Marvel Boy (I). Hercules, the hero of Egypt, dies and ascends to Valhalla. He's happy there, but one day becomes concerned about the rise to power of the Nazi party in Germany, and so asks Jupiter to allow him to return to Earth to fight against that evil. Jupiter grants his wish, and Hercules returns to Earth, reincarnated, in the form of Martin Burns. Burns is born with super-strength, but hasn't done anything with it by the time he reaches adolescence. At that time a package containing a costume--Marvel Boy (I)'s costume--is delivered to the Burns home, and that night a Shadow visits Martin, informing him that he is the reincarnation of Hercules, that there is evil to be fought, and that the weed of crime bears a bitter fruit. Martin goes on to fight crime. He has super-strength.
First Appearance: Daring Mystery Comics #6 (Marvel), Sept 1940. 2 appearances, 1940. Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
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