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Henry Hellrung was a former actor who played Tony stark on TV and was also a drinking buddy of the real Tony Stark. The two became close friends and even went to alcohol anonimous meetings in hope of stopping their drinking habits.
Anthem was created by Matt Fraction
and Barry Kitson
in 2007 and first appeared in The Order
Mayor Story Arcs
Years later, Henry became the leader of a superhero team known as The Order, a group of superheroes coming out of the super-human Civil War, as part of the 50 States Initiative. The superheroes where actually normal humans powered with drugs to give them superhuman abbilities. The effects of the powers would however only last for about a year. After that, the team would have to find new recruits. The team had a massive Public Relations campaign and soon became great heroes. Henry was however never sure about his role as a leader in the team. His fears some came to pass when almost his entire team was shifted when half the team was caught on camera at a strip-club celebrating their victory over a defeated villain. New rectuits came witch became the main team. It however did not last long. Due to internal conflicts and the deaths of two of their teammates, the group quitily dropped to the background.
Some months later, during the events of Fear Itself, commander Steve Rogers informs Prodigy of the unknown meteors that have fallen from the heavens and mass panic is on the horizon. Rogers asks Prodigy to gather heroes on a volunteer basis to help keep the peace and lead a new Initiative where there is no forced conscription or registration. Prodigy agrees to become the leader of the new Initiative and most of the former Initiative members including Anthem gather in Washington DC.
His superhero identity is an allusion to the god Apollo.
Referred to as a "living supercell thunderstorm", implying weather-based powers. He has demonstrated flight and electricity generation.