First seen Jour­ney into Mys­tery #83 (Oct 1962)

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Jack Kirby may have cre­ated yet more im­pres­sive oth­er­worlds later in his ca­reer but it all be­gan with As­gard, home of Marvel’s take on the Norse Gods. A gleam­ing city of won­ders, it’s half Me­dieval or bar­bar­ian and half sci-fi spec­tac­u­lar on the cor­ner of a con­ti­nent float­ing in space, its link to Earth a Rain­bow Bridge you could ride a horse across. Most early Thor ad­ven­tures were largely Earth-bound, but, with the ad­di­tion of the much-ad­mired, fairy­tale-es­que “Tales Of As­gard” back-up strips from Jour­ney Into Mys­tery #97 on, we started to ex­plore this fan­tas­ti­cal world, and ev­ery new el­e­ment – from Jo­tun­heim, home of the Frost Gi­ants, to Mus­pel­heim with its Fire Demons – had jaws hit­ting knees and floors in amaze­ment.

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