There are few moments in Marvel comics more enjoyable than the inevitable yet somehow still surprising Loki trick. Just when you think you can trust the character, just when you think it’s been long enough and there’s certainly no going back now, Loki reveals some wild scheme to overtake Asgard and ascend to his rightful place on the throne.
Loki’s family issues aren’t hard to fathom – Imagine if your Dad grounded you by tying you to a tree on an island with NO SOUND – but it’s his dedication to the destruction of Thor and ruling Asgard that make the trickster god what he is. This history makes more recent takes on the character by the likes of Kieron Gillen all the more fascinating.
Below you’ll find a complete chronology for Loki comics books throughout the Marvel Universe, from his beginnings as Thor’s archnemesis to more modern interpretations like Kid Loki and Teen Loki: Agent of Asgard.
Loki Comics Reading Order
Collects: Journey Into Mystery (1952) 83-109
Jack Kirby and Stan Lee launch Thor, Loki, and the Gods of Asgard into the Marvel Universe!
Loki’s 1960’s Reading Order!
Journey Into Mystery #85
Journey Into Mystery #88
Journey Into Mystery #91
Journey Into Mystery #92
Journey Into Mystery #94
Journey Into Mystery #96
Journey Into Mystery #97
Journey Into Mystery #100
Journey Into Mystery #101
Journey Into Mystery #102
Journey Into Mystery #103
Journey Into Mystery #104
Journey Into Mystery #107
Journey Into Mystery #108
Collects: Avengers (1963) 1-20
See how Loki accidentally brings the Avengers together for the very first time in Avengers #1. Loki also makes a cameo in Avengers #7 as the Avengers face off against Enchantress and Executioner.
Collects: Strange Tales #110 to #111, #114 to #146
Loki attempts to manipulate Dr. Strange into helping him take down Thor in Strange Tales #123.
Collects: Journey Into Mystery (1952) 110 to #113, Journey Into Mystery Annual #1, Journey Into Mystery #114 to #125, Thor (1966) 126-130
Loki’s in virtually every issue of Journey Into Mystery and then Thor from this time period, whether in the main plot or in the Asgardian Tales backups.
Collects: Thor #141 to #152
Loki centric issues can be found in:
Collects: Thor (1966) 154-174
After Thor issues #154 to #159, Loki makes a couple great appearances in an issue of Hulk and Silver Surfer, which you can see below.
Tales To Astonish #101
Silver Surfer #4
Collects: Thor #173 to #183
Thor #184 to #194
Collects: Thor #195 to #205
Collects: Thor: Son Of Asgard #1-12
Now that you have the Lee and Kirby years well under your belt, it’s time for some modern reimaginings of Thor’s earliest days, here as a young lad!
Collects: Thor: First Thunder #1-5
Another modern retelling of Thor’s first year on Earth.
Collects: Loki #1 To #4
The best modern look back of the bunch, in Trials of Loki Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Sebastian Fiumara retell Loki’s true origins and explain his motivations for Asgardian conquest.
Loki Comics In The 1970’s
Collects: Avengers (1963) #115-118 And Defenders (1972) #8-11
Loki’s back to messing with the Avengers on behalf of his animosity towards Thor, this time teaming with mystical overlord Dormammu.
Collects: Thor #229 to #235, Thor Annual #5, Thor #236 to #241
Loki Centric Thor Issues In The 70’s
Thor #261 to #279, Thor Annual #8
Thor #293 to #295
Collects: Thor #303 to #319, Thor Annual #9 to #10
Collects: Thor #320 to #336, Annual #11
Loki In The 1980’s, Enter Walt Simonson’s Thor
Collects: Thor 337-345
My favorite Thor run of all time, Simonson does plenty of brilliant work with Loki as well!
Collects: Thor 346-355
Collects: Thor 357-363, Balder The Brave 1-4
Collects: New Mutants Special Edition #1, Uncanny X-Men Annual #9, X-Men/Alpha Flight #1 To #2
Loki messes with the New Mutants and X-Men (namely Dani Moonstar and Storm) in Asgard. This special confused the ever-loving pants off me when I read it outside the context of Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men and New Mutants.
Collects: Thor 364-369, 371-374
In perhaps Loki’s greatest prank of all-time, he turns Thor into a Frog for three issues.
Collects: Thor 375-382
Collects: Thor #383 to Thor #400
Acts of Vengeance and Loki Comics in the 1990’s
In classic Loki form, a mysterious figure coordinates the villains of the Marvel Universe.
90s Loki Comics
Thor #426 to #432, #440 to #442
Journey Into Mystery #504 to #513
Collects: Loki #1-4, Journey Into Mystery #85, Journey Into Mystery #112
Tells an out of continuity fantasy of Loki’s in which he rules Asgard! Brilliant art by Esad Ribic and a great narrative from Rob Rodi.
Amazing Spider-Man #503 to #504 of the J. Michael Straczynski features a two-part Spider-Man and Loki story.
Asgard Disassembled And Loki Reborn
Collects: Thor #80-85
For the entire event, here’s my Avengers Disassembled reading order.
Collects: Thor #1-6 (July 2007 – Feb 2008)
Thor returns following Ragnarok, and restores Asgards and the gods. Loki in particular comes back anew, and confuses the sexuality of every Thor reader ever.
Collects: Thor #7 – #12 + #600 (March 2008 – Feb 2009)
Collects: Thor #601-603, And Thor: Defining Moments Giant-Size #1 (Apr 2009 – Sep 2009)
Loki gets a seat at the table of Norman Osborn’s criminal cabal.
Collects: Thor (1966) #604-614, Siege: Loki And New Mutants (2009) #11
Marvel’s 2010 event, Siege, proves surprisingly essential for Loki, and effectively concludes the stretch of Marvel events starting with 2004’s Avengers Disassembled. Full Siege reading order.
Loki by Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen
Collects: Thor #615 – #621 (Sept 2010 – March 2011)
Collects: The Mighty Thor 1-6 (April 2011 – Sept 2011)
Collects: Journey Into Mystery 622-636, 626.1 (April 2011 – April 2012)
Fear itself tie-ins.
Collects: The Mighty Thor #7 – #12 (Oct 2011 – March 2012), Fear Itself #7.2: Thor
Collects: The Mighty Thor: 12.1, 13-17
Collects: Exiled 1; New Mutants 42-43; Journey Into Mystery 637-645; The Mighty Thor 18-22, Annual 1 (Ends October 2012)
Exiled Reading Orders
Journey Into Mystery #637
New Mutants #42
Journey Into Mystery #638
New Mutants #43
Everything Burns Reading Order:
The Mighty Thor #18
Journey Into Mystery #642
The Mighty Thor #19
Journey Into Mystery #643
The Mighty Thor #20
Journey Into Mystery #644
The Mighty Thor #21
Journey Into Mystery #645
The Mighty Thor #22
Loki in Young Avengers And Agent of Asgard
Collects: Young Avengers (2013) 1-15, Marvel Now! Point One 1 (Young Avengers Story)
More Avengers, this time to keep everyone in the loop on Kid Loki, the newest Young Avenger!
Collects: Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 to #5
Collects: Original Sin: Thor & Loki – The Tenth Realm 1-5
Collects: Loki: Agent Of Asgard 6-11
Marvel Axis event tie-ins.
Collects: Loki: Agent of Asgard #12 to #17 (Secret Wars, Last Days tie-ins)
Loki With All-New, All-Different Thor (And Runs for President)
Collects: Mighty Thor #1 to #5
Collects: Vote Loki #1 to #4