Heroes, villains, gods, monsters, beings of magic and cosmic
might can be traced back through the myths and legends of all civilisations to
the start of civilisation itself, and comic books and movies are its modern
Comic book characters rest at the forefront of our culture’s modern
mythology, and it's no surprise they've taken inspiration from the myths and legends of old.
Cementing new characters in ancient myth is common practice
for artists in the superhero domain. In some cases, the ancient sources and
characters integrated are already well-known, but with millennia of myth from which to
draw, old obscure gods and monsters may be mistaken for new. Or it may be
unclear how much of an adapted character’s traits and lore come from modern
changes, and how much is derived from original sources.
This article serves to clear up some of that ambiguity for
just 10 of the many mythic heroes and villains incorporated into DC’s vast
Oh, and to make things more interesting, it's not all about Wonder Woman...