Monday, April 30, 2012

Avengers Countown: Thor

The countown gets struck by lighting today with the god of thunder, the Mighty Thor. The Marvel version of the character first showed up in Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug. 1962) and was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. Thor is the hot headed and strong willed son of Odin. For a time Thor spent time in the body of Donald Blake a partially disabled human who, when he struck his walking stick would transform into the thunder god. This was all punishment from Odin in hopes of showing his son humility. Falling in love with his colleague Jane Foster, he disobeyed his father and refused to return to Asgard.  Thor initially regarded himself as a "superhero" like his teammates in the Avengers, but       Loki's evil deeds would routinely draw Thor into increasingly epic adventures that would require extended leaves of absence from the Avengers. He would go on to gain his independence from Donald Blake and rule over Asgard after Odin's death.

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