Jotunheim: The Home of the Giants

(of Thor comics)

A few of the giant adversaries encountered in Marvel's adventures of Thor, the god of thunder.

Journey into Mystery #97 (October 1963), "Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods"

"Tales of Asgard", a backup feature in the early Thor comics, told original stories inspired by Norse myths. For the inaugural episode, we had a brief introduction to Norse cosmology. Asgard was where the Norse gods lived. At the end of the world, Surtur the Fire Demon waited to destroy it all.

Journey into Mystery #97 (October 1963), "Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods"
Ymir, King of the Frost Giants

The first form of life in Asgard (apart from Surtur, who really wasn't in Asgard proper) were the Frost Giants, and Ymir was the first, and king, of them all.

Journey into Mystery #103 (April 1964), "Thor's Mission to Mirmir!"
Skord, the Flying Dragon

In one of the tales, Odin sent Thor on a mysterious mission. Thor had to fight his way across the lands of Asgard, encountering menaces such as Skord. (The mission was to have the god Mirmir create the first humans on Midgard or Earth.)

Journey into Mystery #103 (April 1964), "Thor's Mission to Mirmir!"

Gullin, the Boar God
Gullin was the next menace after Skord (got a whole three panels, versus Skord's two). The name seems to come from Gullinbursti, a golden boar magically animated. But "Gullin-bursti" means "golden-bristles" and Gullin is not "golden" at all.

Journey into Mystery #104 (May 1964), "Giants Walk the Earth!"
Skagg, the Storm Giant

The Storm Giants, dwelling in nearby Jotunheim, were the eternal enemies of the Asgardians. In this story, Thor's evil step-brother, Loki, set Surtur and this Storm Giant free on Earth.

Thor (formerly Journey into Mystery) #128 (May 1966), "Aftermath!"
The Midgard Serpent

Ragnarok is the Norse term for the end of the world (as we know it). During Ragnarok, the Midgard Serpent (which encircles the Earth) would be set free and fight to the death with Thor.

Since the Midgard Serpent was never shown in great detail, this is a hybrid version taken from stories drawn by Jack Kirby and (six years later) John Buscema.

Thor #134 (November 1966), "When Speaks the Dragon!"

Fafnir, king of the land of Nostrand, ruled a people so evil that Odin destroyed them all and made Nastrond a wasteland. But Fafnir survived and was turned into a dragon.

Thor  #136 (January 1967), "To Become An Immortal!"

The Unknown
Odin permits Thor to wed Jane Foster, and makes her a goddess with super-powers as befits a royal bride. But first she must prove her courage by facing the lurking Unknown. And she fails. So Odin returns her to Earth and gives her a fresh start. Thor fights the Unknown and discovers an ally (and perhaps more) in the goddess Sif, now all grown up.

Thor  #137 (February 1967), "The Tragedy of Hogun!"
Jinni Devil

Hogun the Grim, comrade-in-arms of Thor, had been driven from his homeland by the sorcerer-king Mogul of the Mystic Mountain. Part of Mogul's power came from his enslaved Jinni Devil.

For this storyline, "Tales of Asgard" drew on the "Arabian Nights" fantasies.

Thor #138 (March 1967), "The Quest for the Mystic Mountain!"

Seeking Mogul, Hogun and Thor (and other friends) visited the land of Hindi to ask advice of the aged Wazir, who was protected by the fearsome Ogur.

Thor #139 (April 1967), "To Die Like a God!"

The trolls have attacked Asgard. Why now? Because they've captured the giant alien Orikal and are using his fantastic weapons.

Thor #143 (August 1967), "To The Death!"

Back in "Tales of Asgard", Volstagg (Thor's version of Falstaff) falls into the clutches of Mogul's sister and is dumped into the lair of the bestial Mutaurus, where he finds a magical weapon, slays Mutaurus, and hurries off to join the fight against Mogul.

Thor #154 (July 1968), " ...To Wake the Mangog!"

The warrior-troll Ulik set free the imprisoned monster called the Mangog.

"Possessed of the power of a billion billion beings!", the Mangog was the literal embodiment of an alien race which Odin punished (for unnnamed crimes) by fusing them into a single monstrous form.

Thor #168 (September 1969), "Galactus Found!"

The Thermal Man
An unfriendly power (Communist China) develops a destructive giant robot with the ability to generate its own "geothermal" force. They send it to New York (to evade the natural suspicion if it attacked a closer west coast city? took the scenic route?) to start destroying America.

OK, not really an Asgardian giant, but I wanted a micro more true to the original design than had previously been made.

Thor #184 (January 1971), "The World Beyond!"

Odin sends Thor on a quest to learn why great sections of space have become tattered voids, as though shredded by a supernal claw. It turns out to be the work of an entity called Infinity -- which itself turns out to be a part of Odin, captured and mutated by the power of the death-goddess Hela.

Thor #408 (October 1989), "There Dwells a Monster!"
Uroc, the Uru Monster

The "Tales of Asgard" backup series was briefly revived in the late 1980s. In this story, set shortly after Thor receives his Uru metal hammer, he must fight a troll which has been transformed into a monster of Uru metal.

In case you're wondering, the story was drawn by Mike Mignola, before he went on to create Hellboy.


Some human-sized foes who either hadn't had micros before or whose existing micros didn't resemble the original characters as closely as I'd prefer.

Journey into Mystery #87 (December 1962), "Prisoner of the Reds!"
Russian Commandant
As Dr. Don Blake, Thor gets himself captured by Russian spies to learn where they are holding other captive scientists. He then breaks them out of their prison camp.

Journey into Mystery #89 (February 1963), "The Thunder God and the Thug!"
Thug Thatcher

Thug Thatcher comes to Dr. Blake to get a bullet removed, then stays to hide out from the police. Thor must intervene to save nurse Jane Foster.

Journey into Mystery #95 (August 1963) "The Demon Duplicators!"
Prof. Zaxton

Prof. Zaxton invents a matter duplicator, which (a la Bizarro) makes imperfect duplicates. In this case, the moral personality is the opposite of the original, so he creates an evil Thor.

Journey into Mystery #90 (March 1963), "Trapped By the Carbon-Copy Man!"
The Xartans
Zano, the Carbon-Copy Man

The warrior Xartans come to conquer Earth, and warlord Ugarth's son, Zano, gets this opportunity to prove himself in battle. None of the Xartans, however, are able to use their power-copying ability to beat Thor.

Journey into Mystery #108 (September 1964), "Trapped by the Trolls!"
Dwarf King Sindri
The Trolls

In the "Tales of Asgard" backup, Thor travels in disguise to the Dwarf kingdom to learn what happens to unwary travellers: they get dumped into the underground Troll kingdom, is what!

Journey into Mystery #117 (June 1965), "Into the Blaze of Battle!"
Hu Sak

Recovering from yet another battle with Loki, Thor rests in Viet Nam, where he becomes embroiled in the dispute between officious Viet Cong soldier Hu Sak and his humble, freedom-loving family ("freedom" in this case meaning the ability to side with America, rather than to actually, you know, choose your own destiny).

Journey into Mystery #124 (January 1966), "Closer Comes the Swarm!"
The Flying Trolls of Thryheim

In part of a "Tales of Asgard" quest story, Thor and some Asgardian sailors face the Flying Trolls of Thryheim.

Journey into Mystery #123 (December 1965), "While a Universe Trembles!"
The Demon

A mystic Norn Stone has been lost on Earth, and an Indochinese "witch doctor" finds it and becomes the mighty and near invulnerable Demon. Image one is how he is dressed when he first finds it. Image two is how he appears when he forms an army to conquer others.

Thor #134 (November 1966), "The People-Breeders!"

In a variation of The Island of Dr. Moreau, the High Evolutionary is creating humanoids from animals and training them in chivalrous behavior. Thor's appearance causes him to neglect the "evolution" of a wolf, which becomes far more advanced than planned, such that this "Man-Beast" tremendous mental powers along with the savagery of a wolf.

Thor #172 (January 1970), "The Immortal and the Mind-Slave!"
Kronin Krask

Billionaire Kronin Krask kidnaps Dr. Jim North to perform a "mind transplant", moving Krask from his aging, morbidly obese body to that of a younger person -- say, the mighty Thor?

Thor #184 (January 1971), "The World Beyond!"
The Silent One

As part of Thor's quest to find Infinity (mentioned above), the cryptic Silent One serves as his guide.

Thor #212 (June 1973), "Journey to the Golden Star!"

Odin has disappeared, and Thor takes to outer space to find him, eventually, on the planet of the slaver Sssthgar.