Friday, April 29, 2016

1 YEAR AGO TODAY THERE WAS ONLY ONE NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN THE SHOPS. But at least it was Thor (the Real Deal) Odinson,

NEW AVENGERS ULTRON FOREVER #1 $4.99 (MOVIE CONNECTING E variant) (MOVIE CONNECTING F variant)
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Alan Davis


   When Thors clash! The Loki of the 25th Century! Ultron makes his move - but does Doctor Doom have something even worse up his metal sleeve?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

5 YEARS AGO TODAY

THORMANIA HIT NEW HEIGHTS PLUS A HOMAGE TO KING KONG AND STERANKO!!!

25 New Marvels shipped. 
5 had variant covers featuring the Thor corner of the shared universe paying homage to iconic movie posters. 


AGE OF X UNIVERSE #2 
     Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #659
     Cover by STEFANO CASELLI
ANITA BLAKE CIRCUS OF DAMNED INGENUE #3 
    Cover by BRETT BOOTH
AVENGERS #12  
    Cover by BRYAN HITCH
CAPTAIN AMERICA #617
    Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
    Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by KHOI PHAM
DEADPOOL #36 
    Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
FF #2
    Cover by DANIEL ACUÑA
    Character Variant by MARKO DJURDJEVIC 
    Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by GREG HORN
INCREDIBLE HULKS #627 
     Cover DOUG BRAITHWAITE Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by MIKE DEL MUNDO
MIGHTY THOR #1
    Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL 
    Variant Cover by TRAVIS CHAREST 
    Variant Cover by WALT SIMONSON  
    Thor Movie Variant Cover
MIGHTY THOR SAGA #1
NAMOR FIRST MUTANT #9 
     Cover by PHIL NOTO
NEW MUTANTS #24
    Cover by MICO SUAYAN
ORSON SCOTT CARDS SPEAKER FOR DEAD #4 
   Cover by GUISEPPE CAMUNCOLI
OSBORN #5 
   Cover by BEN OLIVER
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #4 
   Cover by MIKE PERKINS
RUSE #2 
   Cover by JACKSON GUICE
SECRET AVENGERS #12 
   Cover by MIKE DEODATO Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by MICHAEL KALUTA
SPIDER-GIRL #6 
   Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
SPIDER-MAN #13 
   Cover by BARRY KITSON
THOR ASGARDS AVENGER #1 
   Cover by TOM RANEY
THUNDERSTRIKE #5 
   Cover by RONALD FRENZ
TOMB OF DRACULA PRESENTS THRONE OF BLOOD #1 
   Cover by BRYAN HITCH
UNCANNY X-MEN #536
    Cover by TERRY DODSON
VENOM #2
    Cover by TONY MOORE
X-23 #9 
    Cover by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY 
   Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by CHRIS STEVENS

X-MEN #10
    Cover by TERRY DODSON Variant Cover by CHRIS BACHALO 
    Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Plus:
CAPTAIN AMERICA OPERATION REBIRTH PREM HC $24.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA TRIAL OF CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC $24.99
FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 04 $19.99
THOR TRIALS OF LOKI PREM HC $19.99
THOR WARRIORS THREE UNLEASHED PREM HC $19.99
Written by STAN LEE, JOHN LEWANDOWSKI, TOM DEFALCO, RON FRENZ & WALT SIMONSON
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, KEVIN KOBASIC, RICH YANIZESKI, HERB TRIMPE, MARK TEXEIRA, JOE BARNEY & DEODATO STUDIOS
Covers by JOE BARNEY & JACK KIRBY
Collecting THOR ANNUAL #2 & #17; THOR (1966) #400, #410 & #415-416; MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #66; MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1990) #15 and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #-1
 X-MEN OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $99.99
 DOOMWAR TP $15.99
ESSENTIAL X-MEN TP VOL 06 NEW ED $19.99
MMW FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 06 $24.99
PUNISHER TP FRANKEN-CASTLE $34.99
SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK BY JOHN BYRNE TP VOL 01 $24.99
THOR OFFICIAL INDEX TO MARVEL UNIVERSE GN TP $19.99

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Thor in the shops tomorrow

ANGELA QUEEN OF HEL #7 $3.99
(W) Marguerite Bennett (A) Aaron Kim Jacinto, Stephanie Hans (CA) Stephanie Hans
   An ancient evil slithers into New York City, making living horrors out of fables and folklore.  Angela, Sera, Leah, and Lady Thor (AKA not the Real Deal) race to defeat THE FAUSTIAN QUEEN before she rewrites the world into a story of her very own.
 


AVENGERS STANDOFF ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL OMEGA #1 $4.99 (CONNECT B VAR) (DEODATO VAR) (STERANKO VAR)
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Daniel Acuña, Angel Unzueta (CA) Daniel Acuña
    A STANDOFF tie-in!  Lost heroes return, new threats emerge, and the stage is set for major upheavals all throughout the Marvel Universe! And Lady Thor appears.

GUIDE TO MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE IRON MAN THOR DARK WORLD $3.99
(W) Mike O'Sullivan, The Ohotmu (A) Various (CA) Marcos Martin
   The MCU Guidebooks launch into Phase 2 of the Cinematic Universe, and Iron Man and Thor lead the charge as our comprehensive coverage of the fan-favorite Marvel Studios films and Marvel Television shows continues! Featuring fact sheets, movie-to-comic comparisons and production stills, this issue is packed with profiles and updates on heroes including Thor, Sif, Odin and the Warriors Three; stalwart allies including Jane Foster, Erik Selvig and Darcy Lewis; and deadly foes including Loki and Malekith! Plus: Frigga! Bor! Heimdall! And more!

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Marvel Misunderstanding Method was the plot device of choice in the Silver Age to get heroes to battle each other.

The misunderstanding for the issue-long fight in FANTASTIC FOUR #73 was set up in DAREDEVIL #38.
 

It takes place during THOR #150 when Thor was still depowered by Odin which explains why he didn't defeat the Thing with one punch. Continuity can be a wonderful thing in the right hands.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Tour of Jack Kirby's Asgard

Is there anything more impressive than the view of Asgard from the  Bifrost? From JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #101 (1964)
The changing architecture of Kirby's Asgard makes me wonder if Kirby was inspired by Herriman's KRAZY KAT, a popular strip from when he was a newspaper boy. From THOR #136
In Kirby's Asgard even going to the doctor's office requires a quest. From JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #111

 
No tour of Asgard would be complete without a visit to Odin's Castle. From JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #98 (1964)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

8 YEARS AGO TODAY

Three covers and 23 interior pages of artwork by Marko Djurdjevic were released. 

       THOR #8 is a rare treat with its Djurdjevic cover and 23 pages of  interior artwork.

J. Michael Straczynski provides a script that shows the extemes that Djurdjevic can convincingly portray,

from a Odin/Thor/Surtur battle in a Hellish Realm,
to quiet moments in a hospital with a tragic cancer patient or a flashback to an important event in Loki's history. Sadly, only the pencils are by Djurdjevic though.