Hermes (Marvel Comics)
|First appearance||Thor #129 (Jun 1966)|
|Created by||Stan Lee
|Team affiliations||Olympian Gods|
|Notable aliases||Mercury, Cyllenius|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength, durability, stamina, agility, and reflexes
Run and fly at godly speeds
Immunity to all terrestrial diseases
Extraordinary hand-to-hand combatant
Adept at any pursuit
Magical device capable of controlling lesser beings, conducting ghosts, and turning objects into gold
Hermes is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Hermes is the Olympian God of transitions and boundaries in Greek religion and mythology. Hermes first appeared in Thor #129 and was adapted by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Fictional character biography
When Hermes first appeared, he was seen departing Olympus on an unknown mission. Alongside his fellow Olympians, he attacked the Eternals at the behest of Zeus and Odin. During this fight, Hermes battled Makkari. Hermes's role as the messenger of the goddesses involved in the creation of the Young Gods was later revealed. He was also present when Zeus granted power to Thor to help resurrect the Asgardian gods. Hermes next appointed Jules Keene the god of luck.
When Hercules was gravely wounded fighting the Masters of Evil, Hermes abducted the injured Hercules from the New York hospital he was admitted to. Zeus blamed the Avengers for Hercules's condition, and ordered the Olympians to attack the Avengers. Hermes battled the Avengers at Zeus's behest, but was then forbidden to set foot on Earth by Zeus. Some time later, Hermes brought Cupid a message from Venus.[volume & issue needed] Later Hermes brought a message to Ares to try to convince him to return to Olympus during the attack by the Japanese God of Evil Amatsu-Mikaboshi.[volume & issue needed]
Following the Fear Itself storyline, Hermes comes in on Zeus (who is in the form of Storm in his latest mating with mortal women) telling him that Hercules had broken into Ares' weapons stockade and taken some of the weapons there.
Powers and abilities
Hermes possesses the typical powers of an Olympian; superhuman strength, durability, stamina, agility, and reflexes. He is immortal as well as resistant to all terrestrial diseases. Hermes can run and fly at speeds exceeding those of any other Olympian god or goddess.
Hermes is an extraordinary hand-to-hand combatant, especially at wrestling. He is also an expert thief, skilled musician, and is adept at any pursuit requiring swiftness and dexterity.
Hermes is usually armed with a short sword, forged by Hephaestus. His half-brother Apollo also created a caduceus for him, a magical device capable of controlling lesser beings, conducting ghosts, and turning objects into gold.
In one alternate future, depicted in Hercules Vol. 2 #1-4, Hermes and the other Olympians leave Olympus in the 23rd century, leaving Hercules there to father a new race of gods.[volume & issue needed]
- Thor #129
- Thor #291-292
- Thor #301
- Bizarre Adventures #32
- Avengers #279
- Avengers #281, 284-285
- Herc #6.1
- Hermes at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe