|GUDRUN THE GOLDEN
Real Name: Gudrun
Identity/Class: Minor god/possibly Vanir (See Comments)
Occupation: Taker and hoarder of things golden
Group Membership: None known (See Comments)
Enemies: Thor, Sif
Known Relatives: None known (See Comments)
Base of Operations: Possibly Vanaheim, home of the Vanir gods (See Comments)
First Appearance: In a Hostess ad appearing in May and June editions of Marvel comic books (example: Defenders I#59, 1978)
Powers/Abilities: Being a native of the Asgardian dimension, Gudrun possessed the conventional characteristics of his race such as superhuman strength (at least Class 25, enabling him to lift/press up to 25 tons under optimum conditions). Also, his entire body is three times as dense as a normal human's, giving him a limited amount of resistance to conventional injury. To increase his durability further, Gudrun wore a gleaming, golden suit of armor. Along with his armor, he brandished a sword, but his proficiency with this weapon was unknown.
History: BTS - Gudrun took the treasures of Asgard and was sought after by the Asgardian gods Thor and Sif, in turn.
Using Hostess® Twinkies as a decoy, Thor distracted Gudrun with the golden-dyed delicacy and recovered the ripped-off riches. Gudrun was then taken away by several unnamed Asgardians.
Comments: Creators unknown
Gudrun is typically used as a feminine name (See Clarifications), but in this instance it's applied to a male character.
With the amount of gold-related themes in Norse mythology,
there is potential for many different Gudrun stories involving attempts to get
How does Gudrun fit into Asgardian genealogy? Perhaps he is related to the Vanir goddess Gullveig ("Gold-Thirst"). This powerful magic goddess claimed to know how to create gold, an ability coveted by her Asgardian neighbors. If not directly related to her, Gudrun could be a Vanir god who idolized Gullveig's ability to create gold which manifested in his life by acquiring golden/gold-like articles. Thor noted that Gudrun's spoils were to be returned where they belonged, in Asgard, for "our gods," suggesting that Gudrun was not Asgardian, consequently giving this Vanir theory some credibility.
Of all the Hostess villains, only Icemaster has shown up in an Earth-616 title. He could have crossed over to Earth-616 from "Earth-Hostess, " but I say leave them on Earth-616 until proven otherwise. Nonetheless, until they do show up in regular continuity, they remain outside regular canon. Surely someone will write a story teaming them all together--Snood.
This is not true anymore as some Hostess ad villains were mentioned in the Fantastic Four Encyclopedia as natives of Earth-616. And lets not forget about Printout Man in the New Avengers Most Wanted Files.
You can get the whole story, and some clever commentary from Seanbaby's The Hostess Page. It might not meet with the Comics Code Authority's approval, so kids, ask your parents before checking that out!
If he was still somewhere around in Asgard Gudrun supposedly died during the Ragnarok in Thor II#85.
With an assist from Snood: Bob Almond, Inker Extraordinaire, provided the image for this profile. Many thanks to both!
Gudrun is mentioned in the Asgardians Appendix in the Thor: Asgard's Avenger handbook.
--David A. Zuckerman
Profile created, updated, and edited by Kyle Sims
CLARIFICATIONS: Gudrun the Golden has no established connection to:
images: (without ads)
"A Glutton for Gold", pan1 (main image)
Last updated: 05/09/15
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