Value of Thor Villains First Appearance and Origin Issues
by Christopher Tanis and Ashley Cotter-Cairns
The Norse God of Thunder, at least in the legends, bears little resemblance to the Thor of Marvel Comics.
In the legends, he is brutal and savage, although on the side of good. He has bad manners, a heavy beard, was generally unwashed, and is known as something of a glutton. Most likely, he didn't smell too good.
Beginning with Journey Into Mystery #83, in 1962, Marvel gave the world a new kind of Thor. This one was clean, with long blonde hair. He was clean-shaven, ate like a gentleman, and had outstanding manners.
You can't open up an issue of JIM or Thor without tripping over all the "thous" and "thees" and other archaisms that come tripping off the Thunder God's tongue.
With his mystic Uru hammer, Mjolnir, he faced villain after villain, mostly Asgardian or in some way connected to mythology, seemingly without ever breaking a sweat or losing his cool.
Such was the magic of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who created him and pretty much every Thor villain you will come across in this rogues' gallery of Thor's greatest foes.
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Loki is the trickster of the Norse gods. As Thor's half-brother (adoptive brother in the comics), he created no end of trouble, most of which went far beyond practical jokes or the other sorts of trickery one might expect.
Loki, son of the Frost Giant king slain by Odin, many times attempted to overthrow or destroy Asgard itself. He also played a part in the process by which Thor was sent to earth without godlike powers, to live as Don Blake.
Loki's powers include the commensurate strength, stamina, speed, and durability associated with the gods of Asgard, as well as a cunning and crafty mind.
He is also skilled in magic, and can shape-shift and astrally project. He remains the biggest thorn in Thor's side to this day.
Ymir is the first and progenitor of all the Ice Giants, and the ancestor of all the Frost Giants, including Loki.
He is more than 1,000 feet tall, and is covered with snow and ice, which he generates with his freezing-cold, mountain-sized body.
He was a major player in the time before Thor, and the leader of Asgard's primary antagonists.
He was often seen in the backup feature in Journey Into Mystery (and later Thor), "Tales of Asgard."
He is immensely strong, generates intense cold, and carries a huge club of ice.
Hela is, via a complicated timeline and set of circumstances, the daughter of Loki.
Odin appointed her to be the goddess of death, ruling over Hel and Niffleheim.
Unsatisified by this, and being the ambitious daughter of Loki, she often sought to extend her control to the glorious realm of those who died in battle, Valhalla.
She has all the powers one would associate with an Asgardian, and can also teleport and reincarnate herself. Most importantly, she has the touch of death, also known as "The Hand of Glory."
Thor has had many interactions with her, some simply involving her as the ruler of the underworld, and many times because of her attempts to overthrow Odin or seize control of Valhalla.
The Enchantress is Amora, an Asgardian who learned magic as an apprentice of Karnilla, Queen of the Norns. She's important enough to make it onto our list of all-time best female super villains.
She is seductive, deceptive, and incredibly skilled in all areas of magic and witchcraft, and along with the usual array of Asgardian powers, is known to be able to control men's minds, levitate, teleport, and create masterful illusions.
She has had romantic designs, on and off, towards the Thunder God over the years, and has worked with Loki and The Executioner as well as with earthlings like Baron Zemo, working towards her evil purposes.
The Enchantress is also responsible for creating the Valkyrie.
The Norns live in Nornheim, a remote area of Asgard. Karnilla, their queen and a classic Thor villain, is a sorceress and often allies herself with Loki.
She was obsessed with acquiring the love of Balder the Brave, and went to great lengths to force him into becoming her mate.
Perhaps less evil outright than the Enchantress, Karnilla is in general at odds with Asgard's power structure, and has tried to usurp Odin (or to help Loki do so) many times.
She is as powerful as any Asgardian, and has deep knowledge of sorcery and spells, and is as powerful as Loki.
Also debuting in this issue is another Thor villain. Paul Pierre Duval was a French Chemist who gained the ability to turn any object he touches into stone, after an accident in the lab turned his right hand into "living stone."
He embarks upon a criminal career (who wouldn't, with a hand that turns things to stone?) and challenges Thor in an attempt to steal Mjolnir from him and thus become immortal. Needless to say, things don't work out that way, but a good number of things get turned to stone along the way.
Aside from the ability to turn anything he touches with his right hand to stone, the Grey Gargoyle has super-strength and the durability of stone.
He has battled Thor and the Avengers many times, and is still active, often as a saboteur or engaging in industrial espionage.
Crusher Creel was originally a Thor villain, and later became one of the Hulk's most frequent opponents.
Before he became the Absorbing Man, Creel was a petty criminal and down-and-out boxer.
A meeting with Loki gave him super-powers when Loki gave him a strange potion to drink that enabled him to absorb the properties of anything he touched (hence the name), including Mjolnir.
Having died and come back to life more than once, he is currently active and still absorbing all and sundry.
Pluto is the Roman god of the underworld, and unlike his counterpart in mythology, seeks to overthrow his brother Zeus for control.
He is often at odds with Hercules, whom he has hated since Hercules captured Cerebus, the three-headed dog who had guarded the underworld.
He often comes into conflict as a Thor villain, because of Thor's friendship with Hercules, and because his ambitions many times extend to ruling not just Olympus, but Asgard as well.
He has all the powers one would expect from am Olympian god (immortality, strength, stamina, and so on) as well as the ability to command the souls of the dead.
OK, here's the deal on Ego: He's a living planet. In other words, he's a planet-sized, spherical being, who can control his surface terrain and even reform it to create a face that can talk.
More of a phenomenon than a Thor villain per se, Ego is self-centered (big surprise there) and highly intelligent.
He can travel through space, thanks to an engine implanted in him by Galactus, who at one point planned to consume him.
Ego has figured in many Thor storylines, and was a large part of the revived Silver Surfer comic of the late 1980s.
He remains alive and as active as a planet can be.
Fafnir is a dragon, who began life as a man, or as some variety of Asgardian.
He had been the king of Nastrond, until Odin destroyed that land and all its people, having deemed them evil. Only Fafnir was left alive, to die slowly in his ruined land.
But drinking from a magical pool transforms him into a large dragon with the power to breathe fire and cast illusions. Of course, he also has the expected strength and durability of a dragon.
At one point, Loki sent Fafnir to earth to kill Thor, but after Odin's intervention is foiled.
Eventually, Thor kills Fafnir, but he comes back several times afterwards.
Ulik is a rock troll. They have hated Asgard ever since Odin drove them underground in the region of Nornheim, forbidding them to ever again dwell on the surface.
Ulik is as big and strong as Thor, and is equipped with knuckle bands (called "pounders") made of the same mystic uru metal as Mjolnir, making him a potent enemy and more than a match for the Thunder God.
He is perhaps the most frequent Thor villain outside of Loki, and with his super strength and stamina, as well as his perfect night vision, remains a threat.
Mangog is an immense engine of destruction, formed of the collected hatred of an entire race of billions of beings, the Vanir. Odin had slain them all, and then imprisoned the personification of their hatred deep below Asgard.
Freed by Ulik, Mangog rages and destroys all in his path, seeking Asgard so that he can withdraw the Odinsword and bring about Ragnarok.
Thor battles him to no avail, but Odin awakes from his Odinsleep just in time to prevent Ragnarok, returning the Vanir to life and dissipating Mangog.
He is later revived by Loki and eventually turns up working for Thanos, since hatred can never be destroyed, merely suppressed for a while.
Mangog has the power of "a billion billion beings," and is essentially immortal.
Originally known as HIM, and later known as Adam Warlock, this character is less a Thor villain than an antihero.
An organization called The Enclave created Him to be the perfect human, and when he emerges from his cocoon, he naively tries to use his power to take Sif (beloved of Thor) as his mate.
Thor foils him, Him's great power somewhat potentiated by his inexperience (after all, he is a newborn). Him returns to his cocoon, and is aided by the High Evolutionary in metamorphosing into the form that came to be known as Adam Warlock.
His fate would later be linked to Mar-Vell and Thanos, but he came into contact with Thor many more times, as both ally and enemy, over the years.
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