Real Name: Presumably Brimer
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Jotunheim; associated with Asgardian cosmology) Giant
Occupation: Former king of the Storm Giants
Group Membership: Jotuns (Giants of Jotunheim)
Affiliations: Nedra, unidentified Vanna
Enemies: Gods of Asgard, especially Heimdall and Odin
Known Relatives: Presumably Nedra (wife)
Base of Operations: Jotunheim (one of the nine/ten worlds associated with the Asgardian cosmology)
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery I#104/2 (May, 1964)
Powers/Abilities: As a Jotun, Brimer was large and strong (perhaps Class 50), with superhuman durability, longevity (enhanced lifespan/delayed aging, with a lifespan perhaps measuring presumably at least millennia).
He wielded an ornate staff of unknown nature and function.
Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 20')
Weight: Unrevealed; (at human density, at the estimated height above) approximately 4 tons; (at previously reported density of giants as 2-3 times human) 8-12 tons
(Journey into Mystery I#104/2 (fb) - BTS) - Brimer apparently led a band of Storm Giants to attack Asgard.
(Journey into Mystery I#104/2 - BTS) - Detecting a savage band of Storm Giants marching toward the Rainbow Bridge (with the intent of attacking Asgard) but still two days out, Heimdall guided Odin to send a heavily-armed war party to meet the invaders before they reached the Rainbow Bridge.
(Journey into Mystery I#104/2 (fb) - BTS) - In less than a week, the Asgardian warriors confronted and defeated the giants, returning with their king, Brimer, as prisoner.
(Journey into Mystery I#104/2) - As the bound Brimer kneeled before Odin, the All-Father acknowledged Heimdall's skills and proclaimed him to be the Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge.(Journey into Mystery I#105/2) - At some point later, Brimer voiced his frustration to Queen Nedra that, even though he was king of the Storm Giants, he could not attack Asgard as long as the ever-vigilant Heimdall guarded the Rainbow Bridge.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Don Heck.
It is not explicitly stated that Brimer and Nedra are husband and wife, but he was king of the Storm Giants at the same time she was queen of the Storm Giants. I'm sure there are exceptions, but I would think it most likely that they were married.
I'm not sure why we never saw Brimer again....I guess Laufey and Utgard-Loki were both kings of the Frost Giants, so I don't know that we ever really saw another king of the Storm Giants...have we?
Well the thing is, we kind of saw him… probably. In Thor Blood Oath, we are introduced to sort of main antagonist of the story: king of giants named Gnives, who happens to look strangely like our old pal Brimer. True, he is much bigger, have a beard and possibly a different skin color, but his hairstyle is the same, his moustache is similar, the clothes match up with his appearances in Journey Into Mystery #105, he wield the same staff from this comic and even have some kind of witch-woman, who looks like Nedra. Maybe it’s just a big freaking coincidence, but I just wonder if Mike Oeming, wasn’t planned to use King Brimer in this story, but gave his name wrong in the end. Or maybe it supposed be his brother? Or Brimer changed his name after being defeated and humiliated by Asgardians? Maybe Brimmer wasn’t his name, just a title? Eventually, he was forced to marriage with “different” Giantess, to keep his title of king after his failed attempt to take control of Asgard [I assume that there are more than one “king” of giants], which required to change his “religion or faith” and giving himself a different name – Gnives? What? Could happened. But we never be knowed for sure I guess, but this is in my opinion interesting theory, who I was just wanted to share with you.
Could be, I suppose. I'd treat them as different...perhaps a brother or successor like you mentioned, but who knows? I'll put Gnives on the list as the next giant to profile after Nedra, but it will be awhile before I get to him. Thanks!
Profile by Snood.
Brimer should be distinguished from:
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Journey into Mystery I#104/2, story pg. 4, panel 2 (bound and kneeling before Odin);
#105/2, pg. 1, seated with sceptre, hand covering face;
pg. 2, panel 1 (face, oblique)
Journey into Mystery I#104/2 (May, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Don Heck (inker)
Journey into Mystery I#105/2 (June, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), George Bell (inker)
First posted: 06/21/2018
Last updated: 06/21/2018
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