POSEIDON

Real Name: Poseidon

Identity/Class: Extra-dimensional (Earth-Amalgam) Olympian god

Occupation: Greek God of the Sea

Affiliations: The Greek (Olympian) Gods, Apollo, Athena, Hera, Hermes, Zeus

Enemies: Wonder Woman (Ororo); Dark Claw (Logan Wayne); Professor Malcolm

Known Relatives: Zeus (brother); Hera (sister); Apollo and Hermes (nephews); Athena (niece); Gaea (great-grandmother)

Aliases: Sea God

Base of Operations: Poseidon's Undersea Throne Room, the Mediterranean Sea; Mount Olympus

First Appearance: Amazon #1 (April, 1996); Tales of the Amazons #7 (in Amalgam continuity)

Powers/Abilities: As an immortal god, Poseidon possesses vast strength and endurance. His physical capabilities are superior to those of the majority of Olympian gods. He has virtually inexhaustible stamina, and does not tire appreciably after any exertion.  Like all Olympians, Poseidon is immortal, possessing a life essence that can not be ended by any conventional means. He can be wounded in battle, but his godly life force gives him incredible recuperative abilities. He can fully recover from penetration wounds (such as by knife, sword, or bullet) in anywhere from minutes to hours, depending on their severity. Only an injury of such magnitude that it incinerates him or disperses a major portion of his bodily molecules could cause him physical death.  Poseidon commands all the power of the seas, enabling him to manipulate everything from weather patterns, to whirlpools and ocean currents, to sea vegetation.  He also uses his trident to fire powerful energy blasts.
 

History:

(Amazon #1 (fb)) - Thousands of years ago, Poseidon and his fellow Olympian Gods once stood above all that lived as the most powerful beings on Earth.  Poseidon and his godly brethren wielded the power to shape the lives of humankind, but as the Earth-bound mortals progressed and became more and more to be their own masters (and masters of their world), they began to turn slowly away from the Gods of Olympus.  Over the centuries the mortals turned away from Poseidon and the Greek gods as other gods replaced them and greater knowledge usurped them. Eventually, the general public of Earth came to believe Poseidon to be a fictional character of ancient myth, and were not aware of his existence.  The only place Poseidon and his brethren were remembered by the mortals were in the halls of museums and schools of antiquity.  Apollo and the Gods of Olympus were, however, still worshipped by the Amazons of Themyscira.
 

(Dark Claw) - Poseidon took on human form and made an appearance as a circus strongman.  But when it became clear that the old gods were being ignored by modern society, he left in a snit and retreated once again to his underwater kingdom.
 

Poseidon targets the cruise ship(Amazon #1 (fb)) - More than 25 years ago, an earthquake churned up a seabed in the Mediterranean Sea, bringing to the top strata that had been hidden under silt and sediment for thousands of years. Professor Malcolm, an archaeologist, went on an underwater expedition in hopes of locating Ancient Greek artifacts uncovered by the earthquake.  To his amazement, Malcolm found a treasure-trove of artifacts.  In particular, Malcolm picked up a golden statuette of a woman that caught his eye.  But as soon as he picked up the statuette, Malcolm felt a rumble that he dismissed as some sort of an aftershock -- so he returned to his ship for safety.  Little did Malcolm realize that the disturbances were actually being caused by Poseidon, who was enraged because Malcolm had "stolen" the statuette from his treasure-trove.  Malcolm's crew of local sailors suspected Poseidon's involvement in the disturbances and fled the area immediately.  Although Malcolm and his crew escaped, Poseidon set a curse upon the archaeologist that would follow him wherever he went as long as he possessed the statuette.

Some time later, suspecting that the statuette was bringing him bad luck, Malcolm decided to return it to the place where he found it.  But before he could do so, Poseidon indulged his passion for revenge by destroying the cruise ship that Malcolm was aboard to punish the archaeologist for stealing his treasure.  More than one thousand passengers, including the parents of a young girl named Ororo, were killed in Poseidon's attack on the cruise ship -- although the young girl named Ororo (who would one day become Wonder Woman) miraculously survived.  Poseidon vowed to finish the act by tracking down and vanquishing Ororo, the sole survivor of the cruise ship catastrophe.
 

(Tales of the Amazons #7) - Poseidon, the Greek God of the Seas, made his first Modern Age appearance.
 

(Amazon #1) - "Family History" - A vengeful Poseidon faced-off against Wonder Woman (Ororo) on the churning waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  Poseidon conceded that Wonder Woman's power was great, perhaps as great as some of the gods who dwell upon the fabled slopes of Olympus.  But Poseidon claimed that her powers were not as great as his -- for while Wonder Woman commanded the storm, Poseidon commanded all the power of the ocean.  But, as an Amazon, Wonder Woman would not admit defeat until the last breath was crushed from her breast.  She struck Poseidon with a powerful jolt of lightning, causing the shocked sea god to admit that he underestimated her powers -- an error which he vowed not to repeat.  Using his godly powers, Poseidon concocted a violent hurricane which ensnared Wonder Woman and sent her crashing into the freezing waters of the sea.  Wonder Woman, who had a primordial fear of drowning, suddenly lost all thought and reason as primal terror consumed her body.  Poseidon manipulated the ocean's current so that Wonder Woman was hurled from the chilling waters and into the cavernous Throne Room of Poseidon.

As Wonder Woman came to her senses and explored the treasure-filled Throne Room, she noticed a miniature statuette that seemed strangely familiar.  But as soon as Wonder Woman picked up the statuette, she was hit from behind by a massive blast of energy from Poseidon's trident.  The infuriated Poseidon accused Wonder Woman of being a common scavenger, like all mortals.  Although Wonder Woman claimed she did not know what Poseidon was talking about, the Sea God did not believe her and warned her not to add lies to her crimes.  Poseidon claimed that since Wonder Woman's eye and hand were drawn so naturally to the statuette as opposed to any of the other treasures in his undersea grotto, it proved that it was no accident that brought her to the vessel that Poseidon destroyed so many years ago.

Poseidon revealed to Wonder Woman how it was by his hand that more than one thousand people (including her biological parents) were consumed by the sea and killed years ago.  Poseidon showed no remorse, claiming that, as a god, his needs were superior to those of mere mortals.  Wonder Woman accused Poseidon of being a foolish old god who had forgotten his place in the universe -- but this only served to further agitate the Sea God.  Poseidon had originally planned to grant Wonder Woman a quick and painless death in repayment for the many years of devotion paid to the Olympian Gods by the Amazons of Themyscira.  But now Poseidon was determined to force Wonder Woman to endure a long and lingering death as punishment for her "arrogance."  Poseidon entangled Wonder Woman in a web of seaweed and proceeded to taunt her as the enchanted seaweed began to stretch her limbs.

Although she was in agony, Wonder Woman refused to bow down to the Sea God and continued to criticize his ungodlike behavior.  Wonder Woman reminded Poseidon of how the Olympian Gods once stood above all that lived as the most powerful beings on Earth and of how they have since been replaced by others gods and usurped by greater knowledge.  She explained that, as an archaelogist, Professor Malcolm sought merely to rekindle the memories of Poseidon's deeds and works in the minds of mortals -- but Poseidon in his pettiness and greed saw Malcolm only as a thief and thus destroyed one of the last few mortals who had any respect for him.

Wonder Woman's words sliced to the very heart of Poseidon's being.  Admitting that Wonder Woman was right and that he was a foolish old god who had let pettiness and greed shroud his mind, Poseidon released Wonder Woman.  Although Wonder Woman questioned if Poseidon had truly seen the error in his ways, Poseidon assured her that he had learned a bitter lesson and that Wonder Woman had a small vengeance in being the instrument of the Sea God's enlightenment.
 


Comments: adapted by John Byrne and Terry Austin

Key:
Marvel characters are listed in regular, or bold black type.
DC characters are listed in bold blue type.
Amalgam characters are listed in bold purple type.
 

In case you're confused, Amalgam Comics didn't really exist beyond those seen in the few DC/Marvel cross-over. The titles you don't recognize are amalgams of similar Marvel and DC comics--Snood.

Amalgam Universe

Earth-Amalgam

TALES OF THE AMAZONS is an Amalgam Universe version of DC's WONDER WOMAN.
 


Apollo

Apollo is the Greek god of the sun, light, prophecy, and colonization, among other things, and resides on Mount Olympus with most of the other members of his race.  Apollo and his fellow Olympians once stood above all that lived as the most powerful beings on Earth.  Apollo and his godly brethren wielded the power to shape the lives of humankind, but as the Earth-bound mortals progressed and became more and more to be their own masters (and masters of their world), they began to turn slowly away from the Gods of Olympus.  Over the centuries the mortals turned away from Apollo and the Greek gods as other gods replaced them and greater knowledge usurped them. Eventually, the general public of Earth came to believe Apollo to be a fictional character of ancient myth, and were not aware of his existence.  Today, the only place Apollo and his brethren are remembered by the mortals are in the halls of museums and schools of antiquity.  Apollo and the Gods of Olympus are, however, still worshipped by the Amazons of Themyscira, including Diana Prince, Queen Hippolyta, and Wonder Woman (Ororo).

Apollo is the son of Zeus; the half-brother of Athena and Hermes; and the nephew of Hera and Poseidon.
 
 

Apollo is an amalgam of Apollo of the Marvel Universe and the Apollo of the DC Universe.

-- Amazon #1


Athena

Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom, the arts, and industry, among other things, and resides on Mount Olympus with most of the other members of her race.  Athena and her fellow Olympian Gods once stood above all that lived as the most powerful beings on Earth.  Athena and her godly brethren wielded the power to shape the lives of humankind, but as the Earth-bound mortals progressed and became more and more to be their own masters (and masters of their world), they began to turn slowly away from the Gods of Olympus.  Over the centuries the mortals turned away from Athena and the Greek gods as other gods replaced them and greater knowledge usurped them. Eventually, the general public of Earth came to believe Athena to be a fictional character of ancient myth, and were not aware of her existence.  Today, the only place Athena and her brethren are remembered by the mortals are in the halls of museums and schools of antiquity.  Athena and the Gods of Olympus are, however, still worshipped by the Amazons of Themyscira, including DianaPrince, Queen Hippolyta, and Wonder Woman (Ororo).

In AMAZON #1, Wonder Woman (Ororo) invoked the name of Athena for guidance.

Athena is the daughter of Zeus; the half-sister of Apollo and Hermes; and the niece of Hera and Poseidon.
 
 

Athena is an amalgam of Athena of the Marvel Universe and the Athena of the DC Universe.

-- Amazon #1


Gaea

The mother of the Titans of myth, Gaea was an early earth goddess who was born from Chaos, the great void of emptiness within the universe.  Gaea and her fellow Olympian Gods once stood above all that lived as the most powerful beings on Earth.  Gaea and her godly brethren wielded the power to shape the lives of humankind, but as the Earth-bound mortals progressed and became more and more to be their own masters (and masters of their world), they began to turn slowly away from the Gods of Olympus.  Over the centuries the mortals turned away from Gaea and the Greek gods as other gods replaced them and greater knowledge usurped them. Now the only place Gaea and her brethren are remembered by the mortals are in the halls of museums and schools of antiquity.  Gaea and the Gods of Olympus are, however, still worshipped by the Amazons of Themyscira, including Diana Prince, Queen Hippolyta, and Wonder Woman (Ororo).

In BULLETS AND BRACELETS #1, Diana Prince invoked the name of Gaea after being transported to the planet of Apokolips.
 

Gaea is an amalgam of Gaea of the Marvel Universe and the Gaea of the DC Universe.
 

-- Bullets and Bracelets #1


Hera

The queen of the Greek deities, Hera is the goddess of marriage and the atmosphere, among other things, and resides on Mount Olympus with most of the other members of her race.  Hera and her fellow Olympian Gods once stood above all that lived as the most powerful beings on Earth.  Hera and her godly brethren wielded the power to shape the lives of humankind, but as the Earth-bound mortals progressed and became more and more to be their own masters (and masters of their world), they began to turn slowly away from the Gods of Olympus.  Over the centuries the mortals turned away from Hera and the Greek gods as other gods replaced them and greater knowledge usurped them. Eventually, the general public of Earth came to believe Hera to be a fictional character of ancient myth, and were not aware of her existence.  Today, the only place Hera and her brethren are remembered by the mortals are in the halls of museums and schools of antiquity.  Hera and the Gods of Olympus are, however, still worshipped by the Amazons of Themyscira, including Diana Prince, Queen Hippolyta, and Wonder Woman (Ororo).

In AMAZON #1, Wonder Woman (Ororo) invoked the name of Hera for protection.

Hera is the sister / wife of Zeus; the sister of Poseidon; and the aunt of Apollo, Athena, and Hermes.
 
 

Hera is an amalgam of Hera of the Marvel Universe and the Hera of the DC Universe.

-- Amazon #1


Hermes

The messenger / herald of the Greek gods, Hermes is the god of commerce and resides on Mount Olympus with most of the other members of his race.  Hermes and his fellow Olympian Gods once stood above all that lived as the most powerful beings on Earth.  Hermes and his godly brethren wielded the power to shape the lives of humankind, but as the Earth-bound mortals progressed and became more and more to be their own masters (and masters of their world), they began to turn slowly away from the Gods of Olympus.  Over the centuries the mortals turned away from Hermes and the Greek gods as other gods replaced them and greater knowledge usurped them. Eventually, the general public of Earth came to believe Hermes to be a fictional character of ancient myth, and were not aware of his existence.  Today, the only place Hermes and his brethren are remembered by the mortals are in the halls of museums and schools of antiquity.  Hermes and the Gods of Olympus are, however, still worshipped by the Amazons of Themyscira, including Diana Prince, Queen Hippolyta, and Wonder Woman (Ororo).

Hermes is the son of Zeus; the half-brother of Apollo and Athena; and the nephew of Hera and Poseidon.
 
 

Hermes is an amalgam of Hermes of the Marvel Universe and the Hermes of the DC Universe.

-- Amazon #1


(left to right) Hera, Apollo, Athena, Zeus and HermesMount Olympus

Mount Olympus is the legendary home of the Greek Gods.
 
 

Mount Olympus is an amalgam of Mount Olympus of the Marvel Universe and the Mount Olympus of the DC Universe.

-- Amazon #1


Poseidon's Undersea Throne Room

Hidden beneath the silt and sediment of the Mediterranean Sea, Poseidon's Undersea Throne Room is where the Greek God of the Sea stores his vast treasure.  Twenty-five years ago, an earthquake exposed some of the treasure that had been hidden in the Throne Room.  An archaeologist named Professor Malcolm retrieved a golden statuette of a woman while on an undersea expedition and carried it back with him to the surface.  Little did Malcolm know that the statuette belonged to Poseidon, who set his curse upon the archaeologist and eventually killed him and over a thousand others by destroying a cruise ship.

Twenty-five years later, Poseidon captured Wonder Woman (Ororo), the last survivor of the cruise ship that he destroyed decades earlier, within the confines of his Throne Room.  Poseidon intended to vanquish Wonder Woman once and for all, but he set her free after she eventually convinced him to see the error in his ways.
 

-- Amazon #1


Zephyrus

Zephyrus is the Greek goddess of the west wind.  Zephyrus and her fellow Olympian Gods once stood above all that lived as the most powerful beings on Earth.  Zephyrus and her godly brethren wielded the power to shape the lives of humankind, but as the Earth-bound mortals progressed and became more and more to be their own masters (and masters of their world), they began to turn slowly away from the Gods of Olympus.  Over the centuries the mortals turned away from Zephyrus and the Greek gods as other gods replaced them and greater knowledge usurped them. Eventually, the general public of Earth came to believe Zephyrus to be a fictional character of ancient myth, and were not aware of her existence.  Today, the only place Zephyrus and her brethren are remembered by the mortals are in the halls of museums and schools of antiquity.  Zephyrus and the Gods of Olympus are, however, still worshipped by the Amazons of Themyscira, including Diana Prince, Queen Hippolyta, and Wonder Woman (Ororo).

In X-PATROL #1, the heroine Dial H.U.S.K. (Paige Guthrie) invoked the "Speed of the Goddess Zephyrus" when in the form of Mary Marvel Girl.
 

Zephyrus is an amalgam of Zephyrus of the Marvel Universe (not that Zephyrus has ever been seen in the MU, but anyway...) and the Zephyrus of the DC Universe.
 

-- X-Patrol #1

There has been some controversy about who exactly Zephyrus is and which gender he/she is:

Will U: On the Amalgam Poseidon page, it says that Zephyros is a goddess; that's incorrect. He's a god.

Back in the 1940s or 50s, when the powers that be created Mary Marvel (Cap Marvel's female counterpart), they needed to create female counterparts to SHAZAM. They used Selene, Hippolyta, Athena.... and then got stuck. Now, there are goddesses outside the Olympian pantheon that would have worked (the Russian goddess Zemyna for example), but instead threw caution to the wind and gave Zephyros a sex change.

However, in the entry for Mary Marvel in her Who's Who entry, it remarks and acknowledges that Zephyros is a god so apparently the wizard Shazam did take some liberties in creating the enchantment that gives her her powers.

Then again, Maybe Zephyrus is the daughter of Zephyros......

Skullogeist: Zephyrus may be a god in the real world, on Earth-616, and now in the mainstream DC Universe -- but in the Amalgam Universe she is a goddess.

My guess is that "Zephyrus" is just an alternate spelling for "Zephyros" (doing a quick Google search I get 25,500 results for "Zephyrus" but only 8,560 results for "Zephyros") and that writers Barbara and Karl Kesel were not aware that the WHO'S WHO entry you speak of reverted the DC Universe Zephyrus back to a being a male god.

Mikel Midnight: According to the Akkadian culture of Iraq, thought to be the world's first empire, the wind-gods were androgynes, bearing both male and female aspects. I doubt Binder (or whoever assigned Mary Marvel her set of powers) knew this, but it makes for an interesting precedent. I assume Zephyrus to be a goddess on Earth-Fawcett.


Zeus

The King of the Greek deities, Zeus is the god of the sky and weather, among other things, and resides on Mount Olympus with most of the other members of his race.  Zeus and his fellow Olympian Gods once stood above all that lived as the most powerful beings on Earth.  Zeus and his godly brethren wielded the power to shape the lives of humankind, but as the Earth-bound mortals progressed and became more and more to be their own masters (and masters of their world), they began to turn slowly away from the Gods of Olympus.  Over the centuries the mortals turned away from Zeus and the Greek gods as other gods replaced them and greater knowledge usurped them. Eventually, the general public of Earth came to believe Zeus to be a fictional character of ancient myth, and were not aware of his existence.  Today, the only place Zeus and his brethren are remembered by the mortals are in the halls of museums and schools of antiquity.  Zeus and the Gods of Olympus are, however, still worshipped by the Amazons of Themyscira, including Diana Prince, Queen Hippolyta, and Wonder Woman (Ororo).

Zeus is the father of Apollo, Athena, and Hermes; the brother / husband of Hera; and the brother of Poseidon.
 
 

Zeus is an amalgam of Zeus of the Marvel Universe and the Zeusof the DC Universe.

-- Amazon #1


Profile by Skullogeist

If you like the Amalgam stuff, Skullogeist recommends these two sites:
http://www.reocities.com/schablotski.geo/Center.htm
http://www.io.com/~woodward/chroma/amalgam.html

CLARIFICATIONS:

Also assume that the Amalgam characters have no other connection to any others than whom they are Amalgamated, unless specifically mentioned.

Poseidon is an amalgam of:

            • Neptune of Earth-616, the Greek God of the Sea, @ Tales to Astonish #70

            • Poseidon of the mainstream DC Universe, the Greek God of the Sea, @ Flash Comics (vol. I) #9
 
 

Apollo has no known connection to:

            • Apollo, Ray Summers, a member of the JLX, @ JLX #1
 
 

Hermes has no known connection to:

            • Mercury, Pietro "Pete" Allen, a member of the JLX, @ JLX #1
 



 

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