In the case of Marvel's THOR, some of his greatest allies have been The Warriors Three, a trio of fellow Asgardians who've accompanied the Thunder God on countless adventures. There's the dashing swordsman Fandral, mace-wielding Hogun the Grim, and a big (and I do mean BIG) favorite of mine...the Voluminous Volstagg! Why is he a favorite? Maybe it's because, despite his mythic trappings, he's one of the most recognizably human characters I've encountered in comics. Like so many of us, Volstagg's brave, bombastic talk is contradicted by his hesitant, bumbling, and (sometimes) downright cowardly actions. In short, Volstagg represents how most of us lily-livered humans would conduct ourselves during violent, epic clashes...or any conflict, for that matter.
Let's join Volstagg in one of his earliest appearances in Journey Into Mystery #122 (1965), as he "assists" Thor in defeating a band of mutineers!
(click on the panels for a Volstagg-sized view)
Volstagg...thou art truly the wind beneath my wings.