NEMEAN LION

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extradimensional Feline (Olympus)

Occupation: Predator

Group Membership: None

AffiliationsAchelous, Eurystheus, the Hand, Hera, Minotaur, Selene, Matsuo Tsurayaba

Enemies: Hercules, Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)

Known Relatives: Typhon (father), Echidna (mother), Selene (foster mother), Gaea (paternal grandmother/maternal great-aunt/maternal great-grandmother), Tartarus (paternal grandfather), Phorcys (maternal grandfather), Ceto (maternal grandmother), Cerberus, Hydra, Ladon, Orthus (brothers), Chimaera, Phaea, Maralith, Sphinx (sisters), Geryon, Pegasus (cousins), Gorgons (including Medusa), Graeae, Scylla, Sirens, Thoosa (aunts), Damballah, Dragon of the Moon, Sligguth, Yamato-no-Orichi (maternal great-uncle), Ishiti, Tartessus (maternal great-aunts), Set (maternal great-grandfather), Pontus (maternal great-grandfather), Chthon, Hyppus (maternal great-great-uncles), Isuus, Oshtur (maternal great-great-aunts), Demiurge (paternal great-grandfather/maternal great-great-grandfather), many other distant relatives

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Nemea in Northern Argos in the 13th Century BC (Now part of modern Greece)

First Appearance: Marvel Saga#1 (December, 1985)

Powers/Abilities: The Nemean Lion possessed all the traditional abilities, senses and parameters of a normal lion (Felis leo) except on much a greater level. Its body density was dense enough that it was invulnerable to traditional weapons and it could use its claws to rend through stone and metal. It's ferocity was unmatched.

History:
(Greek/Roman Myth) - The Nemean Lion was the spawn of of the Titan Typhon, and his mate, Echidna, the snake-goddess. Typhon was imprisoned under Mount Aetna after attacking the Olympian gods, and Echidna fled to Arcadia where she gave birth to a host of numerous incredible creatures, each one more foul than the last. After Echidna was slain by Argus Panoptes, the original sentry of Olympus, the Nemean Lion was nursed to full health by Selene, the moon-goddess, on behalf of Hera, Queen of the Gods.

(Greek/Roman Myth, Marvel Saga#1/Hercules III#1 (fb)/Incredible Hercules#133 (fb) ) - For undisclosed reasons, the Nemean Lion terrorized the town of Nemea north of Argos. Hercules, the son of Zeus, confronted it as one of his first labors on behalf of King Eurystheus of Mycenae. Hercules found it to be invulnerable to weapons and had to kill it by strangulation. On his route to kill the lion, Hercules had stayed the night with a poor laborer named Molorchus who wanted to make a sacrifice to him as the son of Zeus. Hercules had told him to wait until he was successful, but after the lion's death (Athena guided Hercules in destroying the lion), Molorchus made a sacrifice to Hercules as one of the Gods of Olympus. As Hercules brought the dead lion to Eurystheus in Tiryns, the cowardly king hid in a bronze storage jar. He then arranged for Hercules to take all his orders through a messenger named Copreus. Not wanting anything to do with the lion's carcass, Eurystheus allowed Hercules to skin it. Hercules turned its pelt into another tunic to replace his previous one created from the Cithaeonian lion.

(Thing II#7 - BTS) - In ancient Greece Hercules wore the hind of the Nemean Lion while fighting a time-traveling Thing. It got stained with vine from Dionysus' vats during the fight.

(Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants#2 (fb) - BTS) - Eurystheus and Achelous led Matsuo and the Hand to the whereabouts of the Nemean Lion's corpse and they resurrected the lion.

(Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants#2 (fb) ) - Upon entering Matsuo Tsurayaba's apartment Wolverine and Hercules were greeted by a video of Matsuo, Eurystheus and Achelous telling them of the resurrection of ancient Greece monsters. Moments later the first two, Minotaur and Nemean Lion, attacked them. After knocking out Hercules they opposed Wolverine.

(Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants#2) - Nemean Lion and Minotaur fought Wolverine, whose Adamantium claws were unable to even make a scratch in the Nemean Lion's hide. When Hercules regained consciousness he broke the Nemean Lion's neck while Wolverine took care of the Minotaur.













Comments: Adapted by Peter Sanderson, Ron Frenz and Al Milgrom.

Traditionally-wise, the Nemean Lion is supposed to be the spawn of Typhon and Echidna, but other than its imperviousness to weapons, there is nothing to suggest it might have actually just been a real lion (just as all the old stories of dragons might have been based on normal creatures like alligators, crocodiles and snakes - not that there's an abundance of those creatures in Greece today. On the other hand, modern man still passes on stories of creatures called Nessie and Champ among others.)

Profile by: WillU
Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants update by Markus Raymond.

CLARIFICATIONS:  The Nemean Lion is not to be confused with:  

  • Nemain, Hyborian goddess, @ Conan Novel "The Venomous"
  • Lion God, Sekhmet, goddess of war @ Avengers I#112
  • Lion King, Simba, deposed ruler of the lions of Africa @ "The Lion King" (Disney) 
  • Lion Heart of Avalon, mystical amulet created by Merlin @ Avengers III#77
  • Lionfang, Alejandro Cortez, foe of Luke Cage @ Luke Cage: Hero for Hire#12 
  • Lionheart, home-world of the extra-terrestrial Tuck @ Death's Head II#3
  • Lionmane, General Lo Chien, Leader of a group of Madripoor pirates, Heroes for Hire I#18
  • Lionmane, Edward Dawson, archaeologist possessed by meteorite, DC Comics' Hawkman 

Images (without ads):
Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants#2, p8, pan3 (main image)
Hercules III#1 , p28, left page (ancient Greece)
Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants#2, p3, pan1 (Hand-revived head shot)


Issues:
Marvel Saga#1 (December, 1985) - Peter Sanderson (writer), Ron Frenz (artist), Al Milgrom (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Hercules III#1 (June 2005) - Frank Tieri (writer), Mark Texeira (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Thing II#7 (July, 2006) - Dan Slott (writer), Kieron Dwyer (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Incredible Hercules#133 (November, 2009) - Fred Van Lente & Greg Pak (writers), Rodney Buchemi (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants#2 (June, 2011) - Frank Tieri (writer), Juan Santacruz (artist), Charlie Beckerman (editor)


Last updated: 06/17/15

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