This week I’m back to Marvel Comics and specifically, Marvel Premiere # 26, featuring Hercules. Hercules was introduced into the Marvel Universe, back in 1965, ten years earlier, in the Journey Into Mystery Annual # 1, where he battled the Thunder God, Thor! And here ten years later, Marvel was giving him a shot at his own series.
This issue pits him against the Olympian Titan, Typhon. Typhon had made his first appearance in Avengers #s 49 & 50, where he first faced off against Hercules and the Mighty Avengers! And here are those covers:
This issue begins with Hercules travelling by car, with his publicist, Richard Fenster, to a lecture assignment in California, when they come upon a raging fire. It almost seems an un-natural fire as it is so hot. Hercules saves some firemen on site, who were battling the blaze, then does battle with the fire himself! He manages to create a space between the fire and the forest and is able to successful put out the fire with an up-rooted Redwood tree! Don’t ask, he just could!