Public Domain Super Heroes

Real Name

Zeus, Jupiter

First Appearance

Ancient Greece


Zeus (known as Jupiter in Roman Mythology), was the ruler of Mount Olympus, leader of the Twelve Olympians, and the god of the sky and thunder in Greco-Roman mythology. He was the son of of Cronus and Rhea and sibling to Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, Hestia and Hera. His sister, Hera, was also his wife who bore him three children : Ares, Hebe, and Hephaestus. He was not a faithful husband however, and took on many lovers who bore him children as well. These include Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Dionysus, Hermes, Hercules, Helen of Troy, Perseus, Minos, the Muses, and others.


Zeus, going by his roman name Jupiter, arrived at the hospital in mortal guise with his daughter Diana (Artemis) to visit Nick Dimetrios, the mortal she had fallen in love with after he had made an emergency landing on her island. After reuniting with Diana and receiving a blessing from her father the couple chose to get married and live out their lives as mortals. Jupiter warns Nick to treat his daughter well as he ironically states he does not like philanderers. The thunder god then zaps a statue outside Nick's room with a thunderbolt to display his power.

Later after Diana and Nick are married and have children, they get into a disagreement about how much time Diana spends practicing her archery compared to taking care of the kids. Jupiter takes his daughter's side of the argument and gives Nick a zap of electric which makes Nick complain about his father-in-law always taking his wife's side.


Zeus was the first mythological figure to be summoned forth from Craig Carter's magic ring. He explained to Craig how his ring functioned and aided him in his fight against crime.


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Zeus assisting Captain Marvel.

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.

Zeus also revealed to be the one who sends the lightning bolts when Captain Marvel says Shazam! At one point, Zeus refuses, but realizes that Captain Marvel is doing him a favor by quelling the violence of humanity.

Fox Features[]

Zanzibar battles Zeus, after the God kidnaps Venus.

Frank Communale[]

Zeus ordered his daughter,Diana the Huntress, to travel Mount Olympus and protect Greece from the Nazis. He also asked his son, Hercules, to aid the Allies.


Zeus sends his son Hercules (MLJ) to Earth to fight the evils of the modern world.


Zeus was summoned by Kid Eternity to help him fight criminals. He also aided Merlin the Magician on one occasion.

Public Domain Appearances[]

  • Yellowjacket #1-10
  • Mystery Men Comics #2
  • Blue Ribbon Comics #5-8
  • Boy Comics #10
  • Whiz Comics #28
  • America's Greatest Comics #5
  • Captain Marvel, Jr. #63
  • Master Comics #123
  • Captain Marvel Adventures #144
  • National Comics #17, 32
  • Wham Comics #1-2
  • Tip Top Comics vol. 2 #11 (23)
  • Prize Comics vol. 4 #8 [44]
  • Thrilling Comics #47
  • Humdinger vol. 1 #4
  • A Treasury of Horses
  • Forbidden Worlds #55
  • Popular Romances #11

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