Saturday, April 30, 2016

NEW THOR APPEARANCES TWO YEARS AGO TODAY

AVENGERS #28 $3.99 (CAPTAIN AMERICA TEAM UP VAR)
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Agustin Alessio
   Bruce Banner puts the pieces together and confronts Iron Man. The Thors (that’s right, two of them) make a brief appearance.
  
AVENGERS WORLD #5 $3.99 (CAPTAIN AMERICA TEAM UP VAR)
(W) Nick Spencer, Jonathan Hickman (A) Stefano Caselli (CA) In-Hyuk Lee
   Three Avengers' lives depend on Manifold breaching the unbreachable. What is Manifold's true destiny? 
A dramatically posed but silent Thor appears on one page.

UNCANNY AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (RENAUD VAR)
(W) Rick Remender (A) Paul Renaud (CA) Arthur Adams
   The first appearance of the Avengers of the Supernatural! When the producers of the Mojoverse can't make a hit series they call on Mojo to gather an all-new, all-creepy Avengers! Can the Uncanny Avengers survive the wrath of an unleashed Spirit of Vengeance? Thor and the Wolverine have a one-page tussle… plus see Thor in a Mojo movie!

WHAT IF AGE OF ULTRON #5 $3.99 (DOYLE VAR)
(W) Joe Keatinge (A) Raffaele Ienco, Ramon Villalobos, Neil Edwards and Mico Suayan (CA) Chris Stevens
   What if Hank Pym never created Ultron? Could a world survive without Ultron's own weapon-turned-Avenger, the Vision? In the darkest of all realities, can the Avengers ever hope to Assemble? Brief glimpses of  female alternate-timeline Thors!

WOLVERINE #5 $3.99 (SUAYAN CAPTAIN AMERICA TEAM UP VAR)
(W) Paul Cornell (A) Gerardo Sandoval (CA) Ryan Stegman
   Logan faces his most dire threat yet -- with no healing factor to protect him!

 (Spoiler Alert: it’s Thor!!!)

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.

Friday, April 22, 2016

THOR appearances in the shop 1 year ago.

AVENGERS OPERATION HYDRA #1 $3.99 (KIRBY CLASSIC variant cover)
(W) Will Pilgrim (A) Andrea DiVito (CA) Micheal Ryan (Variant Cover) Jack Kirby    

   Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Hulk on an all-new adventure against a secret Hydra splinter cell!     
   PLUS: Reprinting Avengers #16, presenting the story that brought Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch onto the team for the first time!   


AVENGERS WORLD #20 $3.99
(W) Frank Barbiere (A) Marco Checchetto (CA) Sanford Greene
   The fall of The Avengers ! Namor's fury unleashed! The Cabal rises...no world is safe! A dramatically posed but silent Thor Odinson appears on one page.
 
HULK #15 $3.99   
(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mark Bagley
   The battle between Doc Green & Red Hulk changes the Marvel Universe forever !  Doc Green proves once and for all: science is difficult, even for the smartest of us .  The US military makes a surprising change to their gamma-monster policy. A dramatically posed but silent Lady Thor appears on one page.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

5 YEARS AGO TODAY

19 New Marvels shipped. 5 had variant covers. 3 of those variants featured Thor artists paying homage to iconic movie posters. 

AVENGERS #12
Cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR.
AVENGERS ACADEMY #12

Cover by MIKE MCKONE
DEADPOOLMAX #7 
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
FEAR ITSELF SINS PAST #1 
Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
GENERATION HOPE #6
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
HALO FALL OF REACH COVENANT #1 
Cover by FELIX RUIZ
HULK #32 
Cover by GABRIEL HARDMAN

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #503 
Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by SEBASTIAN FIUMARA

IRON MAN 2.0 #4 
Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by SEBASTIAN FIUMARA

SCARLET #5 
cover by ALEX MALEEV Variant cover by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
SIGIL #2 
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
SILVER SURFER #3 
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
SKAAR KING OF SAVAGE LAND #2 
Cover by MICHAEL KOMARCK & ED McGUINNESS Variant Cover by BILLY TAN
SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1000 
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
THUNDERBOLTS #156 
Cover by JEAN-SEBASTIEN ROSSBACH
UNCANNY X-FORCE #8 
Cover by ESAD RIBIC

WOLVERINE #8 
Cover by JAE LEE Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by DALE KEOWN


WOLVERINE & JUBILEE #4 
Cover by NIMIT MALAVIA

X-FACTOR #218
Cover by DAVID YARDIN

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NEW THOR(S) APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW

NEW THOR ODINSON APPEARANCE!
MIGHTY THOR #6 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Rafa Garres (CA) Russell Dauterman
   A special tale of young Thor adventuring in the age of Vikings!  Meanwhile, LOKI conjures up a dark and powerful new enemy: VIKING HULK.


 Chin Civil War Variant cover


NEW LADY THOR APPEARANCES

 CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #8 $3.99 (CIVIL WAR VAR)
(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Paul Renaud
   Captain America Unite! Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, and Bucky Barnes team up for a heroic stand against the evil that lurks in Pleasant Hill.  Continues the blockbuster spring Avengers event, STANDOFF! Lady Thor makes a one page appearance




SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #4 $3.99
(W) Joe Kelly (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
    Double date, Deadpool style!  Spider-Man finally agrees to hang out with Deadpool outside of adventures, but he might regret it when he discovers that his date is a friend of Deadpool's wife, Shiklah, demon queen of Monster Metropolis. Who's Deadpool's date? Guest-stars Lady Thor!


TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #5 $3.99 (PHAM CIVIL WAR VAR)
(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Mike Choi
   Amadeus Cho loves being the Hulk and he's determined to be the greatest hero the world's ever seen.   But if the Hulk is driven by rage, what lies within Amadeus? Unfortunately for him, the Enchantress, Amora of Asgard, is hell-bent on finding out! Lady Thor makes a brief appearance.

Monday, April 18, 2016

BEHOLD THE ODIN STOGIE!

Art by Erik Larsen, aided and abetted by frequent Kirby-embellisher, Mike Royer.

Friday, April 15, 2016

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY - THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE TO HIT THE SHOPS

THOR #7 $3.99 (AVENGERS variant) (BROWNE WTD variant)
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman
    THE BATTLE FOR THE HAMMER RAGES ON!  THE ALL-NEW THOR VS. THE UNSTOPPABLE MACHINE OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION THAT IS THE DESTROYER.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NEW THOR IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW

ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #8 $3.99 
(W) Mark Waid (A) Adam Kubert (CA) Alex Ross
    Trapped in Pleasant Hill, the Avengers can't tell the heroes from the villains -- and, worse, they don't even recognize each other! How can the Avengers act like a team when they have no memory of one another? Lady Thor has a large role in this issue.


ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT #4 $3.99 
(W) Skottie Young (A) Aaron Conley (CA) Skottie Young
   It's the best of times when Rocket and Groot are recruited as replacements in an intergalactic football league. These little giants might engage in some necessary roughness, but if they can learn all the right moves these leatherheads might be invincible! Lady Thor appears in the framing sequence.

SILVER SURFER #3 $3.99
(W) Dan Slott (A/CA) Mike Allred
    In 1966, the heroes of Earth met Norrin Radd of Zenn-La, The Silver Surfer.  In 2016, for the greatest stakes of all time, he will have to fight them all. Lady Thor appears.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

DEADPOOL #27 $9.99
(W/A) Various (CA) Scott Koblish
   First up in this ENORMOUSLY OVERSIZED ISSUE is our main feature-the biggest wedding since that one guy married that other guy as Deadpool and his mysterious bride tie the knot in a tale by Gerry  Duggan, Brian Posehn, & Mike Hawthorne!  Thor appears on the cover and in three panels. He has one line.


MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #7
$2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) TBD
   The ultra-powerfull Hyperion arrives to save the Earth, but his methods are too extreme. The Marvel Animation Thor battles Hyperion.

Friday, April 8, 2016

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS ONE YEAR AGO

ANGELA ASGARDS ASSASSIN #5 $3.99
(W) Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett (A) Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans (CA) Stephanie Hans
   Superheroic to-do lists are quite the thing. Angela's read "INVADE MY HOMELAND, WHILST PURSUED BY ASGARDIANS, CARRYING A DEMONIC CHILD WITH ONLY MY SARCASTIC SPACE FRIENDS FOR COMPANY." One of the Asgardians pursuing her is Thor Odinson

DEADPOOL #45
(250TH ISSUE) $9.99 (AVENGERS VAR) (GREEN WTD VAR) (MOORE DEATH OF DEADPOOL VAR) (RUN JEWELS YOUNG VAR)
(W) Various (A) Various, Mirko Colak (CA) Scott Koblish
    In our over-sized main story, ULTIMATUM comes at Deadpool for revenge, so he has no choice but to take them on-ALL OF THEM. Then, in an Infinity Gauntlet crossover, what would Deadpool do if he got the six gems from Thanos? Plus: a slew of stories showcasing Deadpool's closest friends and allies by special guest writers! Also, SPOILER: Deadpool dies at the end of the issue. Thor appears in two panels in one story to deliver two punch lines.

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #6 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) Various
    Tony Stark ages backwards when the Time Stone affects his Arc Reactor!  Can Iron Man stop the reverse flow of time, all while facing dinosaurs and other terrors out of time? Marvel Animation Thor appears of course!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

To help commemorate Marvel's 70th Anniversary year Marko Djurdjevic was commissioned by Chris Allo to do 12 paintings which would cover one comic a month. "-all he wanted was just a simple version of each of the Marvel characters on a white background with a little touch of Marko in it."


"He gave me a list of the twelve characters and away I went; it's actually the fastest gig I've ever done. I painted all twelve covers in just ten days, so it's been a fantastic cover gig for me to do. I sat down and did all the sketches in one day while I was still in my first inspiration for the job, and then I just painted them one by one." - THE MARVEL ART OF MARKO DJURDJEVIC 
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #104 came out in early 1964 which was before I was reading THOR. 
When Marvel released their first set of cards and stickers in 1967 I first saw the iconic Christlike pose. Even though I knew that Marko's exposure to comics was limited to a few years in the mid 1990s and then not again until he was hired by Marvel it occurred to me that he might have seen the Kirby image.
It is easy to say this now that I know the truth but my best-faith guess would have been that Djurdjevic was not influenced by the Kirby cover. 

Hagen, Marko's assistant, posed my theory to Marko and he supplied a definitive answer: "I've asked Marko about the Kirby parallels, and he said that it is not the case. He says he's too young to be grown up with Kirby's work. Later he didn't get a connection to him, as he was confronted with other artists that inspired him more (like Enki Bilal, Tim Bradstreet, Phil Hale and Joshua Gabriel Timbrook, an almost unknown illustrator)."

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

IN THE SHOPS TODAY

Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! limited to 3,000 pieces $150 

MARVEL PREMIERE COLLECTOR THOR STATUE

The second full-size resin statue in the all-new Marvel Premier Collection is none other than Thor, God of Thunder! Based on a famous 1969 cover image, Thor wears his timeless classic outfit and swings his hammer as if preparing to hurl it skyward. Crouching on a circular base designed to represent Bifrost, the rainbow bridge of Asgard, this approximately 9" statue of Thor comes packaged with a certficate of authenticity in a full-color box.

As of this posting I DO know that this statue is still available and that at least 421 have sold.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NEW THOR IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW

VISION #6 $3.99
(W) Tom King (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta (CA) Marco D'Alfonso
   The bodies will not stay buried. The truth will not remain hidden. And The Vision will never be the same. Lady Thor has a silent one-panel cameo


MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE CIVIL WAR #2 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) Various
   Find out the secret Iron Man has kept from the team...and how it will change the Avengers' future! Captain America takes a stand against Iron Man!  Animated Thor Odinson plays a large role.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Image Odin makes sure that the battle between Thor and Supreme is fair by giving them twin hammers.

If you read this in SUPREME #22 when it came out in 1994 and you had been a Thor fan for more than ten years you probably noticed the similarity between this Rob Liefield story and Walt Simonson's Thor/Beta Ray Bill battle in THOR #338. Clever Liefield does give his story a different twist than Simonson.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dark Horse's THE END LEAGUE's premise was that the last surviving team of heroes tries to save the world by combining Thor's magic Hammer with an altruistic soul.

Thor appears in the first two issues.

Unfortunately Thor has been lobotomized causing him to battle Divinity, the mortal-loving daughter of Zeus, and Soldier American, Living Legend of World War Two. Script by Rick Remender. Art by Matt Broome.


Friday, April 1, 2016

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

 
AVENGERS MILLENNIUM #1 $3.99
(W) Mike Costa (A) Carmine DiGiandomenico (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
   At a secret Hydra installation hidden away in rural Japan, the Avengers discover a time-portal that sends them on an adventure that spans millennia.
     THOR APPEARS ONLY ON THE COVER!

AVENGERS ULTRON FOREVER #1 $4.99  (MOVIE CONNECTING B VAR) ( MOVIE CONNECTING C VAR) (MCKONE AVENGERS VARIANT) ( YOUNG VAR)
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Alan Davis