Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Marvel’s Thor was al­ways as much sci-fi hero as he was Norse God, most no­tably dur­ing an in­cred­i­ble run in the mid-’60s that took us into space to meet the Col­o­niz­ers and Ego, the Liv­ing Planet; in­tro­duced Man­gog and the High Evo­lu­tion­ary with his Knights of Wundagore; saw Thor lose Jane Fos­ter but find a more fit­ting mate in war­rior god­dess Sif; then bat­tle one of his most vis­ually im­pres­sive en­e­mies, Ulik the Troll.

With­out Kirby’s suc­cess on Thor at build­ing these rolling sto­ries, he might never have ap­plied the same to the Fan­tas­tic Four – and with­out the in­ven­tions that brought us, this list (and the joy of comics) would be thin gruel in­deed.


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