Sunday, March 31, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 48 YEARS AGO TODAY

March 1971 two comics with Thor covers shipped.
The art was provided by the brothers Buscema.
John Buscema drew the cover and the interior art.

Sal Buscema drew the cover and the interior art.

And even though he didn't appear on the cover of HULK #140, Thor did appear in the Herb Trimpe-drawn issue.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

from MARVEL

CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #7 $5.99
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Daniel Acuña (CA) Alex Ross
  Since World War II, Steve Rogers has wielded his shield against unspeakable odds. When he fell, Bucky Barnes picked it up. When it was time to rest, he handed it to Sam Wilson. But now Steve will be asked to wield it one last time, against a foe so deadly it could very well be his final stand. Thor Odinson appears on one page as an example of a hero that "inspired" Steve Rogers.

from IDW
RAGNAROK #8
script, art and cover by Walter Simonson
With his dead child behind him, and a thousand burning demons before, the Black Elf assassin, Regn, fights furiously alongside Thor, so that after the battle, he and he alone can kill the God of Thunder.
Mike Mignola subscription variant

Friday, March 29, 2019

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN YOUR LCS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

AVENGERS #5.1 $3.99 
(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Barry Kitson
   THE SHOCKING CONCLUSION TO THE TALE OF THE ORIGINAL NEW AVENGERS!  Avenger X isn't who she's been pretending to be! Will the rest of the Avengers learn the truth about her in time to prevent disaster? Thor Odinson appears on the cover and 4 of the first 5 pages.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

NEW THOR IN YOUR LCS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

AVENGERS #686 $3.99
(W) Mark Waid & Various (A) Paco Medina (CA) Mark Brooks
    NO SURRENDER Part 12 As Wonder Man struggles to get through to the Hulk, the Black Order attacks Avengers HQ! The grand cosmic game comes to its shocking conclusion - but the war for Earth is just beginning! Lady Thor is not on the cover but she does have a large part inside.

BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #16 $3.99
(W) Peter David (A) Will Sliney (CA) Khary Randolph
   DAMNATION TIE-IN!  Ben Reilly is the Spider-Man who can't die - the only spider to slip through Mephisto's grasp time and again. But even the Scarlet Spider cannot avoid DAMNATION. Demon Lady Thor appears on one page (in a group shot of the Demon Avengers).

OLD MAN HAWKEYE #3 $3.99 
OLIVIER COIPEL MIGHTY THOR VARIANT
WARNING: NO THORS APPEAR INSIDE
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #598 $3.99 
DALE KEOWN MIGHTY THOR VARIANT
WARNING: NO THORS APPEAR INSIDE
DAREDEVIL #600 $5.99  
YU MIGHTY THOR VARIANT
WARNING: NO THORS APPEAR INSIDE
BLACK PANTHER #171 $3.99 
NICK BRADSHAW MIGHTY THOR VARIANT
WARNING: NO THORS APPEAR INSIDE
THOR VS HULK TP CHAMPIONS OF UNIVERSE $14.99
(W) Jeremy Whitley (A) Simone Buonfantino, Alti Firmansyah (CA) Dan Mora
     An Elder of the Universe has come to Earth, and he means to battle our planet's strongest hero. But will Thor and Hulk ever agree on which one of them that is? Asgard's Avenger and the green goliath will have to run a gauntlet of impossible challenges to prove their worthiness to face down this cosmic menace - but what's really waiting for them at the finish line? And can even the two mightiest heroes on the planet smash their way out of this one? 
       This is a digital-original comic in print for the first time.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 29 YEARS AGO TODAY

Ron Frenz (layouts)  and Joe Sinnott channel their inner Kirby!!!
 MY GRATITUDE TO ALL THREE!!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW

Is a one panel silent crowd-scene cameo in

SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #48 $3.99
(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Jim Towe (CA) Will Robson
   "INFINITE HOUSE OF CIVIL yet SECRET CRISIS WAR INVASIONS" marches on!  Who is this new, mysterious and OMNIPOTENT villain who has restored the fourth wall?  If he can stop Deadpool from seeing and talking to readers, WHAT ELSE CAN HE DO?!

Monday, March 25, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

 PLUTO'S BACK!
It was his 6th appearance but only the 3rd time that he made the cover (all drawn by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta)

Sunday, March 24, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 52 YEARS AGO TODAY

This Jack Kirby/Vince Colletta cover delivers more than it promises.
Not only are there many action-packed pages with the Growing Man (his 1st appearance) in this 16 page Lee/Kirby/Colletta collaboration

there is also a big name mystery villain. This is another of those rare self-contained, perfect jumping-on point stories.
BUT WAIT -THERE'S MORE!
There is also a 5 page Tales of Asgard back-up by Lee/Kirby/Colletta depicting Thor and the Warriors Three battling the Devil Djinni.

NOT WORTHY!!!
When the lead story was reprinted 7 and a half years later in MARVEL SPECTACULAR ##11 this page with judged unworthy.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 53 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only did the cover deliver what it promised- 16 pages of well drawn action by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta featuring Hercules, 12 trolls and Pluto (his second appearance).
There was also one of the best 5 page Tales of Asgard backups!
It was Thor's third appearance of the year.

Fun fact: It was the 10th time that Volstagg appeared since debuting 11 issues earlier but the first time that he appeared in the main feature.

Friday, March 22, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

UNWORTHY THOR #5 $3.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Olivier Coipel & Various (CA) Olivier Coipel
  The hammer of the Ultimate Thor is finally within reach of Asgard's fallen son.  Is redemption finally at hand?  
Chris Stevens 25 copy incentive variant cover
Yu 50 copy incentive variant cover

Thursday, March 21, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

MIGHTY THOR #705 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman
   Thor battles the unstoppable Mangog, with the fate of all Asgardia hanging in the balance. Is Thor willing to pay the ultimate price in order to save the gods? The tragic and heroic story of Jane Foster finally reaches its heart-rending zenith. You knew it was coming. The Death of Thor is here at last. And, of course, Thor Odinson is there for it.
Artgerm variant
Jee Hyung variant
Esad Ribic variant

DOCTOR STRANGE DAMNATION #3 $3.99
(W) Donny Cates, Nick Spencer (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Rod Reis
   Wong's makeshift Midnight Sons (Iron Fist! Blade! Moon Knight! The Scarlet Spider?!) stand against a whole platoon of Ghost Riders and a Demon Lady Thor.

INCREDIBLE HULK #714 $3.99
(W) Greg Pak (A) Carlo Barberi (CA) Mike Deodato
    WORLD WAR HULK II BEGINS! Following his apocalyptic adventure on Planet Hulk, Amadeus Cho returns to Earth - but the raging monster inside of him has been unchained, leading to dire consequences for anybody who crosses the Formerly Awesome Hulk's path! The still hammerless Thor Odinson appears on the first 2 pages.

THANOS #17 $3.99
(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Geoff Shaw
   THE SURFER STRIKES! Thanos and his future self take on the most powerful opposition to his reign left in the universe -  Norrin Radd.   Can even two Thanoses crack his Cosmic Shell? Even though no Thors appear in this issue, Mjolner co-stars.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 40 YEARS AGO TODAY

What an historic confrontation.
The cover and the story art were by Herb Trimpe and Dan Green.
Doug Moench provided the words.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW

AVENGERS #17 $3.99  
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) David Marquez
    The final fate of Dracula! The Avengers vs. Ghost Rider?! Blade vs. the Shadow Colonel! And the world of the Marvel U vampires will be changed forever. Thor and his faithful dog Thori help.





THOR #11 $3.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Michael Del Mundo

    PRELUDE TO THE WAR OF THE REALMS! Lady Freyja struggles to protect Asgard's refugees as Malekith's forces grow bold! But the All-Mother won't have to protect Midgard alone - enter Thor and his faithful dog Thori! The War of the Realms is coming - but the invasion starts here!



WOLVERINE INFINITY WATCH #2 $3.99
(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Andy MacDonald (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli

    Wolverine is the best there is at what he does. But how is he at protecting the universe from cosmic disaster? Would you guess better or worse than Loki, the admitted god of lies? King Thor has a 1 page cameo.




MARVEL ACTION AVENGERS #3 $3.99  
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Matthew K. Manning (A) Jon Sommariva (CA) Ryan Jampole
      The saga of the stolen Iron Man armor comes to a thrilling conclusion! Will the Avengers be able to stop the wily machinations of the Iron Mechanic and his army of AIM agents? Can they ever hope to silence the destructive appetite of Fin Fang Foom? And where on earth is Tony Stark?!
Ryan Jampole variant cover

Monday, March 18, 2019

NEW THOR ODINSON IN YOUR LCS 4 YEARS AGO TODAY

LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #12 $3.99
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Lee Garbett
   He's Loki's older, nastier, vastly more powerful future self. His machinations have cost Loki everything... but who IS King Loki?  What dread Asgard is he the Agent of? And what evil scheme has he been brewing all this time? This issue -- King Loki tells all! Of course, Thor has a large role in the story.

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #5 $2.99

(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) Various
    Hulk and Hawkeye have been trapped in a televised deathmatch by the nefarious Mojo! Can they survive the onslaught of killer robot Torgo long enough to escape? Thor appears in 3 panels and has a couple sentences of dialog.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 49 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was Thor's 4th 1970 appearance. He doesn't appear until page 11 of the John Buscema/Tom Palmer drawn 20 page story (written by Roy Thomas).  Even though he only appears in 7 panels he IS crucial to the story.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 46 YEARS AGO TODAY

Gil Kane covers a Gerry Conway story (the interior art is by John Buscema, Don Perlin and Vince Colletta)
The 1st appearance of Sssthgar, an alien slaver.
It was Thor's 8th appearance of 1973.

Friday, March 15, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 36 YEARS AGO TODAY

Seems like a mismatch to me. 
Cover art by Ron Wilson and Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola.
38 pages of story art by Ron Wilson and Danny Bulanadi.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 41 YEARS AGO TODAY

Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Tom Palmer deliver a self-contained story literally based on Norse Mythology (from the nearly 900 year old Eddas) for the ideal comic to introduce a newcomer to THOR. The clever Thomas uses a framing device to have Thor himself tell the tale to a boy that is being bullied.
Plus there is also a text page by the knowledgeable Thomas explaining why he holds the THOR series in such high regard.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

After a 6 year absence the Destroyer returns, scripted by Gerry (Law & Order) Conway.  John Romita becomes the second artist (after Kirby) to do a Destroyer cover.
And John Buscema becomes the second artist (after Kirby) to draw a Destroyer story.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

THE ONLY NEW THOR ODINSON APPEARANCE IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW


Only the cover by Jen Bartel for MARVEL TALES THOR #1 $7.99 is new.  Reprinting the debut of Thor's devious stepbrother Loki - in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #85! The Thunder God faces Hercules in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY ANNUAL #1! The Avengers are taught a lesson by the Asgardian Valkyrie and her Lady Liberators in AVENGERS #83! And Walter Simonson's legendary run begins with the  arrival of Beta Ray Bill in THOR #337!

Monday, March 11, 2019

NEW THOR IN YOUR LCS 4 YEARS AGO TODAY

THOR #6 $3.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman
   WHO IS LADY THOR?  That's the question on everyone's lips. Most especially Prince Odinson of Asgard. This issue, he starts to narrow down the list of suspects. Meanwhile, tensions continue to flare between the All-Mother and All-Father, Malekith forges his most dangerous pact yet, and Thor prepares to face her greatest challenge!
WOMEN OF MARVEL Variant

Sunday, March 10, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 49 YEARS AGO TODAY

What this Kirby/Everett cover promises...
The Kirby/Colletta interior art delivers.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

NEW THOR ODINSON IN YOUR LCS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

INFINITY ENTITY #1 $3.99 
(W) Jim Starlin (A/CA) Alan Davis



LIM VARIANT COVER
    When last we saw Adam Warlock, he was a captive of Annihilus of the Negative Zone. So where does THE INFINITY ENTITY #1 find him? Hanging with the original Avengers including Thor Odinson.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

79 YEARS AGO TODAY

     How familiar was the average literate American with Thor in 1940? There is a story called "The Roaring Trumpet" by L. Sprague De Camp and Fletcher Pratt published in the May 1940 pulp magazine UNKNOWN. The 77 page story lead off the magazine and it featured Thor, Odin, Loki and Heimdall. Pagsilang Rey Isip's comic book, pulp and movie poster art added to the zeitgeist of America for four decades including the Thor painting he did for the UNKNOWN cover.
The interior art for "The Roaring Trumpet" was by Edd Cartier, a prolific artist who is best known for illustrating The Shadow's stories.