Thor is the Norse God of Thunder. As a member of the Asgardian race he is immortal and incredibly strong. His Asgardian physiology includes a chromosomatic gland, which determines personality. His body also emits a free-flowing aura of electrons, which can be detected by other Asgardians. Although he is superhumanly strong, Thor must be on guard to avoid succumbing to Warrior’s Madness.
Thor is the son of Odin, King of Asgard. He is Odin’s beloved favorite son, however theirs is an uneasy relationship with hot tempers on both sides. Some number of years ago, Odin grew angry at Thor’s brash arrogance and decided that his son must learn humility. To that end, he transformed Thor into a crippled mortal named Donald Blake. Blake possessed no memory of his life as a god, believing himself to be a human med student.
Years later, after becoming a successful doctor, Blake stumbled upon an enchanted stick capable of transforming him into Thor, his true self. He now uses this stick as a walking stick, for Doctor Blake is disabled, with a lame right leg.
Doctor Donald Blake had become a famous genius medical doctor living in New York City. He is an amazing surgeon, specializing in neurosurgery but regularly performing all manner of surgeries. In addition to his medical endeavors, he once built a sentient nigh-indestructible android.
While initially it appeared that when transformed, Blake’s personality simply inhabited Thor’s body, over time Thor’s personality and memories became stronger and stronger. Ultimately, regardless of whether they are in Blake’s body or Thor’s they seem to be a single, composite personality. After being questioned by Blake about his dual nature, Odin revealed the truth.
Despite the fact that Thor is able to turn to Blake whensoever he pleases, in recent years, he has rarely become Blake, letting his medical practice fall apart due to neglect. Occasionally, Blake will appear to perform a surgery and people will invariably express shock at the appearance of the legendary surgeon. He has recently opened another practice on Earth, but only time will tell if he will pay this one the attention it is due.of Blake’s nature to Thor. Blake resents Thor and is insecure about the fact that he is not real.
The gnarled stick that transforms Blake into Thor transforms itself into an enchanted hammer known as Mjolnir, which grants him a number of supernatural abilities. Thor is the only living being that can lift it, having earned that right incrementally through a series of noble deeds, although it can be lifted by mechanical devices.
As best understood, Mjolnir’s abilities are as such: If Thor stamps it on the ground twice, he creates storms. If he stamps it three times he ends storms. Four stamps create seismic activity.
Mjolnir can also be spun to create space warps, time warps, and time travel. Thor can throw it so hard that it will pull him through the air, giving him a version of flight. Mjolnir radiates power, which can be harnessed to fly spaceships. It was crafted from Uru metal by Trolls and enchanted by Odin. he hammer can detect the presence of Asgardians, and in particular has a psychic link with Thor’s brother, Loki. The cause and exact nature of this link is unknown.
While on Earth, Thor must remain in near-constant physical contact with Mjolnir. If 60 seconds pass without Thor holding the hammer, he will revert to Doctor Blake and the hammer will revert to a walking stick. Fortunately, the enchanted hammer returns to Thor’s hands whenever it is thrown.
The abilities of Mjolnir are slightly unclear. It has been un-enchanted and re-enchanted, and it seems that when re-enchanted, the nature of its abilities changed slightly. The most notable change is that it can now be summoned directly to Thor’s hands when at rest.
In addition to his hammer, Thor possesses a Belt of Strength which can amplify his powers. For reasons that are unclear, he seldom wears it. Valkyries keep it safe for him on Asgard.
For a number of years he was involved in a complicated courtship with his nurse and only employee, Jane Foster. Eventually she learned that her boyfriend was actually Thor, and ultimately decided that she could not handle the lifestyle that came with dating a god. After rejecting Thor, Odin tampered with her mind, removing her memories of both Blake and Thor.
After his courtship of Nurse Jane Foster ended disastrously, Thor wasted no time in courting an Asgardian Warrior known as Sif. Sif is the sister of Heimdal and an able swordswoman. She and Thor were informally engaged for a number of years.
Recently, Nurse Foster’s life nearly came to an end, due to a vague ailment caused by an entity known only as “Fear.” Lady Sif believed in her heart that Thor loved the mortal Jane Foster more than he loved herself, and so she stole an artifact that allowed the goddess to sacrifice her own life energy to save Jane Foster.
Jane Foster now again remembers all that she had forgotten when Odin tampered with her mind, and is once again in a romantic relationship with both Doctor Donald Blake and Thor, God of Thunder. It seems that Jane has absorbed not only Lady Sif’s life, but also much of her personality, as Jane now acts as a warrior born.
The ritual to give Sif’s life force to Jane Foster was brought about through the use of a Runestaff stolen by Sif from a being known as Kamo Tharinn. Tharn has sworn to track down Sif to reclaim his staff and to have his revenge.
Thor is brother to Loki, Prince of Asgard and God of Evil. Loki was born a Frost Giant but was adopted by Odin as a baby, who conferred upon his child all the powers of a royal Asgardian. Loki is an evil schemer who hates his brother and is hated by Thor in return. Not as strong as Thor, Loki is a powerful magician and a shape shifter, although water negates these abilities. He also shares a psychic link with Mjolnir. He spends most of his time attempting to overthrow his father and to become ruler of Asgard.
Asgard is the most powerful of kingdoms in a world that is connected to Earth by a rainbow bridge known as Bifrost. Its inhabitants are known as the Aesir but are more commonly referred to as Asgardians. Their world is inhabited by a number of sentient races, including fire demons, dwarves, trolls, flying trolls, mountain giants, ice giants, storm giants, rime giants, vanna, the demon men of Jotunheim, and Satan’s forty horsemen. Human life on Earth was first created by Asgardian magic.
Asgard is ruled by Odin, who possesses powers nearly unimaginable to mortals. He possesses a Rod of Power through which he channels his energies and a Ring of Power, which signifies his kingship.. He gains his power from the Enchanti-stones, powerful artifacts that he hides in the Odin-Cave. Once a year, he must hibernate in a state known as the Odinsleep. He possesses Odinthoughts.
Over the past few years, Odin has done much that is strange. He has manipulated his son and his subjects as if they were pieces on a chessboard in something he calls simply “The Game.” His closest adviser, the unnamed Vizier, has questioned his mental state. A being calling itself the Demon Druid has claimed that the true Odin is dead. Currently, he has abandoned his kingdom for Earth, where he has given himself amnesia, and now believes himself to be a human named “Orrin.”
A while back, Odin orchestrated a byzantine, seemingly stupid plan that culminated with the transformation of three humans into three new gods, which he described as being the start of a new race of gods that will “breathe fresh fire into the furnace of the cosmic all!” These gods have not been seen since.
In Asgard there is a giant sword known as the Odinsword, resting in its scabbard. It is prophesied that when this sword is unsheathed, it shall signal the apocalyptic event known as Ragnarok. When this transpires, Asgard shall be destroyed in a a very specific manner.
In Thor’s youth, before he became Blake, some unknown force caused the Odinsword’s scabbard to begin to crack. As the crack grew, Odin feared that this was the work of some agent attempting to bring about Ragnarok. Thor and his friends began a quest to search for the cause of these cracks, but the source was never revealed to the reader. Presumably, this threat was discovered and brought to an end, in some untold adventure, for Ragnarok has not yet transpired.
Thor’s closest friend is Balder. Balder is a gentle, kindhearted Asgardian warrior. He owns a sword from another universe. Balder is in love with, and in turn loved by Karnilla, the Norn Queen. This is a tragic romance, for Karnilla is a long-standing enemy of Asgard and Balder is forever loyal to Odin in his heart. After a turbulent courtship, that ended in impasse, they have not spoken in some time.
The exact nature of Karnilla’s enmity against Asgard is unknown, as is the exact nature of her people. Karnilla is the Norn Queen, and a powerful sorceress. She is served by the Norn Hag, also a magic user. Karnilla is the possessor of the Norn Stones, artifacts capable of unleashing powerful magic. Thor has encountered three powerful beings known as the Norn, who seem to act largely as observers of cosmic events. What relationship, if any they have to the Norn Queen and her people is unknown.
For a time Karnilla fought alongside Thor and his compatriots as an ally, but has not been seen in some time.
Thor is also close friends with Hogun the Grim, Fandral the Dashing, and Volstagg the Voluminous, three warriors rarely seen outside of each other’s company. This trio of warriors are adventurers and braggarts, with Volstagg in particular being known for a braggadocio that exceeds his valor.
Other allies of Thor include: Hildegarde, close friend of Lady Sif who is secretly in love with Hogun the Grim; Hercules, the braggart prince of the Gods of Olympus.; The Recorder, an android created by the Colonizers of Rigel; Tana Nile, one of the Colonizers of Rigel, who was for a time stranded on Earth; Silas Grant, Tana Nile’s boyfriend and only survivor of the Blackworld; The man known only as “the Vizier”, a close confidant of Odin; Heimdall, the stoic watchman guarding the rainbow bridge to Asgard, possessing astounding powers of perception.
Once, in an encounter with the threat to all life known as Infinity, Thor encountered a man known only as the Silent One. This being appeared out of nowhere but seemed to be incredibly powerful and highly knowledgeable. He was also mute and largely uncommunicative. At a critical moment, the Silent One died, sacrificing his life for Thor’s. His origins and motives remain a mystery.
There exists an unfathomably powerful entity known as Galactus, who’s sole goal in life is to consume worlds in their entirety. Odin is concerned by the threat this being could pose to Asgard, and so has spent a great deal of time studying and monitoring it.
Thor has fought many additional super-powered enemies. Among them are: The Destroyer, Ulik the Troll, Hela the Goddess of Death, Surtur the Fire Demon, The Mangog, King Geirrodur of the Trolls, Ego the Living Planet, Pluto the Lord of the Netherworld, Infinity, The Enchantress, the Executioner, The Absorbing Man, The Wrecker, The Circus of Crime, The Gargoyle, Mr. Hyde, The Cobra, Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, and the Lava Men.
And of course, some enemies have become allies over time, such as Firelord, Harokin and Mercurio, the Fourth-Dimension Man.
Thor is a longstanding member of a team of superheroes known as the Avengers. He crams in a large number of adventures with this team during his rare breaks in action on Earth.
Despite nominally being a superhero, Thor has done many things beyond the purview of superheroics. He once traveled to the future where he proceeded to conquer planet Earth. In present day, he once nuked China. These actions seem to fly in the face of the vow Thor has taken to never take a mortal life.
Thor is technically a fugitive on Earth, as he was arrested for a crime he was guilty of, released on bail, and did not ever show up for the trial. Despite this fact, he has repeatedly encountered law enforcement without anyone trying to arrest him.
Some time ago, Pluto the Lord of the Greek Underworld and enemy of Thor and Hercules, was found to have been in Manhattan, only to be interrupted by Thor and his friends. It is not clear what he was doing in Manhattan, and if that was part of some greater scheme.
The character of Thor stars in the lead feature of a comic magazine originally entitled Journey into Mystery, later retitled The Mighty Thor. This incarnation of Thor was created by writer Stan Lee and Illustrator Jack Kirby. After the introductory adventure in issue #83, Thor’s early stories were written by Larry Lieber and illustrated by a variety of artists, most notably Don Heck. As of issue #97 creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby took over the book as the regular creative team. They also began the Tales of Asgard feature, a series of five-page stories that fleshed out the larger Asgardian world of Thor, running for nearly 50 issues. Kirby left the series after issue #179 and Lee departed not too much later, after issue #194. Kirby and Lee were replaced by John Buscema, and Gerry Conway respectively. Conway drove the book into mediocrity over the next several years before moving on as of issue #238. Thor also regularly appears in a minor supporting role in the team book The Avengers.