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By: Byron Brewer
Aside from Hercules, Neptune is my favorite of all the Olympians. I believe this stems from my love for the Sub-Mariner and all those beautiful appearances of Neptunewatching over the Avenging Son and his Atlantean people. Father Neptune, like All-Father Odin, has a pleasant place in my Marvel-nostalgic memory.
Neptuneis the son of Cronus and Rhea, and was born in Olympus. Zeus and Pluto are his brothers, and Hera and Vesta are his sisters. Neptuneis responsible for the evolution of Homo mermanus, and is still honored by the Atlanteans, unlike many Olympians who have little or no worshippers on Earth.
Neptunepossesses the typical powers of an Olympian, but can also breathe underwater and possesses the ability to manipulate vast cosmic/mystical energies for numerous purposes which have yet to be revealed. He is known to be capable of inter-dimensional teleportation. Neptune's powers are equal to those of Pluto's; the death god once overwhelmed Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme himself, in direct magical combat.
Neptuneis usually armed with a long enchanted trident of unrevealed properties. He often rides a sea-shell chariot drawn by magical seahorses and dolphins.
Two millennia ago, Neptunedestroyed an Atlantean cult of worshippers of Set. He lived among the Atlanteans for many years as their protector.
In modern times, Neptunesent Namor on a quest for his trident in order to regain the Atlantean throne. Neptunethen appeared to the Atlanteans, and decreed Namor the true ruler of Atlantis. Neptuneadvised Namor of the true destiny of Atlantis and later healed a wounded Namor.
In a weakened state, Neptunewas once abducted by Hippolyta and her Amazon warriors, at the behest of Hera and Pluto, who forced him to cede his shares of the Olympus Group to them, facilitating their takeover. The Amazon Princess Artume likewise forced from him the location of the Omphalos. He was rescued from Artume's clutches by Hercules, Namor and Namora.
All-powerful sea king or weak pawn of the gods, Neptunewill always remain that wizened, ghostly advisor and protector of the Sub-Mariner in my memory’s eye.