July 24, 2017

Journey into Mystery 83Real Name: Thor Odinson

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #83 (August, 1962)

Powers: Superhuman Strength, Speed, Endurance, and Longevity

Affiliation: Avengers

Enemies: Loki, The Destroyer, Absorbing Man, The Incredible Hulk, Hera, Surtur, Ragnorok

Love Interests: Jane Foster, Sif

Did You Know: Thor was created by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby.  He was created to offer a physical match to the Incredible Hulk as at the time, Marvel had none.

A Little History

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Most know of Thor as the good looking Asgardian portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  However, his history is much more than good looks and long blonde hair.

Thor got his start in Journey into Mystery #83 and was born to the Asgardian Ruler, Odin, and the Earthbound Goddess, Jord.  Odin was looking to create an offspring whose power came from both Asgard and Midgard (Earth).

Thor grew up like most adolescence in today’s day and age.  He was under the presumption that Odin’s wife, Frigga was his mother.  Little did he know, he had been lied to.  It would be quite some time before Thor would learn that his mother was actually the woman, Jord.

Oh, and it gets better…

Thor has a brother; an adopted brother…

Loki was born to the Frost Giant, Laufrey, who was killed in battle.  Odin, being the stand-up guy he is, took Loki in and raised him as his own…second to Thor in every way.  This would lead Loki to have an ever-growing hatred towards his somewhat brother.

Seems like something that should be on Jerry Springer?

The premise for Thor’s origin story was that Odin grew tired of Thor’s antics and ego.  He had Thor give up his hammer (Mjolnir) and sent him to Earth under the guise of Donald Blake to learn humility.  Donald Blake was a crippled student which of course was a far cry from the near immortal man that Thor was used to.

The catch?

He would have no memory of his past. He would not know that he was a God, nor that he was Thor.

After some time living the life of Donald Blake, Odin sent a message to Thor instructing him to go to Norway and it was here that he encountered a group of aliens called the Kronos.

Not really something you need to remember.Thor

What you do need to remember is that Donald Blake was a pansy.  Seeing the Kronos, he ducked and ran to a cave.  Conveniently for him, Odin planted a walking stick into the cave.  When smacked against the ground, the stick turned into Mjolnir and Donald turned into Thor.

Over the years, Thor has been romantically involved with a mortal woman named Jane Foster.  For reasons unbeknownst to him, Odin disapproved of this, which naturally makes him a hypocrite.  They would remain on again, off again throughout the comics.

Whilst not with Jane, Thor can not stand the thought of being alone.  As such, he would hook up with an Asgardian named Sif.

Thor 2 Comicbasics.comFor those of you who are tired of my rambling and just want me to get to the point and talk about Ragnarok, its concept is simple.  It is the destruction and rebirth of Asgard.

For millennia, it was thought that Loki would bring the cycle of Ragnarok to Asgard.

They were wrong.

In actuality, Odin would learn of the cycle.  He would learn that there are a group of beings called “The Ones Who Sit Above in Shadow” and to prevent Ragnarok from happening, Odin destroys them.

This was not an intelligent thing to do.

As a consequence of this, 2 things happen:

  1. Asgard is destroyed.
  2. Thor is sent to a type of abyss.

If you wondered why he missing from the events of Civil War, this is it.

Of course, our blonde-haired friend would return.

 

Scott’s Notes:

  1. First appeared in Journey into Mystery
  2. Son of Odin and Jord
  3. Half brother of Loki
  4. Was sent to Earth to learn humility
  5. Took on the persona of Donald Blake (a crippled, medical student)
  6. Found Mjolnir in the form of a walking stick.
  7. When smashed on the ground, he and it would transform
  8. Ragnorok is the destruction and rebirth of Asgard
  9. Triggered by Odin
  10. Explains why Thor was M.I.A. in Civil War

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