Friday, June 30, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 25 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only did this comic have 42 new pages  it is a flip-book that reprints the cover to JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #85 and the 13 page 1st  Loki story from 30 years earlier, that it promotes.
Reprinted full-sized within gatefold cover are the covers to JOURNEY IN MYSTERY #83 and THOR #432
plus quarter-size reprints of the covers of JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #86, 100, 124, 133, THOR #133, 155, 168, 200, 224, 274, 300, 333, 337, 359, 364, 376 and 411

Thursday, June 29, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #11 $3.99
(W) Mark Waid (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Alex Ross
   The Avengers--captives on the Stalag of Space! Its mysterious alien warden cannot be beaten by conventional means, but the Avengers' prison break will take them into an even more dangerous realm! Lady Thor pretty much dominates this issue.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 $3.99 (CW REENACTMENT VAR)
(W) Christos Gage, Ruth Gage (A/CA) Kris Anka
    Old friends face off as enemies in an event that will change Captain Marvel's life forever. As war erupts, Carol finds herself at the forefront of battle. But after tragedy hits too close to home, how far will Carol go to fight for what she believes in? Lady Thor appears on one page.

UNCANNY INHUMANS #11 $3.99 

(PHAM CW REENACTMENT VAR) (PUTRI VAR)
(W) Charles Soule (A/CA) Carlos Pacheco
   Inhumans vs. Stark Industries – Lady Thor appears on one page.

HYPERION #4 $3.99
(W) Chuck Wendig (A) Nicole Virella (CA) Elizabeth Torque
   HYPERION and Doll have a final showdown with the freaks and weirdos of the dark carnival of Valentine County, but the real danger is what lurks inside the haunted house. Something awaits within those twisted walls. Something that wants very badly to be free. Thor Odinson appears in a one page flashback montage.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

THE PERFECT THOR COMIC TO GIVE SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER READ A THOR COMIC

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #18 features a self-contained story that is both literature and fine art simultaneously. It is both comedic and dramatic. It has plot twists and character development. You don't have to have any prior knowledge of Thor or Marvel Universe History to appreciate it. It takes place over one week's time in 894 in a Viking village and Asgard.

The cover is by Esad Ribic, one of Marvel's many talented painters. He manages photo realism while still having his own distinct style, a style that is produced by color selection and layout rather than visual stunts or quirks.


The interior art is by Das Pastoras, an artist that exemplifies the difference between 21st Century and the 20th Century Marvel. The former embraces diversity rather than boxing the creators into a House Style like the latter. I will not say anything more about this issue because it would cause me sorrow to think that I diminished anybody's enjoyment of this gem by saying too much.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW IS THE REAL DEAL "UNWORTHY" THOR

Odinson does not grace any of the myriad covers but he does appear in the MUST BUY COMIC OF THE WEEK!!!

 SECRET EMPIRE #5 $3.99
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Andrea Sorrentino, Rod Reis (CA) Mark Brooks
    The heroes of the Marvel Universe never reckoned on the dread power that Steve Rogers would unleash! The Odinson makes a worthy appearance!


Monday, June 26, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 27 YEARS AGO

At least it is the Worthy Odinson
DeFalco, Frenz and Sinnott do their best to uphold the legacy with the third consecutive appearance of Stellaris.
Useless fact: the average monthly sales in 1990 for THOR were 169,916



Sunday, June 25, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 3 YEARS AGO

NEW WARRIORS #6 $3.99
(W) Christopher Yost (A) Nick Roche (CA) Ramon K. Perez
  The All-New New Warriors announce their arrival to the rest of the world, which doesn't make anyone particularly happy.  The Avengers vs. the New Warriors!  Thor pretty much dominates this book. 

ORIGINAL SINS #2 $3.99
(W) Ryan North & Various (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Mark Brooks
    Thor makes a one page cameo for the retelling of the exploding  Truth Bomb incident!



UNCANNY AVENGERS #21 $3.99
(W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Daniel Acuña
   The conclusion to an epic two years in the making! In our darkest hour The Avengers Unity Squad unite entirely and the fate of the seven futures decided! Thor appears for the big finale and on the cover!


FANTASTIC FOUR #6 $3.99
(W) James Robinson (A/CA) Leonard Kirk
   They were the best of friends since that fateful trip into the cosmic unknown. The day the Fantastic Four were born, they became a family. Cosmic explorers - forever united. Johnny Storm became the high-flying, hot-headed Human Torch. Ben Grimm, the hideous monster known as The Thing. Super-Scientist Reed Richards has tried time and again to reverse Grimm's condition. Each and every time was met with failure. But there was a time when he possessed a device that held the key to permanently curing The Thing - until Johnny inadvertently destroyed it! Reed has kept Johnny's secret for as long as he could - but now it's about to get out! What will Ben do when he discovers that one of his closest friends and steadfast ally condemned him to a life sentence as a monster? A silent Thor appears with other Avengers during a four page sequence.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

MODOK ASSASSIN #2 $3.99
(W) Christopher Yost (A) Amilcar Pinna (CA) David Lafuente
   When a Thor crash lands in Killville, the Mental Organism Designed Only for KILLING sets out to do what he does best!   TWO Thors appear in this issue and they are both GOOD-LOOKING WOMEN!

 Regular cover

1 in 25 Christian Ward variant

SHIELD #7 $3.99 
(W) Mark Waid (A) Greg Smallwood (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
   SHIELD agent Skye, a.k.a. Quake, a.k.a. Daisy Johnson - has only one ally she can turn to: her father, Mr. Hyde! Thor appears in a one panel flashback.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The least important page from THOR #143?


Marvel waited 8 years to reprint THOR #143 in MARVEL SPECTACULAR #14. By then, to stay profitable, they had raised the price of their books and cut the page count by one.  Fortunately a full-page pin-up of Odin with a voice-over by Thor explaining who Odin is wasn't vital to the plot.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

MIGHTY THOR #8 $3.99 

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman
   "LORDS OF MIDGARD" STARTS NOW!  Corporate espionage, Marvel-style. Some of the world's most powerful and evil corporations are going to war over turf.  With Lady Thor caught in the middle.  That's if Jane Foster can first escape from the clutches of... S.H.I.E.L.D.?

(SAUVAGE STORY THUS FAR VARIANT)


 (HILDEBRANDT CLASSIC VARIANT) 
Note: Thor Odinson's only appearance this week is on this 1 in 15 variant cover.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW


MIGHTY THOR #20 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Russell Dauterman, Valerio Schiti (CA) Russell Dauterman
   THE SAGA OF THE ALL-NEW ULTIMATE THOR STARTS HERE!  The Ultimate Thor died defending the Multiverse, but his hammer remains. Who will hold the hammer now?  War is coming to the Ten Realms. Can the new Ultimate Thor keep back the bloody tide? Plus Thor Odinson appears!!!


Patrick Brown Mary Jane variant cover

Monday, June 19, 2017

Have you met Thor's trio of good-looking grandaughters?

from THOR GOD OF THUNDER #22 
(art by Esad Ribic)
How many of their inherited weapons do you recognize?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

AVENGERS #31 $3.99
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu
   Propelled fifty years into the future, the Avengers come face-to-face with the legacy of their actions! Plenty of Thor and future Asgardian history!

NOVA #18 $3.99 (PIERFEDERICI TEASER VAR)
(W) Gerry Duggan (A) David Baldeon (CA) Paco Medina
    The death of the Watcher has left a hole in young Nova's life, but even as he grieves for the loss of his friend, there is hope for the future. Before his death, Uatu left Sam with hope that his long-lost Father, former Black Nova Jesse Alexander, is still alive. Only there is more to the story... the secret history of the Black Novas begins to unravel! Plenty of guest stars including Thor.

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #23 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Esad Ribic (CA) Agustin Alessio
   Thor's war to save the earth comes to its epic conclusion. In the far future, King Thor makes a dark decision that may save the day, but at what cost? And in present-day Broxton, Oklahoma, Thor makes a final stand against the forces of ROXXON, but not even a god can save everyone.
 

THUNDERBOLTS #27 $2.99
(W) Ben Acker, Ben Blacker (A) Carlo Barberi (CA) David Yardin
   THE PUNISHER VS. THE THUNDERBOLTS, PART 1 Guest-starring The Avengers! Thor makes a cameo in a two-page spread.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

ARMOR WARS #2
(W) James Robinson (A) Marcio Takara (CA) Paul Rivoche
     The mystery of a TECHNOPOLIS super hero's murder deepens. BARON TONY STARK and the Domain's THOR - an armored JIM RHODES - uncover clues that could shake Technopolis to its very core!

OLD MAN LOGAN #2 $3.99 

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino
   He may be an Old Man, but never before has the world needed Logan as much as it does now.  The world that he loved has decayed, becoming a festering Wasteland. But in a world devoid of heroes, even someone who is the best there is at what he does may find themselves overmatched by evil. Wolverine encounters a Thor!

SQUADRON SINISTER #1 $3.99

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A/CA) Carlos Pacheco
   They're the WORLD'S GREATEST... VILLAINS.  The SQUADRON SINISTER.  But will controlling one Domain be enough for Hyperion and his gang? Of course, their villainy rates a visit from a Thor.

THORS #1 $3.99 (ANKA GWEN OF THUNDER VAR) (BLANK VAR) (CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VAR) (DELICIOUS DESIGN LEAGUE MAOS VAR) (KEOWN VAR) (RENAUD ANT SIZED VAR)
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Chris Sprouse
   The Thors of every domain, together in one book as cosmic cops! Whenever there's trouble on Battleworld, the Thors answer the call. But a string of mysterious murders leaves some of them asking questions that may unravel all of reality! A hard-hitting police drama with lots of hammers.


Kris Anka Gwen of Thunder Variant

Dale Keown Variant

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 $3.99
(W) Dan Slott (A) Giuseppe Camuncoli (CA) Alex Ross
   Things aren't going well between the Amazing Spider-Man and the Invincible Iron Man and their conflict is opening the door for Regent and his plan against our heroes!  Now that Regent has started imprisoning HEROES and stealing their powers things have gone from bad to worse. Lady Thor appears.

CIVIL WAR II #2 $4.99 (GI B&W VIRGIN CONNECTING C VAR) (MICHAEL CHO VAR) (NOTO MEDUSA VAR) (STERANKO VAR)
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Marquez (CA) Marko Djurdjevic
     Tony Stark decides to take matters (and the law) into his own hands and declares war on the Inhumans. But not everyone agrees with Tony's perspective and they are willing to die trying to stop him. Lady Thor appears.

NOVA #8 $3.99 (CW REENACTMENT RANEY VAR)
(W) Sean Ryan (A) R. B. Silva (CA) Humberto Ramos
   As an Avenger, Nova is on the front lines of Civil War II, but he may not have the same ideas as his friend and mentor Iron Man. Come to think of it, he isn't a big fan of Captain Marvel's stance, either. Lady Thor appears in the background on 3 pages.

VOTE LOKI #1 $3.99 (SCHITTI VAR)
(W) Christopher Hastings (A) Langdon Foss (CA) Tradd Moore
  Loki is many things -- god, trickster, brother, liar, son, villain, even hero. Now he wants to add one more thing to the list: President of the United States. That's right, the God of Lies has set his sights on becoming the ruler of the free world, but is this just another scheme? One thing's for certain -- with Loki's winning smile and silver tongue on the campaign trail, this election just got a lot more interesting. Both Thor Odinson and Lady Thor make brief appearances.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW

SECRET EMPIRE #4 $3.99
(W) Nick Spender (A) Leinil Francis Yu, Rod Reis (CA) Mark Brooks
    There is a power that can either save the world or doom it! Both Steve Rogers and the heroes arrayed against him need this power! But unfortunately for all of them, the key to possessing this power lies in the hands of the unstoppable Ultron! Thor Odinson has a sizeable role even though he only appears on 1 of the 6 covers.

1 in 25 Leinil Francis Yu variant cover

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! Even though Zombie Thor doesn’t appear on the cover he does have a sizeable role. Where did the outbreak originate? The original manga is adapted into English for the first time!


Monday, June 12, 2017

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

There was a book on sale that you could definitely judge by its cover.




Quadruple DEJAck VU!



Sunday, June 11, 2017

3 YEARS AGO TODAY THERE WAS ONLY ONE NEW THOR APPEARANCE

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #9 $2.99
Adapted Joe Caramagna based on “Depth Charge”
   The fiendish Attuma send monsters and a giant tidal waves to sink the island of Manhattan!  Hulk must prove that he is the strongest one there is...or perish! Marvel Animation Universe Thor appears even though he is not on the cover.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND MIGHTY AVENGERS #9 $3.99 
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Luke Ross
   In Earth's final hours, the Mighty Avengers come together one last time but in the face of the end of everything, what help can they give? Guest-starring the latest and perhaps the greatest Mighty Avenger - YOU! Lady Thor appears in a flying one panel crowd scene.

CAPTAIN MARVEL AND CAROL CORPS #1 $3.99
(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kelly Thompson (A/CA) David Lopez


  These ladies are the best of the best--and will take you down if you threaten their Captain. Welcome to Hala Field, where being a part of the elite Carol Corps, requires guts, guile and a whole lot of grit. Dozens of Thors have a cameo.
  
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #8 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) Various 


   Modok takes over S.H.I.E.L.D and uses an Infinity Gem to cause the Avengers to swap minds. It's Mind over Matter, as the team must scramble in their new bodies to defeat Modok!
 
ULTIMATE END #2 $3.99       
 (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Mark Bagley
   The countdown has begun.  An end of an era. Who will survive? Seven Thors lay down the law.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

CIVIL WAR II GODS OF WAR #1 $3.99
(W) Dan Abnett (A) Emilio Laiso (CA) Jay Anacleto
    As a God, is
Hercules responsible for a larger roll in the potential destruction of the Marvel Universe? Or does he have the power to alter fate?! Lady Thor has a silent 2 page appearance. 

Noto variant cover.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

GOOD NEWS IF YOU ARE A BOY 2 to 5


Available now!!
MIGHTY THOR LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK REISSUE $4.99

     (W) Billy Wreck

Thor, who possesses incredible strength and magical hammer that gives him the power to fly and control the weather, becomes one of Earth's mightiest heroes! Boys 2 to 5 can find out how Thor earned his mighty hammer in this action-packed Little Golden Book.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

THREE DIFFERENT THOR ASPECTS IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW


AVENGERS #8 $3.99
(W) Mark Waid, Jeremy Whitley (A) Phil Noto (CA) Alex Ross
    The Avengers have to decide whether the Infamous Iron Man is friend or foe! It's hard to trust an "ally" you've been fighting against for years! Lady Thor is on the cover and the inside too!
NOVA #7 $3.99
(W) Jeff Loveness, Ramon K. Perez (A) Scott Hepburn, Ramon K. Perez (CA) Dan Mora
    As Richard Rider struggles to come to terms with the revelations from his return to the Cancerverse, Sam Alexander struggles with homework, his family and dating! Cancerverse Thor has a brief scary appearance.


ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE #2 $4.99 
(W) Yusaku Komiyama, Jim Zub (A/CA) Yusaku Komiyama
   The original manga is adapted into English for the first time! The Avengers have never had to face a threat as gruesome and UNDEAD as this one! Earth's Mightiest Heroes must fight to contain an outbreak of horrifying zombies, and stop them from spreading across the Earth!  Thor Odinson goes full zombie

    

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #5 $2.99
(W) Al Ewing (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Jenny Frison
    Loki's crew (which includes Thor) comes together to crack the deepest dungeons of Asgardia itself! It's the ultimate caper - but is there one plot twist too many for even the God of Trickery to handle?

ORIGINAL SIN #3 $3.99 (ADAMS INTERLOCKING BATTLE VAR) (DELLOTTO VAR) (TEASER VAR) $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Mike Deodato (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
    He Who Holds the Eye is still on the run, and now we meet his boss, the villainous mastermind behind the raid on the Watcher's lair. And in deep space, the Winter Soldier leads a team that uncovers the most bizarre murder of all. Thor has a brief but revealing appearance.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

 SECRET WARS #3 $3.99 (BIANCHI CONNECTING VAR) (BRADSHAW DR GWENDGE VAR) (CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VAR) (COKER VAR) (MCLEOD VAR) (SAUVAGE VAR)(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Esad Ribic (CA) Alex Ross
      So many Thors in just one comic!!


ARMOR WARS #1 $3.99 (BLANK VAR) (DEL RAY VAR) (FERRY ANT SIZED VAR) (LAFUENTE IRON GWEN VAR) (MAOS MARTIN VAR) (PUGH VAR) (YOUNG VAR)
(W) James Robinson (A) Marcio Takara (CA) TBD
   TECHNOPOLIS:  Amazing Domain of science and wonder created by rival genius brothers TONY AND ARNO STARK.  A utopia except...a unique disease forces EVERYONE to wear armor to live and breathe.  In this armored land a hero is murdered and the killer's identity a mystery Baron Tony Stark must solve.   But in doing so, will Technopolis be forced into a civil war? Multiple Thors appear.


GIANT SIZE LITTLE MARVEL AVX #1 $3.99 (ACTION FIGURE VAR) (RAMOS VAR) (YOUNG ANT SIZED VAR) (YOUNG PROMO VAR)
(W/A/CA) Skottie Young
  


THOR isn't just on the cover(s). 
He's on the inside too!

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #6 $3.99
(W) Ryan North (A/CA) Erica Henderson

 
   WARNING: Even though two Thors appear on the cover there are no Thors on the inside.

Friday, June 2, 2017

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

The first Marvel comic I ever bought was fighting for attention on the nation's spinner racks.
Stan Lee prided himself on making sure that every comic he worked on was a good jumping on point for new readers. He certainly succeeded with THOR #143. Of course the Kirby cover had to get my attention first!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #10 $3.99
(W) Mark Waid (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Alex Ross
   The Avengers join Sam Alexander for a spacefaring mission to find Nova's lost father only to find themselves trapped on a galactic prison planet! Lady Thor plays a vital role.


CIVIL WAR II #1 $5.99 (BATTLE VAR) (BLANK VAR) (GI B&W VIRGIN CONNECTING B VAR) (HOT WHEELS VAR) (MARQUEZ VAR) (MCNIVEN SKETCH VAR) (MCNIVEN VAR) (MICHAEL CHO VAR) (NOTO SHE-HULK VAR) (PARTY VAR) (PREM VAR) (TEAM CAPTAIN MARVEL HIP HOP VAR) (TEAM IRON MAN HIP HOP VAR)
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Marquez (CA) Marko Djurdjevic
      A new Inhuman, with the ability to profile the future, emerges and the ramifications ripple into every corner of the Marvel Universe. Lines are drawn, bodies fall, and the Marvel Universe will be rocked to it's very core. Lady Thor appears.

CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #9
$3.99 (BAGLEY VAR)
(W) Al Ewing (A) Paco Medina (CA) Skan
   A new team of heroes is registered for the Contest -and they are VERY pro-registration!  Their next mission: exterminate the renegade champions scattered across Battleworld! A Thor Odinson clone makes an appearance.

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10 $3.99 (CW REENACTMENT VAR)
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Mike Deodato
   It is Tony against some of his closest and dearest friends as the portents of civil war rock Tony and his status quo to its very foundation. Lady Thor has a one page cameo.
 

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE CIVIL WAR #4 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) Various
   The divided Avengers will need to reunite to save the world from ultimate destruction!  But can Captain America and Iron Man put aside their differences before Ultron can make his final move? Animated Thor Odinson appears.


A-FORCE #6 $3.99
(W) Kelly Thompson (A/CA) Ben Caldwell
  The mysterious Countess has taken over the town A-Force came to save, rebuilding it in her own image and with a mind-controlled NICO MINORU at her side. It's A-FORCE vs NICO and the team (and one innocent town!) is learning the hard way just how powerful Nico can be. Will this be the end of A-Force at the hands of one of their own? Or will SHE-HULK'S risky plan allow them to live long enough to fight another day?! Dazzler Thor makes an appearance.