Jón Karl Helgason

Comic Adaptations of the Eddas: Marvel’s The Mighty Thor and Madsen’s Valhalla-series.

In his paper, Jón Karl Helgason will discuss two different comic-book adaptations of Scandinavian mythology by American and Danish cartoonists. A special emphasis will be placed on the earliest story about Marvel’s The Mighty Thor from 1962 and on Peter Madsen’s Thor’s Wedding from 1980. In the first case, Thor is represented as the ultimate symbol of masculinity, in the second case Thor’s masculinity is seriously undermined.