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Mercury (Folklore)

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Mercury
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Real Name

Mercury, Hermes

First Appearance

Greco-Roman Myth

Original Publisher

Greco-Roman Myth

Created by

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Origin

Mercury (or Hermes in Greek myth) was the patron god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence (and thus poetry), messages/communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves in Greco-Roman mythology; he was also the guide of souls to the underworld and one of the Twelve Olympians.

The son of Zeus and Maia, one of the seven daughters of Atlas. Mercury was the messenger of the gods and also a trickster god in some myths like Loki or Coyote in other mythologies. His symbols and attributes included the herma, the rooster and the tortoise, purse or pouch, winged sandals, and winged cap. However, his main symbol was the herald's staff, the Greek kerykeion or Latin caduceus which consisted of two snakes wrapped around a winged staff which is used as a medical symbol to this day.

Public Domain Appearances

  • America's Greatest Comics #5
  • Boy Comics #10
  • Hit Comics #31, 33
  • Humdinger vol. 1 #4
  • Kid Eternity #5, 9
  • National Comics #32
  • Wham Comics #1
  • Yellowjacket Comics #1-10

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