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The Mighty Thor - The Key Issues

Updated on September 1, 2016


The god of thunder and a key member of the Avengers, Thor is one of the best known and loved super heroes.

Journey Into Mystery # 83

Inspired by Norse mythology writer Stan Lee came up with the idea for a character that would be stronger and more powerful than any normal human being so decided to make the character a god. Boastful and arrogant Thor was sent to Earth by his father Odin in the form of partially disabled medical student Donald Blake. Enchanted by his father, Blake had no memories of his life as a god. While holidaying in Norway, Blake is witness to the arrival of an alien scouting party, taking refuge in a cave Blake discovers a hammer ( which is disguised as a walking stick!), when the hammer is struck against a rock , mild mannered Blake turns into the mighty thunder god of Norse legend Thor.

Journey Into Mystery # 84

Thor makes his second appearance in Journey Into Mystery and main love interest nurse Jane Foster debuts.

Journey Into Mystery # 85

This issue sees the first appearance of Thor's stepbrother and chief antagonist over the years Loki and also Heimdall the guardian of the rainbow bridge that leads to Asgard. Also in this issue Odin the father of Thor makes a brief one panel appearance.

Journey Into Mystery # 86

Odin the son of Bor ( one of the first Asgardians ) and Bestia ( a frost giantess) makes his first full appearance in this issue. Odin is the king of Asgard and father to Thor and stepfather to Loki.

In the two Thor movies that have been made Odin has been played by British actor Anthony Hopkins who is perhaps best know for his portrayal of Hannibal Lector.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
A pendant showing a modern day representation of Mjolnir.
A pendant showing a modern day representation of Mjolnir.

Mjolnir And Norse Mythology.

In Norse mythology Mjolnir is the hammer owned by the god of thunder Thor made for him by Dwarfs Sindri and Brokkr two brothers experts in the art of metalwork. Mjolnir was so powerful it was rumored that Thor could level a mountain with one blow of the mighty hammer. Traditionally Mjolnir was shown in Norse mythology as having a short handle due to a mishap during its manufacture. Representations of Mjolnir are common both in Norse and Anglo Saxon artifacts. In Norse mythology Thor was a hero to the common man who would often side with them against the gods.

Journey Into Mystery # 89

The origin of Thor is retold and this comic has a classic Thor cover.

The Avengers # 1

Thor, Iron Man, Ant Man, The Wasp and the Incredible Hulk join forces to become the super hero team The Avengers.

Journey Into Mystery # 97

The first appearance of Lava Man and the Tales Of Asgard series begins.

Journey Into Mystery # 102

Asgardian warrior and love interest of Thor's, Sif , makes her debut in this issue.

Journey Into Mystery # 107

Long time Thor nemesis the Grey Gargoyle appears.

Journey Into Mystery # 112

Classic Thor v Hulk battle and the origin of Loki is told.

Hilarious Hulk Versus Thor Fight

The Mighty Thor # 126

Journey Into Mystery changes its title with this issue, the numbering is carried on from that series so Thor's own title begins at number 126 as Thor battles Hercules.

The Mighty Thor # 134

The introduction of the High Evolutionary a psychopathic scientist able to manipulate matter and energy who attempts to evolve animals into humanoid form.

The Mighty Thor # 146 - 149

The characters of the Inhumans first appear in Fantastic Four # 45 but in these four issues the origin of the Inhumans is recounted, with a movie involving these characters rumored to be in the pipeline these issues may turn out to be a good investment.

The Mighty Thor # 337

The first appearance of Beta Ray Bill an alien warrior created by Walt Simonson. After defeating Thor in a challenge Bill is given Thor's hammer Mjolnir and becomes the first non Norse warrior deemed worthy to hold it. After initial rivalry over possession of the magic hammer Thor and Beta Ray Bill are reconciled and Bill is awarded his own weapon by Odin " the Stormbreaker".


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