth. Gilgamesh was later seen among the superhumans selected by Her as potential mates.
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.
Powers and abilities
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. While the exact limits are unknown, his immense, superhuman strength makes him the physically strongest of all known Eternals, save for Thanos.[volume & issue needed] His strength has been shown to rival that of Thor,[volume & issue needed] and Hercules.[volume & issue needed]
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; his body is also 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, all without being injured. However, it is possible to injure him by disrupting the mental discipline that he maintains over his body. This ability allows him to control every molecule in his body, which in turn allows him to regenerate any damaged or destroyed tissue. However, should his mental discipline be broken, it is possible to permanently injure or kill him.
Other abilities that he has in common with most other Eternals include the power to levitate himself and/or fly at great speed, project beams of concussive force or heat from his eyes and hands, and the power to manipulate matter. 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. He also has highly developed senses that helped to compensate for his former blindness, enabling him to be an excellent hunter and tracker.
The Forgotten One is one of the most accomplished hand-to-hand combatants among the Eternals. He possesses an extraordinary melee capacity, with knowledge of most methods of hand-to-hand combat known in ancient Earth civilizations. He sometimes wears battle armor of unknown composition, and usually arms himself with simple hand weapons such as an axe, spear, or club.
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.
Newsarama ranked the character, as Gilgamesh, as the second worst Avengers member commenting: "What's that you say? You aren't familiar with Gilgamesh, the ancient Sumerian hero? And why is this guy wearing a cow on his head? Let's just say there's a reason this guy is called "The Forgotten One." Maybe next time you can get Mithras, or at least Marduk."
- Eternals (vol. 1) #13
- Thor #287-289
- Eternals (vol. 2) #6, 9, 12
- Avengers #300
- Avengers #301-303
- Avengers #304
- Avengers #306-308
- Avengers #309-310
- Avengers Spotlight #25
- Quasar #29
- Eternals (vol. 4) #3 (October 2008)
- "The 10 WORST AVENGERS of All Time". Newsarama. Retrieved 2 September 2017.