I'm back with another history of... post. In the history of Captain America post I asked you about which avenger I would write about next and you selected the almighty Thor. Let's begin!
Thor was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby based on Thor the thunder god of Norse mythology. He first appeared in 1962 in Journey into mystery issue 83. Stan Lee is actually quoted commenting on his concept of the creation of the character, which says as follows:
How do you make someone stronger than the strongest person, it finally came to me. Don't make human, make him a god.
I decided readers were already pretty familiar with Greek and Roman gods, so it might be fun to delve into Old Norse legends.
Besides I picture Norse gods looking like viking with flowing beard, horned helmets and battle clubs.
Thor is the son of Odin all-father of the asgardian gods and the eldest gods of them all. Thor was born centuries ago in a cave in Norway and when he was about a week, Odin brought him to Asgard where he was raised to be the God of Thunder and a heir to the throne.
As the golf to f thunder Thor commands the thunder, the lightning and all the other elements of the storm with his hammer Mjolnir.
As after centuries defending Asgard from its enemies, Thor has became very proud and arrogant. It was because of this that he was banished to Midgard aka Earth by his father to teach him som humility.
When he came to earth he had no memory that he was a god and became mortal going by the name Donald Blake, a handicap human doctor. Thor learns how it is to be small and weak and how to be humble and a god person despite being mortal. When in his mortal "form" as doctor Blake, his able to transform into his to his true form by striking his walking stick (which is actually Mjolnir in disguise) on any solid surface causing the transformation that changes him into Thor and his walking stick transform into Mjolnir. But in later years the walking stick as become a thing of the past.
One other thing that Thor is most popular for is being a founding member of The Avengers, especially in recent years because of the Avengers film. The movie even use the first villain The Avengers ever had, which is Thor's evil brother in god of mischief Loki.
In the comics Loki tricks Thor to destroy a bridge a train is about to pass on. Thor does then goes after the Hulk but realizes the Hulk that they are following is really a mental image which only his brother could do. So Thor brings Loki to Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp to tell them it wasn't Hulks fault. Loki tries to escape but Ant-Man traps him in a lead lined tank, but before they all realize they can all accomplish much more as a team.
And that kids is how the Avengers were born.
Thor didn't have a self-titled comic book series until 1966 when Marvel retitled Journey into Mystery to The Mighty Thor starting with issue 126.
Mjolnir was forged from a legendary indestructible asgardian metal. Mjolnir gives the power of flight and help them him focus and amplify his own godly elemental power. The hammer is very heavy for a mortal person, the hammer can only be lifted by those deemed worthy to do so, regardless of the person's physical strength.
As you can see in the picture above the hammer says "whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of THOR". People who has been able to lift Mjolnir in the past has been Superman in the DC Marvel crossover, Wonder Woman, Beta-Ray Bill, Captain America at the time he was disguised as a US agent and a few others.
Thor is a god so he doesn't only has Mjolnir as a power source. He has superhuman strength, speed, stamina and vulnerability, any healing factor is a common misconception. He can also go long periods of time without food drink and rest.
Thor has many villains most notably of course is his half brother Loki, some other villains would be Enchantress, Executioner, Malekith, The Wrecking Crew, Destroyer, the Midgard Serpent and the list goes on and on.
- Thor: Age of Thunder
- Thor Reborn
- Thor Blood Oath
- Avengers issue 1
- Journey into mystery issue 83
- Avengers disassembled
- Thor volym 1