Hercules vs. The Island
That's Classic Herc isn't it? Since then he's been depowered and repowered more than once, but in a silver or bronze age comic he was described as having the strength to demolish worlds so moving Manhattan shouldn't be beyond his power imo.
RazzaTazz took this issue on to resolve a dispute between myself and another Viner. I find her description of this event to be well written and fair and I thank her for both writing it and for resolving the aforementioned dispute.
In the interest of preserving/documenting what she wrote up against possible future biased editing, here is how RazzaTazz wrote up this event on the Hercules overview page and how it currently reads:
Controversy over Pulling Manhattan Island
An incident during the 1970s, in the series Marvel Team-Up, created some controversy among fans of the character. In issue #28 Hercules is shown pulling the entire island of Manhattan back into place after it has been offset. Due to complaints both from fans and staff, the feat was later retconned out of existence. Although this feat is not inconsistent with Hercules' strength based feats, it was nonetheless argued to be logically impossible as such a feat would rupture and destroy city infrastructure among other reasons. To some degree the debate over this remains to this day but, as the company itself retconned the depiction to have not existed, this is the official standpoint. Equally, Hercules is shown in myth and elsewhere as having lifted more than this weight (even bearing the entire weight of the Earth in ancient myth).
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