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Volstagg the Voluminous (Marvel)
Real Name: Volstagg
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* Divine Powers
* Healing
* Intellect
* Invulnerability
* Longevity
* Magic
* Stamina
* Super Eating
* Super Hearing
* Super Sight
* Super Speed
* Super Strength
* Swordsmanship
* Unarmed Combat

The Gods of Asgard have physical attributes that make them superhuman compared to human beings. They are near ageless, immune to all diseases and have superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and a high level of resistance to injury. Volstagg possesses the conventional superhuman abilities of an Asgardian male.

Volstagg is superhumanly strong, his strength being somewhat greater than that of the average Asgardian. Volstagg 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. Volstagg's superior musculature and metabolism grants him superhuman levels of stamina. Like all Asgardians, Volstagg's bone, skin and muscle are much denser than that of a human, which helps to contribute to his superhuman strength and durability.

Volstagg is an excellent overall battlefield warrior, a superb hand-to-hand combatant and horseman. 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.

Volstagg also is known to have a specialized weapon, the Brandrheid Undrsigr, also known as the Bright Blade of Wondrous Victory.

Volstagg is an Asgardian and the large, jovial member of the Warriors Three. Seemingly much older than other Asgardians, Volstagg will often be the cause of more problems than the solution. He likes food and drink and is very boastful. Despite his flaws, Volstagg is a trusted member of the Warriors Three and a trusted ally to Thor. Volstagg has a large family and an unknown number of children with his wife, Gudrun. The most well known of these is Hildy. Originally Voltsagg was a slimmer and more athletic man, in his days before meeting his future cohorts and best friends Fandral and Hogun. Volstagg was known and celebrated as a mighty warrior and adventurer. He would exclaim that a dead frost giant a day, by his hand, was required to cater to his battle lust. An encounter with a younger, brasher Fandral however resulted in a bet, a challenge in which both warriors would try to prove who was the greater and braver adventurer. A much quieter and shier Hogun would be the judge and impartial observer. The challenge? To pet the monstrous creature wolf creature Fenris on his head. However the journey itself to the bounded and mighty Fenris itself was tasked and fraught with adversity. Adversity that brought the three men to friendship and loyalty, and by the time Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun reached their destination they were bonded in friendship.

An incident and a pact would happen subsequently, one that would supposedly affect Volstagg's psyche to such an extent he would let his muscular physique fall to appetite, however this is somewhat ambiguous theory. Years later after his own adventures both apart and with the Warriors Three after an order by Odin himself calling forward for Asgard's greatest warriors, Volstagg and his co Warriors Three reunited and have been a constant defender of both Asgard and their inhabitants and allies, including Thor, Sif and Balder.

A much younger and slimmer albeit still large and physically imposing Volstagg ends up having a quarrel with the young and show boating warrior Fandral. Hogun, a meek and quiet young man is witness to their banter and taunts. The task the two more confident warriors put forward to each other, is to venture forth into dangerous territories to find the menacing Fenris Wolf and to pat it on the head. The first of either Volstagg or Fandral to achieve this, will be considered the victor of the dispute that had just arisen! After days of travel, the three warriors facing arduous challenges, one after the other, they reach the menacing Fenris Wolf. Chained still, but still an impressively fearful sight. Though at this stage, after much travel and bounding, Volstagg and Fandral and Hogun are more brothers endeared than rivals with arrogant attitudes towards each other. No long is this a quest of individual pursuits but a challenge for a team. Unfortunately the young trio have underestimated the Wolf Fenris. The beast forces the young trio into a pact, to be paid at a later date. This pact was necessary but weighed in on the three Asgardians conscious.

In modern day era, and times, Volstagg has tasked himself a challenge at a Bronxton Food Diner with an All You Can Eat Challenge (rather menu) failing to realize that the All You Can Eat meal wasn't an actual challenge, much to the horror of the establishments owner. However once the Gjallarhorn of Heimdall sounded, Volstagg was quick to join his close companions for the emergency that the horn's blow meant. The emergency warranting their attention, was that Fenris had escaped. With their history with the beast, the Warriors Three set about trying to capture him. Volstagg along with Fandral and Hogun discover that Earth corporation AIM is involved and worse still, trolls, Rock Trolls, bar their path led by the dangerous Ulik. With Fandral injured its Volstagg that is instrumental in defeating the trolls. Further on in their quest to apprehend Fenris they encounter a AIM employee, however they are quick to realize she is not normal human - she has been infused with Fenris' blood, providing her augmented strength (enough to lift and throw Volstagg himself), speed and durability. After a small skirmish they learn her name, Helen Gable and they realize she is an ally. The Asagrdians learning that AIM has been weaponizing Fenris and more than that, the deal they struck with him, had resulted in Fenris being able to shape shift into a mortal guise. A most unsettling development. Worse still, he planned on taking a power Ragnarok bomb to the heart of Asgard where he would destroy it, and destroy himself as well. With their new ally the Asgardian warriors are able to trick Fenris defeating him and preventing him from succeeding in his attack against Asgard. Volstagg had a pivotal role in the plan, as it was he who had the strength to lift the giant Ragnarok bomb and carry it away from Fenris, the Ragnarok bomb significantly larger in size than Volstagg.

Became the war Thor in Mighty Thor #20. Volstagg was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for use in a back feature for Thor comics, debuting in the issue #119 of the Journey into Mystery series. In the beginning and original years Volstagg was portrayed as a stumbling oaf. Like his fellow Warriors Three characters, Volstagg differs from the majority of his fellow Asgardians by not being based on Norse mythology, rather he was based on Sir John Falstaff, a Shakespearean character known for his rotund figure, boastfulness and comic relief role. These character traits helping form Volstagg to compliment Fandral's dashing, charm, and Hogun's grim, demeanor The creative process described by Stan Lee "I made those up. I specifically remember that I did them because I wanted a Falstaff-type guy, a guy like Errol Flynn, and then I wanted a guy like Charles Bronson who was dire and gloomy, riddled with angst. Those three were mine" Volstagg of course fulfilling the 'Falstaff-type guy' role.

First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (1952) #119

Other Identities:
War Thor (Marvel)

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Issue Appearances:
100% Marvel (2003)
All-New X-Men (2013)
Angela: Asgard's Assassin (2015)
Avengers (1998)
Avengers (2010)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Bizarre Adventures (1981)
Captain Marvel (2002)
Comic Shop News (1987)
Dazzler (1981)
Deadpool (2013)
Deadpool V Gambit (2016)
Deadpool's Art of War (2014)
Defenders (2012)
Die Spinne (1974)
Die Spinne (1980)
Exiled (2012)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine (2001)
Fear Itself (2011)
Fear Itself: The Fearless (2011)
Fear Itself: Thor (2012)
Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor (2017)
Guardians of the Galaxy (1990)
Gwenpool Special (2016)
Hercules: Fall of an Avenger (2010)
Immortal Weapons (2009)
Incredible Hercules (2008)
Infinity Gauntlet (1991)
Iron Man (1998)
Iron Man/Thor (2011)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Last Planet Standing (2006)
Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed (2010)
Loki: Agent of Asgard (2014)
Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2010)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Gold. El Poderoso Thor - Tapa Dura (2013)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
Marvel Héroes (2010)
Marvel Hit-Comic (1989)
Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
Marvel Legends (2007)
Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
Marvel Preview (1975)
Marvel Spectacular (1973)
Marvel Spotlight (1971)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
Marvel Swimsuit Special (1992)
Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
Marvel: Now What?! (2013)
Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok Prelude (2017)
Mighty Thor (2016)
Mighty Thor 3D (2019)
Mini Marvels: Secret Invasion (2009)
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2016)
New Avengers (2010)
New Avengers (2012)
New Avengers Finale (2010)
New Mutants (2009)
New Mutants Special Edition (1985)
Power Pack (1984)
Secret Invasion Aftermath: Beta Ray Bill - The Green of Eden (2009)
Secret Invasion: Thor (2008)
Secret Warriors (2009)
Secret Warriors One Shot: Who's Your Daddy? (2009)
Secret Wars: Secret Love (2015)
Siege (2010)
Siege: Embedded (2010)
Siege: Storming Asgard - Heroes & Villains (2010)
Silver Surfer (1968)
Silver Surfer (1987)
Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill (2005)
Tales to Astonish (1959)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Avengers (1963)
The Best of Marvel Comics (1987)
The Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular (1990)
The Incomplete Death's Head (1993)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Incredible Hulk (2005)
The Mighty Avengers (2007)
The Mighty Thor (2011)
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)
The Unbelievable Gwenpool (2016)
Thor (1966)
Thor (1998)
Thor (2000)
Thor (2007)
Thor (2014)
Thor (2018)
Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica (2009)
Thor Giant-Size Finale (2010)
Thor Legends (2003)
Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson (2001)
Thor: Ages of Thunder (2008)
Thor: Asgard's Avenger (2011)
Thor: Blood Oath (2005)
Thor: First Thunder (2010)
Thor: For Asgard (2010)
Thor: God of Thunder (2012)
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 Trial of Thor (2009)
Thor: Truth of History (2008)
Thunderstrike (1993)
Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever (2015)
War of the Realms: War Scrolls (2019)
Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992)
Warlock Chronicles (1993)
Warriors Three (2011)
What If? (1977)
What If? Secret Wars (2009)
What If? World War Hulk (2010)
What If...? (1989)
Young Avengers (2013)

Group Affiliation(s):
Asgardians (Marvel)
Congress of Worlds
Warriors Three (Marvel)

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