Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The Destroyer is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is an animated Asgardian suit of armor created by Odin and is a perennial foe of Thor. The Destroyer was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Journey into Mystery vol. 1, #118 (July 1965). The Destroyer is an enchanted suit of armor forged by Odin, and when it first appeared it was hinted that the Destroyer had been created as a weapon to face some dark menace from the stars. The Destroyer is used by Thor's arch-foe Loki on several occasions, and each time has actually come close to killing Thor. It is next salvaged by Karnilla and animated by Sif, who uses it to battle the Wrecker and Thor. At one stage Thor offers the armor to the World Devourer Galactus, in exchange for the release of Galactus' current Herald, Firelord. Galactus accepts, and the Destroyer acts as his Herald, detecting Counter-Earth for him and going on to battle the Fantastic Four until finally recaptured for reuse by Loki.