Public Domain Super Heroes

Real Name


First Appearance

Greek Mythology

Original Publisher

Greek Myth

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Atlas was one of the Titans, a race of primordial gods who ruled the cosmos before being overthrown by the Olympian gods led by Zeus. The Titans waged war against the Olympians for ten years before eventually being conquered by the younger gods. While most of his fellow Titans were imprisoned deep beneath the earth in the infernal realm of Tartarus, Atlas was instead condemned by Zeus to carry the heavens upon his shoulders for all eternity.

Public Domain Appearances[]

  • Spy Smasher #8-9
  • Planet Comics #25
  • Kid Eternity #17
  • Hit Comics #36
  • Whiz Comics #27
  • Daring Adventures #18
  • Captain Marvel Adventures #144
  • Four Color #1006
  • Hercules #4


  • Most commonly associated in superhero comics with strength and endurance, in Hellenic paganism he also granted knowledge of astronomy, astrology and navigation because of his role as the god who held up the heavens, granting him a kind of cosmic awareness.
  • When Billy Batson transformed into Captain Marvel he would gain the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. The wizard Shazam, Captain Marvel Jr., and the Lieutenant Marvels also possess the same powers.

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