Huntsman (Marvel) (01 - Cephalus)
Real Name: Cephalus (possibly)
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The Huntsman generates terror in the Olympians Gods, making them particularly vulnerable to him. All of his powers stem from his Power-Staff, which is directly powered by Zeus, himself. His abilities, and those of the staff, were initially completely dependent on the Huntsman maintaining contact with it. If it was knocked form his hands, he became completely powerless, and the staff had no more power than an ordinary wooden stick. In addition, the Huntsman’s powers are dependent on Zeus. If Zeus ceases to desire the Huntsman to accomplish his mission, his powers drop off sharply. If either of these situations occurs, anything summoned or created by the staff will return back to where it originated.
The Huntsman’s staff can project powerful bursts of energy, travel between dimensions (at least Earth and Olympus), generate convincing illusions, and summon (or create) creatures from Olympian mythology, or artificial duplicates of these creatures (see below). The Huntsman must speak some form of rhyme to summon these creatures.
The staff drains the power of an Olympian on contact. In addition, the staff grants him superhuman strength and durability, presumably even to the Class 100 level if need be.
The Huntsman's staff is made of Olympian wood, which is conductive to electricity.
The Huntsman could also generate a flaming staff which allowed him to travel through the air on a trail of mystic flame. When thrown, it could temporarily disperse and paralyze all caught in its energy release. Again, Olympians were even more susceptible to this power than others.
The Huntsman may be either a human or an Olympian mutated by the power of Zeus, or he may have been completely created by Zeus. He was created an unknown number of centuries ago, possibly even millennia. When first seen, he commented that it had been a long time since he had been summoned. His previous exploits are unrevealed.
Hunter/Tracker of Olympians for Zeus
Agent of Zeus; indirect pawn of Ares, Pluto, and Hippolyta; Shadow-Hound; utilized variety of mythological agents, including the Menoetius, Polyphemus, Scylla and Charibdis, and the Sirens
Avengers (Black Panther, Goliath [Clint Barton], Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision), Champions of Los Angeles (Angel, Black Widow, Ghost Rider [Johnny Blaze], Iceman), Hercules, Sub-Mariner, Venus
First Appearance: Ka-Zar (1970) #1
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
#3 Assault on New Olympus Prologue (2010)
- 'Acts of Vengance to Zodiac Key'
#1 Incredible Hercules (2008)
- 'Assault on New Olympus: Prologue'
#127 Ka-Zar (1970)
- 'Dark Reign'#128
- 'The Descent'#138
- 'Playing Gods'#139
- 'Assault on New Olympus, Act II: Faithbomb'#141
The Champions (1975)
#2 The Sub-Mariner (1968)
- 'Whom the Gods Would Join...'#3
- 'Assault on Olympus'
#29 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica (2009)
- 'Fear is the Hunter!'
Olympian Gods (Marvel)
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