HIPPOLYTA

Real Name: Hippolyta (also spelled Hippolyte)

Identity/Class: Olympian god

Occupation: Vassal of Pluto, former Monarch

Group Membership: Queen of the Amazons; leader of the Bacchae

Affiliations: Ares, Hera, Pluto, Pazuzu
formerly sought Hercules as her lover

Enemies: Hercules and the Argonauts, the Champions, Caledonia, Marvel Girl (Valeria Von Doom), Neptune, Thor

Known Relatives: Artume (daughter), Ares (father), Otrera (mother, possibly deceased), Zeus (grandfather), Antiope, Penthesiliea, Melanippe, Hiera (sisters, deceased), Hippolytus (nephew, deceased)

Aliases: Queen of the Amazons

Base of Operations: Hades, formerly Themiscyra (now part of modern Turkey)

First Appearance: Thor I#127 (April, 1966)

Powers/Abilities: Hippolyta possesses greater strength, stamina and resistance to injury than any other Olympian goddess. She has superhuman strength(Class 50) and above average prowess in armed and unarmed combat taught by Ares himself. In addition, she can further enhance her strength by donning the Gauntlets of Ares. These grant her close to Class 100 strength, but they are only effective in combat. They do not grant strength unless used in a fight against another. Her girdle was also a highly sought-after item.

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200 lbs.

 

History: (Graeco-Roman Myth) - Hippolyta is the daughter of the war-god Ares and Otrera, a daughter of Zeus. Raised in the arts of warfare, she and her sisters became ruthless in ancient times for attacking and destroying the villages of Ancient Greece, killing men and abducting female children to indoctrinate into their order. Called Amazons (Latin for "breastless" as it was rumored they cut off their right breasts to be more proficient in the bow and arrow), they once protected the ancient cow-goddess Io to receive the honors of Zeus.

(Graeco-Roman Myth/Hercules III#1(fb)) - Twelve generations later they graciously received the Argonauts as Hercules came to collect Hippolyta's girdle on his Ninth Labor. Hera, however, incited the Amazons into bloodshed by claiming that Hercules had come to kill Hippolyta. The Argonauts ended up killing or abducting many of the Amazons as wives or mistresses. To protect Hippolyta, her sister Antiope masqueraded as her as she was carried off by Theseus as his bride, eventually giving birth to Hippolytus.

(Graeco-Roman Myth) - Hippolyta rallied the remaining Amazons and stormed Athens a year later on a rescue mission. Another generation later, they followed Ares into the Trojan War where Hiera and Penthesilia lost their lives. Penthesilia's corpse was stolen by Achilles who had fallen in love it.

(Howard the Duck III#3) - Hippolyta was mentioned as one of the holders of the Amulet of Pazuzu.

(Thor I#127-128)- In modern times, Pluto, god of the dead, reunited many of Hercules's old foes against him. Hippolyta, however, wished not Hercules' death, but rather his love. They duped him into signing a contract to remain in Hades by posing as a movie producer and an actress, but he was freed with Thor's aid.

 

 

(Champions#1-3)- Hippolyta and Ares were recruited by Pluto to marry Hercules and Aphrodite into marriages that would bind them from interfering in anymore of his plans to conquer Olympus. Zeus withdrew his edicts for the marriage once he realized what Pluto was up to. The Confrontation also served to unite the short-lived West Coast team of the Champions.

 

(Marvel Treasury#24) - Hippolyta posed as an innocent woman who Hercules saved from being hit by a car. He accompanied her back to her apartment, which was actually one of Mt. Olympus' touchstones on Earth, and she revealed her true identity. Furious over his spurning of her love, she attacked and tried to kill him, her own strength greatly amplified by the Gauntlets of Ares. However, in the course of the battle, they collapsed some immense pillar. Hercules caught the pillar to save Hippolyta, but because of its magical ties to Olympus (or some other such plot device), he could not hurl it away. Hippolyta had merely to stand back and watch Hercules be crushed, but she couldn't do it. She added her strength to his (the Gauntlets' power was no help here) in tossing the pillar aside. Saying they made better friends than enemies, Hercules offered her his hand in peace. Disgusted, she slapped it away, asking why she would want his hand when she couldn't have his heart. She told him she had repaid her debt to him for saving her life, but that some day she would have her revenge.

 

 

 

 

(Fantastic Four III#21)- Years later, Hippolyta formed a street gang out of female runaways called the Bacchae. After the group ran across the Fantastic Four, she joined them in infiltrating FF Headquarters where she clashed with the female warrior Caledonia and abducted her to Hades to humiliate her. Caledonia's friends and young wards came to her rescue and retrieved her from Hades.

(Incredible Hercules#124 (fb) ) - Hippolyta oversaw the creation of her "perfect" daughter Artume, a stone statue given life by inverting the petrifying power of the Gorgons. She treated her like a doll and hoped that she would only know peace and truth.

(Incredible Hercules#123 (fb) ) - Some time after the fall of Olympus Hippolyta and her warriors attacked Neptune in Melanesia. She had him brought to a stolen Atlantean base and forced him to sign over his holding in the Olympus group to Hera and Pluto.

(Incredible Hercules#121) - Hippolyta met with Ares at Silly's Greek Diner in New York City. Hera had sent her to him to ask him to return to Olympia and stand by her side. Ares just left.

  Some time later she found, armed with a bazooka, the Amazons in an Atlantean base they had taken over. She demanded to speak with her daughter Artume and wanted her excuse for her actions against Hera, Hercules and the Atlanteans. Her daughter came, but only to watch her mother being shot dead by the Amazons that were now ruled Queen Artume.

(Incredible Hercules#122) - Hercules found Hippolyta's head on a spear in the Amazons' base.

(Incredible Hercules#129) - Hippolyta played crabs at the Stygian Casino to get another shot at life. Hercules and Aegis watched her play. 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments: Adapted by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Of the other Amazons:

Themiscyra, home of the Amazons, was originally an island near modern-day Termeh not far from where the Thermodon River empties into the Black Sea. The land has changed a lot more since then.

Historically, Hippolyta first appears in DC Comics All Star Comics#8 (1941) which also features the debut of a certain star-spangled Amazon named Wonder Woman. The only thing keeping Hippolyta from having a larger role in the Marvel Universe perhaps is being a major role-player at the Distinguished Competition. Marvel, on the other hand, could be a lot more faithful to her origins considering the way the Distinguished Competition rewrites the myths to fit their stories. --I would say it is a lack of interest on the part of Marvel's writers. Whether or not Hippolyta is a major player over at DC doesn't really matter. From a legal standpoint you can't copyright a mythological character, only your particular "take" on them visually (i.e. Erik Larsen has his own versions of Thor and "Herakles" over at Marvel) - - Greg "his uncle is a copyright lawyer" O.

The rest of the interpretions of Hippolyta made her out to be a hottie, but Tuska's version (second on the right) was fugly! Will asked me to scan a close up for her face image, but my scanner vomited when it saw the picture. I went with Kirby's, and my scanner was much happier--Snood.

Which is saying something since Jack wasn't reknowned for drawing the sexiest girls around either. - - Greg O.

by Will Uchtman

CLARIFICATIONS:
Hippolyta and the Amazons serve as the namesake for, but are not otherwisae directly connected to:

The Bacchae should not be confused with:


THE GIRDLE OF HIPPOLYTA

The Girdle of Hippolyta was also called the Golden Belt of Hippolyta. It became the object of Hercules' Ninth Labor only because Admete, daughter of Eurystheus, king of Mycenae, wanted it. Accompanied by Theseus and a team of companions, Hercules sailed east for the land of the Amazons, reached Themiscyra without incident, encountered Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons and received her golden belt without incident, but Hera frustrated by the ease of this encounter incited the Amazons against the invaders. Hercules and his group fought to defend themselves, and Hippolyta was erroneously reported as killed in the struggle. Theseus, however, abducted Hippolyta's sister, Antiope, as a bride when she surrendered herself to prevent further bloodshed.

--Hercules III#2 (Greek/Roman Myth, Hercules III#1 (fb))


images: (without ads)
Girdle- Hercules III#2, page7, top panel


Appearances:
Thor I#127-128 (April-May, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Champions#1 (October, 1975) - Tony Isabella (writer), Don Heck (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Champions#2 (January, 1976) - Tony Isabella (writer), Don Heck (pencils), John Tartaglione (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Champions#3 (February, 1976) - Tony Isabella & Bill Mantlo (writers), George Tuska (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Marvel Treasury Edition#24 (1979) - Mary Jo Duffy (writer), Ricardo Villamonte (artist), Jim Shooter (editor)
Fantastic Four III#21 (September, 1999) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Howard the Duck III#3 (May, 2002) - Steve Gerber (writer), Glenn Fabry (pencils), Glenn Fabry & Garry Leach (inks), Stuart Moore (editor)
Hercules III#1-2 (June-July, 2005) - Frank Tieri (writer), Mark Texeira (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Incredible Hercules#121 (November, 2008) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Clayton Henry (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Incredible Hercules#122-124 (December, 2008 - February, 2009) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Clayton Henry & Salva Espin (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Incredible Hercules#129 (July, 2009) - Fred Van Lente & Greg Pak (writers), Ryan Stegman (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)


Last updated: 03/23/14

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