Real Name: Vulcan
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Hephaestus possesses the conventional Olympian godly attributes of superhuman physical properties, vitality, and functional immortality. He has not aged since reaching adulthood and is immune to harm from conventional means of injury and cannot get sick from any Earthly disease. Should he indeed incur a non-fatal wound his godly metabolism enables him to recuperate at a superhuman rate of speed. Hephaestus is somewhat stronger than the average Olympian god (Class 30) and can lift about 40 tons optimally. Hephaestus is an inventive genius among the Olympian gods and has manufactured various weapons over the millennia that have been employed by the gods including the breastplate of Zeus called the Aegis and the girdle of Aphrodite called the Cestus. He also designed the metallic female-shaped robots that act as his assistants.
The first encounter between Hephaestus and some of the heroes of this world (in addition to his brother Hercules), took place during the war between the Mount Olympus and Asgard, that faced sprouts of both pantheons both, before the watched letter of the patriarchs.
Hephaetus was a witness as Zeus gave sufficient power to Thor to revive Odin, and this revived the other Asgardians. Hephaestus, like the rest of the Olympic Gods, was surrounded in the conspiracies of Ares, that turned crystal to all the Olympic ones, or the Typhon plans, that sent to the Limb to Hephaestus's and the rest of its companions. Later Hephaestus would construct, at the request of Hercules, a new battle uniform, after his original was destroyed during a battle.
His origin is explored in Incredible Hercules #140.
First Appearance: Thor (1966) #129
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Incredible Hercules (2008)
#123 Incredible Hulks (2010)
- 'Axis Mundi Part Three Of Love & War'#127
- 'Dark Reign'#130
- 'The Judgment'#138
- 'Playing Gods'#139
- 'Assault on New Olympus, Act II: Faithbomb'#140
- 'Assault on New Olympus, Act III: The Fourth Extinction'#141
#622 Iron Man Legacy (2010)
- 'God Smash Conclusion'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Secret Warriors (2009)
Secret Warriors One Shot: Who's Your Daddy? (2009)
The Avengers (1963)
#281 The Mighty World of Marvel (2009)
- 'By Gods Betrayed!'#283
- 'Whom the Gods Would Destroy!'#284
- 'Battleground: Olympus'#285
- 'Twilight of the Gods!'
#26 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'Doctor Doom Strikes!'
#8 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'N-P: From Namorita to Pyro'
#9 Thor (1966)
- 'Molecule Man to Owl'
Annual 05 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica (2009)
- 'The War of the Gods!'#129
- 'The Verdict of Zeus!'#131
- 'They Strike From Space!'
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