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Balder the Brave (Marvel)
Real Name: Balder Odinson
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Like all Asgardians, Balder possesses' superhuman strength, endurance and longevity (courtesy of the Golden Apples of Idun). Courtesy of a spell cast by the Asgardian goddess Frigga to try and avert Rangnarok, Balder is almost totally invulnerable and is only susceptible to mistletoe. Being the Asgardian god of light, Balder can also generate intense light in a wide arc. He is also a highly skilled weapons master and tactician, and has been entrusted with several special missions by Odin.

In Norse mythology, Balder is the son of Odin, the Lord of Asgard. The Marvel version, however, is simply a close friend of the Thunder God Thor, the Warriors Three and a loyal follower of Odin. Balder has aided Thor against many of his foes, such as Skagg the Storm Giant and Surtur; Loki; the Executioner and Enchantress; the Enchanters Three and the Wrecker.

Like the mythological version, the Marvel Balder is the catalyst that will trigger Ragnarok and end Asgard. This almost happened when Loki had the blind god Hoder accidentally kill Balder, but is averted by the planning of Odin, who later restores Balder to life.

Balder once traveled alone in the land of the dead, seeing many horrifying things, including souls of some of the men he had personally killed. Returning to Asgard, he was a traumatized shell of his former self. His recovery was supervised by Volstagg, a member of the Warriors Three.

Balder also has a love-hate relationship with Karnilla, the Queen of the Norns, who has aided both Loki and Asgard at times. Karnilla's lust for Balder inadvertently causes the death of Balder's current love, Nanna - an act that Balder has never forgotten.

Balder would spend time as a loyal companion of Eric Masterson, who was wielding the power of Thor. In one incident, as Eric battles the murderous Blooddaxe, Balder runs interference, saving the lives of many nearby policemen. Soon after this battle, Balder and Eric willingly enter Mephisto's realm, to assist Sif. This was done despite both knowing Eric had lost his powers after the battle with Bloodaxe.

With the exception of Thor, Volstag, Hogun, Fandral and Heimdal, Balder and all other Asgardians are currently dead, having died during the final Ragnarok.


First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (1952) #85

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Issue Appearances:
'Nuff Said (2002)
Angela: Queen of Hel (2015)
Avengers (1998)
Avengers Prime (2010)
Avengers Unconquered (2009)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Balder the Brave (1985)
Black Panther (1998)
Captain Marvel (2002)
Chaos War (2010)
Colección Extra SuperHéroes (2011)
Comic Shop News (1987)
Dark Wolverine (2009)
Deadpool's Art of War (2014)
Die Spinne (1974)
Die Spinne Comic-Album (1979)
Die Spinne Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
Die Spinne Zweitauflage (1987)
Essential Thor (2001)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising (1995)
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine (2001)
Fear Itself: Thor (2012)
Helden Special (2004)
Heroic Age: Prince of Power (2010)
Iron Man (1998)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Last Planet Standing (2006)
Loki (2004)
Loki (2010)
Loki: Agent of Asgard (2014)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Gold. El Poderoso Thor - Tapa Dura (2013)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
Marvel Héroes (2010)
Marvel Legends (2007)
Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor (2003)
Marvel Monster Edition (2003)
Marvel Saga: The Official History of the Marvel Universe (1985)
Marvel Spectacular (1973)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
Mini Marvels: Secret Invasion (2009)
Mythen und Sagen (1992)
New Avengers (2005)
New Avengers Finale (2010)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Origins of Siege (2010)
Secret Invasion: Thor (2008)
Secret Warriors (2009)
Secret Warriors One Shot: Who's Your Daddy? (2009)
Siege (2010)
Siege - Die Belagerung (2010)
Siege: Storming Asgard - Heroes & Villains (2010)
Silver Surfer (1968)
Special Marvel Edition (1971)
Spider-Man Comics Weekly (UK) (1973)
The Avengers (1963)
The Best of Marvel Comics (1987)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Mighty Thor (2011)
The Mighty World of Marvel (2009)
The New Mutants (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
Thor (1966)
Thor (1998)
Thor (2000)
Thor (2007)
Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica (2009)
Thor Giant-Size Finale (2010)
Thor God-Size Special (2009)
Thor the Mighty Avenger (2010)
Thor: Ages of Thunder (2008)
Thor: First Thunder (2010)
Thor: Godstorm (2001)
Thor: Man of War (2009)
Thor: Reign of Blood (2008)
Thor: Son of Asgard (2004)
Thor: Tales of Asgard by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (2009)
Thor: The Deviants Saga (2012)
Thor: The Legend (1996)
Thor: The Rage of Thor (2010)
Thor: The Trial of Thor (2009)
Thor: Truth of History (2008)
Thunderstrike (1993)
Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992)
Warlock Chronicles (1993)
Warriors Three (2011)
What If? (1977)
What If...? (1989)

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Asgardians (Marvel)
Council of Godheads

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