Thor is my favorite, please don’t hate me. He’s just so…well if you can’t see it, I can’t explain it. This month I’m looking at both the sons of Odin. We’ll be going to Asgard and back to uncover the little known facts about the god of thunder and the god of mischief.
Before you continue on to the tidbits about Loki and Thor, you might want to watch a You Tube video I uncovered with loads of hidden secrets about Mjolnir here. But don’t forget to come back to read all about Thor and Loki, a pair of brothers who set the bar for brotherly dysfunction.
Early Loki incarnation:
When Loki first appeared in comic books in 1949 he wore a pink outfit and had red hair. It wasn’t until decades later that his appearance morphed into a more familiar look—one that Mr. Hiddleston portrays with such poise and talent.
The med student:
Donald Blake is Thor’s secret identity on Midgard (Earth, for those new to the world of superheroes) and his hammer was a walking stick. Don’t believe me? Back in the 60s, Thor was living on Earth as a partially disabled medical student. He even met and fell in love with a nurse, Jane Foster. How romantic is that?
Nature or nurture?
Loki’s mean side first showed up when he was only eight years old. He watched from the sidelines as their father chose Thor to receive Mjolnir. Realizing his brother was Odin’s favorite, he became filled with anger and envy that grew as he aged until he became determined to gain the Asgardian throne in Thor’s place.
A rising star:
Thor was first portrayed in live action in 1988. Yep, that’s right. It was in a television movie called The Incredible Hulk Returns. You can probably find it on Netflix, or maybe even in one of those huge bins of older classics. I’d get a copy and watch it if I were you.
Ancestry dot com?
Loki is not Asgardian. Okay, okay, everyone knows that. But do you know his birth mother’s name? I sure didn’t. It’s Farbauti. (Laufey, the king of the Frost Giants is his birth father.) Apparently he was way small at birth and his dad hid him away in a stronghold where Loki was discovered by the victorious Odin after an epic battle.
DC or Marvel?
Actually the correct answer in Thor’s case is both. Back in the 1950s, Jack Kirby penned the first version of the future king of Asgard for DC. When Kirby and Stan Lee joined forces in the 60s, they modernized Thor and made him a founding member of their team of superheroes.
And finally, Loki is a lover of musicals. Surprised me too. But he does have excellent taste. Apparently one of his favorites (he sings it in the shower) is Wicked. But that kind of makes sense, doesn’t it?
And that’s all I have for this blog. December will unveil yet another character. Do you have anyone you’d like to read about? Email me or comment below. And don’t forget to read every blog to see if you are a winner!
Until next time, remember you are Born2BeMore.
Diane T. Ashley