Comic Book Tales Issue 6 - Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. - March 27, 2015

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1) First appearance:

Journey Into Mystery #83 (August 1962) created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby -

2) Thor Ongoing Series kicked off when Journey Into Mystery became The Mighty Thor with issue #126 (March 1966)

3) Who has wielded the hammer:

Thor Odinson as Donald Blake, MD and Eric Masterson, Beta Ray Bill, Unnamed Female

4) Jumping off point:

Thor the Walt Simonson Years Volume 1 -

5) Top Villan:

Loki (half-brother) first appeared in Venus#6 (August 1949) and Marvel Universe Journey Into Mystery #85 (October 1962) created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby

6) Movies like comics:

Yes - the origin story is reimagined, but the Asgardians are accurate - Jane Foster, not so much

7) Why I like him:

He is loyal to a fault and always relishes the battle for the Norse glory of battle. To his way of upbringing, to die in battle is the surest path to Valhalla. He will never become a member of Mensa, but in a fight he is great to have on your side. He is open to strategy from those he respects, but his first reaction is to hit something. Not unlike many of the other one-dimensional characters in the Marvel Universe, he is strong and every situation requires hitting things. This all sounds like he has very little to like about him, but that would be wrong. He will defend his friends and Earth to his dying breath. He does not give up, ever. He is fallible like every other Marvel Character, but he is the dumb brother we all wish we had when we are in a fight. He makes tough situations just a bit less scary because of his confidence that he will always overcome.

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