Monday, December 31, 2018

IN THE SHOPS 4 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Sunday, December 30, 2018

IN THE SHOPS 3 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.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was a great time to be a Thor fan thanks to Ego's second 1968 appearance.
Lee's 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 gem.
Would you rank this issue in the THOR TOP TEN? It has to at least make the THOR TOP ONE HUNDRED...

Friday, December 28, 2018

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 2 YEARS 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! NOTE: Kurse appears on the cover NOT Thor



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. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN YOUR LCS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 49 YEARS AGO TODAY


It was Ulik's 8th appearance.
This issue has a rare, self-contained Thor story.
It was also one of only a half dozen issues of THOR that was inked by the legendary artist Bill Everett.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW

FANTASTIC FOUR #5 $7.99 
(W) Dan Slott (A) Aaron Kuder & Various (CA) Esad Ribic
    SPECIAL 650th ISSUE SPECTACULAR! The wedding that's been years in the making...the wedding of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters! Featuring an untold tale of the courtship of Ben and Alicia. A bachelor party that only Johnny Storm could throw. (Thor Odinson attends the bachelor party and helps provide comedy relief.) And a very special ceremony brought to you in the Mighty Marvel Manner.
Alex Ross Variant cover

Monday, December 24, 2018

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

IN THE SHOPS FIVE 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 4 YEARS AGO TODAY


AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #9 $4.99 
(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 
(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 
(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.
Arthur Adams variant cover

Sunday, December 23, 2018

IN YOUR LCS 3 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!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

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 received one free copy of ORIGINS OF SIEGE for each copy of CAPTAIN AMERICA #3 that they ordered, rounded up to the next 25. Shops could also purchase ORIGINS OF SIEGE in bundles of 25 at $10 a bundle. 

Friday, December 21, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 52 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only was it the first appearance of Ulik 
it was also the third appearance of Sif.

If you liked this issue you were in luck. The next 2 issues would also feature Ulik and Sif . They would also be the product of the same creative team of Lee/Kirby/Colletta.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY



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!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 53 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had read the previous issue of this title, no matter what your age, you probably would have recognized the mystery shadow on this Jack Kirby/Vince Colletta cover as telegraphing the third appearance of Hercules in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY.
Hercules was not the villain, of course. It was actually this poor over-matched (even with a Norn stone) schmuck . Art also by Kirby/Colletta

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW

THOR #8 $3.99 (ANDREWS VAR) (DJURDJEVIC FANTASTIC FOUR VILLAINS VAR) (ZIRCHER CONAN VAR) 
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Michael Del Mundo
    After waging war in Hel, Thor finds himself a prisoner of the fearsome warriors of Heven. Can even the intervention of Valkyrie and Thor's deadly sister Angela help him escape the unescapable prison of angels?
Patrick Zircher Conan variant.

MARVEL SH ADVENTURES CAPTAIN MARVEL FROST GIANTS #1 $3.99
(W) Leah Williams, Joe Caramagna (A) Ty Templeton, Mario Del Pennino (CA) Jacob Chabot
   It's the middle of winter in New York City, which means all your favorite heroes and villains are trying to beat the cold!  But this time the cold beats back, when a group of fearsome FROST GIANTS make themselves right at home in the city, leaving the heroes of the Marvel Universe no choice but to bundle up and stand against the ice-hearted interlopers!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 $3.99 
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leinil Francis Yu (CA) Alex Ross
   "WINTER IN AMERICA" CONCLUDES with a shocking turn of events that will send the Star-Spangled Avenger's life into a sudden dramatic tailspin you won't see coming! ATTENTION THOR COMPLETISTS: Thor has a 1 panel flashback cameo remind Cap readers that Thor Odinson "bent the knee" to Hydra.

EXILES #11 $3.99
(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Javier Rodriguez (CA) David Nakayama
     The Exiles' beloved Khan-who sacrificed herself to stop the Time-Eater-has miraculously returned! But this time, her gun is trained on her old teammates! And she's not alone. Meet the evil Exiles-Captain Axis; Shuri, a.k.a. Killmonger; Iron Kang; X 2/3rd and SKELE-THOR!

Monday, December 17, 2018

56 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.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 3 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!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 48 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only does John Buscema channel his inner Kirby for this cover
 Am I the only Kirbynista that thinks that he would have taken 3 pages to depict what Big John depicted in 3 panels?
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

Friday, December 14, 2018

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 2 YEARS 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 
(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...

Thursday, December 13, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 47 YEARS AGO TODAY

The newest issue of THOR featured 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.