Sunday, December 31, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Saturday, December 30, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS 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.

Friday, December 29, 2017

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was a great time to be a Thor fan thanks to Ego's second 1968 appearance.
Lee's 39 word synopsis makes you wish that you hadn't missed the previous issue.
The two-page Kirby collage depicting the Black Galaxy made you glad that you didn't miss this one!
Helping to give this tale an epic feel was the four Kirby full-pagers
This exciting 2 page sequence is just a hint of the eye-popping cosmic battles in this 20 page classic.
Would you rank this issue in the THOR TOP TEN? It has to at least make the THOR TOP ONE HUNDRED...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

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.

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. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

TOMORROW'S ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN THE SHOPS

SPIDER-MEN II #5 $3.99
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Sara Pichelli
  The final issue.  Peter and Miles are faced with their toughest challenge yet! Ultimate Thor makes a gratuitous 1 panel cameo.

Monday, December 25, 2017

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

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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

IN THE SHOPS FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY

AVENGERS #24.now $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

IN THE SHOPS 3 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.




Saturday, December 23, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS 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!

Friday, December 22, 2017

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.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

1 YEAR AGO TODAY

WORST CHRISTMAS WEEK EVER?!?
NO NEW APPEARANCES OF THOR (EITHER GENDER) appeared in the shops.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

1962 was the first year that you could get a brand new Thor comic for Christmas - most likely this one.

Stan Lee's philosophy was that every issue might be someone's first. His sentimentality combined with Jack Kirby's esthetics for a perfect jumping on point issue.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW



MIGHTY THOR #702 $3.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman
    As the War of the Realms continues to spread, Jane Foster has finally had enough. Will she rally the Asgardians in time to save their home? Or has Odin's arrogance doomed them all?  And as if total war wasn't enough, there's also the impending arrival of the unstoppable Mangog. Can even a guest appearance by Hercules avert disaster? 
Anka Phoenix variant cover






CHAMPIONS #15 $3.99
(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
   The Champions/Avengers team faces its first real casualty in their ongoing struggle to prevent two planets from colliding - and that fatality changes the game!  The conclusion of WORLDS COLLIDE! Lady Thor is not only on the cover. She guest stars!!


INCREDIBLE HULK #711
(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Greg Land
   On the savage planet of Sakaar, the last remaining tribes of a dead society fight for dwindling resources... A sequence of ancient trials known as the Gauntlet is the only way to survive!  A champion is called to battle: AMADEUS CHO, THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK! His opponent is a familiar one... WITNESS THE THUNDERING BARBARIAN!!! The ODINSON!


YEE HAW! NOW IT'S A HOLIDAY!!

Monday, December 18, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 4 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

Saturday, December 16, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

 
MIGHTY THOR #2 $3.99

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman
   The return of Loki!  But for Lady Thor, will he be friend or foe?


 (1 in 15 COSPLAY VARIANT) 
(1 in 20 DAUTERMAN DESIGN VARIANT)
  (1 in 20 FRENZ MARVEL 92 VARIANT)


 (1 in 25 TRAKHANOV VARIANT)

   

ULTIMATE END #5 $4.99

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Mark Bagley
ULTIMATE NO MORE!
   2000 - 2015 Many Thors appear

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #14 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) Various

   Squadron Supreme have taken over the entire world and reign supreme! The Avengers must strike back from the underground and save the planet once and for all!

Friday, December 15, 2017

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only does John Buscema channel his inner Kirby for this cover
He teams with Lee and maintains the visual greatness of the Thunder God.


Meanwhile Sal Buscema crowds a half dozen iconic characters on this cover
And inside he joins the ranks of artistic giants that have depicted Hulk and Thor battling each other

Thursday, December 14, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ULTRON REVOLUTION #6 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) Various
   ENTER THE THUNDERBOLTS!  When JUSTIN HAMMER's weapons factories threaten civilian lives, THE AVENGERS (including Thor Odinson, of course) are ready to take him down...but our heroes weren't expecting a SECOND hero team to show up to help! Who are the mysterious THUNDERBOLTS?  


GWENPOOL HOLIDAY SPECIAL MERRY MIX UP $5.99 (HENDERSON VAR) (LIM VAR) (ZDARSKY VAR)
(W/A) Various (CA) Salva Espin
    It's time to join EVERYONE'S FAVORITE GWEN and celebrate good times! Only problem is somehow this year's festive traditions seem to be a little off and Gwen's the only one who notices. FEATURING: Spider-Man, Red Skull, Punisher and even Deadpool! Lady Thor makes a 2 panel cameo.

and Lady Thor appears ONLY on the cover of this comic...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

The newest issue of THOR contained the mind-boggling Mangog. John Romita becomes the first artist to do a Mangog cover after Kirby, who of course, did the first 3 Mangog covers
And a new use is found for Thor's hammer.
Words by Gerry Conway. Art by John Buscema and Vince Colletta.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 4 YEARS AGO TODAY


CATACLYSM ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99
  Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Cover and interior art: David Marquez
  The young heroes of the ULTIMATE UNIVERSE gather together to save New York from the terror of GALACTUS!!!
   2 panel Ultimate Thor cameo





MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #3 $2.99
  Writer: Joe Caramagna
   It's up to Falcon to save the day when a mysterious foe turns the Avengers into evil ghosts! Based on the hit animated show on DISNEY XD

Sunday, December 10, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 3 YEARS AGO

AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #7 $3.99 
(W) Rick Remender (A) Adam Kubert (CA) Jim Cheung
     THE ASTONISHING AVENGERS VS THE UNCANNY X-MEN FOR THE FATE OF NEW YORK! Shirtless Thor lounges around one panel.

DEADPOOLS ART OF WAR #3 $3.99

(W) Peter David (A/CA) Scott Koblish
  You think you know war? Deadpool doesn't think you know war. He's teaching you about war in this series. Like, the previous issues, Thor assists with the lessons.

THOR #3 $3.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman
   Lifting the enchanted hammer Mjolnir has transformed a mysterious woman into an all-new version of the mighty Thor. But what happens when she's separated from that hammer? Plus, Frost Giants! ROXXON! And whatever happened to the guy who used to carry that hammer?
Harren variant cover

Saturday, December 9, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

SECRET WARS #8 $3.99
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Esad Ribic (CA) Alex Ross
   The final battle against God Doom rages on! Battleworld teeters on the brink. The Shield has fallen. Armies march on Doomstadt. As Battleworld gives way to a new Marvel Universe...no one will come out the other side unscathed, if they come out at all.  Lady Thor points out the obvious in a 1 panel cameo. And A silent Rune Thor appears in 2 panels.

GWENPOOL SPECIAL #1 $5.99
(W/A) Various (CA) Kris Anka
   AN ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL! She-Hulk throws a holiday party and invites the entire Marvel U!  Deadpool teams up with both Hawkeyes - Kate and Clint - to...stop a pickpocket?!  Ms. Marvel takes on her most dangerous threat yet: the holiday blues!  And then there's the reason for the season(al special): GWENPOOL!  A dancing Lady Thor makes a 1 panel cameo.

Friday, December 8, 2017

ON SALE 53 YEARS AGO

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #113 was the 29th 1964 comic that Thor appeared in.
Not only is there a 16 page lead story that delivers what the cover promises but there also is a 5 page Tales Of Asgard back-up featuring a tale of young Thor and Loki.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO

(Bianchi variant)
AVENGERS #2 $3.99 (XCI VARIANT)
(W) Mark Waid (A) Mike Del Mundo (CA) Alex Ross
    KANG WAR TWO! The Vision is hell-bent on revenge against Kang and if the Avengers can't hold the synthezoid back, all of history is in jeopardy! Lady Thor appears. Unworthy Thor only appears on the XCI variant.




UNWORTHY THOR #2 $3.99 
(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.

Anka variant
Cheung variant
Deodato teaser variant