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Real Name: Arkin

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Asgardian)

Occupation: None

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Queen Knorda & the Mountain Giants

Enemies: Asgard, Odin, Thor

Known Relatives: Loki Laufeyson (cousin)

Aliases: "The Weak"

Base of Operations: Asgard

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery I#109/2 (October, 1964)

Powers/Abilities: Although Arkin didn't display any particular power or ability he would have possessed the conventional powers of an Asgardian god: superhuman strength (lifting 25 tons), resistance to injury, and longevity.

Height: 6'2" (by approximation)
Weight: 510 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Green
Hair: Black


(Journey into Mystery I#109/2 (fb) - BTS) - Arkin was in love with Knorda, Queen of the Mountain Giants, and sought out a way to soften her heart.

(Journey into Mystery I#109/2 - BTS) - Odin had suspected a traitor in his midst and devised a plan to lure the man out. To tempt the traitor Odin banished his son Thor from Asgard for accepting a duel against his wishes.

(Journey into Mystery I#109/2) - Arkin learned of Thor's banishment, understanding Thor had to ride the mountain road alone. Arkin decided to tell it to the mountain queen so she could see he wasn't weak and would be worthy of her love. After Arkin informed Knorda about Thor's situation, she asked him if he realized that meant the death of Asgard and if he understood the extent of the treason he committed. Arkin answered that it didn't matter to him as long as Knorda was looking at him with favor. The queen answered they would own Asgard if they would dispose of Thor.

(Journey into Mystery I#109/2 - BTS) - Arkin and Knorda set up a trap for Thor in the mountain valley.

(Journey into Mystery I#109/2) - Later, Thor was slowly riding his horse along the mountain road which led to the land of his birth and was suddenly attacked by a heavily-armed band of mountain giants led by Knorda. She ordered them to show no mercy to Thor. The mighty Asgardian escaped his enemies via going through a narrow canyon pass and entering into the mouth of a small cave too tiny for the mountain giants to follow him and his horse. After reaching the top of the canyon, Thor rejoined his father Odin whose plan had been successful, flushing out the traitor Arkin. Thor renounced that Arkin and Knorda would spend all of eternity in captivity, Arkin told Knorda that he didn't realize it was a trap staged by Odin. Knorda told him to be silent and gave her sword to Odin in order to acknowledge her defeat and begged for his generosity.

(Domination Factor: Avengers#2.4) - Odin sent Thor to bring him Knorda (to favor her request) and Arkin (to punish him for his treason).

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks).

Journey into Mystery I#109/2 was reprinted in Thor Annual I#3 (January, 1971) and Thor - Tales of Asgard#2 (July, 2009). Scans taken from the latter.

Profile by Julien Vivé

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Thor - Tales of Asgard#2, p25, pan2 (main image)
Thor - Tales of Asgard#2, p26, pan1 (head shot)
Thor - Tales of Asgard#2, p25, pan4 (full body)

Journey into Mystery I#109/2 (October, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Domination Factor: Avengers#2.4 (December, 1999) - Jerry Ordway (writer, pencils), Dennis Janke (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Last updated: 02/06/17

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