Ymir (Marvel Comics)

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Ymir is summoned back to Earth in Avengers #61 (Feb. 1969). Art by John Buscema.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Journey Into Mystery #97 (Oct 1963)
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
In-story information
Place of origin Asgard
Notable aliases Aurgelmir
Abilities Superhuman strength and durability
Generate intense cold

Based on the frost giant Ymir from norse mythology, Ymir is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appears in Journey Into Mystery #97 (Oct 1963) and was created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.


  • 1 Fictional character biography
  • 2 Powers and abilities
  • 3 Other versions
    • 3.1 Ultimates
  • 4 Other media
    • 4.1 Television
    • 4.2 Video games
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

[edit] Fictional character biography

Formed shortly after the creation of the Earth, [1] Ymir considers all other forms of life – with the exception of his kin the Frost Giants – to be abhorations that must be destroyed. Chronologically, Ymir is first mentioned in the Hyborian Age by his apparent daughter, Atali, who together with two of her Frost Giant brothers have an encounter with the barbarian hero Conan. [2]

Thousands of years later, Ymir is summoned back to Earth by a human cult called the Sons of Vanir, and briefly battles the original X-Men before being banished by the Thunder God Thor. [3] Another cult, the Sons of Satannish briefly summon Ymir – together with fire demon Surtur -before being banished again by the superhero team the Avengers and the sorcerer Doctor Strange. [4] Alongside arch-rival Surtur, Ymir later invades Asgard, but is defeated when Thor, wielding the Odin Power, banishes the pair to the Sea of Eternal Night. [5]

Despite the final Ragnarok [6] and the eventual return of the Norse Gods, [7] Ymir has yet to return from exile.

[edit] Powers and abilities

Ymir is a huge ice giant over 1,000 feet (300 m) tall, and possessing immense strength and durability. The character generate intense, deadly cold and regenerate from as little as a particle of ice. Ymir also carries a huge icicle which functions as a club. The character is an ancient being devoted to destruction and little else.

[edit] Other versions

[edit] Ultimates

Together with Surtur, Ymir briefly battles the Ultimates. [8]

[edit] Other media

[edit] Television

  • Ymir appeared in an episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends voiced by John Stephenson.

[edit] Video games

  • Ymir appears as a villain in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance voiced by Paul Eiding.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Journey Into Mystery #97 – 98 (Oct. – Nov. 1963)
  2. ^ Savage Tales #1 (May 1971). This was an adaption of the Robert E. Howard short story The Frost Giant’s Daughter, first published in Weird Tales (1932).
  3. ^ X-Men:First Class #5 (March 2007)
  4. ^ Avengers#61 (Feb. 1969)
  5. ^ Thor #425 (Oct. 1990)
  6. ^ Thor vol. 2, #85 (Dec. 2004)
  7. ^ Thor vol. 3, #1 (Sept. 2007)
  8. ^ Ultimates vol. 2, #13 (May 2007)

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