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The Mighty Hercules

 
 

 

 
 

Prod. Notes:


 

September 1963 - 1966,  syndicated

Adventure Cartoons For Television Inc., Trans-Lux

 

Cast:

 

Hercules .................................................................................... Jimmy Tapp

Zeus ............................................................................................ Jimmy Tapp

Helena ............................................................................ Helene Nickerson

Newton .............................................................................. Gerry Bascombe

Daedelus ........................................................................... Gerry Bascombe

 

 

Synopsis:

 


 
In the 60ís, Steve Reeves made Hercules a popular matinee idol with a series of films that featured the hero and his mythic exploits. Shortly afterward, Joe Oriolo (the man behind the original Felix the Cat) brought Hercules to the small screen, placing Herc in many of the same situations as the movies, and adding a few of his Greek friends.

Residing on Mount Olympus, the adventurous Hercules was warned of trouble on Earth by Dedaunus, the seer of the gods, who could view remote images by peering into his crystal rock. To retain his godly powers, which would vanish in the mortal world, Hercules wore a magic ring given to him by his father Zeus when he descended to Earth. He was regularly accompanied by Newton, a centaur who had the habit of repeating every line he said twice, and occasionally by the mortal woman Helena and a mute satyr called Tewt, who could only communicate by playing his panpipe.

The Mighty Hercules was unique because instead of updating the character like many cartoons did (i.e. Young Samson), Hercules still lived in ancient Greece and battled ancient villains, like the hooded Daedelus (and his cat Dydo), the sea hag Wilamene and her vulture-like sidekick Elvira.

Also memorable was the theme song by Johnny Nash (of "I Can See Clearly Now" fame), which celebrated the strength of Hercules in graphic detail.

 


 

 
 

Episodes: (episodes were 4-5 min. each - several played per show)

 

 

Hercules vs. The Many-Headed Hydra

Hercules Saves The Villagers

Hercules And The Magic Arrows

Hercules Battles The Krudes Beast

The Chair Of Forgetfulness

The Cave Of Death

Medusa's Sceptre

Search Of The Golden Apples

The Bewitch Birds

The Enchanted Pool

The Endless Chasm

The Thunderbolt Disc

The sun Diamond Of Helios

Hercules Protects Helena And Newton

The Defiant Mask Of Vulcan

The Golden Goblet

The Lexas Lagoon

Guarding Of The Olympic Torch

Hercules Helps King Neptune

Hercules vs. The Hideous Bird-Beast

The Return Of The Mask

Hercules Saves Helena

The Magnetic Stone

The Magic Rod

The Minotaur

Hercules And The Eternal Sleep

The Clutching Clay Pool

Princess Rhea

The Valley Of Whirlwinds

The Wild Boar

The Magic Belt Of Hercules

The Errand Of Mercy

The Neamean Legion

The Magician

Dorian's Wreath

The Unicorns

Wilamene

The Witch And The Magic Ring

Diomedes' Evil Plot

Hercules' Unwanted Powers

The Enchanted Wolf

Hercules Saves The Kingdom

Hercules And His Two Rivals

Hercules Saves The King

The Thracian Army

The Gems Of Venus

The Golden Torch

The Chameleon Creature

Earthquake Valley

Newton The Centaur

Helena Kidnapped - Hercules To The Rescue

Hercules And His Friends

The Magic Sword

Timon's Grandfather And Hercules

Hercules Loses His Memory

The Hall Of Justice

The Cave Of Callisto

The Powerless Hercules

Omar, The Sultan's Chamion

Sandals Of Electra

The Sea Witch

The Giant

Helena's Beauty

The Island Of The Miros Monster

Hercules And The Fireball

Hercules Outwits The Magician

The Evil Weapon

The Giant Ruby

The Owl Man

The Chameleon Man

Hercules Foils The Mask Of The Vulcan

The Exploding Diamond

Hercules And The Sea Witch

The Magic Lamp

The Owl-Man Of Panssus

The Eruption Of Mount Sirus

The Deadly Gift

The Thesian Thunderhorn

The Dreaded Beast Of Charon

Hercules, Newton, And The Evil Magician

The Fiery Abyss

The Giant Dragonfly

Tewt's Magic Wand Trouble

The Wings Of Mercury

The Sea Beast

Prometheus In Dire Danger

The Crafty Chameleon

Kingdom Under The Glass Dome

The Fantus Beast

The Lyssidian Locusts

Hercules Saves Calydon

Helena's Jinx

The Sinister Statue

Friend Or Foe Of Centaur

The Young Olympians

The Feast Of Calydon

The Lava Flow

The Dreaded Draught

Underwater Battle

The Sidian Illusion Stone

Timon To The Aid Of Hercules

The Fiery Pits Of Pyros

The Clovis Creature

The Valley Of Storms

The Centaur On Michief Day

The Throne Of Calydon

Battle Of the Magic Rings

Diomedes And His Warriors

King For A Day

 


 

Opening Lyrics:

 


 

"Hercules, hero of song and story.

Hercules, winner of ancient glory.

Fighting for the right,

Fighting with his might,

With the strength of ten, ordinary men.

 

Hercules, people are safe when near him.

Hercules, only the evil fear him.

Softness in his eyes,

Iron in his thighs,

Virtue in his heart,

Fire in every part,

Of the Mighty Hercules."

 

 

 

 

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