The gods themselves oppose the bosses

We must unionize to defeat the evil giants.

From the 1970s, huh? At a time when I would sometimes read comic books to my staunchly pro-union father. No wonder I got no pushback from my parents when I was avidly reading that trashy stuff — it was fundamentally righteous.


  1. StevoR says

    Odin is under-rated. Gave up so much for wisdom according to the original Norse myth if I recall right..

    Also yes.

    We owe unions so much and more power to them please.

  2. birgerjohansson says

    Odin is an Aesir god and also a shaman. The ’embracing pain/danger for wisdom’ also includes things like ‘getting bitten by a dangerous snake to get visions’.
    I recommend sticking to mushrooms.
    You can put the leftover snakes in the homes of Koch et al.

  3. StevoR says

    PS. Though also ironic given how the gods themselves are usually considered Bosses – albeit with the penchant to go undercover at times at least in some pantheons…

    Plus like some bosses they have a tendancy to make unreasonable demands..

  4. StevoR says

    @birgerjohansson : Yes but those are merely Scandanavian snakes not our much more deadly Aussie ones! ;-)

    Still wouldn’t reccomend that mind you..

  5. birgerjohansson says

    StevoR @ 4
    Like the Swedish king in the mid-18th century, Odin is playing on the antagonism between the peons and the aristocracy to weaken those with power to be his rivals.

    There is not much distance between an oligarch and a dangerous dude like Ozymandyas. Better squash him in his Antarctic palace before he recruits mutants.

  6. markgisleson says

    Yet his son Thor hangs out with Tony “Iron Man” Stark whose origin was in the jungles of Vietnam as a munitions maker and who then became the world’s most famous Pinkerton as the security watchdog for Stark Industries.

  7. hemidactylus says

    If we take the mythos back to Wagnerian opera, any anticapitalist sentiment of Odin (Wotan) or whomever through the eyes of Wagner was probably a stand-in for another group of people altogether.

  8. microraptor says

    @9: It was pretty shocking for an 80s kids’ series to make the war about a resource shortage rather than just “good guys vs bad guys.”

    And of course, there’s the original union hero: Superman. Golden Age Superman tended to target people like union-busting industrialists and corrupt politicians.