Public Domain Super Heroes
Apollo as seen in Boy Comics #10

Real Name

Ἀπόλλων, Apollo

First Appearance

Ancient Greece

Created by

Greek Folk Lore


Apollo was known as the Greek/Roman deity of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; archery; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the arts. He was the child of Zeus and Leto making him one of the the twelve Olympians. He also has a twin sister named Artemis, who was know to the Romans as Diana. He was the leader of the Muses and was give a lyre by his half-brother Hermes. This instrument would later become a symbol for Apollo.

Public Domain Literary Appearances[]

  • Metamorphoses (poem), by Ovid (8 CE)
  • The Pantheon, by François Pomey (1659)
  • A New Pantheon, by Samuel Boyse (1753)
  • The Gentleman and Lady’s Key, to Polite‐Literature (1763)
  • Apollo et Hyacinthus (opera), libretto by Rufinus Widl, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1776)
  • Bell’s New Pantheon (1790)
  • A History of the Heathen Mythology, by M. l’abbé de Tressan (1797)
  • A New Classical Dictionary, by Thomas Browne (1797)
  • Elements of Mythology; or An Easy and Concise History of the Pagan Deities, by Abraham John Valpy (1805)
  • The Pantheon: or Ancient History of the Gods of Greece and Rome, by Edward Baldwin (pseudonym of William Godwin) (1806)
  • A Christian Wreath for the Pagan Deities: or, An Introduction to the Greek and Roman Mythology, by Frances Arabella Rowden (1820)
  • “Hymn of Apollo,” by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1824)

Frank Communale[]

Apollo assisted his sister Diana the Huntress in protecting Greece from the Nazis.

Quality Comics[]

During one of his adventures,Kid Eternity summons Apollo, Thor, and Robin Hood to help him fight crime.

Lev Gleason[]

Yankee Longago meets Apollo as well as his fellow Olympians Pan, Vulcan, Apollo, Mercury, Venus, Bacchus, and Mars.

Centaur Comics[]

Craig Carter can summon Apollo and other mythological figures from his magic ring.

Public Domain Appearances[]

  • Boy Comics #10
  • Wham Comics #1
  • Hit Comics #51
  • Adventures into the Unknown #39
  • Yellowjacket #1
  • Humdinger vol. 1 #4
  • Thrilling Comics #47
  • A Treasury of Horses


Both the Greeks and the Romans called him Apollo. He is the only one of the Greek mythological figures to keep his name unchanged in both mythologies.

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