|Plot Synopsis: Charlton Classics (1980) #4|
Featuring Hercules. "Land of Menace" is drawn by Sam Glanzman. Hercules seeks to take his place among the gods on Mount Olympus but because he is half-human and the product of Zeus' tryst with a mortal woman, the goddess Hera, Zeus' wife, has challenged him to a series of tasks, each seemingly more impossible than the next. The demi-god has already slain the lion of Nemea (and wears its hide around his neck as a cape). He has also defeated Gerion, the three-bodied giant and fought Cerebus, the demon dog of Hades.
But now the spiteful Hera tasks Hercules with retrieving the legendary golden apples of Nul, a dimension of monsters, and to return with them within a day. Through a fiery portal, Hercules charges unafraid. But soon, he runs astray of monstrous, man-eating plants and a nest of flesh-eating harpies. Their king Poov seeks to enslave the champion in his underground palace but Hercules breaks free and runs for his life. Outside he finds the titan Atlas who Poov and the harpies have chained. Joining forces with the massive warrior, Hercules not only defeats the harpies but also soon finds the golden apples Hera told him to retrieve. Once more, the son of Zeus proves his worthiness to sit among the greatest of Olympus. Also, don't miss "The Fly," a medieval tale of power, its abuse and of revenge! (Drawn by Wayne Howard in a very Wally Wood kind of way).