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Thor
Thor-272.jpg
Thor #272 (June 1978).
Cover art by John Buscema & Tom Palmer.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance .Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug.^ [Posts image: cover of Journey into Mystery #104, featuring The Mighty Thor.
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1962)
Created by Stan Lee
Larry Lieber
Jack Kirby
Based on the mythological character
In-story information
Full name Thor Odinson
Species Asgardian
Place of origin Asgard
Team affiliations Asgard
Avengers
Warriors Three
Thor Corps
Notable aliases Siegmund, Siegfried, Dr. Donald Blake, Jake Olson, Sigurd Jarlson, Eric Masterson
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, durability and longevity (via the golden apples of Idunn)
Abilities via Mjolnir:
.Thor is a fictional superhero who appears in publications published by Marvel Comics.^ Zauriel is a superhero who happens to be an angel, and the FF have actually met God (who appeared to them as Jack Kirby, heh).
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^ The "pagan god" types in early Marvel had no real problems since a) the comics avoided dealing with the real-world religious aspects of the characters, and b) the general public didn't actually believe that Thor, etc.
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^ Many issues of Thor featuring the famed titular superhero as well as other fellow Asgardians speaking of a creator or higher supreme being who created their race.
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.The character first appears in Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962) and was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Jack Kirby.^ Continues to Journey Into Mystery #503.
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^ Zauriel is a superhero who happens to be an angel, and the FF have actually met God (who appeared to them as Jack Kirby, heh).
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^ [Posts image: cover of Journey into Mystery #104, featuring The Mighty Thor.
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.Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character is based on the Thor of Norse mythology.^ Re: The religion of comic book characters .
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^ Then there's the defunct ancient beliefs like Greek gods in Wonder Woman, ancient Egyptian reincarnation in Hawkman, Norse gods from Thor, and then made for comics gods like The New Gods.
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^ It's difficult to reconcile the competing claims of say, Thor with those of Christianity (in the comic book world, at least)...
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Thor has starred in several ongoing series; limited series and has been a perennial member of the superhero team the Avengers, appearing in each of the three volumes. The character has also appeared in associated Marvel merchandise including animated television series; clothing; toys; trading cards and video games.

Contents

Publication history

Writer-editor Stan Lee described Thor's genesis, in the context of having been after the creation of the Hulk:
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"[H]ow do you make someone stronger than the strongest person?^ Makes you realize that the faith of your average Christian MU or DCU character must be much, much stronger than that in the real world.
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.It finally came to me: Don't make him human — make him a god.^ Loki came to the blind god, and asked him to play with his brother.

I decided readers were already pretty familiar with the Greek and Roman gods. It might be fun to delve into the old Norse legends.... .Besides, I pictured Norse gods looking like Vikings of old, with the flowing beards, horned helmets, and battle clubs.^ Then there's the defunct ancient beliefs like Greek gods in Wonder Woman, ancient Egyptian reincarnation in Hawkman, Norse gods from Thor, and then made for comics gods like The New Gods.
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^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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 ...Journey into Mystery, needed a shot in the arm, so I picked Thor ... to headline the book. .After writing an outline depicting the story and the characters I had in mind, I asked my brother, Larry, to write the script because I didn't have time.^ I couldn't check before at the time because all my comics were stored in another place.
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^ Two of my characters were Catholic priests, and I had one guy in a Shadowrun game who spent most of his down-time in confession.
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...and it was only natural for me to assign the penciling to Jack Kirby....[1]
.Following Thor's debut in the science fiction/fantasy anthology title Journey into Mystery, the 13-page feature "The Mighty Thor" continued to be plotted by Lee but scripted by Lee's brother Larry Lieber or Robert Bernstein (working under the pseudonym "R. Berns").^ [Posts image: cover of Journey into Mystery #104, featuring The Mighty Thor.
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^ Funny thing is, if you follow Thor's title closely, he reveals that he and the rest of the Asgardians believe in a "Higher Power".
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^ You will find many of Thor's adventures in the page titled Of Thor and Giants .

Penciling was by various artists, including Jack Kirby; Joe Sinnott; Don Heck and Al Hartley. .With Journey into Mystery #101 (Feb.^ [Posts image: cover of Journey into Mystery #104, featuring The Mighty Thor.
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.1964), the series began a long and definitive run by Lee and Kirby that lasted until the by-then-retitled Thor a.k.a.^ If there had been more people embrasing the Asatru I believe Lee and Kirby would have been in lots of trouble when they introduced Thor.
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The Mighty Thor #179 (Aug. 1970).[2]
.The five-page featurette "Tales of Asgard" was added in Journey into Mystery #97 (Oct.^ [Posts image: cover of Journey into Mystery #104, featuring The Mighty Thor.
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.1963) followed by "The Mighty Thor" becoming the dominant cover logo with issue #104 (May 1964).^ [Posts image: cover of Journey into Mystery #104, featuring The Mighty Thor.
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^ Blake becomes Thor, and Thor tells them "My father wouldn't have a single one of you as followers!"
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The feature itself expanded to 18 pages in #105, which eliminated the remaining anthological story from each issue; it was reduced to 16 pages five issues later.
.Journey into Mystery was retitled Thor (per the indicia), a.k.a.^ [Posts image: cover of Journey into Mystery #104, featuring The Mighty Thor.
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.The Mighty Thor (per most covers)[2] with issue #126 (March 1966).^ [Posts image: cover of Journey into Mystery #104, featuring The Mighty Thor.
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"Tales of Asgard" was replaced by a five-page featurette starring the "The Inhumans", from #146–152 (Nov. 1967 – May 1968), after which featurettes were dropped and the Thor stories reverted to Marvel's then-standard 20-page length.
After Kirby left the title, Neal Adams was briefly - issues #180-181 (Sept.-Oct. 1970) - the artist before John Buscema then became the regular artist with issue #182 (Nov. 1970) and continued to draw the book almost without interruption until #278 (Dec. 1978). Lee stopped scripting soon after Kirby left, and during Buscema's long stint on the book, the stories were mostly written by Gerry Conway, Len Wein, or Roy Thomas. .Thomas continued to write the book after Buscema's departure, working much of the time with the artist Keith Pollard; during this period Thomas integrated many elements of traditional Norse mythology into the title, with specific stories translated into comics form.^ Essentially, the book will discuss how comics have become the primary form or morality storytelling much in the way that Bible studies were in the past.
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^ I mean, how many people were first introduced to Norse mythology through Thor?
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^ Since I have started seeing article this year about X-Mas comics, that Thor story keeps popping into my head.
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[3] Following Thomas's tenure, for several years Thor had a changing creative team.
Walt Simonson took over both writing and art as of #337 (Nov. 1983). .Simonson's run as writer-artist lasted until #367 (May 1986), although he continued to write – and occasionally draw – the book until issue #382 (Aug.^ Apparently an issue of Comic Book Marketplace inadvertently indicated that the Hulk had been revealed as Jewish when in fact the writer was trying to note that Ben Grimm ("The Thing") had been revealed as Jewish.
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1987). Simonson was responsible for introducing the character Beta Ray Bill, in what was regarded as a popular and critically acclaimed run.[4][5]
After Simonson's departure, Marvel's editor-in-chief at the time, Tom DeFalco, became the writer. Working primarily with artist Ron Frenz, DeFalco stayed on the book until #459 (Feb. 1993).
.As a consequence of the "Heroes Reborn" crossover event of the 1990s, Thor was removed from mainstream Marvel continuity and with other Marvel characters re-imagined in an alternate universe for one year.^ One could take the approach that Marvel Comics has classically used, in which Thor stated quite clearly that even the Gods of Asgard, Olympus, etc.
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^ But in Marvel and DC universes, you have other, "pagan" gods wandering around all the time.
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^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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.The Thor title reverted to Journey into Mystery with issue #503 (Nov.^ [Posts image: cover of Journey into Mystery #104, featuring The Mighty Thor.
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^ There is of course the Avengers issue where he [Thor] goes into a convent and this is addressed somewhat...
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1996), and ran four different, sequential features ("The Lost Gods"; "Master of Kung Fu"; "Black Widow" and "Hannibal King") before ceasing publication with #521 (June 1998).
When the character were returned to the mainstream Marvel Universe, Thor was relaunched in a second volume, and debuted as Thor vol. 2, #1 (July 1998). As of issue #36, the title used dual numbering in a tribute to the original Thor series, and the caption box for said issue became #36 / #538 (June 2001). .The title ran until issue #85/#587, dated December 2004. Dan Jurgens wrote the first 79 issues, with Daniel Berman and Michael Avon Oeming completing the series.^ From: Dan McEwen Date: Thurs, Apr 22 2004 7:50 pm re: "Thor would have to believe in his faith.
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^ From: WRH Bill Date: Fri, Apr 23 2004 5:13 pm The issue of Marvel's Thor being worshipped as an actual god was pretty much ignored in the series until recently, but current Thor writer Dan Jurgens has gotten heavily into it in the last couple of years, with a storyline in which Thor, who has replaced Odin as ruler of Asgard, brings Asgard to Earth and sets himself up as ruler of Earth for its own good.
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The third volume dedicated to Thor's adventures debuted as Thor #1 in September 2007, initially written by J. Michael Straczynski and penciled by Olivier Coipel. In January 2009, the third volume reverted to issue #600 (replacing issue #13), reflecting the total number of published issues from all three volumes.[6][7]

Character biography

1960s

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Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug.
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1962): the debut of Thor. Cover art by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.
.Thor's father Odin decides his son needs to be taught humility and consequently places Thor (without memories of godhood) into the body and memories of an existing, partially disabled human medical student, Donald Blake.^ Thor always gives praise to his High Father ODIN. .
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^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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^ Blake becomes Thor, and Thor tells them "My father wouldn't have a single one of you as followers!"
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[8] After becoming a doctor and on holiday in Norway, Blake witnesses the arrival of an alien scouting party. Blake flees into a cave, and after discovering Thor's disguised hammer Mjolnir, and striking it against a rock, transforms into the Thunder God.[9]
Defeating the aliens, Thor shares a double life with his alter ego: treating the ill in a private practice with nurse - and eventual love - Jane Foster and defending humanity from evil. .Thor's presence on Earth almost immediately attracts the attention of his step-brother and arch-foe Loki;[10] who returns repeatedly to Earth in a bid to destroy Thor.^ I think we can safely exclude the gods of the respective universes from this discussion, since it's pretty clear who Thor, Hercules, Odin, Loki, and Zeus would believe in...
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[11] Loki is also responsible for the emergence of three of Thor's principal foes: the Absorbing Man;[12] the Wrecker,[13] and the Destroyer.[14] .On one occasion, Loki's tactics are accidentally beneficial - although successful in using an illusion of the Hulk to draw Thor into battle, it results in the formation of the superhero team the Avengers, of which Thor is a founding and longstanding member.^ Loki turns into a snake in one scene to taunt Thor.
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^ One of the best things is also in The Ultimates (the version of Avengers) with a Thor with a vision more world-wise.
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^ In an old Pre-Korvac Avengers story, Thor is with the Avengers when they walk into a church.
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[15]
.Thor's other early foes included the Red Army;[16] Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man;[17] the Radioactive Man;[18] the Lava Man;[19] the Cobra;[20] Mister Hyde;[21] the Enchantress and the Executioner[22] and the Grey Gargoyle.^ Date: 22 Oct 2004 18:21:53 From: Sean M. Connolly You assume that faith and reason are contrary principles, not complementary ones.
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[23]
Falling in love with Jane Foster, Thor disobeys his father and refuses to return to Asgard, an act for which he is punished on several occasions.[24] Thor's natural affinity for Earth is also eventually revealed to be due to the fact that he is the son of the Elder Goddess Gaea.[25] Although Thor initially regarded himself as a "superhero" like his teammates in the Avengers,[25] Loki's machinations draw Thor into increasingly epic adventures, such as teaming with father Odin and Asgardian ally Balder against fire demon Surtur and Skagg the Storm Giant,[26] and defeating an increasingly powerful Absorbing Man and proving his innocence in the "Trial of the Gods".[27] This necessitates an extended leave of absence from the Avengers.[28]
.Thor also encounters Greek God Hercules,[29] who becomes a loyal friend when Thor also saves him from fellow Olympian Pluto;[30] stops the advance of Ego the Living Planet;[31] rescues Jane Foster from the High Evolutionary and defeats his flawed creation, the Man-Beast.^ Here are a list of Avengers who are "believers" so are recruited by the Goddess: Living Lightning Black Knight Hercules (duh he's a god) Sersi Invisible Woman Spider-Man Quicksilver Wonder Man Captain America Thor (duh he's a god too) Crystal Moondragon USAgent Scarlet Witch Moon Knight .
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^ Then there's the defunct ancient beliefs like Greek gods in Wonder Woman, ancient Egyptian reincarnation in Hawkman, Norse gods from Thor, and then made for comics gods like The New Gods.
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^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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[32] Odin finally relents and allows Thor to love Jane Foster, on the proviso she pass a trial. Foster, however, panics and Thor intervenes. Although Foster fails the test, Odin returns her to Earth where she is given another chance at love, while a heartbroken Thor is introduced to Asgardian warrior Sif.[33] .Thor battles the Asgardian troll Ulik for the first time when he attempts to steal Mjolnir;[34] defeats Avengers foe Kang the Conqueror[35] and the alien Super-Skrull[36] and with Odin and his Asgardian allies engages in a battle to the death with the Enchanters Three.^ He [Thor] might also worship their ancestors, such as Odin's father, Odin's grandfather, and the Elder of the Universe (I think he was an Elder) called Demiurge, from whose essence all of the Earth's pantheons sprang in the first place, at least according to the original Asgardian origin (not the "alien" one).
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[37]
.Despite repeated attempts by Loki to destroy Thor with a series of past and new foes, Thor is victorious, and even avoids being claimed by Asgardian death goddess Hela.^ Many issues of Thor featuring the famed titular superhero as well as other fellow Asgardians speaking of a creator or higher supreme being who created their race.
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[38] .The Thunder God returns to Asgard to prevent Mangog from drawing the Odinsword and ending the universe;[39] learns the origin of the cosmic entity Galactus (and encounters Ego once again);[40] and stops the child-like Him (who would eventually become Adam Warlock) from kidnapping Sif.^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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^ Thor: When fighting Egyptian death god Seth, Thor gets taunted, something like "How pathetic, a god who refuses worshippers."
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^ I don't know anybody who prays to the Thunder God for rain, nor whom prays to the Allfather for glory in his dealings at the office.
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[41]

1970s

Thor battles Surtur once again when the fire demon attempts to storm Asgard;[42] encounters the entity the Stranger and his pawn the Abomination[43] and overpowers an outmatched Doctor Doom.[44] Thor only returns to Earth sporadically, forced to deal with a constant wave of Asgardian (eg. Mangog;[45] Ulik[46]); godly (eg. Pluto;[47]) and cosmic threats (eg. Infinity;[48] Xorr[49]).
.Courtesy of the manipulation of the Elder of the Universe the Collector,[50] Thor is present to aid the Avengers against their greatest foes (Graviton;[51] Ultron;[52] Count Nefaria[53] and ultimately Korvac[54]).^ One of the best things is also in The Ultimates (the version of Avengers) with a Thor with a vision more world-wise.
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^ In an old Pre-Korvac Avengers story, Thor is with the Avengers when they walk into a church.
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^ In an old Pre-Korvac Avengers story, the avengers, Thor incluced, walk into a church.
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Thor prevents another attempt by Mangog - disguised as Odin - to draw the Odinsword;[55] is saved by the intervention of ally Volstagg when the "Odin Force" becomes a semi-sentient destructive force[56] and is rescued from death when Odin engineers a false Ragnarök (the "Twilight of the Gods") and has reporter Red Norvell die in his place.[57]

1980s

.Thor eventually confronts the threat of the Celestial Fourth Host, and after an extended series of encounters learns of the apparent true origin of Asgard and Odin's plans to defend Earth from the alien judges.^ He [Thor] might also worship their ancestors, such as Odin's father, Odin's grandfather, and the Elder of the Universe (I think he was an Elder) called Demiurge, from whose essence all of the Earth's pantheons sprang in the first place, at least according to the original Asgardian origin (not the "alien" one).
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.Despite the attempt by Odin by to stop the Celestials by occupying the Destroyer armour (now 2,000 feet tall as holding the life essence of every Asgardian) and wielding the Odinsword (and aided by the Uni-Mind, an entity composed of the Eternals) and Thor himself, the aliens depart when presented with an offering by Gaea on behalf of the "Skymothers" (eg.^ He [Thor] might also worship their ancestors, such as Odin's father, Odin's grandfather, and the Elder of the Universe (I think he was an Elder) called Demiurge, from whose essence all of the Earth's pantheons sprang in the first place, at least according to the original Asgardian origin (not the "alien" one).
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Frigga and Hera) of twelve perfect humans. Thor also learns Gaea is his birth mother.[58]
.After restoring the Asgardian gods,[59] Thor has a series of adventures on Earth, including encountering two Heralds of Galactus in swift succession;[60] stopping Mephisto from taking human souls;[61] clearing his name when framed by Asgardian god Tyr;[62] aiding Drax the Destroyer;[63] with ally Iron Man defeating the Bi-Beast and Man-Beast;[64] engaging the former king of Nastrond Fafnir (transformed by Odin into a dragon) in combat when freed by Loki[65] and battling Dracula.^ One could take the approach that Marvel Comics has classically used, in which Thor stated quite clearly that even the Gods of Asgard, Olympus, etc.
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^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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^ As I recall, in one of the Jack Kirby Thors the God of Thunder said that there was a "higher power" above even Odin.
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[66] .Thor also learns of the existence of the "God Eater", a creature summoned when the death gods of several pantheons temporarily merge their realms.^ Thor: When fighting Egyptian death god Seth, Thor gets taunted, something like "How pathetic, a god who refuses worshippers."
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^ Thor is identified as an adherent of Tuetonic paganism, but Thor's actually a god himself, so does this mean he and the other members of the Norse pantheon worship each other?...
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Thor thwarts the creature - revealed to be in humanoid guise Atum, the son of Gaea, and therefore Thor's half-brother - and ensures the cosmic balance is restored.[67]
.Whilst exploring an approaching space vessel at the request of Nick Fury, Thor encounters Beta Ray Bill, who after a brief battle proves himself worthy of lifting Thor's hammer Mjolnir.^ As noted, in the Marvel Universe most people tend to consider Thor to not really be a Norse God but someone who styles himself as one.
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^ It seems ridiculous to me that that the hammer would have any more effect than Thor himself.
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.After initial misunderstandings, Bill forms an alliance with the Asgardian gods, and is empowered by Odin to aid Thor and his allies in a war with an approaching army of demons which is revealed to be led by fire demon Surtur, now wielding "Twilight", the gigantic "Sword of Doom". After a series of extended battles - including a battle to the death with Fafnir and thwarting the Dark Elf Malekith - the gods are finally triumphant, although during combat Odin and Surtur disappear through a rift and are presumed dead.^ One could take the approach that Marvel Comics has classically used, in which Thor stated quite clearly that even the Gods of Asgard, Olympus, etc.
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^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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^ As I recall, in one of the Jack Kirby Thors the God of Thunder said that there was a "higher power" above even Odin.
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[68]
.Thor remains in Asgard to deal with the vacuum left by Odin's apparent death, and drives off Hela;[69] meets Tiwaz, his great-grandfather;[70] forces Loki to cure him from the effects of a love potion;[71] with allies enters Hela's realm and rescues lost mortal souls.^ Thor, mightily supporting the church, tells him that though there are great powers in Asgard, there is One whose radiance outshines us all, and (and you really have to see the issue to get how dramatic this is.
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^ He included Thor and the rest of Asgard as having this belief to get any Christian readers upset off his back.
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[72] .Returning to Earth, Thor and Beta Ray Bill defeat the transformed Dark Elf Kurse,[73] although Loki also uses the power of Surtur's discarded sword to change Thor into a frog.^ Loki turns into a snake in one scene to taunt Thor.
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^ Although at times he's [Thor] recognized there is a "higher power" beyond his gods, meant to be a vague reference to God.
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After an adventure in Central Park, Thor manages to partially restore himself and then forces Loki to reverse the spell.[74] .While rescuing X-Factor member Angel from torture by the mercenary team the Marauders, Thor is cursed by Hela, who makes his bones as brittle as glass and unable to heal if damaged; and renders him truly immortal and unable to die no matter how severe his injuries.^ Thor: When fighting Egyptian death god Seth, Thor gets taunted, something like "How pathetic, a god who refuses worshippers."
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[75] Thor is injured again during a battle with the Absorbing Man (engineered by Loki),[76] and is ultimately saved by Loki during a battle with the Dark Elves.[77]
.Eventually forced to wear armour to protect his broken body, Thor and Loki defeat a group of Ice Giants, who seek revenge by trying to locate the Midgard Serpent, hoping it will kill the Thunder God.^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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^ As I recall, in one of the Jack Kirby Thors the God of Thunder said that there was a "higher power" above even Odin.
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^ I don't know anybody who prays to the Thunder God for rain, nor whom prays to the Allfather for glory in his dealings at the office.
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The Giants instead find the dragon Fin Fang Foom, who is revealed to be the Midgard Serpent in disguise. Foom finds Thor, and after an initial deception is revealed to be the Midgard Serpent. Time slows as the pair - mortal enemies due to prophecy that states they will kill each other during Ragnarok - battle to the death. Thor kills the Serpent, although his body is completely pulverized. Loki restores the Destroyer, and after killing the Ice Giants finds Thor's now liquid form. The Destroyer attempts to disintegrate the Thunder God but cannot do so due to Hela's curse. Thor then assumes mental control of the Destroyer, and forces Hela on pain of death to restore his true form. The Thunder God then breaks Loki's arm as punishment for his actions.[78]

1990s

.After another encounter with the Celestials on an alien world;[79] Thor finds Odin - a captive of Seth - and uses the Odinpower to fend off a returning Surtur;[80] defeats Annihilus while Asgard in the Negative Zone[81] and on Earth battles X-Men foe the Juggernaut[82] and many other opponents.^ Thor goes on to admit that neither he nor Odin actually claim any sort of supremacy, but that many members of the church find Thor to be offensive.
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^ Many issues of Thor featuring the famed titular superhero as well as other fellow Asgardians speaking of a creator or higher supreme being who created their race.
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^ Note that whereas many of us read about Thor and Odin (sometimes outside of comics even), most of us only know the idea of Thor.
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When Thor kills Loki in single combat, he is banished by the Asgardian Heimdall (acting as temporary ruler of Asgard while Odin enters the Odinsleep) and replaced by the mortal Eric Masterson, who becomes the hero Thunderstrike. When Odin awakens, Thor is forgiven and returns.[83] During a battle Thor is driven into a "warrior's madness" by a Valkyrie. .After overpowering everyone who attempts to stop his rampage, Thor is brought by the Eternal Thanos before Odin, who cures his son of the madness.^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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^ I think we can safely exclude the gods of the respective universes from this discussion, since it's pretty clear who Thor, Hercules, Odin, Loki, and Zeus would believe in...
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[84]
Thor, together with Avengers; Fantastic Four and other heroes, becomes trapped in alternate universe after defeating against the villain Onslaught. The heroes live alternate lives for a year in what is revealed to be an artificial creation until returning to their own universe.[85] Thor rejoins the Avengers;[86] and with several members of the team battles the Destroyer. .Thor is saved by an enigmatic being called "Marnot", who binds the life force of a mortal called Jake Olson to the Thunder God..^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As I recall, in one of the Jack Kirby Thors the God of Thunder said that there was a "higher power" above even Odin.
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^ From Thor's point of view, those beings must seem like superior gods.
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[87] .Thor enters into a war with the Dark Gods (with Marnot revealed to be Hescamer, one of Odin's ravens);[88] battles the returning Enchanters Three[89] and enters into a prolonged struggle against Thanos when he seeks to remake the universe.^ Loki turns into a snake in one scene to taunt Thor.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As I recall, in one of the Jack Kirby Thors the God of Thunder said that there was a "higher power" above even Odin.
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^ Thor and Odin have both referred to God as "The one to whom every knee must bend, and whose light outshines us all."
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[90]

2000s

When Odin dies in battle against Surtur, Thor becomes ruler of Asgard. The Thunder God extends his rule to Earth, with major repercussions. Thor and the Asgardians slay or imprison those who oppose them, including a young religious mutant called Davis; Zarrko the Tomorrow Man; Perrikus of the Dark Gods; the U.S. Government, and even his fellow Avengers. Thor marries Amora (the Enchantress), and has a son, Magni, who on reaching adulthood doubts his father's judgment. Wracked with guilt, Thor is drawn into battle with his former ally Tarene and the Destroyer (occupied by former foe Desak), and undoes the timeline via time travel.[91]
Thor battles Hercules: Thor #126 (March 1966), the first self-titled issue. Cover art by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta.
When the timeline is reset, Loki revives Surtur, who forges new uru hammers for Loki's Storm Giant followers and begins Ragnarök. .Thor learns that Ragnarok is the result of the self-styled "gods to the gods" known as Those Who Sit Above in Shadow, who feed on the cycle.^ Thor: When fighting Egyptian death god Seth, Thor gets taunted, something like "How pathetic, a god who refuses worshippers."
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ From Thor's point of view, those beings must seem like superior gods.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I think we can safely exclude the gods of the respective universes from this discussion, since it's pretty clear who Thor, Hercules, Odin, Loki, and Zeus would believe in...
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.Thor confronts the Norns (Fates),and severs the tapestry of Asgard's existance.After breaking the Ragnarok cycle, he enters into hibernation.^ For some reason I cannot now remember, Thor was talking to a giant eyeball who told him the story of a previous Asgard that had acted out Ragnarok, causing Thor's Asgard to come into existence.
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With his fate unknown to the Avengers, he is believed to be missing in action.[92]
Thor's hammer Mjolnir is eventually found on Earth and put under U.S. Army protection. When the supervillain Doctor Doom escapes from Hell, Mjolnir falls through the dimensional plane, and Doom tries unsuccessfully to lift the hammer. Mjolnir then comes into the possession of a man carrying a bag with the initials "D.B".[93] Donald Blake, upon touching the hammer Mjolnir, is transported to the void of non-existence in which Thor now resides. Blake explains that when Odin originally removed the Blake persona from Thor,[94] Blake was consigned to the void that Thor now inhabits. When Thor entered that void, Blake was suddenly restored to being in New York City. Blake convinces Thor to wield Mjolnir once more, return to Earth, and renew the dual identity with Blake. .Blake also reveals that Thor's fellow Asgardians are actually not dead but hidden on Earth.^ Many issues of Thor featuring the famed titular superhero as well as other fellow Asgardians speaking of a creator or higher supreme being who created their race.
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^ Funny thing is, if you follow Thor's title closely, he reveals that he and the rest of the Asgardians believe in a "Higher Power".
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[95]
.Thor rebuilds Asgard in the state of Oklahoma[96], learns of the events of the Civil War[97] and is angered that Tony Stark and others used his DNA to create a Thor clone in a battle between pro and anti-registration heroes).^ And what about the homicidal clone of Thor, seen in Civil War #4?
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^ One could take the approach that Marvel Comics has classically used, in which Thor stated quite clearly that even the Gods of Asgard, Olympus, etc.
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^ Many issues of Thor featuring the famed titular superhero as well as other fellow Asgardians speaking of a creator or higher supreme being who created their race.
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[98] He battles Stark, managing to beat him. Thor accepts an offer by Stark for Asgard to be considered a foreign embassy, with diplomatic immunity granted to its inhabitants. .Thor searches for his fellow Asgardians,[99] and restores each with the exception of Sif, who is trapped in an old woman's body and escapes Thor's notice (Loki, being of Frost Giant blood and not an Æsir, is restored as a woman).^ I think that the body-on-the-street thinks that people like Thor and Hercules are just picking those names, based on mythological beings, because they have powers that happen to match, kind of like old Pro Wrestlers like Zeus and, again, Hercules.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I think we can safely exclude the gods of the respective universes from this discussion, since it's pretty clear who Thor, Hercules, Odin, Loki, and Zeus would believe in...
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Many issues of Thor featuring the famed titular superhero as well as other fellow Asgardians speaking of a creator or higher supreme being who created their race.
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.The Thunder God eventually searches for his father, and locates Odin in Valhalla, waging constant battle with the fire demon Surtur.^ Odin was the father and ruler of the Asgardian gods, but he was not regarded as omnipotent.
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^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As I recall, in one of the Jack Kirby Thors the God of Thunder said that there was a "higher power" above even Odin.
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.Odin advises his son that Thor must lead the Asgardians.^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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^ Thor and Odin have both referred to God as "The one to whom every knee must bend, and whose light outshines us all."
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[100]
.During the events of the Secret Invasion, Thor rescues and heals ally Beta Ray Bill, who after being temporarily given Mjolnir, aids Thor in a battle against an invading force of alien Skrulls.^ Many issues of Thor featuring the famed titular superhero as well as other fellow Asgardians speaking of a creator or higher supreme being who created their race.
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^ Thor and Hercules and their ilk are extra-dimensional beings who were once worshipped by humanity and possess significant power.
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^ "I seem to recall a character named Crusader who fought against Thor but lost his powers when his faith wavered upon realizing that Thor actually WAS a god, as he claimed..."
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[101] Thor also participates in the final battle against the Skrull forces, and is forced to sacrifice Avenger ally the Wasp.[102] Due to a deception by Loki, Thor battles and kills his grandfather Bor, and is banished from Asgard. .With Thor's hammer Mjolnir damaged in that battle, Thor seeks out Doctor Strange, who is only able to repair the hammer by transferring the Odinforce from Thor to Mjolnir, binding the two in a symbiotic relationship.^ For Thor's human alter-ego to "out" himself as a believer in Thor's dad is only logical...but all too rare.
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^ And of course the Vamp that sputtered out on Thor's hammer...
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When one was hit by the Holy Hammer wielded by the God of Thunder (who obviously believed in Himself), he sputtered out...
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.With the repaired hammer, Thor is able to draw out the imprisoned Sif.^ And of course the Vamp that sputtered out on Thor's hammer...
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[103]

Powers and abilities

.Like all Asgardians, Thor is not truly immortal but relies upon periodic consumption of the Golden Apples of Idunn to sustain his lifespan, which to date has lasted many millennia.^ After all, although there are bound to be a few devotees somewhere, there can't be very many people who actually believe in Thor.
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^ Many issues of Thor featuring the famed titular superhero as well as other fellow Asgardians speaking of a creator or higher supreme being who created their race.
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Being the son of Odin and the elder goddess Gaea, the character is physically the strongest of the Norse gods, and has performed such feats as almost lifting the entire World Serpent[104] (stated to encircle the Earth)[105] and hurling the Odinsword, an enormous mystical blade of incalculable weight, through a Celestial.[106] If pressed in battle, Thor is also capable of entering into a state known as the "Warrior's Madness" ("berserksgangr" in Norse), which will temporarily increase his strength tenfold.[107]
The character also possesses high resistance to physical injury;(e.g. rocket fire;[108] falls from orbital heights[109] and the gravity of a neutron star[110]) superhuman senses ("super-breath" [111]; tracking objects traveling faster than light;[112] hearing cries from the other side of the planet[113] and a kiss that can overwhelm mortal women[114]); speed; agility and reflexes.
.As the Norse god of Thunder, Thor can summon the elements of the storm (lightning; rain; wind; snow) and uses Mjolnir as a tool to focus this ability.^ Thor is one of many Norse gods.
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^ I think his whole point is that Thor himself does not consider himself a God in the sense that most people today use the word.
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^ Then there's the defunct ancient beliefs like Greek gods in Wonder Woman, ancient Egyptian reincarnation in Hawkman, Norse gods from Thor, and then made for comics gods like The New Gods.
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As the son of the Earth goddess Gaea, Thor has shown some control over the Earth.[115]
The character is a superb hand-to-hand combatant, and also skilled in armed combat, excelling in the use of the war hammer, sword and mace. Thor possesses two items which assist him in combat: the enchanted Belt of Strength, and his mystical hammer Mjolnir. .The first item doubles Thor's strength and endurance[116] while the second is used to control his weather abilities; flight; energy projection and absorption; dimensional apertures; matter manipulation and the most powerful of his offensives, the God Blast[117] and the Anti-Force.^ I think his whole point is that Thor himself does not consider himself a God in the sense that most people today use the word.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As I recall, in one of the Jack Kirby Thors the God of Thunder said that there was a "higher power" above even Odin.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The point seemed to be that Thor does not consider himself a "God" in the same sense that most contemporary monotheists use the word.
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[118] Using Mjolnir Thor can also travel at supersonic speeds in Earth's atmosphere and travel faster than light in space. Thor also uses a chariot drawn by two huge mystical goats called Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder.[119]
After Odin's death, Thor inherited his father's power, the Odinforce. Thor becomes capable of feats such as reconstructing the Earth's Moon,[120] willing the Asgardian monster Mangog into nothingness[121] and, by focusing his entire power into a hammer throw, decapitating a Desak-occupied Destroyer.[122] .Thor also acquires mastery of the Runes, and a level of enlightenment that allows him to free Asgard from the eternal cycle of Ragnarok.^ For some reason I cannot now remember, Thor was talking to a giant eyeball who told him the story of a previous Asgard that had acted out Ragnarok, causing Thor's Asgard to come into existence.
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[123]
As Donald Blake he is a highly trained and licensed physician and surgeon.
When Mjolnir is damaged, the Odinforce is transferred by Doctor Strange from Thor to the hammer, as the power is required to restore it.[124]

Supporting characters

Other versions

There are several alternate universe versions of Thor.
.In the limited series Earth X, Thor and the other Asgardians are members of a shapeshifting alien race, with forms and identities determined by the imagination of "Odin", a human Norse storyteller.^ Thor goes on to admit that neither he nor Odin actually claim any sort of supremacy, but that many members of the church find Thor to be offensive.
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^ If you live in the Marvel Universe saying you do not believe in Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Son of Odin, is sort of like not believing Bill Gates is real.
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^ He [Thor] might also worship their ancestors, such as Odin's father, Odin's grandfather, and the Elder of the Universe (I think he was an Elder) called Demiurge, from whose essence all of the Earth's pantheons sprang in the first place, at least according to the original Asgardian origin (not the "alien" one).
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Due to Loki's trickery, Thor is female in this universe.[125]
In the MC2 title A-Next Thor is the King of Asgard, while Eric Masterson's son Kevin is a member of A-Next, a next-generation version of the Avengers.[126]
The limited series Marvel 1602 is set in a medieval past, and a version of Thor appears with an alter ego of an elderly Christian monk named Donal — an allusion to Thor's original secret identity Donald Blake. Donal fears and despises his alter-ego, believing that summoning a non-Christian deity will damn him.[127]
The Marvel 2099 title Spider-Man 2099 reveals the role of Thor is taken by Cecil MacAdam, who belongs to a class of priests known as "Thorites" and worship the original version of Thor.[128]
As a result of the temporary "Age of Apocalypse", the title X-Universe #1 (May 1995) features a version of Donald Blake that never discovers he is the reincarnation of Thor, and is instead an agent of the Human High Council and a doctor, traveling with Gwen Stacy to provide aid in human refugee camps.[129]
The limited series Thor Corps reveals that Dargo Ktor is the host of a 26th-century version of Thor[130] while in the Marvel Mangaverse title Marvel Mangaverse: Avengers Assemble! Thor is virtually all-powerful and aids the heroes against an other-world version of the villain Dormammu.[131]
In the limited series Marvel Zombies, set in Earth-2149, Thor appears as a cannibalistic zombie wielding a makeshift version of a hammer composed of a concrete block and pipe as he is no longer worthy to wield Mjolnir;[132].
In the title Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham, appears as a dog called Thrr, Dog of Thunder.[133]
The Ultimate Marvel imprint title the Ultimates features a version of Thor who is generally not believed to be a god. Regarded as a delusional former mental patient, Thor proves his godhood when summoning an army of Asgardian warriors to fend off an attack by demonic forces commanded by Loki.[134]

In other media

Bibliography

Main series

  • Journey into Mystery #83–125 (Aug. 1962 – Feb.1966)
  • Thor a.k.a. The Mighty Thor[2] #126–502 (March 1966 – Sept.1996)
  • Thor vol.2, a.k.a. The Mighty Thor, The Mighty Thor: Lord of Asgard, The Mighty Thor: Lord of Earth #1–85 (July 1998– Oct.2004)
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Annuals

  • Journey into Mystery Annual #1 (1966)
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One-shots and limited series

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  • Thor: The Dark Gods: Thor vol. 2, #9-13, Annual 1999
  • Thor: Across All Worlds: Thor vol. 2, #28-35
  • Thor: Death of Odin: Thor vol. 2, #36-44
  • Thor: Lord of Asgard: Thor vol. 2, #45-50
  • Thor: Gods on Earth: Thor vol. 2, #51-58
  • Thor: Spiral: Thor vol. 2, #60-67
  • Thor: The Reigning: Thor vol. 2, #68-74
  • Thor: Across All Worlds: Thor vol. 2, #75-79
  • Avengers Disassembled: Thor: Thor vol. 2, #80-85
  • Thor by J. Michael Straczynski Vol. 1: Thor vol. 3, #1-6
  • Thor by J. Michael Straczynski Vol. 2: Thor vol. 3, #7-12; #600
  • Thor by J. Michael Straczynski Vol. 3: Thor vol. 3, #601-603 and Thor: Giant Size Finale #1
  • Thor: Latverian Prometheus: Thor vol. 3, #600, 604-606, Sif #1

Footnotes

  1. ^ Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee (Fireside, 2002; ISBN 0-684-87305-2), by Lee and George Mair)
  2. ^ a b c d e "Thor (I) • The Mighty Thor (I) (1966-1996)" at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators: "Series is named 'Thor' in the indicia, but most covers have the title 'The Mighty Thor'."
  3. ^ Such as the Ring of Nibelung saga, in Thor issues #293–297 (March–July 1980).
  4. ^ Review of a trade paperback collecting some of Simonson's run at PopImage.com
  5. ^ Essay on what makes certain stories definitive at Silver bullet Comics.
  6. ^ Debuting Thor #600, IGN
  7. ^ Holding the Hammer: JMS Talks Thor, Newsarama, October 17, 2008
  8. ^ Revealed in flashback in Thor Annual #11 (Jan. 1983)
  9. ^ Journey Into Mystery #83 (Aug. 1962)
  10. ^ Journey Into Mystery #85 (Oct. 1962)
  11. ^ Journey Into Mystery #88 (Jan. 1963); #91-92 (April-May 1963)
  12. ^ Journey Into Mystery #114 (March 1965)
  13. ^ Thor #148 (Jan. 1968)
  14. ^ Journey Into Mystery #118 (July 1965)
  15. ^ Avengers #1 (Sept. 1963)
  16. ^ Journey Into Mystery #84 (Sept. 1962); #87 (Dec. 1962)
  17. ^ Journey Into Mystery #86 (Nov. 1962)
  18. ^ Journey Into Mystery #93 (June 1963)
  19. ^ Journey Into Mystery #97 (Oct. 1963)
  20. ^ Journey Into Mystery #98 (Nov. 1963)
  21. ^ Journey Into Mystery #99 (Dec. 1963)
  22. ^ Journey Into Mystery #103 (April 1964)
  23. ^ Journey Into Mystery #107 (Aug. 1964)
  24. ^ Journey Into Mystery #101 (Feb. 1964); #113 (Feb. 1965); #145 (Oct. 1967)
  25. ^ a b Thor #300 (Oct. 1980)
  26. ^ Journey Into Mystery #104 (May 1964)
  27. ^ Journey into Mystery #114-123 (March-Dec. 1965)
  28. ^ Avengers #16 (May 1965)
  29. ^ Thor Annual #1 (1965)
  30. ^ Thor #126 - 130 (March - July 1966)
  31. ^ Journey Into Mystery #131 - 133 (Aug. - Oct. 1966)
  32. ^ Journey Into Mystery #134 - 135 (Nov. - Dec. 1966)
  33. ^ Thor #136 (Jan. 1967)
  34. ^ Thor #137 - 139 (Feb. - April 1967)
  35. ^ Thor #140 (May 1967)
  36. ^ Thor #142 (July 1967)
  37. ^ Thor #143 - 144 (Aug. - Sept. 1967)
  38. ^ Thor #150 (March 1968)
  39. ^ Thor #154 - 157 (July - Oct. 1968)
  40. ^ Thor #160 - 162 (Jan. - March 1969); #168 - 169 (Sept. - Oct. 1969)
  41. ^ Thor #165 - 166 (June - July 1969)
  42. ^ Thor #176 - 177 (May - June 1970)
  43. ^ Thor #178 (July 1970)
  44. ^ Thor #182 - 183 (Nov. - Dec. 1970)
  45. ^ Thor #197 - 198 (Feb. - March 1972)
  46. ^ Thor #210 - 211 (April - May 1973)
  47. ^ Thor #199 - 201 (April - July 1972)
  48. ^ Thor #185 (Feb. 1971)
  49. ^ Thor #214 - 216 (Aug. - Oct. 1973)
  50. ^ Avengers #175 (Sept. 1978)
  51. ^ Avengers #158 - 159 (March - April 1977))
  52. ^ Avengers #161 - 162 (July - Aug. 1977)); #170 - 171 (April- May 1978)
  53. ^ Avengers #164 - 166 (Oct. - Dec. 1977)
  54. ^ Avengers #176 - 177(Oct. - Nov. 1978)
  55. ^ Thor #249 - 250 (July - Aug. 1976)
  56. ^ Thor #263 (Sept. 1977)
  57. ^ Thor #274 - 278 (Aug. - Dec. 1978)
  58. ^ Thor Annual #7 (1978), Thor #283–300 (May 1979 - Oct. 1980)
  59. ^ Thor #301 (Nov. 1980)
  60. ^ Thor #305 - 306 (March - April 1981)
  61. ^ Thor #310 (Aug. 1981)
  62. ^ Thor #312 - 313 (Oct. - Nov. 1981)
  63. ^ Thor #314 (Dec. 1981)
  64. ^ Thor #315 - 317 (Jan. - March 1982)
  65. ^ Thor #318 (April 1982)
  66. ^ Thor #333 (July 1983)
  67. ^ Thor Annual #10 (1982)
  68. ^ Thor #337 - 353 (Nov. 1983 - March 1985)
  69. ^ Thor #354 (April 1985))
  70. ^ Thor #355 (May 1985)
  71. ^ Thor #359 (Sept. 1985)
  72. ^ Thor #360 (Oct. 1985 - Dec. 1985)
  73. ^ Thor #363 (Jan. 1986)
  74. ^ Thor #364 - #366 (Feb. - April 1986)
  75. ^ Thor #374 (Dec. 1986)
  76. ^ Thor #375 - 376 (Jan. - Feb. 1987)
  77. ^ Thor #377 (March 1987)
  78. ^ Thor #378 - 382 (April - Aug. 1987)
  79. ^ Thor #387 - 389 (Jan. - March 1988)
  80. ^ Thor #395 - 400 (Sept. 1988 - Feb. 1989)
  81. ^ Thor #404 - 405 (June - July 1989)
  82. ^ Thor #411 - 412 (both Dec. 1989)
  83. ^ Thor #432 - 457 (May 1991 - Jan. 1993)
  84. ^ Thor #468 - 471 (Nov. 1993 - Feb. 1994); Silver Surfer vol. 3, #88 (Jan. 1994)
  85. ^ Avengers vol. 2, #1 - 13 (Nov. 1996 - Nov. 1997)
  86. ^ Avengers vol. 3, #4 (May 1998)
  87. ^ Thor vol. 2, #1 - 2 (July - Aug. 1998)
  88. ^ Thor vol. 2, #9 - 13 (March - July 1999)
  89. ^ Thor vol. 2, #15 - 19 (Sept. 1999 - Jan. 2000)
  90. ^ Thor vol. 2, #21 - 25 (March - July 2000)
  91. ^ Thor vol. 2, #41 - 79 (Nov. 2001 - July 2004)
  92. ^ Thor vol. 2, #80 - 85 (Aug. - Dec. 2004)
  93. ^ Fantastic Four #536 (May 2006)
  94. ^ Thor #340 (Feb. 1984)
  95. ^ Thor vol. 3, #1 (Sept. 2007)
  96. ^ Thor vol. 3, #2 (Oct. 2007)
  97. ^ Civil War #1-7 (June 2006 - Jan. 2007)
  98. ^ Civil War #1-7 (July 2006 - Jan. 2007)
  99. ^ Thor vol. 3, #3-5 (Nov. 2007 - Jan. 2008)
  100. ^ Thor vol. 3, #7-8 (March-April 2008)
  101. ^ Secret Invasion: Thor #1 (Aug. 2008)
  102. ^ Secret Invasion #8 (Nov. 2008)
  103. ^ Thor vol. 3, #602 (June 2009)
  104. ^ Thor #272 (June 1978)
  105. ^ Thor #379 (May 1987)
  106. ^ Thor #300 Oct. 1980
  107. ^ Thor #166 (July 1969); Hulk#440 (April 1996); Thor #502 (Sept. 1996)
  108. ^ Thor #309 (July 1981)
  109. ^ Thor #324 (Oct. 1982)
  110. ^ Thor #282 (April 1979)
  111. ^ Journey into Mystery #85 (Oct. 1962)
  112. ^ Thor #337 (Nov. 1983)
  113. ^ Thor #341-343 (March 1984-May 1984)
  114. ^ Contest of Champions II #1 - 5 (Sept. - Nov. 1999)
  115. ^ Thor vol. 3, #4 (Nov. 2007)
  116. ^ Journey into Mystery #91 (April 1963)
  117. ^ Thor vol. 2, #25 (July 2003)
  118. ^ Thor vol. 2, #12 (June 1999)
  119. ^ Thor #364-366 (Feb.-April 1986)
  120. ^ Thor vol. 2, #57 (Feb. 2003)
  121. ^ Thor vol. 2, #84 (Nov. 2004)
  122. ^ Thor vol. 2, #79 (July 2004)
  123. ^ Thor vol. 2, #83-85 (Oct.-Dec. 2004)
  124. ^ Thor vol. 4, #602 (June 2009)
  125. ^ Earth X #0 (March 1999); #0.5 (Jan. 2000); #1-13 (April 1999 - June 2000)
  126. ^ A-Next #1 (Oct. 1998)
  127. ^ Marvel: 1602 #1 - 8 (Nov. 2003 - June 2004)
  128. ^ Spider-Man 2099 #15 (Jan. 1994)
  129. ^ Age of Apocalypse #1 (May 1995)
  130. ^ Thor Corps #1–4 (Sept.-Dec. 1993)
  131. ^ Marvel Mangaverse: Avengers Assemble! #1 (March 2002)
  132. ^ Marvel Zombies #1-5 (Feb.-June 2006)
  133. ^ "Tails of Arfgard" backup feature in Spider-Ham|Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #5 (Jan. (1986)
  134. ^ Ultimates #1-13 (March 2002 - April 2004)

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