Pantheon Of Greatness
♦ With Thor: Ragnarok coming out in cinemas in the UK next Tuesday, Tripwire’s senior editor ANDREW COLMAN picks his top 10 Thor comic sagas…
- Journey Into Mystery 83 (8/62). Origin and first appearance of the Mighty Thor. Goldilocks takes over a pre-hero monster mag and makes it his very own.
- Journey Into Mystery 85 (10/62). 1st Loki, God of Mischief and Thor’s half-brother (or is it adopted brother?). Also first Heimdall, gatekeeper of the Bifrost Bridge, and Odin, Thor’s father. 1st appearance of Asgard, the Norse version of Olympus.
- Journey Into Mystery 112 (1/65). Thor / Hulk battle, and the first of many – fandom is still divided as to who is stronger (Thor: Ragnarok sort of deals with this ancient conundrum, but it’s only the MCU, after all). Origin of Loki.
- Journey Into Mystery 119 (8/65). 1st appearance of Hogun, Fandral and Volstagg, the Warriors Three.
- Thor 126 (3/66). The God Of Thunder takes over the title, continuing the numbering from Journey Into Mystery. Coincides with a golden period for the hero.
- Thor 165 (6/69). 1st full (i.e. real) appearance of Him, later to be known as Adam Warlock – a golden hued man-child with immense power (but still no match for Thor, of course) who later on becomes Thanos’s arch-nemesis.
- Thor 300 (12/80). The end of Asgard, and the origin of Odin.
- Thor 337 (11/83). Beta Ray Bill becomes the new Thor, in a major refit of the character courtesy of Walt Simonson.
- Thor 1 (Volume 2) (7/98). The first of many restarted titles for the Asgardian. This issue showcases the character’s return to the Marvel universe after Heroes Reborn.
- Civil War 3 (7/06). 1st appearance of Ragnarok, a cyborg clone of Thor created by Tony Stark, Reed Richards and Hank Pym. Becomes a regular character in Dark Avengers, where he is eventually defeated by the real Thor. Not to be confused with the thunder god’s latest cinematic outing.
Best miniseries: A special mention for Thor: Vikings (9/03), a five part tale scripted by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Glenn Fabry, under the Marvel MAX imprint. Featuring a particularly louche and haughty take on Dr. Strange, this entertaining slice of historical mayhem is probably the most violent mainstream comic series ever made (outside of The Authority, of course), but does contain a happy ending, of sorts (i.e. Thor wins). A compulsive read nevertheless.