Few characters in the Marvel Universe are as innately charming as the Greek God Hercules. The longtime Avenger oscillates between oafish naivety and brute force, but always has time for a drink and laughter with heroes.
Below you’ll find a complete guide to the Marvel Comics of Hercules, from his origins in the pages of Thor’s comic books to his modern reinvention with partner Amadeus Cho.
Related Reading Orders:
Hercules Origins, First Avengers Team-Up, and The Champions!
Collects: Journey Into Mystery Annual #1; Thor (1966) #126, #221, #356, #400 (Backup), #437, Annual #5; Thor: Blood Oath #3-4; Incredible Hercules #136
Hercules makes his official Marvel Universe debut in all out fisticuffs with Thor, during Journey Into Mystery Annual #1. Herc is quickly established as the more boisterous of the two princely gods, and the Prince of Power sees a worthy test of strength in the God of Thunder.
Collects: Avengers #45 To #50
Herc’s first more formal stint with the Avengers occurs in the build up to the team’s 50th issue. Herc would hang around the Avengers as an on-again / off-again member for much of the 20th century, and you can find the complete guide to classic Avengers elsewhere on CBH.
Collects: Champions (1975) #1-17; Iron Man Annual (1970) #4; Avengers (1963) #163;Super-Villain Team-Up (1975) #14; Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #17-18,Hulk Annual #7
Collects: Avengers (1963) #264-277, Alpha Flight (1983) #39, Avengers Annual #15, West Coast Avengers Annual #1
The Prince Of Power
Collects: Hercules: Prince Of Power (1982) #1-4 And Hercules: Prince Of Power (1984) #1-4
Collects: Avengers #278-285
Collects: Marvel Tales (1966) #197, Marvel Graphic Novel #37 And Material From Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #39-41 & Marvel Age #4 & #65
Collects: Hercules: Twilight Of A God #1 To #4
Collects: Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants #1-4, Plus The First Meeting Of Wolverine And Hercules From Marvel Treasury Edition #26 (1980)
Hercules In The 90’s and Early 2000’s
Collects: Heroes For Hire #1 To #3
Herc’s all in on the Heroes for Hire reboot helmed by Suicide Squad writer John Ostrander. At least initially.
Collects: Hercules Heart Of Chaos #1 To #3
Collects: Hercules #1-5
Collects: Ares #1 To #5
Collects: Civil War #1 To #7
Herc has a minor reccuring role in Civil War, but more than anything this is listed here to give you a sense of where we are in the Marvel timeline!
Collects: World War Hulk (2007) #1-5
You do not need to read all of War of Hulk to jump into the Incredible Hercules, but it’s important to note that the ongoing Hercules comic spins out of the events of WWH.
The Incredible Hercules
Collects: Increadible Hulk #106-112, Increadible Hercules #113-115, And Hulk Vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide
The events of World War Hulk and its aftermath set the stage for a new ongoing direction for Hercules and new boy genius partner, Amadeus Cho. Written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente for the modern era Herc run that most fans should start with.
Collects: Incredible Hercules #116-120
Collects: Incredible Hercules #121-125
Collects: Incredible Hercules #126-131
Collects: Incredible Hercules #132-137
Collects: Incredible Hercules #138-141, Siege Of Olympus Prologue
Collects: Hercules: Fall Of An Avenger #1-2, Heroic Age: Prince Of Power #1-4
Collects: Chaos War #1-5
Collects: Herc 1-6, 6.1, 7-10
Alternate Hercs & Return to the Avengers
Collects: X-Treme X-Men 6-7, 7.1, 8-11
Alternate reality Herc in the hands of writer Greg Pak quickly became a fan-favorite in large part through his relationship with Wolverine!
Collects: Hercules 1-6
Collects: Civil War Ii: Gods Of War #1-4
Collects: Avengers (2016) #1-6
Collects: Secret Empire #0, Secret Empire #1-10, Secret Empire Omega #1, Captain America #25 And Material From Free Comic Book Day 2017 (Secret Empire 1)
Collects: Avengers (2016) #7-11
Collects: Avengers #672-674 & Champions (2016) #13-15