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The Best Thor Storylines in Comics

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Thanks to the pop culture explosion that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character of Thor is now more popular that he has ever been, and most people’s list of Thor’s greatest adventures and their favorite Thor storylines contain more than a few memorable movie moments. However, to focus solely on the big screen, and not on the best Thor comics out there, would be to miss more than a half-century of published excellence.

Technically, all Thor story arcs are inspired by a canon much older than Marvel Comics, or even the medium of comic books in general. However, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby took the Asgardian roots of Norse mythology and crafted them into their own version of events—one that is infinitely more memorable and dynamic than the source material. That being said, Thor is clearly at his best when he straddles the line between past an present, keeping one foot in the legendary realm he was born into, and the other in the world of costumed superheroes.

  • Issues: Thor #80-85

    Writer: Michael Avon Oeming & Daniel Berman

    Artist: Andrea DiVito

    The events of Avengers: Disassembled saw the entire team roster going through some extremely tough times, but none had it harder than Thor. Thor: Disassembled featured yet another Ragnarok, but this time it resulted in the destruction of Asgard and the death of all the Asgardians, including Thor—and this time, it lasted for multiple years!

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  • Issues: Thor: Tales of Asgard #1-6

    Writer: Stan Lee

    Artist: Jack Kirby

    In the earliest days of Thor comics, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby frequently supplemented their issues with backstories that retold their unique version of Norse mythology. This version of the Tales of Asgard collects, condenses, and recolors those vital stories so they can be enjoyed by a brand new generation.

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  • Issues: Thor: Ages of Thunder #1-6

    Writer: Matt Fraction​​​​​​​

    Artist: Various Artists

    Some of the best Thor stories come from before he ever joined the Avengers, like this tale from his wild and reckless youth. Full of all the classic Asgardian tropes—vikings, frost giants, and Enchantresses—this is a story of Thor before he was truly worthy.

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  • Issues: Thor #154-157

    Writer: Stan Lee

    Artist: Jack Kirby

    The Mangog is a classic Thor villain with an outrageous appearance and a horrific backstory—he’s the embodiment of the hatred of an alien race that was cruelly slaughtered by Odin. All of this rage and resentment combine to make Mangog a nigh-unstoppable force, and it takes everything Thor has to even temporarily halt his hateful march.

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