Thursday, December 29, 2016

DON'T BLAME NAZI DUPE THOR (or the word balloon) ON JACK KIRBY

Kirby based this 1978 cover on the story by Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Alan Kupperberg (illustrator/storyteller) and Frank Springer (illustrator/storyteller).

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

HAPPY 94th BIRTHDAY TO STAN *MAESTRO OF THE MARVEL MULTIVERSE* LEE

"Lee's dialogue was witty and filled with character. Place it over exciting visual storytelling by Kirby or Ditko and you had something very special."
       - Mark Evanier KIRBY KING OF COMICS



Monday, December 26, 2016

IT'S EASY TO SPOT A HERO


He's the one running in the opposite direction of a panicked crowd. 
from THOR #121

Sunday, December 25, 2016

For Malekith's first cover appearance Walt Simonson employs primal symbolism: big = threatening.

"I did a lot of work in my run on Thor, such as the "Malekith the Accursed" story, that had some basis in and inspiration from Celtic fairy and folk tales. I read quite a bit when I was doing Thor-not only in Norse mythology, but about the Celtic fairy-faith and a lot of northern European folk stories, out of Britain, Scandinavia, Northern Europe. Great stuff and it was strongly related to the kind of feeling I wanted to give the book."
Walt Simonson COMIC BOOK ARTIST #10

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What I wanted for Christmas two years ago!


THOR THE DARK WORLD THOR AHV 
From Dragon Models
Pre-painted and with just the snap of a few parts, you can have a highly detailed desktop display of your favorite hero with the new 1/9-scale Action Hero Vignettes. A hybrid between a display figure and a kit, Dragon's use of model kit techniques allow us reproduce the intricate details and sharp lines to maximize the usage of the official 3D character scans. This highly collectible display model of Chris Hemsworth as Thor was developed in 3D, using official data from Marvel. Highly detailed and accurate, it can assume dynamic action poses with its diorama base. Fully colored and textured to movie likeness, the figure requires minimal assembly. 


Monday, December 19, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Kirby Thor page not worth reprinting?!?

Good enough for THOR #148 (1968) but not good enough for the reprint of the story in MARVEL SPECTACULAR #19 (1975).

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FIRST NEW THOR ODINSON FOR 2017 (On sale date January 4)

UNWORTHY THOR #3 (OF 5) 
(W) Jason Aaron (A) R. B. Silva 
   The Odinson and Beta Ray Bill continue their quest to take the hammer of the Ultimate Thor from the clutches of the Collector. Elsewhere, a mysterious and powerful cosmic entity has learned of the weapon's location and makes plans to claim the hammer as his own. And also, the Odinson gets a new pet!
1 in 25 Ryan Sook variant cover

Monday, November 28, 2016

THOR ODINSON IN YOUR FUTURE

ON SALE DECEMBER 7


1 in 10 Mike Deodato variant cover
UNWORTHY THOR #2 (OF 5)
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Olivier Coipel
    The Realm of Old Asgard has vanished, taking with it Odinson's hope for redemption.  But good tidings from Beta Ray Bill might breathe new life into the quest. For Bill knows the fate of the Realm Eternal. To win back Odinson's honor, the brothers in arms must infiltrate the fortress of THE COLLECTOR.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

THOR ODINSON IN YOUR FUTURE

ON SALE DECEMBER 7
1 in 25 Kris Anka variant cover

UNWORTHY THOR #2 (OF 5)
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Olivier Coipel
    The Realm of Old Asgard has vanished, taking with it Odinson's hope for redemption.  But good tidings from Beta Ray Bill might breathe new life into the quest. For Bill knows the fate of the Realm Eternal. To win back Odinson's honor, the brothers in arms must infiltrate the fortress of THE COLLECTOR.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

SUPERFLUOUS KIRBY!?!l

This page was good enough for THOR #148 (1968) but not for the reprinting of the story in MARVEL SPECTACULAR #19 (1975).

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

NO NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW

Maybe instead of going to your local comic shop tomorrow you could go see DOCTOR STRANGE at your local theater - you WON'T be sorry!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

THREE YEARS AGO TODAY

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #15 $3.99 
Writer: Jason Aaron
Cover Art & Interior Art: Ron Garney

   The hunt for Malekith the Accursed continues! Thor and his newfound compatriots in the League of Realms chase the Dark Elf marauder across the Nine Realms: From the exotic fairy gardens of Alfheim to the frozen mountains of Jotunheim, where giants dwell. But when one of the League falls...will it mean war for all Realms?

Monday, November 7, 2016

14 YEARS AGO

The original art for Sif's third cover appearance was sold by Heritage Auctions for $9,775. I wonder how much the art will be worth when the Wrecker is added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Presented in a large format, this piece measures approximately 17.5" x 23", with an approximate image area of 20.25" x 13.25", and is in excellent condition. There is some use of white-out on the cover and some editorial notations in the margins, but these do not affect the art in any way. Titles and logos are all stats, and the Thor figure, as well as Sif's hand, are paste-overs, but they are original inked art. Twice-up Kirby covers from this era are increasingly difficult to find, making this an even more desirable piece." - Hertitage Auction description.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

THOR ODINSON IN YOUR FUTURE

 UNWORTHY THOR #3 (OF 5)
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Olivier Coipel (A/CA) Olivier Coipel 
    The Odinson and Beta Ray Bill continue their quest to take the hammer of the Ultimate Thor from the clutches of the Collector.   Elsewhere, a mysterious and powerful cosmic entity has learned of the weapon's location and makes plans to claim the hammer as his own. And also, the Odinson gets a new pet?!

1 in 25  Ryan Sook variant cover

Thursday, November 3, 2016

THOR ODINSON IN YOUR FUTURE

ON SALE DECEMBER 7
 
UNWORTHY THOR #2 (OF 5)
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Olivier Coipel
    The Realm of Old Asgard has vanished, taking with it Odinson's hope for redemption.  But good tidings from Beta Ray Bill might breathe new life into the quest. For Bill knows the fate of the Realm Eternal. To win back Odinson's honor, the brothers in arms must infiltrate the fortress of THE COLLECTOR.

1 in 50 Jim Cheung variant

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

85 YEARS AGO TODAY The first man to script Thor was born

Thor was just another story. I didn't think about it at all. Stan said, "I'm trying to make up a character," and he gave me the plot, and he said, "Why don't you write the story?"
        Larry Lieber from Alter Ego Vol. 3 #2 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

If you like these Thor photomontages that appeared 30 days apart in early 1969 thank the zeitgeist.


The album cover art to the BEATLES SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND won a Grammy Award in 1968. In the 'Sixties more people saw album cover art than any other art. It is possible that the iconic photomontage inspired Jack Kirby to create these pages. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

John Romita's first in a series of Unconscious Thor Covers.

John Romita's third Unconscious Thor Cover in less than two years.
A quarter century later John Romita's son does his second Unconscious Thor cover!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

There's more to Thor comics then just punching.

The Enchantress in action. 


The last panel establishing shot of the Executioner's home, alongside the Rainbow Bridge panel, makes Asgard seem like a real place.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

COMICS' MOST PRODIGIOUS IMAGINATION CREATES FIVE MORE GODS

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #119's Tales of Asgard introduces crew members Hogun, Volstag, Fandral, Kroda and Magrat.

Monday, September 26, 2016

IS THERE ANY COMIC THAT CAN'T BE IMPROVED BY ADDING THOR?

Paul Cornell (writer) and Pete Woods (Pencils and inks) craft a dramatic entrance for Thor's four page appearance in WOLVERINE #10.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

THOR AS COMEDY RELIEF

From DEADPOOL: ART OF WAR #3 
Written by Peter David
Art by Scott Koblish