Thursday, May 31, 2018

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE 1 YEAR AGO TODAY


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.



Monday, May 28, 2018

4 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

THANOS ANNUAL #1 $4.99
(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! 

Ron Lim variant cover
Thor appears in 3 panels and is unconscious in 2 of them!


UNCANNY AVENGERS #20 $3.99 
(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.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

IN THE SHOPS 3 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.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

IN THE SHOPS 26 YEARS AGO TODAY

That's right, it is another issue without an appearance by Thor Odinson.

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. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS 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!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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

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 - there was no new Thor Odinson appearances!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

23 YEARS AGO TODAY

Besides appearing in his own comic
Thor also appears in a fourth consecutive issue of the FANTASTIC FOUR. And, no, the two stories aren't connected. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW


INCREDIBLE HULK #717  $3.99
(W) Greg Pak (A) Carlo Barberi (CA) Frank Cho
   The curse of the Hulk has turned into a horror, and now Amadeus enters his final showdown with the monster within. But what happens if the monster turns out to be Amadeus himself? A hero faces his greatest demons with the lives of everyone he loves in the balance and massive repercussions for Amadeus and the Hulk! Thor Odinson appears in 3 panels.

Monday, May 21, 2018

NEW THOR IN THE SHOPS 4 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   
(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.


  Augustin Alessio teaser variant cover


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...?
 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

IN THE SHOPS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

A-FORCE #1 $3.99 
 (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 
(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.
Skottie Young variant cover


PLANET HULK #1 $4.99 
(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 
(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 
(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! 

David Marquez variant cover

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Both of these 1963 covers are by Kirby and Ayers.

The stories they promote were drawn by Joe Sinnott and were written by Robert Bernstein.

   Bernstein was a writer that I was a fan of as a child even though I didn't know his name. The barbershop where I started reading comics had a massive collection of old DCs, mostly the Superman titles. Many of the short stories were by Bernstein including this 1961 Swan-drawn one.
 
"I guessed that Loki must be the original ancestor of Mr. Mxyzptlk and that he, too, can be sent to the 5th dimension for 90 days if he could be tricked into saying his name backwards." JIMMY OLSEN #55 (Jimmy the Red, Thor's Best Pal)

Friday, May 18, 2018

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS 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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

NEW THORS IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

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 Lady 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?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

45 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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW


AVENGERS #2 $3.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
    Black Panther and Dr. Strange battle for their lives deep within the earth. Captain Marvel battles death and destruction raining down from the skies while Thor, Iron Man and Captain America lead the valiant (yet hopeless) fight against the Final Host of Dark Celestials.  And Ghost Rider and the Savage Hulk make brutal war against...each other? Plus, you can't have a gathering of Avengers without a certain Prince of Lies, now can you?
David Marquez Variant cover




MIGHTY THOR GATES OF VALHALLA #1 $4.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Ramon K. Perez, Jen Bartel (CA) Nick Derington
   "The Death of the Mighty Thor" has come and gone. But Jane Foster's power to inspire lives on - even in the far future! Don't miss the tribute to Jason Aaron's epic tale of Thor and the mighty hammer Mjolnir, drawn by rising star Jen Bartel! And with or without a Thor, the War of Realms continues. As Malekith's power grows, the realms will fall - and who is left to stop him? 
Ron Garney Variant cover


ALL NEW WOLVERINE #35 $3.99 
(W) Tom Taylor (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) David Lopez
   The world has been saved. Its people, never happier. The Wolverine should be retired, enjoying her time ruling Madripoor and living life with her sister. But instead Laura is in the last bastion of cruelty: Latveria. She has one more mission: One person to save, one person to kill. It all comes down to this. Thor appears on 3 pages.

Monday, May 14, 2018

THERE WAS ONLY 1 NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN THE SHOPS 4 YEARS AGO

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.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

SECRET WARS #2 $4.99
(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!!!
Yasmine Putri Variant cover
Esad Ribic Variant 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

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #7 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna

    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!



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.



Saturday, May 12, 2018

NEW THOR 54 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was the best May since recorded time to be a Thor fan. 
Not only did this admitably average Lee/Kirby THOR issue appear on the local spinner racks...
There was also this 23 page self-contained, Thor-starring battlefest with Kirby visuals and Lee logic.
Plus Thor gets involved with a Loki and Doctor Strange wizard battle.
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The 9 pages of artwork was by the legendary Steve Ditko.

And there was also a 2 panel Thor cameo in the Iron Man half of TALES OF SUSPENSE #56 (art by Don Heck)

Friday, May 11, 2018

IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS 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.