Wednesday, October 24, 2007

1970's Flashback: Hercules Unbound

Since Halloween is this month, I've tried to skew close to a theme with my 70's Flashbacks. Swamp Monsters, 3-D Men, sci-fi heroes, etc. (The hot chicks that were profiled this month were a bonus.)

Hercules Unbound #1 was published by DC Comics in October 1975. The series created by writer Gerry Conway and artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, featured the adventures of Hercules in a post-apocalyptic future. Hercules Unbound lasted 12 issues and during its year-long run made use of several existing [but on hiatus] company characters and concepts such as The Atomic Knights and the intelligent animals from Jack Kirby's Kamandi series in an effort to tie some of these future series into a cohesive part of the vast DC Universe. It was later hinted that this version of Hercules was actually part of a dream suffered by Atomic Knights lead Gardner Grayle, but this Hercules was later shown to have actually existed somewhere in the Multiverse; however he was later eliminated during the Crisis on Infinite Earths event. Other talented artists that worked on the book were Bill Everett (on a few early issues), Walt Simonson and Wallace Wood even inked some of them towards the end of his career.

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