Allan Abstract The Mighty Hercules (Translux)

Arlene Allan

The Mighty Hercules Cartoon Series in Conversation with Steve Reeves’ Hercules, Superman Comics and 1960s Societal Norm

Perhaps encouraged by the success of the Hercules movies of the late 1950s and early 1960s, in 1963 a children’s cartoon series was launched on television stations across Canada and the United States: The Mighty Hercules (TransLux). This starred a very ‘ripped’ Hercules, who spent each five-and-a-half-minute episode rescuing someone from imminent danger — including the stereotypical damsel in distress.

This chapter offers an in-depth study of the influence that the Superman comics and the so-called peplum movies appear to have had on the depiction of The Mighty Hercules’ namesake and analyses the storylines in relation to the mores governing social behaviour in the early 1960s.

Provisional content for The Modern Hercules (Volume 2)