Apollo is a god of magic
(although he is not to be confused with the Olympian
with the same name
and overlapping spheres of influence), whose primary domain seems to be medicine, although music, poetic inspiration and prophecy are also mentioned as being his spheres of influence. As the books of magic were rewritten in the beginning of the 'Tenth Age of Magic', Apollo was able to assume a relatively mundane life as a mortal doctor called Alonzo, and became known for being practically infallible when it concerned anything medical. He also mentioned having a wife and three children.
Apollo was introduced in Trials of Shazam
, a series that depicted Freddy Freeman's quest for the powers of Shazam. His creation can presumably be attributed to writer Judd Winick
and artist Howard Porter
Major Story Arcs
Trials of Shazam
Apollo was sought out by Freddy Freeman (a competitor for the powers of Shazam, and formerly known as Captain Marvel, Jr.) and Zareb Babak
when another god of magic, Atlas
, had been murdered and gotten his power stolen by Sabina
(another competitor for Shazam's title and powers). Freddy and Zareb explained to Apollo that he was needed to assume Atlas's duties and give the next champion of Shazam the power granted by his name. Apollo initially refused, on the grounds of being content with his current life, but soon offered Freddy the terms for his acceptance: Freddy was to defeat Apollo in battle, or else the god would resume his life as a mortal, and Freddy would die. During their fight, Freddy accidentally caused an explosion on a boat, and Apollo was compelled to save the present civilians' lives, giving up his own victory in the process.
When assuming Atlas's duties of 'holding up the world' (which meant he was to save the world one moment at a time, subtly preventing countless potential disasters before they happen) Apollo requested that his mortal self would be replaced by a 'shadow essence' that could live his life with his family, as he intended to return to his mortal life in the future. Freddy, channeling the wisdom of Solomon, regretted to inform Apollo that his children had ceased to exist when he returned to godhood. As promised, Apollo reluctantly granted Freddy the power to heal, but also instructed him to find someone else to assume Atlas's burden. Until then, Apollo would only grant half of his power to Freddy, the other half going to Sabina.