By Odin’s beard! We’re celebrating the May 6 release of “Thor” with a bevy of daily new content, from interviews with the cast and crew of the film to looks back at key stories from the comics and even more surprises! Visit Marvel.com every day for new Thor Month coverage, and mark your calendars for May 6 as the Odinson flies onto the bigscreen!
By TJ Dietsch
"And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, the Avengers were born-to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand!"
As the Heroic Age dawns on the Marvel Universe and we prepare for a new chapter in the ongoing saga of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, each Friday Marvel.com will present a different column focusing on the one and only Avengers. From line-ups to costumes to villains to classic stories and beyond, we've got you covered on the history of Marvel's most prolific team of heroes!
For a Norse god, Thor sure has become a clotheshorse over the years. With an iconic and diverse assortment of creators adding their own distinct stamp on the character, it's no wonder. From the classic original costume all the way through Oliver Coipel's current version, read on for a journey into fashion both mysterious and wild!
Thor’s look stayed fairly consistent from his 1962 premiere in JOURNY INTO MYSTERY #83 up until his return in 2007's THOR. From the red cape to the winged helmet to the yellow boots to the plated tunic, this costume remains the one that most fans think of when picturing Odin's favorite son. Thor wore this costume when he first met and helped form Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in 1963's AVENGERS #1. He stuck around to see Captain America thawed out and then left the team for a few years with guest spots and cameos until officially rejoining in 1971.
After almost 25 years, Thor finally got his first taste of a new look in 1986: a nicely trimmed beard to match his golden locks. With Thor not serving as a regular member of the Avengers at the time, the team got a look at his new facial hair during the devastating attack on their mansion by the Masters of Evil in AVENGERS #276. Thor rejoined the team soon after, just in time for his first makeover!
For a short period, Thor had to wear a suit of armor to protect himself after being cursed with brittle bones and immortality by Hela in 1986's THOR #374, which meant he could get beat up pretty bad, but never die. The armor, designed by Walt Simonson, appeared in both THOR and AVENGERS, but soon the Thunder God ditched the curse and got back to his classic costume.
In the early 90’s, Thor got himself banished from Asgard for killing his stepbrother Loki. Merged with a human named Eric Masterson, Thor soon bolted, leaving his mortal alter ego with the power of the Thunder God. To hide his change in identity, Eric grew the beard back, got himself a helmet with a mask covering his eyes and altered the costume slightly with big slits up the sides. Thor eventually regained his powers and Masterson became Thunderstrike, utilizing a sleeveless leather jacket as part of his new costume.
Like many of his fellow Avengers, Thor seemingly died in battle against Onslaught only to pop up in an alternate dimension created by Franklin Richards. His new look there retained many of the same basic elements of his original costume, but put a more extreme twist on them with a lot more yellow and gold highlights. A year later Thor returned to the Marvel Universe with his fellow heroes, joined the Avengers and got his own book again where sported the classic look with slightly larger arm holes.
When Odin fell in the pages of THOR, the Odinson took dad's place as King of Asgard and got a more regal look along with a heavy metal gold crown. As king, Thor got married and fathered a son, all of which he undid with time travel, just in time to return to his original costume and die in Ragnarok, leaving the Avengers Norse-less during “Avengers Disassembled.”
Modern2007's third volume of THOR not only returned the Thunder God to the land of the living along with most of his Asgardian brethren, but also introduced a brand new costume which reflected the original while giving it a sleeker, modern update with more metallic tones and fewer bright yellow ones. Having stuck around through Dark Reign, Siege, the Heroic Age and into Fear Itself, Thor's new duds seem to be here for the foreseeable future.