|First appearance||Journey into Mystery #119 (August, 1965)|
|Created by||Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (artist)|
|Team affiliations||Warriors Three
|Notable aliases||Hogun the Grim|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength, stamina, and durability
Skilled in Asgardian weapons
Fictional character biography
Hogun is a member of a trio of Asgardian adventurers consisting of Fandral the Dashing, Hogun the Grim, and Volstagg the Valiant and referred as the Warriors Three (but not in the comics themselves). They were members of the supporting cast in Marvel's Thor comics and usually provided comic relief and side-adventures.
Hogun is not Aesir like most of the Asgardians. Also, his unnamed homeland was conquered long ago by Mogul of the Mystic Mountain, who slew Hogun's forebears and laid waste to the land. For a time he was apprenticed to the stone carvers. He joined with Volstagg and Fandral to judge a dare and formed a lifelong friendship. This, dare, the "petting" of the Fenris wolf, led to a humiliating defeat for all three men. Afterwards, legends and tales would then stop referring to Hogun in cheerful terms and use dour, negative names.
He is primarily characterized by his brusque, taciturn, and often short-tempered demeanor. He is the brooding pessimist of the group, as opposed to Volstagg's irrepressible good humor and Fandral's brash heroism. He is a fierce and unrelenting warrior, a collector of weaponry and often the voice of reason for the Warriors Three.
Hogun has been involved in a great many adventures and quests, as a member of the Warriors Three, as an ally of Thor, and on his own. When first seen, Hogun had joined the quest for the power that had cracked the Oversword of Asgard. Soon after that, he helped quell a mutiny led by Loki. He then helped repel an attack of Flying Trolls in Thryheim. With Thor, he helped defeat the forces of Harokin. With Thor, he then battled the dragon Fafnir. With Thor, he defeated the Mogul of the Mystic Mountain, who had destroyed Hogun's homeland so long ago. He helped defend Asgard from the Destroyer. He encountered the Hulk.
Hogun helped defend Asgard against Mangog. He encountered the Silver Surfer. With Thor, he battled the Thermal Man. He helped defend Asgard against Surtur. He helped Thor escape Mephisto. He became entranced by Infinity and was forced to battle Thor, Balder, Sif, and other Asgardians. He was freed from his trance by Loki and Karnilla. Hogun is the first to fight back when Loki takes confront of Asgard; he attempts to destroy the villain's power ring with his mace. This fails and Sif talks Loki out of murdering Hogun on the spot. With Thor, he was sent on a quest by Odin, but returned to help defend Asgard against Mangog again. He was seemingly destroyed by Pluto. but was actually sent to Earth by Odin. With Thor, he battled Ego-Prime, was exiled to Earth, but then abducted by Mephisto, and ultimately freed by Thor. With Thor and company, he set out on a quest to find the missing Odin. He battled Sssthgar's slavers, Mercurio, and Xorr. He defeated doppelgangers created by the wizard Igron.
With Thor, Hogun later battled Zarrko the Tomorrow Man. He defeated diamond exchange robbers in New York. With Thor, he helped depose the usurpers Mangog and Igron. With Thor, he set out on a quest to find Odin, who was missing again. He battled Spoor, the Grey Gargoyle, and the Soul-Survivors. He defeated the Executioner and the Enchantress. He battled the Destroyer and Loki. He helped defend Asgard against Ragnarok. He battled the dragon Fafnir again.
Hogun later battled the forces of Surtur on Earth. He was then sent to Earth to locate Thor, but suffered a concussion and dementia. He battled Daredevil, and was marked for death by Seth. He helped to defend Asgard against the forces of Seth. His quest with Thor to seek Ulagg the Grand Enchanter was later recounted. He helped the Avengers battle Blastaar. He was rescued from Flying Trolls by the New Mutants. Hogun also helped battle Ymir and Surtur.
In 2005 a mini-series was published centering around Thor and his allies in the Warriors Three, called Thor: Blood Oath. In it Thor and the Warriors Three are sent on a quest as penance for accidentally killing an enemy giant during a time of peace. Hogun heroically endures the assaults of the Egyptian god, Thoth, to shout three names at Thoth's temple to fulfill their quest. He was also the only member of the group able to dominate the bloodthirsty spirit of Chulain's spear, and prevent a murderous rampage. Although the group fails in their quest, through the use of each warrior's unique capabilities, the adventure eventually comes to a good end.
Hogun dies in Ragnarök fairly early. Later, however, he is found alive and well and was restored by Thor. He establishes a new life in Asgard. Hogun is one of the army of Asgardians and Earth based heroes who help protect it during the 'Siege' invasion; Norman Osborn had attacked with an army of Earth supervillains.
Powers and abilities
Hogun possesses the conventional superhuman abilities of an Asgardian male.
Hogun is superhumanly strong, his strength being somewhat greater than that of the average Asgardian. Hogun is also extremely long lived, though not immortal, and ages at a pace much slower than humans. The tissues of his body are also more resilient than those of a human, rendering him much more resistant to physical injury. If he is injured, his body is able to heal itself with superhuman speed and efficiency. Hogun's superior musculature and metabolism grants him superhuman levels of stamina. Like all Asgardians, Hogun's bone, skin and muscle are much denser than that of a human, which helps to contribute to his superhuman strength and durability.
Hogun is an excellent overall battlefield warrior, a superb hand-to-hand combatant and horseman. He is highly proficient in the use of all Asgardian weapons, and is a master of bludgeoning weapons, especially the mace. He is also sometimes armed with a sword. He has also demonstrated skill in the area of battlefield medicine and healing arts, though he makes no claim of being a healer of any real proficiency. He has also used the Elixir of Recovery, an Asgardian medical potion.
In the alternate Earth X reality, the Asgardians were actually aliens that were manipulated by the Celestials into believing they were the Gods of Norse myth. When the lie was revealed, "Hogun" and the other Asgardians briefly resumed their alien form, but later returned to their Asgardian forms.
Thor: The Mighty Avenger
Hogun and with the Warriors Three appear in Ultimate Marvel, first appearing in Ultimate Comics: Thor, a prequel to The Ultimates. He is later killed, along with all other Asgardians besides Thor in Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates. His spirit, among those of the other fallen warriors, appears to Thor and informs Thor that he has "become" Valhalla by being the last of his kind.
In other media
- Hogun (alongside the other Warriors Three members) appear in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "Oh Brother." He, and the other Warriors Three members are shown fighting an army of Frost Giants. In "Mental Organism Designed Only For Kissing" and "Invader From the Dark Dimension," he, Fandral, and Volstagg are featured in a flashback being in a band with Thor.
- Hogun appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "The Siege of Asgard."
- Hogun appears in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "For Asgard", voiced by Clancy Brown. He assists his fellow Warriors Three members, Thor, Heimdall, and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. in fighting Malekith the Accursed and his fellow Dark Elves.
- Hogun makes an appearance in the animated direct-to-video film Hulk vs. Thor voiced by Paul Dobson. He along with the rest of the Warriors Three blindly ride off to battle the Hulk.
- Hogun is a supporting character in the Thor: Tales of Asgard animated direct-to-video, voiced again by Paul Dobson.
- A figure of Hogun was released in Hasbro's 3.75" Thor: The Mighty Avenger movie tie-in line. Due to trademark issues, the figure is marketed as Marvel's Hogun.
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- Warriors Three #1-4 (2010-2011)
- Journey into Mystery #119 (Aug. 1965)
- Journey into Mystery #122 (Nov. 1965)
- Journey into Mystery #124-125 (Jan. - Feb. 1966)
- Thor #129-131 (June - Aug. 1966)
- Thor #134-136 (Nov. 1966 - Jan. 1967)
- Thor #137-145 (Feb. 1967 - Oct. 1967)
- Thor Annual #2 (Sept. 1966)
- Tales to Astonish #101 (Mar. 1968)
- Incredible Hulk #102 (Apr. 1968)
- Thor #155-157 (Aug. - Oct. 1968)
- Silver Surfer #4 (Feb. 1969)
- Thor #169-170 (Oct. - Nov. 1969)
- Thor #177 (June 1970)
- Thor #180-181 (Sept. - Oct. 1970)
- Thor #185-187 (Feb. - Apr. 1971)
- Thor Vol 1 #192 (September 1971)
- Thor #195-198 (Jan. - Apr. 1972)
- Thor #201-205 (July - Nov. 1972)
- Thor #213-217 (July - Nov. 1973)
- Thor #242-245 (Dec. 1975 - Mar. 1976)
- Marvel Spotlight #30 (Oct. 1976)
- Thor #248-250 (June - Aug. 1976)
- Thor #256-263 (Feb. - Sept. 1977)
- Thor #264-266 (Oct. - Dec. 1977)
- Thor #274-278 (Aug. - Dec. 1978)
- Thor #287-288 (Sept. - Oct. 1979)
- Avengers #249 (Nov. 1984)
- Thor #350-352 (Dec. 1984 - Feb. 1985)
- Thor #392-393 (June - July 1988)
- Thor #395 (Sept. 1988)
- Thor #398-400 (Dec. 1988 - Feb. 1989)
- Thor #404-406 (June - Aug. 1989)
- Avengers #310 (Nov. 1989)
- New Mutants #84 (Dec. 1989)
- Thor #421-426 (Aug. - Nov. 1990)
- Thor vol. 2, #82 (Sept. 2004)
- Thor vol. 3, #4 (Dec. 2007)
- New Avengers #63 (May 2010)
- Earth X #12 (Apr. 2000)
- Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes vol. 2, #5 (Nov. 2010)
- Marvel Zombies: Dead Days #1 (July 2007)
- Mutant X Annual #2001 (May 2001)
- Thor: The Mighty Avenger #4 (Nov. 2010)
- Ultimate Comics: Thor #1-4
- Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #2
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