LUTEFISK

Real Name: Presumably Lutefisk

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Asgardian) monster

Occupation: Monster

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Hugin, Munin, Thor (Thor Odinson)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Jotunheim, Asgard

First Appearance: Marvel Mini-Books: The Mighty Thor (1966)

Powers/Abilities: Lutefisk was a giant cyclopean monster capable of breathing fire. Being Asgardian, its strength, durability and endurance was likely superior to that of a normal human being.

Height: 8'0" (by approximation)
Weight: 950 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed (see comments)
Hair: Unrevealed (see comments)

History: (Marvel Mini-Books: The Mighty Thor) - When Odin's ravens Hugin and Munin did not return from the mountains of Jotunheim, Thor flew to the mountains to investigate. In the mountains' deepest cavern, Thor found the caged ravens with their winged tied. Before Thor could rescue the ravens, the beast Lutefisk appeared and breathed fire at Thor, who removed his cape and allowed it to catch fire. Thor then tossed the flaming cape at Lutefisk, temporarily blinding the cyclopean creature. While Lutefisk was blinded, Thor freed Hugin and Munin before Lutefisk returned to the fight. Thor eventually managed to strike Lutefisk in the eye, downing him, and then flew back to Asgard.

Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and artist (possibly Larry Lieber or Flo Steinberg and Marie Severin? - see comments).

According to my internet research, lutefisk is a type of Norwegian fish. Perhaps the monster Lutefisk got his name from his choice of food?

The Marvel Mini-Books were VERY small comic books that were sold inside plastic eggs dispensed from gumball machines for a nickel in the 1960s. Each book was only about the size of a quarter and continued a basic story. Six Marvel Mini-Books were made, including the Amazing Spider-Man, the Mighty Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America and surprise inclusions Sgt. Nick Fury and Millie the Model.

Since the comic featuring Lutefisk was in black & white, it was impossible to determine its eye and hair color.

The Marvel Comics Mini-Comics: A Mini-History book by Mark Evanier that came with the Marvel Comics Mini-Books hardcover box set suggests that Marie Severin drew most of the Marvel Mini-Books (with the exception of the Captain America, which appeared to be drawn by Carl Hubbell, and Millie the Model, confirmed in the hardcover as being drawn by Stan Goldberg). It also reveals that Flo Steinberg had confirmed she had written at least one of them (though which one was not confirmed) and that Larry Lieber confirmed that he may have written a couple of them but that he didn't recall which ones or even for sure that he DID write any of them. Evanier does admit that he would not be surprised if Larry Lieber indeed had written some of the Mini-Books.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Lutefisk has no KNOWN connections to:


images: (without ads)
Marvel Mini-Books: The Mighty Thor, p43, splash page (Lutefisk, main image)
Marvel Mini-Books: The Mighty Thor, p29, splash page (Lutefisk headshot)
Marvel Mini-Books: The Mighty Thor, p31, splash page (Lutefisk breathing fire)


Appearances:
Marvel Mini-Books: The Mighty Thor (1966) - uncredited writer and artist


First posted: 08/19/2015
Last updated: 01/18/2021

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