Real Name: Mangog
Identity/Class: Magical construct;
possible avatar of Master Hate
Occupation: Seeker of vengeance;
briefly ruled Asgard as its seeming monarch while posing as Odin Borson
Group Membership: Bonded with the Mother Storm sentience of Mjolnir as the God of Hammers
Affiliations: Unidentified extraterrestrial race (whom he sometimes referred to as his masters) whose hatred originally created him;
possible avatar of the conceptual entity Master Hate;
Ratatoskr approved but did not specifically aid Mangog's assault in Asgard, as it served chaos;
formerly Igron, Loki Laufeyson, Malekith, Tarakis, "Thanos" (an otherwise undesignated member of the Thanosi);
briefly Adam Mann & Ulik, each of whom freed him from his prison;
the Asgardians unknowingly had portions of their power drained to power Mangog for a limited period of time;
Omnipotence City had some connection with the Mangog, as he was their Ultimate Judgment of all the gods
Enemies: Angela Odinsdotter, Angels of Heven, Asgardians (notably Balder Odinson, Brodag the Black, Bulwar, Cosak the Crimson-Haired, Cul, Fandral, Freyja (and her giant cat steed (see comments)), Gruenhilda, Gunthar, Heimdall, Hildegarde, Hogun, Holvar of the Single Eye, Igron, Karnilla, Khan, Krista, Loki Laufeyson, Odin Borson, Rongor,
Runa the Valkyrie, Sif, Skoval the Shaggy One, Thor Odinson, Volstagg
(also as the War Thor), Vizier, Whitemane, various soldiers), Avengers
(Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Commander Steve Rogers,
Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, Wolverine/James
Howlett/Logan), Beta Ray Bill, residents of Broxton, Oklahoma; Captain
Marvel (Carol Danvers), Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, Designate (Tarene; later Thor Girl) and her unidentified race, Destroyer, Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange), Dwarves of Nidavellir (notably Eitri), Fantastic Four
(Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Sue Richards, Mr.
Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), the Fates/Norns, Fire Demons of Muspelheim, Firelord (Pyreus Kril), Jane Foster (both in her mortal incarnation and as Thor), Gaea, the Jotuns (notably the Frost and Storm Giants), Kartag the Keeper, Light Elves of Alfheim, Man-Thing (Ted Sallis), Adam Mann, M'Hass natives, Orikal, Pet Avengers (Lockheed, Lockjaw, Throg),
Recorder (designation unrevealed), Rigellians
(notably the Grand Commissioner and Tana Nile), Thunderstrike (Kevin
Masterson), Toothgnasher, Ulik, the Vanir;
"All that live"
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: God of Hammers, "The Hatred Who
Walks," "The Living Vengeance Who Must be Satiated," "the Ultimate
Judgment of All the Gods"
"Dumbo" (from Thunderstrike/Kevin Masterson); "Hammer Lady" (from Spider-Man/Peter Parker)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly contained within Mjolnir;
formerly Earth's sun;
formerly the "dark abyss" realm;
formerly the eternal stone of a distant, extradimensional land that was the blackest of worlds;
formerly the Cage of Ages, within the wall of the Abyss of Shadows, an allegedly bottomless chasm located on the underground border between the domain of the Trolls and that part of Nornheim that is below ground, Asgard landmass, Asgard dimension
First Appearance: (Behind-the-scenes) Thor I#153 (July, 1968)
(seen and identified) Thor I#154 (July, 1968)
Powers/Abilities: At his power’s peak, Mangog is a veritable engine of destruction, possessing vast Class 100 strength (far in excess of Thor’s), sufficient to tear an entire Asgardian outpost from its foundation. Lacking training in combat, his vast strength and his swift, brutal, and devastating assaults make him an exceptionally dangerous threat. Despite his massive size, he has superhuman speed, agility, and reflexes. Virtually inexhaustible and unstoppable, he can devastate much of a planet in relatively short order.
He can burrow through solid rock more rapidly than even Asgardians can travel on the surface on foot.
He is virtually impervious to physical or energy assaults, He easily withstood an entire mountain being toppled on him, even lifting the rubble and using it as a weapon. He can withstand the force and lightning of Thor’s fiercest storms and suffers no damage from temperature extremes. Direct hits from Mjolnir, the Odinian Thunder Cannon, the Rigellian Sun Shredder and even Mjolnir’s anti-force blasts did not penetrate his hide.
His internal structures are more vulnerable, and he was incapacitated by Thor channeling Mjolnir's anti-force blast down his throat; however, when he assaulted Asgard as the Ultimate Judgment of the gods, he took a full power blast down the throat, absorbed it, and then channeled back on its deliverer.
He is also vulnerable to rune magic, at least when the wielder possesses the Odinforce and/or Mangog’s energies have been partially drained.
He uses his horns, teeth, claws and prehensile tail as weapons, the latter notably to bind or swat others.
He once used an energy blast to capture Loki in amber, and while attempting to consume Thor, he appeared to discharge destructive energies from his mouth.
He can sense and track Asgardian energies, and, at least under some circumstances, he can fly through space and/or travel across dimensional barriers.
Originally, his energies were dependent on the the life force and later the collective hatred of the race from which he was created; severing his energy source caused him to either shrink or fade from sight. However, despite the restoration of that race and Mangog's connection to that race having been severed, Mangog's rage and hatred allowed him to exist of his own will.
Empowered by Igron, he drew energies from all of the Asgardians, but he rapidly exhausted his energies when using them at his usual power level. His power sources when serving one of the Thanosi and as the Ultimate Judgment are unrevealed. Under at least some circumstances, he is further empowered by the hatred of those around him. He later existed in an energy form utilizing the energies of Mjolnir.
When empowered by tapping the Asgardians’ life forces and while posing as Odin, Mangog could cast spells (such as physical transformation of others, or perhaps illusion-casting) and project energy blasts strong enough to subdue Thor. He appeared to have relied on Igron to appear in Odin's form, but it may have been that while he could have remained in that form with his own energies, he simply chose not to.
Per Mighty Thor III#17 - ultimate judgment -- and 701+ "When a prayer is sent out into the ether...like a desperate cry for help...and is promptly ignored by all the gods...the Mangog knows. When devout men die while their gods do nothing, the Mangog rises. When divine gardeners neglect their orchards and entire worlds wither and die, the Mangog rages. When they sin and call it holy, he swells with power. And then he comes for them. With some sins of his own."
Mangog has not demonstrated any advanced intelligence, as he most typically single-mindedly pursues vengeance, death, and destruction. He is prone to hyperbole (see comments) and obsessive-compulsively repeats "facts" about his origins and power level. However, on occasion, he is quite verbose, creative, and detailed in describing his purpose, mission, etc.
Height: Varies (usually between 12' to 25';
has shrunken to the size of a rodent (or smaller) when cut off from
power; also existed in an energy form that could alter its physical
Weight: Varies (usually between 3500 to 31,600 lbs.; see discussion under height; energy form likely of negligible weight)
Distinguishing Features: Mangog has horns on his disproportionately-large head, a prehensile tail, two clawed fingers and a clawed thumb on each hand (he originally had only two clawed digits; see comments) and three clawed digits on each foot (two anterior and one posterior, somewhat like a bird's), yellow skin on his body, with red-brown skin on his face and claws.
(Thor I#154 (fb) - BTS / Thor I#156 (fb) - BTS) - Long ago (see comments), a mysterious, marauding unidentified alien race -- who had brought death to a thousand galaxies (see comments) -- almost succeeded in destroying Asgard. Ultimately, their invasion was crushed by the legions of Asgard, led by Odin.
(Thor I#157 (fb) - BTS) - "Ages" ago, after the invasion had been thwarted, Odin placed the entire race beneath an Odinspell, one that transformed them all into energy which was then trapped within a single being (Mangog) that was Odin's spell in living form. It was Odin's plan that the race would remain in their living prison until they had done their penance.
(Thor I#155 (fb) - BTS) <Alternatively, as recalled by Mangog> - It was at the command of Odin that this entire race was eternally destroyed for daring to invade the realm of Asgard. However, before they fell, these aliens created mighty Mangog to avenge them. As the race was dying, they found a way to take the limitless strength of all those billions whom Odin had doomed and store that matchless power within one living being whom they named - - MANGOG!
(Thor I#154 (fb) - BTS) - Odin sealed Mangog within a hidden cave known as the Cave of Ages or the Odin-Cave, within Nornheim's allegedly bottomless Abyss of Shadows. The entrance to the cave was labeled, "Let No Living Being Disturb That What Lies Within by order of Imperial Odin."
(Thor I#154 (fb) - BTS) - Over time, a legend arose as to how the last remaining member of this race had been sealed by Odin in the Odin-Cave.
(Thor I#155 (fb) - BTS) - Another legend claimed that if the Mangog were to be reborn then "even Odin would stand helpless before his wrath!"
(Thor I#153 - BTS) - Falling down the allegedly bottomless Abyss of Shadows, the troll Ulik caught a ledge and pulled himself into a cavern filled with shining rocks.
(Thor I#154) - Exploring the cavern, Ulik happened across the "Odin-Cave." Seeking an ally against Asgard and recalling the legend of the being trapped within, Ulik broke down the gate, freeing the Mangog.
(Thor I#154 (fb) - BTS) - The opening of the Cave of Ages caused the Eternity Alarm to sound within the city of Asgard.
(Thor I#154) - Noting their common enemies, Ulik proposed an alliance under his leadership, but Mangog cast him to the ground and announced "Mangog is the foe of all that live!" Nonetheless, Mangog resolved that Ulik could live as long as he proved useful.
(Thor I#154 - BTS) - Soon after, the Eternity Alarm sounded again to warn that the Cave of Ages was empty and its captive had gone!
With Odin undergoing the regenerative Odinsleep and Thor on Earth, Loki claimed the Asgardian throne.
(Thor I#154 (fb - BTS) - Carrying Ulik in one arm, Mangog scaled the Abyss of Shadows.(Thor I#154) - As the Mangog reached the top of the Abyss and set down Ulik, Ulik fled as Mangog climbed to the surface, calling out to the Lord Asgard that the Mangog would find him and then bring about Ragnarok -- "the death of all thy universe!"
(Thor I#155) - Confronted by a trio of Storm Giants, Mangog asked them to stand aside, as his quarrel was not with them, but when they challenged him, he swiftly dispatched them and then assaulted a distant outpost of Asgardian warriors. Unable to combat his might, they employed the Odinian Force Arrow missile, shattering a mountain above him to bury the Mangog. However, Mangog then threw off the rocks covering him and attacked anew, vowing to travel to Asgard and unsheathe the Odinsword, which would allegedly destroy not only Asgard but the entire universe.
(Thor I#155 (fb) - BTS) - The Mangog destroyed the outpost and slaughtered its inhabitants.
(Thor I#155 - BTS) - Thor arrived out the outpost and encountered an apparently dying survivor, who vowed that even a thousand like Thor could not stop him.
(Thor I#155 (fb) - BTS) - The Mangog encountered and devastated a legion of Asgardian warriors, allegedly felling their entire ranks with a single blow.
(Thor I#155 - BTS) - Thor encountered the fallen legion, who urged him to turn back, as Mangog was a living death.
(Thor I#155 (fb) - BTS) - The Warriors Three encountered the Mangog, who "with but one hand" trapped them within a series of rocks he piled around them.
(Thor I#155) - As Thor found the imprisoned Warriors Three, the Mangog grabbed him in his hand, began crushing him, and vowed his death.
(Thor I#156) - Thor broke free of Mangog's grip and engaged the monster fruitlessly, as Mangog shrugged off blows from Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, as well as a whirlwind, being immersed in lava, and covered in a flood. Mangog soon confronted Thor anew.
(Thor I#157) - Rapidly tunneling through solid rock, the Mangog reached and assaultred Asgard, tearing down the Eternal Flame and battling various warriors, as well as the arriving Thor and Balder (aided by Gunthar). The Mangog eventually reached the chamber of the Odin sword and began unsheathing it until a revived Odin confronted it. Immobilizing the Mangog with a blast from his power scepter to freeze Mangog's limbs, Odin broke his spell, and the race from which Mangog was created was restored and returned to their alien home, while the Mangog faded from existence. Odin noted that the race had done their penance and that they would now dwell forever in peace.
(Thor I#195 (fb) - BTS) - In actuality, Mangog had survived even though his purpose as a living prison had ended. Unable to destroy the monster, Odin realized that Mangog's "most persistent evil" was one that, after so long, would continue to exist of its own will. Odin acted to secretly imprison Mangog by entombing his dark spirit in an endless rest within the eternal stone of a distant land that was the blackest of worlds.
(Thor I#184 - BTS) - While briefing Thor about how the World Beyond was threatening all life and the universe itself, Odin stated that "the monstrous Mangog is no more," living only in the memory of the race from which it was created.
(Thor I#194 - BTS) - After foiling Loki's temporary taking over rule of Asgard in his absence, Odin banished Loki and his allies extradimensionally.
(Thor I#195 (fb) - BTS / Thor I#195 (fb) - BTS) - In his haste, Odin unwittingly banished Loki to the world on which he had imprisoned the Mangog. Loki realized the secret of this world (having gained the knowledge when he had worn Odin's Odin-Ring), and Odin's Vizier revealed this to Odin via the Cosmic Well.
I#195 - BTS / Thor I#198 (fb) - BTS) - As part of a plot to both
protect Thor from the return of the Mangog and to facilitate the
Mangog's defeat, Odin sent Thor and the Warriors Three on a quest to
World’s End to wrest
the secret of the Twilight Well from Kartag the Keeper. Odin also sent Sif and Hildegarde away, partially to protect them from the Mangog.
(Thor I#195) - As Odin showed four of Asgard's elder warriors (Bulwar, Khan, Rongor, and Whitemane) via viewscreen, Loki
freed the Mangog and tried to forge an alliance against Asgard, but the
Mangog considered him presumptious and unworthy, and encased Loki in
amber, noting that he should be grateful that he did not just kill
Nonetheless, Mangog pondered why he still existed when the race whose hatred had spawned him had returned to the land of the living, after which he departed.
(Thor I#195 (fb) - BTS) - Mangog somehow traveled to Asgard.
(Thor I#195 - BTS) - The Vizier informed Odin of Mangog's arrival.
(Thor I#195) - On Asgard's northern walls, a hundred soldiers died battling Mangog as the creature shattered the wall.
(Thor I#196) - Some distance from Odin-Hold (Asgard's castle), a group of Asgardians futilely used the Thunder Cannon against Mangog, after which Odin led an army, including at least Khan and possibly Bulwar, Rongor, and Whitemane, to confront the monster. When they charged Mangog, he tore apart the bridge over which they rode, dumping them all into the waters. Khan apparently died during this assault, and Hela arrived to claim him.
(Thor I#196 / Thor I#197 - BTS) - Odin relocated Asgard to a distant dimension, so that Mangog could not continue on to the other realms if he proved victorious over the forces of Asgard.
(Thor I#197 (fb) - BTS) - Mangog subdued Odin and placed him within the castle.
(Thor I#197 - BTS) - Guided by the Fates, Kartag provided Thor with water from the Twilight Well and then accompanied them back to Asgard, only to find the city missing and Bifrost coming to an end where it would have joined to Asgard. Noting an affinity between the waters of the Twilight Well and Asgard's Cosmic Well, Kartag poured some of the former on Mjolnir, allowing Thor to locate and transport them to Asgard.
(Thor I#197) - As Mangog easily overwhelmed Asgardian forces, Thor and Kartag joined the fight, but Mangog stunned the former and knocked the latter a distance away. As Thor confronted Mangog anew, the monster pulled Odin from the castle and prepared to deliver a fatal strike.
(Thor I#198) - Aided by Hogun's distraction, Thor liberated Odin from Mangog, after which Fandral, Rongor, and others joined the assault against the monster. Although the warriors ultimately were felled by Mangog, they provided enough time for Volstagg to deliver the waters of the Twilight Well to Odin's Vizier, who poured them into the Cosmic Well, which sent powerful geysers erupting throughout Asgard that sent the landmass on a path back to its original location.
Mangog revealed (or, at least, claimed) that his masters (the race from whom he was spawned), even though they now lived, still hated Odin with undying enmity and claimed that the only thing they craved was Odin's final doom, even if it meant the end of their lives.
Locating and unsheathing the Odin sword, Mangog was surprised when nothing happened due to Asgard then being beyond space and time.
His strength renewed by immersion in the geysers, Odin used his full power to sever the connection between Mangog and his masters' hate. With the thread of energy that had still connected him to his masters broken, Mangog swiftly consumed what power he had left battling Thor and then shrank into (seeming) nothingness.
(Thor I#198 - BTS) - The drain on Odin's weakened form was too much, and he died. However, as Asgard was in transport across time and space, Odin would not truly be dead until Asgard returned to its original location, and Hela could claim his soul.
(Thor I#199 - BTS) - Aided by Norns/Fates themselves, Thor held off both the forces of Hela and Pluto until Asgard was restored to its original location, in which Odin was successfully restored to life.
(Thor I#250 (fb)) - Left the size of a rodent and sustained by his own hatred and anger, Mangog entered the prison cell of the sorcerer Igron, revealed that hatred such as his could not be destroyed and that he was now sustained only by his all-encompassing anger and his desire to conquer Asgard.
(Thor I #240 - BTS / Thor I#250 (fb)) - Igron used power usurped from each Asgardian god to restore Mangog's existence and power, causing the Asgardians to feel a strange lethargy.
(Thor I#250 (fb) - BTS / Thor I#262 (fb) - BTS) - As Odin returned to Asgard from Earth, he was secretly abducted by the Deonists known as the Soul Survivors.
(Thor I#250 (fb)) - After seeing Odin vanish while returning to Asgard (a fact unknown to the other Asgardians), Igron tranformed Mangog into Odin's form, after which Mangog impersonated Odin. Odin then ordered a guard to open the cell and let him out, dismissed the guard's concerns, and then took Odin's throne.
(Thor I#243) - As Odin, Mangog told Asgard's Vizier that Thor was to remain banished from Asgard for seeing Jane Foster against Odin's orders, and when the Vizier questioned the wisdom of this, "Odin" instructed him that he knew exactly what he was doing.
(Thor I#244) - After the Vizier again pled with "Odin" to remove Thor's banishment after Thor had helped end the threat of the Time-Twisters, "Odin" sent the Vizier to retire to his Tower of Solitude and study the ancient scrolls until he was summoned by Odin.
"Odin" then sent Balder to Asgard's dungeons to bring back Igron to serve as his new advisor. Balder complied, but he began to doubt Odin's wisdom.
(Thor I#248 (fb) - BTS) - "Odin" placed a storm giant atop the Tower to guard the Vizier.
(Thor I#246 (fb) - BTS) - Igron accused a trio of Asgardian warrior of high-treason, and Mangog (still posing as Odin) had then summoned before him.
(Thor I#246) - When the trio pled innocence, "Odin" became enraged, and he accepted Igron's advise to end this "charade," after which "Odin" banished them to the Molten Mirepits. When a disgusted Balder departed, "Odin" halted him, noting that he hoped he had learned the grim lesson he had taught that day, and Balder confirmed that he had. Balder silently considered that Odin had gone insane.
(Thor I#246 - BTS) - As Balder met with Hildegarde, telling her that Odin did not deserve to be liege. Overhearing this, Snaykar the Skulker resolved to sell this information to Igron.
(Thor I#247) - Per Igron's advice, "Odin" summoned Balder and accused him of treason. Declaring his loyalty to Asgard and Odin, Balder voiced his concerns that Igron was manipulating Odin. Again following Igron's advice, "Odin" ordered Balder to be chained in the dungeons so that they might force him to reveal who stood behind him in rebellion. Certain of Odin's madness, Balder fought his way out of the palace and resolved to travel to Earth and recruit the aid of Thor and the Warriors Three.
(Thor I#248 (fb) - BTS) - Though the city descended into squalor, most Asgardians remained loyal to "Odin." However, a small number -- including Brodag the Black, Cosak the Crimson-Haired, Hildegarde, Holvar of the Single Eye, Krista, Skoval the Shaggy One -- formed a rebel force, allying with Balder.
(Thor I#248 (fb) - BTS) - "Odin" ordered Heimdall to refuse access to Asgard to Thor, Balder, and the Warriors Three.
(Thor I#248 - BTS) - Having traveled to Jane Foster's apartment, Balder told Thor and the Warriors Three of the recent behavior of "Odin," leading Thor to return to Asgard with Balder, the Warriors Three, and Jane Foster (whose body then housed the spirit of Sif). Per the decree of "Odin," Volstagg summoned Odin's elite guard to help repel Thor and his allies, who defeated them and continued into the city where they met with the rebel force.
(Thor I#248) - Igron informed "Odin" of the arrival of Thor and his allies.
(Thor I#248 - BTS) - Thor and his allies liberated the Vizier from the Tower of Solitude in hopes of learning more of Odin's affliction, and the Vizier advised Thor to face Odin directly.
(Thor I#248) - Igron informed "Odin" of the Vizier's liberation, and "Odin" anticipated the coming conflict and the death of Thor.
(Thor I#249) - After Thor fought his way past Odin's palace guards, he was confronted by a manifestation of "Odin," who blocked Thor's progress and told him he was not welcome in his house.
(Thor I#249) - "Odin" had a number of warriors carry the Odin sword from its chambers (from which it had never been moved before) to the throne room. This decision caused a number of Odin's most loyal supporters to question his sanity. Dismissing this, "Odin" noted that none would dare oppose him or risk the Odin sword being unsheathed. He then had the golden throne brought down and set atop the Odin sword.
(Thor I#249 - BTS) - After Jane Foster had been transformed into Sif after being given Sif's sword, Thor and his allies subsequently recruited aid from the Norn Queen Karnilla, whose power in conjunction with the power of Mjolnir, allowed Thor to penetrate the force field blocking his access to Asgard.
(Thor I#249) - When Thor entered the throne room and and questioned the sitting of "Odin" atop the Odin sword and his choosing the treacherous Igron as his aide, "Odin" transformed into his true form of Mangog. Mangog then warned Thor that if anyone tried to usurp his golden throne, he would pull the Odin sword from its scabbard, and bring the universe to a swift and fiery end.
(Thor I#250) - After revealing the circumstances leading to Mangog usurping Odin's role, Igron returned Mangog to Odin's form, after which "Odin" subdued Thor.
(Thor I#250 - BTS) - Balder, Hildegarde, Krista, Sif, the Vizier, and the the Warriors Three told other Asgardians of the madness of "Odin," and convinced them to join them in approaching Odin's castle.
(Thor I#250 - BTS) - Mangog and Igron had Thor placed in restaints and held outside the castle.
(Thor I#250) - When the others reached the castle, Thor tried to reveal Mangog's identity, only to be blasted into submission by "Odin." The others then challenged "Odin," only for Balder, Hogun, Volstagg, Fandral to be apparently transformed into a dog, mule, pig, ram, and an old woman, respectively. After Thor broke free but was seemingly crushed when the walls collapsed on him, "Odin" exclaimed that there was no one left in Asgard who could challenge him. When Igron urged caution to avoid revealing his true nature, Mangog decided that he no longer needed Igron and blasted him into seeming dust. With Igron's demise, his spell faded, and Mangog reverted to his true form.
(Thor: Asgard's Avenger: Mangog entry) - In incinerating Igron, Mangog unwittingly severed his link to the Asgardians' power.
(Thor I#250) - Escaping the rubble, Thor engaged Mangog, who swatted away Mjolnir and then hurled Thor away with his tail while tearing through various forces and barriers opposing him and ultimately returning to the Odin sword to withdraw it.
However, as Thor opposed him, Mangog used up the energy that sustained him, and he faded from existence ( see comments).
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#15: Mangog entry / Thor: Asgard's Avenger: Mangog entry) - The Mangog was somehow restored to his previous power levels, possibly by achieving a connection with the cosmic entity embodying hatred, Master Hate; or possibly by regenerating, replicating, or restoring the link to the energies he formerly drew from race he had originally contained).
(Thor II#20 (fb) - BTS / Thor II#21 (fb) - BTS / Infinity Abyss#3 (fb) - BTS) - As "Thanos," one of his Thanosi doppelgangers, became master to the Mangog and sent it to retrieve the Chalice of Ruins from Orikal.
(Thor II#20) - Orikal requested an audience with Ulik, warning that "he" was near, at which point the Mangog appeared, correcting him and noting that he was here. After punching down Ulik, Mangog tore the Chalice from within Orikal's chest, and then called to his master before kneeling to the ground and delivering the chalice to...
(Thor II#21) - ..."Thanos." '
(Thor II#21 (fb) - BTS) - Arriving on Bifrost, Asgard's Rainbow Bridge, Mangog subdued Heimdall before entering Asgard and taking down any warrior who stood against him, including Sif and the Warriors Three.
(Thor II#21) - Traveling to Asgard, Thor encountered the fallen warriors, and just as the barely conscious Sif tried to warn him of Mangog, the creature announced its own presence. While weathering Thor's assaults and battering him in return, Mangog noted that he served a master who was now dealing with Odin.
(Thor II#21 (fb) - BTS) - His agent Tarakis having poisoned and seriously weakened Odin, "Thanos" forced Odin to yield to him the Map of the All-Ending, which would lead him to the Designate (Tarene).
(Thor II#21) - Shrugging off even a bolt of anti-force from Mjolnir, Mangog punched down Thor and prepared to slay him, but the Thanosi duplicate insisted Mangog stop. Despite Mangog's protests, "Thanos" considered Thor of no consequence and brought Mangog with him on the path shown by the Map of the All-Ending.
(Thor 2000/2 (fb) / Thanos I#1 (fb) - BTS) - The ship of "Thanos" entered the atmosphere Rigel-3 (the replacement planet succeeding the Rigel-3 destroyed by the Rhunians) and then sent the Mangog to devastate that world.
As the Rigellians' defenses proved futile, the Grand Commissioner made the decision to utilize the Sun-Shredder weapon against the Mangog; however, despite the weapon obliterating 422 square blocks of their capital city, the Mangog was unharmed.
(Thor 2000/2 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the Thanosi duplicate entered the Rigellians' defense bunker in preparation of confronting the Rigellians there.
(Thor 2000/2 (fb)) - After over nine hours of continued assault by the Mangog, Rigellian losses were so catastrophic that an evacuation order was issued.
The ever-efficient Rigellians scurried into immense space arks, although one of these succumbed to the Mangog's brutal assault and 12, 216 Rigellian passengers perished.
(Thor 2000/2 (fb) - BTS) - After Thanos allegedly wiped out 88% of Rigel-3's population, the High Commissioner Emeritus surrendered the location of the Fire Jewel -- which Thanos would use via the Map of the All-Ending to locate the true path to the Designate -- in order to save the remaining population. Thanos then claimed the Fire Jewel and departed with Mangog in his ship.
(Thanos I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Per Thanos (the original, not the Thanosi duplicate), more than five million Rigellians died under this assault.
(Thor 2000/2 - BTS) - A Rigellian Recorder revealed the events on Rigel-3 to Thor, after which Tana Nile informed Thor that the Map was guiding "Thanos" to the planet M'Hass.
II#22 - BTS) - Orikal showed a vision of the future (actually of
alternate Reality-24240), in which Mangog and the Thanosi' member's
slaying of Thor caused the Designate (Tarene) to weep. Collecting and
drinking those tears from the Chalice of Ruins, Odin gained power
and unleashed waves unimaginable death across the planet until not a
shred of life remained.
Though Orikal insisted the future was immutable, Odin considered that, with Balder's help, there may be a way to avert catastrophe.
(Thor II#22 (fb) - BTS / Thor: Official Index to the Marvel Universe) - Seeking the Illumination Stone, Mangog traveled with Thanos" to M'Hass, the planet that held the Illumination Stone, which allowed the otherwise undescribed Designate to be identified.
(Thor II#22) - Despite unceasing resistance from large numbers of this race, Mangog battered and/or slew all he encountered before shattering the walls to the chamber holding the Illumination Stone. Thor then arrived (guided by the Recorder), and he managed to temporarily subdue both Mangog and "Thanos," but then Mangog swiftly revived and brutally battered Thor and began crushing Thor's chest within his jaws. However, "Thanos" again interrupted, sparing Thor as he drew Mangog away and departed with the Illumination Stone to embrace their destiny.
(Thor II#23 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, on M'Hass, the Recorder slipped a microtrack unit to Mangog.
(Thor II#23 - BTS) - Revealing he had placed the microtrack unit on Mangog, the Recorder led Thor and new ally Firelord to follow the trail to Mangog and "Thanos."
(Thor II#23) - Mangog arrived alongside "Thanos" on the world of the Designate, and Mangog eagerly offered to tear the entire population limb from limb.
(Thor II#23 (fb) - BTS) - After "Thanos" had used the Illumination Stone to identify which of the natives was the Designate, "Thanos" and/or Mangog slew the rest of the population and departed with her. At some point, Mangog and/or "Thanos" discovered the microtrack unit, removed it, and left it on the surface of the Designate's world.
(Thor II#23 - BTS) - After Firelord facilitated their arrival on the Designate's world, the trio discovered the carnage, and Thor vowed to vanquish "Thanos."
(Thor II#24 - BTS) - After Firelord sensed the location of the Illumination Stone, Thor transported himself and the Recorder to that location.
(Thor II#24) - Aboard Thanos' ship, Mangog noted that its own taste for blood paled in comparison to that of "Thanos." When then Mangog subsequently warned "Thanos" that he would feel Mangog's wrath if the planned universal death did not include Asgard, Mangog backed off when questioned by "Thanos," blaming irritation caused by confinement within the ship, and he asked forgiveness.
After they landed on a barren world, centrally located within the universe from which to spread the universal death, the Designate fled on foot, but Mangog swiftly recaptured her. Thor then arrived, assaulted, and temporarily dispatched Mangog, but as Thor futilely assaulted "Thanos," Mangog revived and brutally battered Thor into submission. After Mangog hung Thor by his cape on a stalagmite-like structure, he held the Designate within his hands as "Thanos" raised the Chalice of Ruins and prepared to achieve his goals.
(Thor II#25) - Seeking to induce the Designate to cry so her tears could enter the Chalice of Ruins, "Thanos" had the eager Mangog brutally batter Thor, and despite her efforts, the Designate wept. Collecting her tears in the Chalice of Ruins, Thanos drank them, gaining vast power, which he began to unleash in waves of death.
Reviving, Thor engaged Mangog, striking him with Mjolnir repeatedly before placing the hammer within Mangog's mouth and unleashing its anti-force into his less-durable internal organs. As the weakened Mangog crawled away, Thor knocked him over the edge of a cliff, intending for his carcass to be buried amid a desolate land as barren as the Mangog's soul. After a lengthy fall, Mangog's plunge ended in a fiery explosion of anti-force.
(Thor II#25 - BTS) - Via weapons constructed by the troll Jagrfelm, empowered by Odin, and delivered via space-warping of the Firelord (along with Thor's Belt of Strength), Thor attacked "Thanos" and shattered the Illumination Stone. Weeping over the many slain by "Thanos," the Designate cast her tears on the villain's form; unprotected by the Illumination Stone, "Thanos" was swiftly consumed in a flames.
(Thor II#84 (fb) - BTS) - Loki revived Mangog and enlisted him against Thor, but then siphoned some of Mangog's power for himself.
(Thor II#84) - In Valhalla, Mangog charged Thor. However, possessed of both the Odinpower and the knowledge of the runes, Thor stopped Mangog, contained him, and apparently drained him of the source of his power, causing Mangog to fade from existence.
(Thor: Asgard's Avenger: Mangog entry) - Mangog was restored via hatred festering in the shadows.
(Thunderstrike II#3 (fb) - BTS) - The Mangog was apparently banished to some timeless extradimensional void referred to as the "dark abyss." Seeking the power of a god, Adam Mann used the Mysticator, which apparently tapped into Mangog's power.
(Thunderstrike II#3) - Empowered by the Thunderstrike mace, Adam Mann's Mysticator opened a dimensional rift, through which the Mangog reached and -- seeking to slay whoever had summoned him -- painfully grabbed and crushed the Valkyrie Gruenhilda.
(Thunderstrike II#4) - Fired on by Mann's guards, Mangog released Gruenhilda, after which he traveled completely through the portal and emerged on Earth. Recognizing Grunehilda as having the scent of accursed Asgard mixed with the pleasant aroma of death, Mangog demanded to know where he might find Thor; he further sensed the Odin-power within the Thunderstrike mace. Mangog subsequently located and confronted Thunderstrike, picking him up in his hand and shrugging off Thunderstrike's fiercest strikes. At Gruenhild's instruction, Thunderstrike reverted to Kevin, and his lack of Asgardian energy caused Mangog to lose interest in him. Sensing that Mann had been the one to draw him there, when Mann claimed to be a god, Mangog devoured him.
As Mangog departed the Palisades and traveled to Manhattan, Kevin Masterson informed Sharon Carter about Mangog, leading her to summon the Avengers (Hawkeye, Commander Steve Rogers, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Thor, Wolverine), and Thunderstrike and Gruenhilda subsequently confronted Mangog alongside those heroes.
(Thunderstrike II#5) - After Thunderstrike, Gruenhilda, and Wolverine futilely assaulted Mangog, Commander Rogers ordered the others to provide a distraction while Thor opposed Mangog. Thor briefly dropped Mangog only to be flattened in return. When Mangog noted that it would live as long as hate endured (and later noted that he gained power from his foes' hatred and frustration), Thor joined forces with Gruenhilda and Thunderstrike to banish Mangog to a distant dimension. Although Mangog gripped the warp's edges and resisted falling in, Thunderstrike delivered a powerful strike that knocked Mangog through the portal, and then Thor retrieved Thunderstrike before closing the portal.
Thor III#701 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Mangog became the judgment
for those who could not be judged by man, the ultimate judgment of all
(Thor: God of Thunder I#25/3 (fb; relative flashforward)) - In the distant future of Earth-14412, King Thor's granddaughters -- Frigg, Ellisiv, and Atli - read from Unworthy, a book in Asgard's library that told of modern day Thor's impending threats, which included Mangog.
(Mighty Thor III#17 - BTS) - As a result of a challenge of gods between Thor (Jane Foster) and the Shi'ar gods Sharra and Kythri, the Scorekeeper was pressured to unleash the Ultimate Judgment, and Omnipotence City received the priority request and unleashed the Ultimate Judgment, despite the Scorekeeper's refusal to unleash it.
(Mighty Thor III#17) - In a nameless world somewhere in the darkest corners of the cosmos, Mangog' clawed hand emerged from a magma pit.
(Mighty Thor III#19) - Mangog watched from an asteroid as the Phoenix Force flew past.
The narrator noted that the Mangog, "the Ultimate Judgment of All the Gods" was coming: "They say that once it is awoken, nothing that lives, nothing that breathes, can hope to stay its wrath. They are right."
(Mighty Thor III#700 - BTS) - When Karnilla considered the fates of all the realms, gods, and Thors, the Mangog was amongst those shown in the visions.
(Mighty Thor III#700) - When Mangog entered "old Asgard" (as opposed to Asgardia), the goat Toothgnasher, who was there confronting the War Thor (Volstagg, empowered by the Mjolnir of Reality-1610 (the "Ultimate Universe," allegedly charged with the rage of an entire dead universe)), charged him. In the process of tearing off Toothgnasher's head, Mangog noted that this Thor was not like any Thor he had ever seen...but that he would do.
Announcing that the time had come for the ultimate judgment (time for gods to die screaming and wailing), Mangog tossed aside Toothgnasher's carcass and charged the War Thor.
(Mighty Thor III#701) - Despite the power and fury of the War Thor, Mangog shrugged off his lightning storm and brutally pummeled Volstagg. Even when the War Thor shoved his hammer into Mangog's mouth and unleashed what he believed to be the rage of an entire dead universe, Mangog absorbed the power, laughing and noting that it tasted like another dead god, and then spat the power back on Volstagg.
Mangog then told him, "I eat the impossible. And the omnipotent. I feed on the monsters who hide in Heaven. I am the great maggot gnawing its way through the rotting flesh of the unholiest of holies." It then proceeded to batter Volstagg into virtual incapacitation. Finally, when Volstagg continued to resist, Mangog shattered the War Thor's Mjolnir, and then punched the de-powered Volstagg to the edge of Asgard.
Although Volstagg refused to tell Mangog where the rest of the Asgardians were, the dark elf Malekith then appeared and told Mangog they were in Asgardia. Mangog questioned Malekith's identity, and Malekith assured him that he was not a god and thus not his concern, and Mangog advised Malekith not to get in his away. As Mangog leapt away toward Asgardia, Malekith assured him he wouldn't dream of it.
(Mighty Thor III#702 (fb) - BTS) - Despite having fallen into the void, Volstagg's badly beaten and virtually comatose form was found in Old Asgard and brought to Asgardia.
(Mighty Thor III#702 - BTS) - Though the source of Vostagg's injuries was unknown to the Asgardians, Thor Odinson told Thor (Jane Foster) how he suspected Mangog to be the culprit based on Karnilla's prophecy and the severity of the injuries.
(Mighty Thor III#702) - Arriving on the Bifrost, Mangog instructed Heimdall to tell the gods that he had come to send them all to Hel.
(Mighty Thor III#703) - Although Heimdall stabbed Mangog in the abdomen, Mangog assured him that he would only stop when gods were known for honor and compassion over arrogance and cruelty..."in other words, never!" As he apparently poked Heimdall in the eyes, Mangog mocked him as not having foreseen this.
Having seen this and having seen the fear in Odin's eye when discussing Mangog, Cul ordered the Bifrost be used to banish the creature, but Mangog shattered the Bifrost, preventing its use for travel to or from Asgard. Mocking Mangog's race's destruction as a mercy killing, Cul vowed to show Mangog true cruelty, promising to destroy whatever the creature loved. Mangog countered that the only love he had ever known was how he felt when he broke a god with his bare hands, and he invited the armies of Asgard, telling them that he had much love to give.
(Unbeatable Squirrel Girl II#44 (fb)) - Escaping his Asgardian prison cell, Ratatoskr encountered Mangog rampaging through Asgard. Pleased with the chaos he was generating, Ratatoskr gave Mangog the thumbs-up and told him to continue the good work.
(Mighty Thor III#703) - As Mangog tore through the Asgardians who challenged him, Freyja activated the Destroyer and confronted Mangog. However, Mangog appreciated how weak Freyja was after a near-death from poisoning, and he tore the Destroyer apart with his teeth.
(Mighty Thor III#703 - BTS) - Mjolnir appeared outside of the hospital window as Jane Foster received chemotherapy, but everyone present, including Thor Odinson and Dr. Strange, convinced her to continue her life-saving treatment
(Mighty Thor III#703) - After Mangog challenged Odin, threatening to slay every god in Asgard and then drown him in their blood, Thor Odinson joined his father, and the two united against Mangog.
(Mighty Thor III#704) - Mangog withstood the combined power of Odin and the Odinson.
(Mighty Thor III#704 - BTS) - When Freyja traveled to the armory and considered weapons that might stop Mangog, Loki futilely tried to convince her to flee with him.
(Mighty Thor III#704) - Mangog smashed Asgardia's controls, causing Asgardia to plummet toward the sun.
(Mighty Thor III#704 - BTS) - Appreciating that Asgardia was otherwise doomed, Jane Foster reclaimed Mjolnir, neutralizing the chemotherapy in her system as she became Thor once again.
(Mighty Thor III#704) - Thor (Jane Foster) confronted Mangog in Asgardia.
(Mighty Thor III#705) - After she briefly stunned Mangog with a hammer smash and then melted a statue over him, Thor/Foster urged the Asgardian guards to flee and to be better gods.
Recovering and re-engaging Thor/Foster, Mangog noted that Jane had shared his hatred of gods for failing humanity, but she argued that the gods had helped when no one expected it. Refusing Mangog's urging not to die for the gods, Thor/Foster informed him that she died for live as she cast him toward the sun.
When Mangog nonetheless shattered Asgardia, Thor/Foster bound Mangog in Gleipnir, which she also wrapped around Mjolnir, and then hurled Mjolnir into the sun.
(Mighty Thor III#705 - BTS) - Upon reverting back to human form, Jane Foster died (she got better...)
(Thor VI#21 (fb) - BTS) - Within the sun, Mangog burned alongside of and merged with Mjolnir.
(Thor VI#22 (fb) - BTS) - Capitalizing on the Mother Storm's resentment of having been trapped in a hammer by Odin, Mangog convinced his new partner/self to destroy all of Odin's creations.
(Thor VI#22 (fb) - BTS) - While Thor Odinson slept, Mangog/Mjolnir traveled to the pocket realm in which Donald Blake dwelled, shattering its walls, letting in the dragon, and letting the maddened Blake out.
(Thor VI#1-17 - BTS) - Influenced by Mangog and frustrated with Thor serving as a ruler rather than a warrior, Mjolnir progressively rebelled against Thor (see comments).
(Thor VI#18 (fb) - BTS) - Mjolnir vanished, and Thor believed it to have been stolen.
(Thor VI#20 (fb) - BTS) - Mangog/Mjolnir/God of Hammers traveled the universe, destroying sources of the legend of the God of Hammers.
(Thor VI#19 (fb) - BTS) - Mangog/Mjolnir/God of Hammers traveled to Nidavellir, shattering the forge in which Mjolnir had been created and slaughtered the Valraven and Dwarves present...
(Thor VI#20 (fb) - BTS) - The God of Hammers devastated Vanir, Alfheim, Muspelheim, Jotunheim, and the rest of Asgard's realms. Blaming Thor for these assaults, the forces of the various realms began to rally against him.
(Thor VI#20 (fb) - BTS) - ...including Eitri.
(Thor VI#20 (fb) - BTS) - Thor sent Throg to seek out the missing Mjolnir while Thor went to meet with Odin and to learn what he might know about Mjolnir's disappearance and/or Odin's failing enchantments.
(Thor VI#19 - BTS) - Thor and Odin traveled to Nidavellir and realized that the death and destruction had been performed with a hammer.
(Thor VI#20 (fb) - BTS) - The God of Hammers demolished the city of Broxton, Oklahoma, above which Asgard had floated for a time.
(Thor VI#20 - BTS) - After Throg and Sif showed Thor and Odin the destruction of Broxton, Thor focused his will to summon Mjolnir, which then arrived, only to strike him down. In the form of humanoid energy, Mangog/Mjolnir identified itself as the God of Hammers, and revealed that it was the sentience of Mjolnir.
(Thor VI#21 - BTS) - Sif used the Bifrost to banish the God of Hammers, the manifestation of Mjolnir "beyond the farthest point of known existence, an endless abyss beyond the eyes of even the most ancient, abstract, primordial gods. A place so remote and far that there is no way of calculating its distance. The God of Hammers briefly wondered where it was.
(Thor VI#21) - In perhaps a minute, the God of Hammers warped back to the ruins of Broxton, Oklahoma, with Mjolnir striking Odin in the back. The God of Hammers then revealed that it was combined form of Mangog and Mjolnir.
(Thor VI#22) - Beta Ray Bill gathered an army of Asgardians warriors as well as a number of others -- Angela Odinsdotter, Freyja (and her giant cat steed), Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange), Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Sue Richards, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Man-Thing (Ted Sallis), Pet Avengers (Lockheed, Lockjaw, Throg), Runa the Valkyrie, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Volstagg, Wolverine (James Howlett/Logan) -- against the Mangog/Mjolnir, who easily knocked them with a burst of energy and then resisted their assaults.
Calling on Gaea's power, Thor trapped the Mangog/Mjolnir within some sort of energy tornado and then buried and trapped the creature within a pillar of rocks.
As Mangog/Mjolnir broke free, Odin apparently died, granting Thor the full Odinpower.
(Thor VI#23) - When Thor's sword shattered against the combined Mangog/Mjolnir, Sif gave Thor her sword, which he used to summon the Bifrost. Caging the creature within its rainbow energy, Thor then transported Mjolnir, Mangog, and the God of Hammers to the forge in Nidavellir in which Mjolnir had been created. Thor ignited the forge, and the "heat of a billion suns" boiled away the enchantments Odin had granted the hammer, after which Thor pounded Mjolnir until it shattered.
(Thor VI#23 (fb) - BTS) -The Angels of Heven repaired the shattered hammer, bereft of its enchantments, sentience, etc.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Vincent Colletta.
So, technically, it's the Mangog, not just Mangog, but that is really tedious to keep writing/reading...if you feel the need, please feel free to insert "the" in front of Mangog every time you read a spot where it's not there in this profile.
According to Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#15's Mangog entry: It is possible that Mangog is a minor abstract entity incarnating the hatred felt by the alien race from which he originated and later the hatred felt by himself. In that case, he may be an avatar of the conceptual entity Master Hate.
In Thor#243-250, Mangog was decidedly less powerful than normal, as he derived a small amount of power from each of the Asgardians, rather than the entire races of billions (see below for a discussion on that). Further it seemed to me that Mangog's true nature being revealed may have caused him to lose the power he was deriving from the Asgardians -- perhaps they began actively resisting or subconsciously reclaimed their energies -- although, it may be that he just used up his more limited source of power. However, in #250, Mangog notes that his power was supplied by "the worship of your simple-minded subjects." So perhaps when they realized he was not Odin, they stopped worshipping him .
In Thor II#25, Thor noted that Mangog's internal organs were not as durable as his hide. As a magical construct, I'm not even sure that he has internal organs (although he may; he certain has facial structures, including a mouth, a nose, and eyes), but certainly his internal structures/construction are not as durable as his hide. In Mighty Thor#702?, however, he was unphased when the War Thor channeled his Mjolnir's full power down Mangog's throat.
Thor II#20-25 and Thor Annual 2000/2 was a cool storyline, but there was a lot of things that were vague. Thor: Official Index to the Marvel Universe clarified a number of vague points.
In Thor I#276 and #293, Mangog appears only in a "reminder flashback"
that shows previous events with no new context.
In Thor Annual#14, Thor detailed a number of beings of great power, including the Mangog. Noting Mangog's claimed to possess the power of a billion, billion beings, Thor notes, "Methinks the foul creature was exaggerating." Regardless, no new information.
In Fantastic Four Annual#23/3: Beyond and Back, Kubik takes Kosmos through a tour of the universe, during which Kubik notes Mangog (along with the Over-Mind and the Uni-Mind) during a discussion on composite beings, entire races condensed into a single mentality. No new information
Thor: The Legend#1 has a featurette entitled Mortal Foes of Thor, which includes the Mangog. No new information.
Captain Marvel IV#18 has Thanos noting that that he worked with Mangog for at time, which allowed him to seek weakness in a creature that drew power from billions of souls. The being in those stories was subsequently designated as having been one of the Thanosi; but there's no new Mangog information.
"Thanos" apparently is destroyed by the tears of the Designate in Thor II#25, and in Infinity Abyss#3, Thanos notes that this was not him, but rather one of his failed clones, which were defined as the Thanosi in the Spider-Man Encyclopedia's appendix section, under Adam Warlock.
Deadpool V#45/8 is apparently some delusion Deadpool has during the incursions that led to Secret Wars III: Deadpool obtained the Cosmic Cube and used it to take the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos in his Thanos Copter and then went to his own roast. Mangog was present at the Roast, civilly sitting at a table during the least funny roast I’ve ever seen. OK, there was an amusing page with Ben Franklin on it, but mostly...just painful.
In Mighty Thor#703, etc....why couldn't Dr. Strange help against
Mangog? His power, combined with Thor Odinson and Odin Borson's, may
have made a difference. Maybe Strange (particularly with Odin's aid)
could have severed the connection between Mangog and his power.
Obviously the point was the plot device of Jane Foster being forced to sacrifice her life and restore Thor Odinson to his previous power and status; plus, Jane got better, anyway!
Extensive Behind-the-Scenes appearances:
As pointed out by Kevin Garcia, Mangog was behind the scenes in Thor VI#1-20. Mjolnir was acting weirdly. Thor was having trouble lifting it, but people like Loki and some random mechanic in Oklahoma were able to lift it. This likely may have started after Mjolnir was re-forged with the World Tree-handle at the end of War of the Realms.
Mangog was thus behind-the-scenes in every appearance of Mjolnir between Mighty Thor III#705 and Thor VI#20 when Mjolnir's energy form was first shown.
Odin's slaying of the race from which the Mangog was spawned has been described as "long ago," ages ago," and "centuries ago." I did not do a ggod job in keeping track of these references as I did this profile, but if you can provide specific references, please share them with me!
How many fingers?
Further comments on Mangog courtesy of Donald Campbell, as posted in his Mangog's race profile:
As far as I know, the Mangog is the first of a number of Marvel characters who are the embodiments of their entire races. The second was the alien Over-Mind, who debuted three years later, and six years after that came the Uni-Mind of the Eternals.
Although I found Mangog's origin story to be an interesting one, there are some aspects of it that are not so good. For one thing, if the Mangog was a living prison created by an Odinspell, then why did he "remember" that it was the alien race who had created him as a way to avenge themselves on Odin? For that matter, why would Odin allow this living prison to retain any memory of why it might hate him and desire revenge? It seems so obvious that nothing good could ever come from that situation.
Second, Odin's choices in creating the Mangog in the first place appear to be very questionable. After defeating an alien race's attempt to conquer Asgard, Odin took the energy and strength of the entire race and concentrated it into one incredibly strong and durable physical form. Why Odin chose to incarnate an enemy in such a fearsome form instead of something less menacing (like, say, a fluffy bunny) is unknown. It's also unclear how Odin was able to create a being which he would later prove to be unable to destroy.
The third and worst problem with Mangog's origin is the
excessive use of hyperbole. In order to emphasize what a tremendous threat he was, writer
Stan Lee included several quantities that were so large as to be ridiculously implausible.
Here are three examples (all from page 2 of Thor I#156):
I agree that the hyperbole is over the top. My simplest solution is
that a billion, billion does not mean a billion times a billion (a
quintillion), which we would logically think, but rather a billion plus
a billion, which is 2 billion, and only like a quarter of what I think
is supposed to be Earth's population at the time of this profile. The
combined power of two billion people is nothing to sneeze at. Let's say
the average person can lift 50-100 pounds of their head. The
combined power of 10 of those people can lift 500-1000 lbs. The
combined power of 100 of those people can lift 5000-10,000 (2.5-5
tons); 1000 people (25-50 tons); 1 million people (250,000 tons); 2
billion people (250 million tons). Mangog is tough, but while he can
beat Thor into dirt in a good day, Thor is lifting more like 100 tons.
You can see that even at the power of 2 billion people, that's already
crazy excessive. Then again, perhaps we consider that he was animated
by spirits and hatred, which don't translate to direct correlations in
strength and durability.
Similarly, the thousand, thousand worlds eliminated by Mangog's race may be 2000, rather than a million. Still excessive.
That solution doesn't help the galaxies comment, but perhaps Mangog's rage instills irrationality in those around him, and they are prone to incessantly repeat the hyperbole.
But, regardless, I assure you, the next time we see Mangog, he'll be mouthing off about how he's got the power of a billion, billion beings...in reviewing the stories for this profile, I think I read that a billion, billion times...
In the Thor: God of Thunder video game, which is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but not classified as canonical, Mangog is a monstrous entity that was created by Odin to wipe out the Vanir by consuming the souls of all in its path until it destroyed the entire race. Some online sources have assumed that the aliens in the Marvel Comics Universe who were imprisoned within Mangog were also the Vanir but this is WRONG! As recently as Mangog's profile in 2011's Thor: Asgard's Avenger #1, the beings from which he was created were still only described as "an unidentified race."
Resurrected by Odin... or never dead in the first /place?
Throughout Mangog's initial storyline there are repeated references to the fact that Mangog's race/creators had all been killed by Odin and the legions of Asgard. However, in Thor I#157 Odin revealed that that entire alien race had actually been placed under an Odinspell and had been trapped as energy within the living prison that was Mangog. Sure, Odin did say that those beings "shall live again" now that the Odinspell was broken and spending ages as non-corporeal energy can't really be counted as "living" but it was clear that Mangog's race hadn't really been "dead."
However, in the second storyline to feature Mangog there are several references to the idea that Mangog's race had been dead and that Odin had actually brought them back to life. Mangog mentioned how the race whose hatred had spawned him had "returned to the land of the living" and Kartag the Keeper also spoke of how "Odin (had) returned (that race) to life." Mangog also speaks of "the race which spawned (him) in death" and how Odin had "brought (his) masters out of death's dark exile." All of these references (and others) seem to indicate that Mangog's creators had in fact died and Odin had later resurrected them. I couldn't help but wonder if writer Gerry Conway had somehow misunderstood Stan Lee's concept of what had happened to that alien race.
Of course, it could be that Conway believed that the aliens whose hatred empowered Mangog had been trapped in a state between life and death during their imprisonment within Mangog. Thus, one could say that, although they had never been fully dead, they had been close enough that Odin did have to "return them to life" when he restored their physical forms.
By the way, what exactly did the Odinspell do to the billion, billion members of Mangog's race? Did the Odinspell kill all of the aliens, destroy their physical bodies and trap their life essences within Mangog's physical form? If that was what happened, then would that mean that Odin must have somehow recreated all of those bodies so that the now-released life essences had forms to which they could return? On the other hand, maybe the Odinspell transmuted the physical bodies of Mangog's race into energy that became entwined with the life essences trapped within Mangog. If that were the case, then the breaking of the Odinspell could have caused those energized masses to revert back into their original physical forms for their life essences to inhabit.
The Marvel Database noted that it is possible that Mangog was based of the biblical Magog, a character or tribe who are associated with the apocalypse and often regarded as enemies of God.
Not a concern for this profile, but Reality-616 stories had always considered Odin's wife, the goddess of marriage, Frigga, to be different from Freya, goddess of fertility. Regardless of the mythology and decades of history to the contrary, this was ret-conned, and then they started calling Odin's wife as Freyja.
Thanks to Loki for providing a cleaned up version of the main image from Thor: Asgard's Avenger!
And, for those who thrive on this sort of thing, here's some alternate realities that notably featured a Mangog counterpart:
Profile by Snood.
Mangog should be distinguished from:
Thor I#153-157 (June-October, 1968) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Vince Colletta (embellisher)
Thor I#184 (January, 1971) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker)
Thor I#194 (December, 1971) - Gerry Conway (writer), John and Sal Buscema (artists; penciler and inker, respectively?), Stan Lee (editor)
Thor I#195-198 (January-April, 1972) - Gerry Conway (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Thor I#240 (October, 1975) - Roy Thomas (plot, co-editor), Bill Mantlo (script), Sal Buscema (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Marv Wolfman & Len Wein (co-editors)
Thor I#243-244 (January-February, 1976) - Len Wein (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker)
Thor I#246-247 (April-May, 1976) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Marv Wolfman (plot assist; credited as "token gringo" in #247), John Buscema (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker)
Thor I#248-250 (June-August, 1976) - Len Wein (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Tony DeZuniga (inker)
Thor Annual#14: Relative Strengths Comparisons (1989) - Peter Sanderson (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Mike DeCarlo (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four Annual#23: Beyond and Back (1990) - Len Kaminski (writer), Greg Capullo (penciler), Larry Mahlstedt (inker), Michael Heisler (assistant editor), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#15 (February, 1992) - Len Kaminski, Peter Sanderson, Glenn Herdling, Murray Ward (writers), Keith Pollard (penciler), Josef Rubinstein (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Thor: The Legend#1 (September, 1996) - Catherine Civello, Jason Franzone & Mark Gruenwald (researchers), Jason Kaufman (designer of relevant pages), Polly Watson with thanks to Ralph Macchio's lending library
Thor II#20 (February, 2000) - Dan Jurgens (writer), Michael Ryan (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#21 (March, 2000) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita, Jr. (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor 2000: second story (2000) - Dan Jurgens (writer), Jose Ladronn (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#22 (April, 2000) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita, Jr. (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#23-25 (May-July, 2000) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita, Jr. (penciler), Dick Giordano (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#84 (November, 2004) - Michael Avon Oeming & Daniel Berman (writers), Andrea DiVito (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderstrike II#3-4 (April-June, 2011) - Tom DeFalco (script, co-plotter), Ron Frenz (penciler, co-plotter), Sal Buscema (inker), Rachel Pinnelas (assistant editor), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thor: Asgard's Avenger (June, 2011) - Jeff Christiansen & Mike O'Sullivan (head writers/coordinators), Stuart Vandal, Markus Raymond, & Mike Fichera (assistant coordinators), Michael Hoskin, Stuart Vandal, Sean McQuaid, Markus Raymond, Kevin Garcia, Ronald Byrd, Paul Fairchild, Rob London, Chris Biggs, Anthony Cotilletta & Gabriel Shechter (writers), Gus Vasquez (Mangog profile main image artist), James Emmett & Joe Hochstein (editorial assistants), Alex Starbuck & Nelson Ribeiro (assistant editors), Jennifer Grunwald & Mark D. Beazley (editors, special projects), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Deadpool V#20 (February, 2014) - Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn (writers), Scott Koblish (artist), Jordan D. White (editor)
Thor: God of Thunder (November, 2014) - Jason Aaron (writer), Esad Ribic (artist), Jon Moisan (assistant editor), Wil Moss (editor)
Deadpool V#45/#250, 8th story: Deadpool Roasts the Marvel Universe (June, 2015) - Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan (writers), Scott Koblish (artist), Heather Antos & Charles Beacham (assistant editors), Jordan D. White (editor), Mike Marts (X-Men editor)
Mighty Thor III#17 (May, 2017) - Jason Aaron (writer), Russell Dauterman (artist), Sarah Brunstad (associate editor), Wil Moss (editor)
Mighty Thor III#19 (July, 2017) - Jason Aaron (writer), Valerio Schiti (artist), Sarah Brunstad (associate editor), Wil Moss (editor)
Mighty Thor III#700 (December, 2017) - Jason Aaron (writer), I'm not sure which of the dozens of artists listed did what, Sarah Brunstad (associate editor), Wil Moss (editor)
Mighty Thor III#701 (January, 2018) - Jason Aaron (writer), James Harren (artist), Sarah Brunstad (associate editor), Wil Moss (editor)
Mighty Thor III#702-705 (February-May, 2018) - Jason Aaron (writer), Russell Dauterman (artist), Sarah Brunstad (associate editor), Wil Moss (editor)
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl II#44 (July, 2019) - Ryan North (writer), Derek Charm (artist), Sarah Brunstad (associate editor), Wil Moss (editor)
Thor VI#1-18 - BTS
Thor VI#19 (January, 2022) - Donny Cates (writer), Nic Klein (artist), Kat Gregorowicz & Kaitlyn Lindtvedt (assistant editors), Alanna Smith (associate editor), Wil Moss (editor)
Thor VI#20-21 (February-March, 2022) - Donny Cates (writer), Nic Klein (artist), Kaitlyn Lindtvedt (assistant editor), Alanna Smith (associate editor), Wil Moss (editor)
Thor VI#22-23 (April-May, 2022) - Donny Cates (writer), Nic Klein (artist), Kaitlyn Lindtvedt (assistant editor), Wil Moss with Alanna Smith (editors)
First posted: 09/18/2022
Last updated: 09/18/2022
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