Saturday, December 31, 2016

TWO YEARS AGO TODAY

The only new Thor appearance was by Lady Thor. She appeared in a double-page crowd scene in SHIELD #1. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

THE LAST WALT SIMONSON THOR COMIC OF 2015

RAGNAROK #7
IDW PUBLISHING
Everything: Walter Simonson
    The Black Elf assassin, Regn, and his young daughter, Drifa, have hunted Thor for countless leagues across the Dusk Lands, to the ruins of Asgard. Now, as Thor calls down the lightning to create a funeral pyre for the dead of Asgard, Regn prepares himself for his greatest challenge, to kill the last god standing, the god responsible for the death of his wife.

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



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW

CIVIL WAR II #8 $4.99
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Various (CA) TBD
     Ulysses' precognitive powers grow stronger with each passing moment. As they reach their peak, what horrors from the future will be unleashed? And seeds sown here will bear bitter fruit for the Marvel Universe of tomorrow. Thor Odinson appears in a one-page Ulysses’ vision.

MIGHTY THOR #14 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Steve Epting (CA) Russell Dauterman
   The War of the Realms has spread to every branch of the World Tree!  Lady Thor and the new League of Realms have fought valiantly to restore the peace, but the road is fraught with unanticipated challenges.  Malekith has formed a wicked union of his own!



SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #12  $3.99
(W) Paul Scheer, Nick Giovannetti (A) Todd Nauck (CA) Dave Johnson
   It's the holidays and both our heroes are alone which means they're the only ones who can SAVE CHRISTMAS!  That's right, the holiday is under attack from the least likely of places! Learn where Lady Thor spent Christmas eve.

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

Saturday, December 24, 2016

WHAT'S BETTER THAN NEW THOR APPEARANCES ON A CHRISTMAS EVE?

TWO YEARS AGO TODAY
AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #9 $4.99 (HUGHES INVERSION VAR) (RENAUD LOOPER VAR)
(W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Jim Cheung
ACT III: NEW WORLD DISORDER
   Who will live? Who will die? Who will remain inverted? A shocking climax that promises to crack the Marvel Universe to its very core!  An old foe must claim the mantle of his greatest enemy to save the lives of all he cares for!  An X-Man's horrifying fate! An Avenger's appalling choice! Thor does something dramatic!

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND MIGHTY AVENGERS #3
$3.99 (RICHARDSON VAR)
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Luke Ross
   THE AVENGERS/AVENGERS WAR!  With Captain America and Iron Man bringing the full power of the Avengers against the Gem Theater, can our heroes possibly survive?  Guest-starring Spider-Man! Thor, of course, is involved in the battle.

LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #9
$3.99
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Lee Garbett
   Loki, swashbuckling savior of truth and justice, versus Lorelei -- scheming sister of the noble Enchantress!  Once -- in a time Loki would rather forget -- these two were allies. Now, Loki must bring Lorelei in -- or die trying!  Also featuring: the base villainy of Thor -- Marvel's brutish God Of Evil!

MARVELS AVENGERS #1
$2.99
(W) Will Pilgrim (A) Joe Bennett 
   OFFICIAL ADAPTATION OF THE FIRST BLOCKBUSTER FILM!  Iron Man! Thor! Captain America! Black Widow! Hawkeye! The Hulk!

NOVA #25 $4.99 (ADAMS VAR)
(W) Gerry Duggan (A) David Baldeon (CA) Zach Montoya
   Over-sized monumental 25th issue and great jumping-on point! Thor appears briefly doing what he does best.



THREE YEARS AGO TODAY
AVENGERS #24 $4.99
Writer: Jonathan Hickman   Art: Esad Ribic
"ROGUE PLANET" - Part 1 of 5
   Captain America and Iron Man plan for the next version of the Avengers.  A runaway planet is on a collision course with Earth. Thor first appears on page 10 in a two page comedy relief sequence that is a definite nod to the Lee/Kirby style of Sixties story-telling. Thor doesn't appear again until two pages at the end of the issue.

Don't be fooled by the big #1. It refers to the issue being the perfect jumping on point because of the beginning of a new story arc. It IS actually AVENGERS #24.
Here's 25% of Thor's participation in the issue.

 Alessio variant cover.
 Bianchi variant cover

Friday, December 23, 2016

IN THE SHOPS ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

GUIDEBOOK TO MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE MARVELS THOR $3.99
(W) Mike O'Sullivan, The Ohotmu (A) Various (CA) Pascal Campion, Will Sliney
     Reveals everything you need to know about the golden realm of Asgard! Featuring fact sheets, movie-to-comic comparisons, and behind-the-scenes production art and movie stills, this issue profiles Thor Odinson himself; family members Loki, Odin and Frigga; Asgardian allies Sif, Heimdall, Hogun and Volstagg; human friends Erik Selvig, Jane Foster and Darcy Lewis; and an in-depth look at Asgard itself! Plus: Laufey and the Frost Giants, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jasper Sitwell and the Avenging Archer, Hawkeye! And more!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A 2009 CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM MARVEL

ORIGINS OF SIEGE was a special giveaway issue containing everything a reader needed to prepare for a story six years in the making! Showcasing an all-new lead-in story featuring Loki, it also contained an all-new origins section covering all of the major players drawn by the biggest artists at Marvel, as well as pinups and a checklist. Plus a preview of SIEGE #1!
 

Fun Fact: Shops could purchase ORIGINS OF SIEGE in bundles of 25 at $10 a bundle. Shops received one free copy of ORIGINS OF SIEGE for each copy of CAPTAIN AMERICA #3 that they ordered, rounded up to the next 25.

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. 


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

IN THE SHOPS THREE YEARS AGO TODAY

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #16 $3.99
Writer: Jason Aaron 
Artist: Ron Garney 
Cover Artist: Esad Ribic
   Death comes in the mountains of Jotunheim... and there is a traitor among Thor's newly formed League of Realms! As Thor prepares to execute one of his own comrades, Malekith stages his final bloody raid... on Earth.


UNCANNY AVENGERS #15 $3.99
     Writer: Rick Remender   Art:Steve McNiven

The fate of humanity rests in the hands of Thor, but can the God of Thunder defeat the combined might of two Apocalypses? 

LONGSHOT SAVES MARVEL UNIVERSE #4 $2.99
   Writer: Christopher Hastings Art: Jacopo Camagni
       1 panel Thor cameo

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).

Monday, December 12, 2016

Walt Simonson proto-reindeer cover

"Thor was the god of the peasants and the common people. He was represented as an elderly man, jovial and friendly, of heavy build, with a long white beard. His element was fire, his color red. The rumble and roar of thunder were said to be caused by the rolling of his chariot, for he alone among the gods never rode on horseback, but drove in a chariot drawn by two white goats (called Cracker and Gnasher). He was fighting the giants of ice and snow, and thus became the Yule-god. He was said to live in the "Northland," where he had his palace among the icebergs. By our pagan forefathers he was considered as the cheerful and friendly god, never harming humans, but rather helping and protecting them. The fireplace in every home was especially sacred to him, and he was said to come down through the chimney into his element, the fire."
        MYTHS OF NORTHERN LANDS (1895) H.A. Guerber