Of all the super heroes based on mythological gods, it is the Mighty Thor who is the longest running and most popular.
ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY THOR!
Created by Stan Lee in 1962, Thor was created simply because Lee was running out of ideas for giving normal humans super powers. There are only so many radioactive spiders and gamma bombs after all. So why not just make his new hero an actual God?
Instead of going for the more well known Greco/Roman myths, Stan and artist Jack Kirby opted for the lesser known Norse Viking mythology, and the whole thing worked like gangbusters. For some reason, Stan gave the Norse Gods the affectation of speaking in Shakespearean dialect, which made zero logical sense, and yet everybody rolled with it.
Although a contemporary of Spider-Man, The Hulk, and the X-Men, Thor never really achieved their mainstream success, although that changed when Marvel Studios released Thor and The Avengers, making him not only a beloved character, but an attractive one as well.
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While the king of Mount Olympus exists in Marvel Comics, usually tangling with Thor or his own son Hercules, it is DC’s Zeus who gets this slot.
Because this version of Zeus is a bit more in line with Greek myths, and is therefore a complete and utter pig. He even wears flowing white bedding, like the Greeks did.
When his son Ares almost destroyed the world, as well as Olympus but was thwarted by Wonder Woman, Zeus decided to reward Diana… with his man-piece. That's right, THAT man piece.
When Diana told him that God or no God, her nether regions were her own and she got to decide who gets near them, Zeus cast her down to the pits of Tartarus where she had to face all kinds of trails and monsters, which of course, she beat, making Zeus look even more like the douchey p***k he is.But hey, at least he had confidence.
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Even though she has origins in Greek mythology, Wonder Woman spent most of her career as merely a God-powered Amazon, not an actual deity.
However, DC Comics killed Princess Diana off in August of 1997 (the same month and year as the real life Princess Diana... creepy!) and was promptly resurrected as the "Goddess of Truth" by the Olympian Gods.Eventually, of course, Diana renounced her godhood and returned to the mortal world, where tons of gay men continue to worship her as a Goddess anyway (*ahem*).
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