With the release of "Thor" on May 6, 2011 and "Captain America: The First Avenger" on July 22, 2011, Marvel.com presents the Essentials, a series of articles showcasing each character's expansive history and mythology in the Marvel comics.
From character retrospectives to a look at memorable storylines and interviews with key creators, the Essentials will act as the perfect guide for fans both old and new! Look for new Cap Essentials every Monday and Thor Essentials every Thursday as we head toward the release of each film!
Every red-blooded male super hero absolutely must have a pretty girl by his side, and the Mighty Thor's no exception to the rule. In modern times the girl that captured the heart of the
Let us now peel back the pages of history and hear the tale of the Woman Who Thor Once Loved!
|Jane Foster and Donald Blake|
Eventually, Blake declared his love openly for Jane and he tried valiantly to bring Odin, towering All-Father of fabled Asgard, around to his way of thinking. Through many misadventures and mishaps, Jane dodged danger from her connection to Thor and Blake and the day finally arrived when the good doctor allowed her knowledge of his secret life.
|Jane Foster, Immortal|
Nurse Jane Foster first appeared in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #84, collected in both MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 1 and ESSENTIAL THOR VOL. 1. She gained and lost godhood in THOR #136, which may be found in MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 5 as well as ESSENTIAL THOR VOL. 2.
New Lives, Second Chances
As a doctor, Jane often assisted other heroes, obviously having gained experience in such matters from her time at Thor's side. Most importantly, she took a strong stand against Tony Stark's Superhuman Registration Act and fell in with Captain America's band of "traitors," lending them medical assistance and moral support.
Thor's reunion with Jane Foster transpired in THOR Vol. 2 #5, collected in THOR BY DAN JURGENS AND JOHN ROMITA, JR. VOL. 1. Jane's adventures during the Civil War transpired in CIVIL WAR #2-5, also found in the hardcover and trade paperback CIVIL WAR collections.
Thunder Strikes Again
|Jane arrives in Broxton|
Most recently, Jane has moved to Broxton, Oklahoma, where Asgard currently resides. When last we left her she had opened a box bearing a framed sign reading "Medical Office--Broxton, OK: Donald Blake, MD, Jane Foster, MD."
Jane's meeting with the reborn Don Blake came about in THOR Vol. 3 #8, collected in THOR BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI VOL. 2. She moved to Broxton in THOR #606, collected in THOR: LATVERIAN PROMETHEUS, and we most recently saw her in THOR #615.
Ultimate and What If? Jane Foster
In 2000, Marvel launched its Ultimate line of comics, contemporary re-interpretations of their most classic characters. Over the last 10 years, the Ultimate Universe has grown to include new visions of many of Marvel's greatest heroes and villains.
|Jane Foster as Thordis|
ULTIMATES 2 ULTIMATE COLLECTION contains Jane Foster's brief Ultimate Universe appearance, while WHAT IF? Vol. 1 #10, collected in WHAT IF? CLASSIC VOL. 2, details her time as the Mighty Thordis.
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