The CYCLOPS

Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly Polyphemus or Cyclops (see comments)

Identity/Class: Unrevealed, possibly Olymian god/Nereid hybrid; Ancient Greece thru Pre-modern era

Occupation: Enemy of humans

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Amanda, Duncan, Ulysses

Known Relatives: None confirmed (see comments)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: An unidentified island in the Mediterranean Sea

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#10/1 (July, 1960)

Powers/Abilities: The Cyclops was extremely large, and as such, possessed tremendous strength. It also possessed only three toes on each foot, and only one eye.

History: (Tales of Suspense I#10/1 (fb)) - <Ancient Greece> - The Cylcops lived on a remote island, and terrorized any seafaring humans that passed by, throwing large rocks at their ships. At some point, the hero Ulysses and his crew arrived on the Cyclops's island and temporarily blinded the creature.

(Tales of Suspense I#10/1 (fb)-BTS) - At some point, the Cyclops became encased in the ice on the island, stuck in suspended animation.

(Tales of Suspense I#10/1) - When Duncan and his would-be girlfriend Amanda came across the island, they discovered the Cyclops buried in the icy ground. Hoping to share this discovery with the world, Duncan began to chop away at the ice with an axe. He succeeded in freeing the Cyclops, who proved to not be dead as thought. The creature chased the two across the island, but was distracted by a passing ocean liner. Duncan feared the creature would kill everyone on board, and led the monster on a chase back onto the ice. There, he found a patch of thin ice, and tricked the Cyclops into running over it. The monster's weight caused the ice to break, and it fell into it again.

Comments: Created by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

Common sense, and the Ulysses reference, would indicate that this is Polyphemus, the same Cyclops that appeared in the Odyssey. However, in the Marvel Universe, this may not be so. Polyphemus has made at least one appearance in the MU, and in it, he was permanently blind from his encounter with Ulysses. This Cyclops was only blinded for five hours before he could see again. This Cyclops also only refers to himself as "Cyclops."

There's also a chance he could be the same Cyclops that Reed Richards encountered (see Clarifications).

Reprinted in Where Monsters Dwell#1.

Profile by Madison Carter

Clarifications:

The Cyclops may or my not be, or may or may not be a sibling of:

but has no known connections to


Amanda


Amanda refused to marry Duncan, believing him to be too spoiled. After he saved her from the Cyclops, she agreed to marry him after all.



--Tales of Suspense I#10/1



Duncan


A wealthy man, Duncan and his girlfriend Amanda went on a trip in the Mediterranean Sea, where they encountered the Cyclops. Duncan tricked the monster into falling into a hole under thin ice. Afterwards, Amanda agreed to marry him.



--Tales of Suspense I#10/1


images:
Talse of Suspense I#10, page 6, panel 1
                                           page 2, panel 2 (Amanda and Duncan)


Tales of Suspense I#10 (July, 1960) - Jack Kirby (penciler), Dick Ayers (inker), Stan Lee (editor)


Last updated: 02/20/06

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