Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In SANDMAN #24 (1991) Neil Gaiman introduced some "new" characters.

   He spent the first five pages retelling one of the few Loki myths from the Eddas that Lee/Kirby hadn't homaged in THOR. This is followed by two pages of Gaiman's version of Marvel's Nightmare keeping the readers in suspense with sparse  enigmatic dialog.
      Finally on page eight Gaiman's script calls for the impressive art team of Kelly Jones and P. Craig Russell to visualize DC comic's third version of Thor in 49 years and second version of Loki in 34 years.
With art this nice who cares what is written in the word balloons.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

TOMORROW'S ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY MOTHER ENTROPY #5
(W) Jim Starlin (A/CA) Alan Davis
   The Guardians fall to Mother Entropy's might one by one.   Who will be the last Guardian standing?   Who has to face this monstrous villain all by his or herself?  Lady Thor has a 1 panel cameo as a fungus-covered zombie.


'nuff said True Believers?!?

Monday, May 29, 2017

THORS IN YOUR FUTURE

 ON SALE AUGUST 23

  GENERATIONS: UNWORTHY THOR & MIGHTY THOR #1
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Mahmud A. Asrar
    When a battle goes south, Thor finds herself in ancient Egypt - facing a young Odinson! A misguided party of Vikings has bitten off way more than they can spear. But when the prince of Asgard answers their cries for help, he ends up in a fight no axe alone can win! And Apocalypse is not one for mercy.  Can a not-yet-worthy god and a time-lost hero take on one of the world's most powerful mutants at the height of his empire? And what does their encounter mean for the future of two Thors?
 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

3 YEARS AGO TODAY

AVENGERS #30 $3.99 (YU VAR)
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu
     Thor is a major player in this Original Sin story.

THANOS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (LIM VAR) (STARLIN VAR)
(W) Jim Starlin (A) Ron Lim (CA) Dale Keown

Thanos must face Mephisto, his future self, the Avengers and more!  Learn how a devastating defeat in Thanos' past set events into motion that will redefine the Marvel Universe in the near future! Thor appears in 3 panels and is unconscious in 2 of them!

UNCANNY AVENGERS #20 $3.99 (LAND VAR)
(W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Daniel Acuña

The Avengers Unity Squad pull it together, but is it too late? Which of the seven futures will become dominant? Kang continues to clean up Thor’s mess.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

INHUMANS ATTILAN RISING #1  $3.99
(W) Charles Soule (A) John Timms (CA) Dave Johnson
  There is a rebellion brewing on Battleworld and it stretches far and wide into every domain. Medusa, ruler of Attilan, is tasked with uncovering the leader of this uprising and scuttling it with extreme prejudice. When she discovers the leader of this rebellion is Black Bolt, however, things get complicated. Five Thors appear.

MODOK ASSASSIN #1
$3.99
(W) Christopher Yost (A) Amilcar Pinna (CA) David Lafuente
   In a world populated by the most fearsome thieves, murderers and ne'er-do-wells, there is one who is a HEAD above the rest...  Enter, M.O.D.O.K.: The Mental Organism Designed Only for KILLING! Thors appear in this issue.

SHIELD #6 $3.99
(W) Mark Waid (A) Paul Renaud (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco


 
     SHIELD, battered, broken and with no back-up, has to somehow protect the Earth from the Mindless Plague! Not only does Lady Thor appear on the cover she also appears in one interior panel.

UNCANNY AVENGERS ULTRON FOREVER #1 $4.99
    The time-spanning epic comes to a senses-shattering finish!  Asgardia's Avengers versus the massed forces of Ultron! Can the Avengers triumph - or will evil re-take the throne of Odin?  Plus - the dark secret of Doctor Doom! And who is... Earth's Last Avenger? Guest starring three Thors and two Mjolnirs.

Friday, May 26, 2017

25 YEARS AGO TODAY

That's right, it is another issue without an appearance by Thor Odinson.
Not only does an angry Odin appear, 
Uroc the troll appears for the third issue in a row.
But wait, there's more. Not only does Ego appear in the back-up story, so does the High Evolutionary, Nobilus and a newborn Celestial. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

MIGHTY THOR #7 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Rafa Garres (CA) Russell Dauterman
    The conclusion of a classic two-part Thor Odinson and his half-brother Loki encounter in the Age of Vikings.

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #6 $3.99
(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Mike Choi
   The Hulk finds himself caught between the Enchantress and the Lady Thor!

MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN CONTEST CHAMPIONS #3 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) Various
   VENOM and IRON SPIDER return.   When ANNIHILUS, TERRAX and ATTUMA join the Grandmaster's team...the Collector makes a "mighty" addition to his roster!  That’s right, it’s Thor Odinson!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW

DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #8 $3.99
(W) Robbie Thompson (A/CA) Javier Rodriguez
    Sir Isaac Newton, scientific genius, pioneer and now nigh-omnipotent sorcerer, has come to the present-day Marvel Universe. First order of events? Take down Lady Thor and the Avengers. 


That's right - no new Thor Odinson appearances this week!

Monday, May 22, 2017

27 YEARS AGO TODAY


It was a good time to be a Thor fan. As you can tell from this cover DeFalco, Frenz and Sinnott did their best to supply all the elements that a Thor fan would want.


The first of the two full-pagers (the second one is saved for the blow off) is an obvious nod to the most influential artist in comic book history - Jack Kirby


Sunday, May 21, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

AVENGERS WORLD #6 $3.99
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Marco Checchetto (CA) Neal Adams
   The Avengers launch a desperate rescue mission.  Hyperion confronts the man who pulled him back from the nothing between universes. Thor is a major player in this story.

ORIGINAL SIN #2
$3.99 (ALESSIO TEASER VARIANT COVER SPOTLIGHTING THOR)
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Mike Deodato (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco

    The cosmic manhunt for the Watcher's killer continues. More bodies are discovered. The killer's trail leads to the far corners of the universe and beyond. Thor makes an appearance.

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #22 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Esad Ribic (CA) Hyung Jee
   Thor and SHIELD agent Roz Solomon vs. Ulik the troll! ROXXON vs. Broxton, Oklahoma! And in the far future, the Goddesses of Thunder take on Old Galactus! But wait, where's King Thor...?

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

A-FORCE #1 $3.99 (BLANK VAR) (DAUTERMAN VAR) (HANS VAR) (HUGHES INHUMANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY VAR) (MOLINA VAR) (YOUNG VAR)
 (W) C. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett (A) Jorge Molina (CA) Jim Cheung
    In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before. Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that's left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde! Four Thors make an appearance.

AVENGERS WORLD #21 $3.99
(W) Frank Barbiere (A) Marco Checchetto (CA) Jeff Dekal
   The last stand of A.I.M. ... in the Savage Land! Thor and Hyperion unleashed!

DEADPOOLS SECRET SECRET WARS #1 $4.99 (ACTION FIGURE VAR) (BLANK VAR) (GAZIN VAR) (PANOSIAN VAR) (YOUNG VAR)
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Matteo Lolli, Jacopo Camagni (CA) Tony Harris
   Remember the original Secret Wars from 1984? And remember how Deadpool played a huge important role in it? You DON'T? Then you need to read this series immediately and be educated!   Plus: a bonus Deadpool Contest of Champions tale! Thor Odinson, still wielding his hammer, guest stars.

PLANET HULK #1
$4.99 (BLANK VAR) (SINGH VAR) (YOUNG VAR) 
(W) Sam Humphries, Greg Pak (A) Marc Laming, Takeshi Miyagawa (CA) Mike Del Mundo
   A forbidden zone of wild HULKS,  a battle-worn gladiator named STEVE ROGERS  and a journey that could break the spirit of a world's greatest freedom fighter. Five Thors appear.

SECRET WARS BATTLEWORLD #1 $3.99 (ACTION FIGURE) (STOKOE VAR) 
(W) Joshua Williamson, Ed Brisson (A) Mike Henderson, Scott Hepburn (CA) Paco Medina
    Featuring the fights, battles and blow-ups that are just TOO BIG for Secret Wars! When a Dr. Strange-possessed Punisher goes on the run, only Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and Ghost Rider can track him down!  Question: What happens when M.O.D.O.K. recruits every single M.O.D.O.K. ever for his evil schemes? Answer: M.O.D.O.K. M.A.D.N.E.S.S.! Four Thors make an appearance.

ULTIMATE END #1 $3.99 (BAGLEY SPIDER-MAN VAR) (CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VAR) (MARQUEZ VAR) (YOUNG VAR)
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Mark Bagley
    MILES MORALES and the rest of the heroes of the ULTIMATE U face final extinction. As the end of their world becomes inevitable, will the heroes' heartbreaking sacrifices make any difference?  A half dozen Thors make an appearance! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY


SILVER SURFER #4 $3.99
(W) Dan Slott (A/CA) Mike Allred
   There is a price to pay for what Norrin Radd has done.  Some actions can never be taken back or forgiven. Will any of Earth's heroes stand by the Silver Surfer's side in this, his greatest moment of need? Guest starring The Avengers, The Thing and major characters from around the Marvel Universe including Lady Thor.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NEW THORS IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW

MIGHTY THOR #19 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Russell Dauterman, Valerio Schiti (CA) Russell Dauterman
    The gods of the Shi'ar make their final play against Thor and her allies! With the Phoenix Force unleashed, it's up to Quentin Quire to quell its destructive power...if he feels like it.  Odinson has returned - but what awaits him in war-torn Asgardia?

Monday, May 15, 2017

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

Wouldn't this cover be just as dramatic without the word balloons? (art by Rich Buckler)
Gerry Conway tries to come up with a story with all the elements that a Thor fan would want. 
Art by possibly one of Marvel's most under appreciated artists - Sal Buscema

Sunday, May 14, 2017

3 YEARS AGO TODAY THERE WAS ONLY ONE NEW THOR APPEARANCE

AVENGERS #29 $4.99 
   Writer: Jonathan Hickman  Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
    The Illuminati, a secret cabal of the Marvel Universe's greatest minds, was brought together to protect the world from the threat of multiversal armageddon. But to save our universe, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, Namor, The Black Panther, The Beast and Black Bolt would have to do the unthinkable. No secret stays buried forever and Steve Rogers discovers the shocking secrets Stark and his secret inner circle been keeping.
     Although he is not on the cover Thor has a substantial role in this issue with an equal amount of well-written dialogue and well-drawn brawling.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

ANGELA ASGARDS ASSASSIN #6 $3.99
(W) Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett (A) Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans (CA) Stephanie Hans
   In the climax of a battle between Heven and Asgard, both their futures are changed forever. Thor Odinson guest stars.

GUARDIANS 3000 $3.99
(W) Dan Abnett (A) Nico Leon (CA) Gerardo Sandoval
   Stranded on 21st century Earth, the 31st century Guardians finally have a chance to locate the anomaly that is ripping the past, present and future of the Universal Time-stream apart.  But locating it is one thing...preventing it is something else altogether. Shocking twists and end-of-the-World action! A dramatically posed but silent Thor appears in two panels.

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #7 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) Various

    Fed up with his son's dealing with mortals, Odin orders Thor back to Asgard. Now Thor must prove to his father that he does good on earth or return home forever!

SECRET WARS #2 $4.99 

(BIANCHI CONNECTING VAR) (CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VAR) (CLASSIC NOWLAN VAR) (PUTRI VAR) (RIBIC VAR)
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Esad Ribic (CA) Alex Ross

 
   WHEN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS GONE, ALL THAT REMAINS IS BATTLEWORLD! LEARN THE SECRETS OF THIS BRAVE NEW REALM IN THIS SPECIAL OVERSIZED ISSUE! Even more Thors in the issue then there are on the cover!!!


THOR #8 $3.99 

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman
   The final battle with the Destroyer! Guest stars galore! A shocking return! And Thor's secret identity revealed at last!!!

Mike Mayhew NYC variant cover

Friday, May 12, 2017

AN EXAMPLE OF HOW MUCH LEE/KIRBY COULD CRAM INTO JUST 4 PANELS

We get a glimpse of the Valhalla ceremonial chamber, Loki being Loki, Balder in a suit and a variation on traveling from Asgard to Midgard - for when the Rainbow Bridge is just too slow!
Plus Thor. Jane Foster. And the Enchantress!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

GWENPOOL #2 $3.99
(W) Christopher Hastings (A) Gurihiru (CA) Stacey Lee
   Gwen finds herself unexpectedly working for a big-deal mercenary outfit and she takes a gig pitting her head-to-head against THOR! 

Reilly Brown variant cover.

VISION #7 $3.99
(W) Tom King (A) Michael Walsh (CA) Mike Del Mundo
   Once upon a time a robot and a witch fell in love. What followed was a tale of the dead and the dying, of the hopeful and the lost, of the wronged and the avenged. And in the end, after both had fallen, the witch and the robot rose from their dirt and eyed each other across a field of blood and bone. Forty-five years in the making, this is the story of Scarlet Witch and the Vision. Before family, there was love. And war. Thor Odinson make a very brief appearance.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

THOR ODINSON IN YOUR FUTURE

IN THE SHOPS JUNE 14

ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE #3 $4.99
(W) Yusaku Komiyama, Jim Zub (A) Yusaku Komiyama (CA) Kiichi Mizushima
The outbreak is spreading, and two of Earth's Mightiest Heroes have been infected! Captain America, Hawkeye and Iron Man venture out into the zombie-filled streets to stem the tide, while Bruce Banner and Dr. Amano race to find a cure - and one of them will make a shocking sacrifice to test its effectiveness! Will another Avenger succumb to the virus? Where did the outbreak originate? The thrills continue as the original manga is adapted into English for the first time!
Land variant cover

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW

AVENGERS #7 $3.99
(W) Mark Waid (A) Phil Noto (CA) Alex Ross
     The Infamous Iron Man joins the Avengers - or, to hear him tell it, they're joining HIM.  How will Lady Thor and the Avengers  react to a reformed villain like Doctor Doom?
 

MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #19 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A) Various (CA) TBD
   In part one of a two-part story, the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY must choose sides when ASGARD attacks SPARTAX!  But something more sinister is going on beneath the surface - and it's up to STAR-LORD, GAMORA, DRAX, ROCKET and GROOT to bring that deception to light!



ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE #1 $4.99
(W) Yusaku Komiyama, Jim Zub (A/CA) Yusaku Komiyama
    The original manga is adapted into English for the first time! Time and again, the Avengers have assembled to save the Earth from destruction. But they've never had to face a threat as gruesome and UNDEAD as this one! Now, Earth's Mightiest Heroes must fight to contain an outbreak of horrifying zombies, and stop them from spreading across the Earth! But not all of the Avengers will escape uninfected...


Tony Moore variant cover.

Monday, May 8, 2017

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

Thor is guilty of the "most forbidden malady of all!"
From THOR #166
Words by Stan Lee
Art by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta

Sunday, May 7, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

ORIGINAL SIN #1 $4.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Mike Deodato (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
   The Watcher, the mysterious space-god who's been watching us from the moon... is dead. Thus begins the greatest murder mystery in Marvel Comics history. Of course, Thor plays a role in the story.



Arthur Adams interlocking battle variant cover

Skottie Young variant cover

PLUS

LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #4 $2.99
(W) Al Ewing (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Jenny Frison
    Ancient hero Sigurd wants his magic sword back from Loki. The All-Mother wants Sigurd back from Midgard and Loki wants to put a crew together for a caper that'll rock the ten realms. Of course Thor makes an appearance.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

AVENGERS VS #1 $5.99 (ANDRASOFSZKY VAR) (LIM VAR) (RYAN VAR)
(W) Joe Caramagna (A) Andrea Di Vito & Various (CA) Tom Raney
   It's the Avengers versus some of their all-time greatest foes! Powerful Asgardian artifacts are on Earth...but can the Avengers recover them before Loki?  Contains four short stories featuring the villainous Red Skull, Attuma, Loki, MODOK, and more! Thor Odinson appears in 3 out of 4 stories 
and on 2 out of 4 covers (art by Ron Lim and Michael Ryan)

  

HULK #16 $4.99 (NYC VAR) (YU VAR)
 (W) Gerry Duggan (A) Mark Bagley, Rhoald Marcellius (CA) Mark Bagley
   The HULK confrontation you've been waiting for: DOC GREEN VS JEN WALTERS  What is Doc Green's startling confession???  Lady Thor appears on five pages and Thor Odinson appears in a double-page spread of dead heroes.

SECRET WARS #1 $4.99 (BIANCHI CONNECTING variant) (BLANK variant) (CHEUNG variant) (CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE variant) (CONNER WOMAN variant) (GUICE CLASSIC variant) (RIBIC PROMO variant) (YOUNG variant) (ZDARSKY PARTY variant)
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Esad Ribic (CA) Alex Ross
   THE FINAL INCURSION IS HAPPENING!  THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS COLLIDING WITH THE ULTIMATE UNIVERSE! AND NEITHER WILL SURVIVE! Lady Thor appears but not Thor Odinson. (unless you count his appearance on the Cheung variant cover)

Variant cover by Chip Zdarsky
Variant cover by Esad Ribic
Variant cover by Cheung

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #5 $3.99
(W) Ryan North (A/CA) Erica Henderson
    These TAILS of the Squirrel Girl will show you the Marvel Universe's most powerful super hero from a bunch of brand-new perspectives. Lady Thor flies by on one page.

Friday, May 5, 2017

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

After Lee/Kirby created the prototypical mystical robot they were wise enough not to over use it.



From 1965 to 1973 the Destroyer only appeared in 5 comics, all drawn by Kirby.