Real Name: Gundar ??
Identity/Class: Human magic user (middle age)
Occupation: Drakkar captain
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: His crewmen, Odin
Enemies: His crewmen
Known Relatives: Gundar (descendant)
Base of Operations: Atlantic Ocean
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#39 (March, 1963)
Powers/Abilities: Gundar was a ruthless leader and strong warrior. As captain of a drakkar crew he had the power to cast a curse upon his unfaithful underlings.
(Tales of Suspense I#39 (fb)) - Gundar was the captain of a drakkar, a viking ship. Gundar expected maximum obedience from his men even if his orders were difficult to perform or cruel.
One day, some crewmen protested against Gundar's orders and his rage exploded. He attacked his own men. In the fight he broke his sword but kept fighting until the hilt was also unusable. Unable to fight and overpowered by the number Gundar cast a curse upon his crewmen. He took a little boat and left for the open sea pronouncing his curse: Having disobeyed his orders he condemned his men to shipwreck on an island and remain prisoners there until Gundar would return to free them.
(Tales of Suspense I#39 (fb) - BTS) - Gundar the Viking never returned to the island and died.
(Tales of Suspense I#39) - Centuries later, in the modern Era, Gundar, a sailor descendentant of the original Gundar, casually arrived on the island and freed the vikings from the curse.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Steve Ditko (pencils and inks) and Art Simek (lettering).
Who banished the vikings to the island? Noticing the hammer and the lightning it could have been Thor. On the other hand the crow is typical of Odin. Was it Odin testing Mjolnir after its creation, but before giving it to Thor, or was it a bearded Thor, guided by Hugin or Munin to the place of the punishment?
Profile by Spidermay.
Gundar has no known connections to
Gundar's viking crew
The Vikings were warriors trained for war, sailing and plundering, but the curse mutated them, granting them eternal life.
The Vikings were afraid of their leader and were amazed when he attacked them. They did not exile him, eventhough they had disobeyed the orders of their captain. They wer found guilty according to the viking code and were cursed by their captain.
In fact, a storm had them shipwrecked on an island where they lived alone for centuries, sure that they would stay there until the end of the time, because Gundar was surely dead.
The arrival of a descendant of Gundar freed them. The curse was broken and they were taken back home, back in time.
--Tales of Suspense I#39
Gundar the descendant
Gundar was a normal man of the modern era, a sailor, like his ancestor was Gundar the warrior.
Gundar acast on an island was helped by men dressed like ancient vikings.
They were actually vikings and told him about their curse. After they told their story they started to disappear before Gundar's eyes because Gundar's presence had freed them. Shortly after a ship passed near the island and saved Gundar.
--Tales of Suspense I#39
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Tales of Suspense I#39, p2, pan2 (Gundar, main image)
Tales of Suspense I#39, p2, pan5 (head shot)
Tales of Suspense I#39, p3, pan4 (the drakkar in the storm)
Tales of Suspense I#39, p3, pan6 (Vikings)
Tales of Suspense I#39, p3, pan6 (Gundar the sailor)
Tales of Suspense I#39 (March, 1963) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist)
Last updated: 05/21/11
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