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The Greatest Loki Stories Ever Told!

Every day in November we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).

Today’s list is the Greatest Loki Stories Ever Told!

Enjoy!

10. Avengers/Defenders War

Loki and Dormammu manipulate the Avengers and Defenders against each other.

9. Silver Surfer #4 “The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny”

Loki manipulates the Silver Surfer and Thor against each other.

8. Thor #364-366 Frog of Thunder

Loki turns Thor into a frog.

7. Journey Into Mystery #622-630 “Fear Itself”

Loki (reborn as a younger version of himself who, while still extremely skilled at manipulation, is not necessarily evil) tries to come up with ways to help Thor survive the events of Fear Itself.

6. Thor #12 “Diversions and Misdirections”

Loki’s origin, with a delightfully twisted twist, courtesy of J. Michael Straczynski.

5. Acts of Vengeance

Loki manipulates super-villains to take on superheroes that they’ve never fought before.

4. Loki #1-4 (2004)

Loki’s side of the story, as told by Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic.

3. X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2, X-Men Annual #9 and New Mutants Special Edition “X-Men: The Asgardian Wars”

Loki manipulates the X-Men, the New Mutants and Alpha Flight for his amusement (and partially to take down Thor).

2. Thor #375-382 “The finale of Walter Simonson’s Thor run”

Loki manipulates the Frost Giants, but things go wrong as Simonson wraps up his acclaimed run.

1. Thor #348-353 (mainly #353 for Loki) “The Surtur Saga”

Loki delivers one of the most awesome lines in superhero comic history as he joins his brother and father in defending Asgard and Earth against the dreaded Surtur. Odin shouts, “For Asgard!” Thor shouts, “For Midgard!” Loki shouts, “For myself!”

Awesome.

That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

27 Comments

I didn’t vote, and I haven’t read much with Loki besides Simonson’s Thor run and the Claremont/Asgard stories, but i have to say that I’m shocked none of the Lee/Kirby Thor stuff is here. I would have thought it would get 2-3 entries minimum.

I know that people liked that line, but I found it corny. Loki had a far better moment in the follow issue, IMO, when he explained to Thor why he doubted that Odin was truly dead. Way to keep his cool under pressure.

Loki #1-4: That’s Robert Rodi, not Richard.

Oy.

Here was my list, FWIW:

1. Thor #272 “The Day the Thunder Failed”
2. Thor #179-181 (Loki & Thor switch bodies)
3. Thor #375-378 (Loki’s plot with the Frost Giants backfires)
4. Marvel Adventures: The Avengers #5 “The Trickster and The Wrecker”
5. Tales to Astonish #101 “Where Walk the Immortals!”
6. Journey Into Mystery #108 “At the Mercy of Loki, Prince of Evil!”
7. Thor #353 “Doom II, aka The Finale of the Surtur Saga”
8. Thor (2nd Series) #80-85 “Thor Disassembled”
9. Journey Into Mystery #88 “The Vengeance of Loki”
10. Thor #382 “Journey Into Mystery”

One that I’m really surprised not to see here is AVENGERS #1. Being the reason for the Avengers’ founding is probably Loki’s biggest impact on the MU, and he’s annoyed about it to this day.

Nobody link Steve Englehart to this page. He’s weirdly picky about calling his storyline the Avengers/Defenders CLASH, not War.

Great list. Hopefully I’ll read the Loki mini someday as I hear good things.

I can see how the “For myself” line could strike some as corny, although I kind of like it.

The line I like better in that issue is near the beginning when Loki diverts Surtur with a mirage, and Surtur yells a string of questions along the lines of “Who did this? Who dared defy Surtur..?” And Loki chimes in: “Many questions. One answer”. Simonson makes his posture so casual and cocky as he says it, it’s a great entrance. Loki was great in that issue.

One story I voted for (not surprised it didn’t make it to the final list) was a back-up in #400 where we see young Loki learning magic from a well-meaning tutor, whom he then essentially feeds to a demon when he’s learned all he can from him…maybe not necessarily the greatest story but that scene left such a disturbing impact I just had to give it my vote!

Siege: Loki was the best Marvel comic of 2010. Just saying.

Great list. Hopefully I’ll read the Loki mini someday as I hear good things.

I may be in the minority, but I couldn’t stand that mini. The art was great, but I was so bored by the story. I’m surprised it made it so high in the list; then again, I’m also reminded that my own tastes are generally not in step with the rest of the community here.

Weird to see the X-Men/Alpha Flight and X-Men/New Mutants in Asgard specials listed as one story… Even though the latter is kind of a sequel to the former, they’re clearly two separate stories; the only real connection between the two is that Loki can’t directly harm the X-Men in the second story because of what happened in the first one. Did people actually vote for them as one storyline?

randypan the goatboy

November 6, 2011 at 6:49 am

For myself…yeah that about sums up Loki.I knew a girl that dated Loki. she said that when they had sex he would put the condom on inside out so it was ribbed for His pleasure…that bastard.

Marvel’s Loki is very hard to write well. All the stories here make it look easy….but all the stories that aren’t here make clear that it’s darned tough.

Tuomas,

Although I see how you would see the X-Men/ Alpha Flight and New Mutants Special/ X-Men Annual as separate stories, they were released together in the X-Men: Asgardian Wars trade over 20 years ago. They’re linked in my mind, and others’.

Weird to see the X-Men/Alpha Flight and X-Men/New Mutants in Asgard specials listed as one story… Even though the latter is kind of a sequel to the former, they’re clearly two separate stories; the only real connection between the two is that Loki can’t directly harm the X-Men in the second story because of what happened in the first one. Did people actually vote for them as one storyline?

The Alpha Flight story got the majority of the support, but they are all collected into one trade as “The Asgardian Wars”, so I figured that was the best way to go with it.

I’m glad that Kieron Gillen’s run on JiM is mentioned, despite it being so new. JiM is one of my few absolute must-reads.

Is journey into mystery a Loki ongoing now then?

surprised to see the defenders avengers war rank as a worthy lokie story . plus was hoping the story where lokie turns thor into a frog made the list. along with the sulfur saga maybe cracking the count.

Is journey into mystery a Loki ongoing now then?

Not exactly, but yeah, basically.

I was shocked that Siege: Loki didn’t make the cut. Big event tie-in doesn’t always mean bad, people!

I get the idea that Loki “manipulates” things a lot, for some reason…

Weird to see the X-Men/Alpha Flight and X-Men/New Mutants in Asgard specials listed as one story… Even though the latter is kind of a sequel to the former, they’re clearly two separate stories; the only real connection between the two is that Loki can’t directly harm the X-Men in the second story because of what happened in the first one. Did people actually vote for them as one storyline?

The Alpha Flight story got the majority of the support, but they are all collected into one trade as “The Asgardian Wars”, so I figured that was the best way to go with it.

And the trade always misses out Alpha Flight 50, Loki’s revenge on Alpha Flight just like NM SE & XM Annual 9 are his retaliation on the X-Men

Loki’s had some great story lines over the years. Pretty much every one featured here is iconic.

I’m enjoying the heck out of Journey Into Mystery. I think Gillen is actually better on this than on X-Men — Kid Loki is pretty much pure fun boiled in a teaspoon.

Here’s the cover image to #626, with Loki and Surtur:

http://marvel.com/images/gallery/onsale/2011-08-17/images_from_week_of_august_17th_2011/image/870924

— if that doesn’t make you smile, then you’re all dead inside and I can’t help you.

Doug M.

I just reread X-Men and Alpha Flight recently, and realized how truly awful it is, so I’m really surprised it’s on this list.

If movies were eligible for these lists then the Thor movie should have gotten a place near the top. Loki was by far the best part of an overall wonderful movie.

I would have put the Ultimates in there. That was rhe ultimate trick by Loki.

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The last one is really good. “For myself!” Had be laughing insanely for about 5 minutes. I really love The Mighty Thor/Journey Into Mystery: Everything Burns. In which kid Loki faces his older self who tries to take over his body. It is an amazing comic.

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