Wednesday, October 30, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 49 YEARS AGO TODAY

   Thor's only appearance for October 1970 brought his total for the year to 16.
   You get only what the cover promises - 19 pages of John Buscema expertly depicting Thor battling Doom (actually the battle only takes 14 pages) 
    This is the conclusion of a two part story.
    This is the rare issue of THOR that doesn't introduce any new characters.
    This is the rare issue of THOR that doesn't have any splash pages. 

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 48 YEARS AGO TODAY

WHAT A GREAT MONTH TO BE A THOR FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neal Adams and Tom Palmer collaborate on the cover AND the 21 interior pages and back then the white privilege hero versus hated-because-of-being-different hero plot was still fresh. Roy Thomas was the writer keepin' it real.
   As long time readers of this blog know it is NOT unusual for a THOR cover to promise less than it delivers. Having Thor and the Warriors Three fighting trolls is not setting the bar high

but

then

to

have

the dominos that Gerry (Canny) Conway

has

been 

setting 

up

to

lead

to

this

is  

awesome!

SPOILER ALERT
 Cover and interior art by John Buscema 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW

MARVEL ZOMBIES RESURRECTION #1 $4.99 
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) In-Hyuk Lee
     When Galactus' corpse appears at the edge of Earth's solar system, the Avengers (including Thor Odinson), X-Men and Fantastic Four investigate. Too late, they discover that Galactus' body is now the vessel of an interstellar terror, which one-by-one transforms Earth's Mightiest Heroes into the universe's most terrifying predators! As our heroes try to escape the superpowered, cannibalistic aberrations that were once their friends and family, will any survive? And even if they do, can they hope to protect Earth from the infestation that has already claimed half of the known universe?

FANTASTIC FOUR GRAND DESIGN #1 $5.99 
(W/A/CA) Tom Scioli
     The bestselling GRAND DESIGN franchise continues with Marvel's First Family!  Brought to you by critically-acclaimed cartoonist TOM SCIOLI (GODLAND, TRANSFORMERS VS. GI JOE) in the sole-authorship tradition made famous by ED PISKOR'S X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN trilogy! Join the Watcher and witness how it all began... Plus appearances by your faves: Doctor Doom! Black Panther! Namor! Galactus! Mole Man! The Inhumans! Thor!


DEAD MAN LOGAN #12 $3.99
(W) Ed Brisson (A) Mike Henderson (CA) Declan Shalvey
    LEGENDS NEVER DIE! Thor Odinson is not in it but someone IS wielding Mjolnir


Monday, October 28, 2019

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN YOUR LCS 4 YEARS AGO TODAY

WHAT IF INFINITY DARK REIGN #1 $3.99
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Goran Sudzuka (CA) James Flames
   What if NORMAN OSBORN had the INFINITY GAUNTLET?! DARK REIGN returns as the GREEN GOBLIN gets his hands on the most dangerous item in the Marvel Universe! No one is safe, not even Thor! 

NOTE: Thor does not appear on the cover

Sunday, October 27, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 32 YEARS AGO TODAY

Thor's 601st appearance was his only new appearance for October 1987. It was his 24th for the year. 
What the cover promises the 22 pages inside deliver - Thor battling a Celestial, drawn dynamically by Ron Frenz and Brett Breeding. This is the second chapter of a Celestials trilogy.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

88 YEARS AGO TODAY The first man to script Thor was born

Thor was just another story. I didn't think about it at all. Stan said, "I'm trying to make up a character," and he gave me the plot, and he said, "Why don't you write the story?"
        Larry Lieber from Alter Ego Vol. 3 #2 

Friday, October 25, 2019

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

THOR WHERE WALK THE FROST GIANTS #1 $3.99 
(W) Ralph Macchio (A) Todd Nauck, Todd Nauck
   When tragedy strikes the kingdom of Asgard, Thor soars into action! Wielding the thundering hammer Mjolnir, Thor sets off for the land where the Frost Giants dwell-frozen Nifleheim-in a matter of life and death for Asgard. But if YMIR has his way, the only thing awaiting Thor will be a frozen grave! An ALL-NEW tale featuring the original God of Thunder! Also featuring a special presentation of the historic battle between Thor and the Incredible HULK from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #112!

 Howard variant cover

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #288 $3.99 
(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Scott Koblish (CA) David Lopez
     Cable better get ready because his old friend Wade has him in the crosshairs. Thor has a 1 panel cameo.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

WHAT IF? THOR #1 $3.99
(W) Sacks, Ethan (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Marco Checchetto
   When young THOR'S father falls to the King of Giants, his life is forever changed. He's ripped from Asgard to be raised in a world of persistent winter, learning the brutal way of life in Jotenheim. But what happens when the runt of the giants, LOKI, is under the shadow of his new step-brother?
Christopher action figure variant


SENTRY #5 $3.99 
(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Joshua Cassara (CA) Aaron Kim Jacinto
   Bob Reynolds and the Sentry are both dead...so it's time for something new to rise in their place! Thor and the Avengers appear.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8 $3.99 
(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
   The heist of the century is ON!   Who are the Thieves Guild of New York?  Spidey might dying trying to find out. Thor makes a brief embarrassing appearance

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 29 YEARS AGO TODAY

               
Thor's 30th 1990 appearance. Not a bait-and-switch cover. Ron Frenz and Joe Sinnott did both the cover art and the 22 pages of story art.

 Not only is the cover a Kirby homage but so are the splash pages.
This is a clever issue that has a lot to offer - Excalibur, Captain America, Juggernaut, the Wrecking Crew, the Enchantress, Ulik, Loki, Doctor Strange, Spider-man, Quasar and a cliff-hanger ending.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW

KING THOR #2 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic
     The universe is dying, and All-Father Thor is its only hope. But to save all life, the greatest god in history must defeat the one person who has always managed to escape his wrath - and that was before he got his hands on the weapon that almost killed three generations of Thor and stripped the God of Thunder of his legendary hammer. Loki, God of Lies, wielder of All-Black the Necrosword, finally faces his brother at the end of all time!


AVENGERS #25 $3.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Stefano Caselli
      GONE TO HELL! CHALLENGE OF THE GHOST RIDERS CONCLUDES! Thor and the Avengers go to hell to join the wild race for the soul of Robbie Reyes, who's desperate to learn the truth once and for all about what sort of Ghost Rider he's become. But those sorts of answers always come with a dreadful cost. Especially when Mephisto is involved. Note: Thor is not on any of the covers.

FEARLESS #4 $4.99
(W) Seanan McGuire, More (A) Claire Roe, More (CA) Yasmin Putri
      MS. MARVEL'S HERE TO SAVE THE DAY! She may be one of the youngest Avengers ever, but don't underestimate the protector of Jersey City. Kamala Khan teams up with Captain Marvel, Storm and Invisible Woman for the summer camp save of the century! A speechless Thor Odinson appears in 2 panels. 
Then, classic character Namora takes center stage in the ultimate beach read! And don't miss your dose of Herstory with profiles on classic and contemporary creators! 

Monday, October 21, 2019

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 4 YEARS AGO TODAY

WHAT IF INFINITY GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 $3.99
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Jason Copland (CA) Dave Rapoza
   What if the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY found out the ILLUMINATI were hiding Thanos?  Thor has cameos in two different crowd scene pages and in one of them (SPOILER ALERT!!!) he’s unconscious.


INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) Walt Simonson
Thor only appears on this variant cover, not inside!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 56 YEARS AGO TODAY

Talk about continuity! It was Jack (King) Kirby's 17th Thor cover. It was the first time that (Dashing) Don Heck did the embellishing.  


It was the third time that Dependable Don produced the story art.

It was Thor's 19th appearance, Jane (future Thor) Foster's 16th appearance, Odin's 12th appearance and Mister Hyde's 1st appearance

Odin also appeared in the Kirby-rendered 5 page Tales of Asgard back-up and as the cover promised, you meet Surtur.



Plus for completists only
TALES OF SUSPENSE #49 
Thor appears in one panel to explain why he didn't come running to assist Iron Man. Art by the great Steve Ditko.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE YOUR LCS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY


MIGHTY THOR #12 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman
   Forged from the mystical metal known as Uru, Thor's Hammer is the key to a power that only the worthy can wield.  But what makes one worthy to carry this weapon? Is it destiny? Or does the hammer choose its partner?  Discover the storied history of Thor's greatest ally - The MIGHTY MJOLNIR! Lady Thor appears in the framing sequence and a young Thor Odinson appears in the main story.

Friday, October 18, 2019

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY


MIGHTY THOR #700 $5.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Russell Dauterman & Various (CA) Russell Dauterman
    DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR Part 1 The final judgement comes as the Mangog arrives! The War Thor will meet the beast head on. But even the bloodthirst of this Ultimate Thor may pale in comparison to the might of the Mangog! The battle rages as Jane's cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she might not have to wait for the final judgment at all. PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and art by Schiti!!

MIGHTY THOR #700 (DAUTERMAN B&W VAR)

MIGHTY THOR #700 (Movie variant)





 MIGHTY THOR #700 (KIRBY 1965 T-SHIRT VAR)




MIGHTY THOR #700 (CHRISTOPHER TRADING CARD VARIANT)


MIGHTY THOR #700 (HANS VARIANT)


 MIGHTY THOR #700 (MCKONE LEGACY HEADSHOT VAR) 


 MIGHTY THOR #700 (NAUCK DCD NYCC PX VAR)




 CHAMPIONS #13 $3.99

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
     The titanic clash between the Champions and the Avengers continues! Lady Thor is not just on the cover she is also inside  PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!
 (Mora Lenticular Homage Variant)


INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #593 $3.99 
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Stefano Caselli (CA) Adi Granov
     THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK Part 1 Tony Stark has vanished! The mystery deepens as Stark friends and foes must decide, finally, who will wield the power of Iron Man! Lady Thor has a 1 panel cameo.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

BUT WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR!?
THOR #6 
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Christian Ward (CA) Esad Ribic
    ALL-FATHER THOR FACES HIS DOOM!  It's the end of the universe - and the return of Doctor Doom. A Doom more powerful than anything that has ever lived. Get ready for the greatest battle the far future has ever seen, as Old King Thor and the Phoenix Wolverine stand together at the end of time against an army of monsters and the final Doom.


Sujin Jo Battle Lines variant


Richard Isanove MKXX variant

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

ON THE SPINNERS RACK 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

Thor's two appearances for October 1969 brought his total for the year to 17.
What the cover promises 13 of the 20 pages inside delivers - Thor battling the Wrecker, drawn dynamically by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett.  The other 7 pages were devoted to Dr. Blake's contributions to the Civil Rights cause.

Thor also appeared inside of, but not on the cover of, AVENGERS #71.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW

BLACK PANTHER AND AGENTS OF WAKANDA #2 $3.99 
(W) Jim Zub (A) Lan Medina (CA) Jorge Molina
    T'Challa and his agents have uncovered the source of dark energy emanating from a small town in Oklahoma. Is it a super villain...or a savior? Reality-spanning espionage, defense and black ops, all backed by Vibranium-laced technology and the will to use it. The Agents of Wakanda are our first line of defense in a world under siege from all sides. Thor is a back-up Agent of Wakanda in this issue even though he doesn't appear on the cover.

HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #4 $4.99 
(W) Mark Waid (A) Javier Rodriguez (CA) Steve McNiven
   From the Fantastic Four to the Death of Phoenix, witness the awe and majesty of the beginnings of the Modern Marvel Universe! Thor's not on the cover but, of course, he is on many pages inside.

Monday, October 14, 2019

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 4 YEARS AGO TODAY

A-FORCE #5 $3.99 
(W) G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett (A/CA) Jorge Molina
   Though She-Hulk and her team have unmasked the traitor in their midst, the villain won't rest until their utopian island is RAZED. As the horrors of Battleworld bear down on Arcadia, what sacrifices will the members of A-Force make to save their home...and each other? Three lady Thors take part in the action.



MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #12 $2.99
(W) Joe Caramagna (A/CA) Various
   Thanos wields ultimate power with the Infinity Gauntlet!  Can Thor Odinson and the Avengers save the galaxy from ruin?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 51 YEARS AGO TODAY

The only new Thor appearance for October 1968 was his 14th for the year. The frequently under-rated Vince Colletta embellished the cover. He also collaborated on the 20 page Thor story inside. 
It was an historic self-contained issue that answered the questions that readers were asking since Thor's first appearance.

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 52 YEARS AGO TODAY

The only new Thor appearance for October 1967 was his 13th for the year. It was the 10th Kirby-drawn Thor appearance of 1967. As you can probably tell from the buildings, the frequently under-rated Vince Colletta embellished the cover. He also collaborated on the 16 page Thor story inside. There was a 5 page Kirby/Sinnot back-up featuring who-cares-it-wasn't-Thor.

Friday, October 11, 2019

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2 #3 $4.99
(W) Yusaku Komiyama, Jim Zub (A) Yusaku Komiyama (CA) Kiichi Mizushima
    The zombie plague rages on! More and more of New York City's population is being infected - without a cure in sight. And there's something not quite right about Jasper Scott - it's only a matter of time before the Avengers find out firsthand what he's hiding. What role did he have in spreading the virus? And what does he want with Tony Stark? Printed in black and white in the original right-to-left

Buffagni Variant Cover

UNCANNY AVENGERS #28 $3.99
(W) Jim Zub (A) Sean Izaakse (CA) R. B. Silva
    Two of Earth's mightiest friends, Wonder Man and the Beast. When the world throws you cosmic conflict, global calamity, death, rebirth and heartache aplenty, it's important to remember where your friends are. No Thor in the main story.
PLUS: Includes the same 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES that appeared in AVENGERS #672 last week. Story by Robbie Thompson and art by Daniel Acuna with The Real Deal Thor back in the day with the Avengers!!!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

Jane Foster makes her first appearance in nearly 5 years. The 18 page tale is written by Gerry Conway and rendered by John Buscema and Dick Giordano. The cover is by Gil Kane, of course.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 53 YEARS AGO TODAY

The only new Thor appearance that shipped October 1966 was the 12th of the year.
Besides fighting the Man-Beast in the 16 page lead story, Thor also encounters the High Evolutionary and his Knights of Wundagore
And if that wasn't enough, in the 5 page Tales of Asgard back-up Thor battles a dragon. The entire issue, including the cover, was drawn by Jack Kirby and embellished by Vince Colletta.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

THOR DOESN'T APPEAR ON ANY NEW COVERS TOMORROW

But he does appear inside of these 3 books.

GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK #3 $3.99
(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Terry Dodson
   When you're setting out to piss off the most powerful heroes around, you might want to consider if you want to cross one who's IMMORTAL. It's ok---this issue: GWENPOOL DEFEATS THE HULK! 


LOKI #4 $3.99 
(W) Daniel Kibblesmith (A) Oscar Bazaldua (CA) Ozgur Yildirim
      Loki's death has been foretold by THE CHILDREN OF ETERNITY, the Fear Lord NIGHTMARE has come for vengeance, and among the FROST GIANTS, rebellion is brewing. Is even Loki clever enough to stay one step ahead this time? Perhaps now that he's cursed with a brand new power that will forever transform The Marvel Universe's most dashing scoundrel as he begins a new journey into the biggest mystery of all! 



UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #49 $3.99
(W) Ryan North (A) Derek Charm (CA) Erica Henderson
IT'S THE PENULTIMATE ISSUE OF SQUIRREL GIRL!
  In this issue: Squirrel Girl faces off against her arch nemesis, with just some friends and a dressed-only-in-his-underwear Tony Stark at her side. Can she win??


Monday, October 7, 2019

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 4 YEARS AGO TODAY

CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 $4.99 
(W) Al Ewing (A) Paco Medina & Various (CA) Paco Medina
     BATTLEREALM--a broken section of space-time where cosmic beings gamble for the ultimate power while their unwilling pawns fight for their lives and a chance to return back to Earth. Who will survive... ? Lady Thor appears on the cover but NO Thors appear on the inside.

MARVEL SUPER HERO SPECTACULAR #1 $3.99
(W) Karl Kesel (A) David Baldeon (CA) Todd Nauck
   Get a front row seat to the hottest ticket in town as we unveil Saturnalia and the Interstellar Circus Spectacular! Featuring a wild array of new characters and Marvel's most popular super heroes including the Avengers (with Thor), the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man!



SECRET WARS #6 $3.99 
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Esad Ribic (CA) Alex Ross
     THE FINAL WAR! A silent Thor appears in a single flashback panel.
and on the Simone Bianchi connecting variant cover


SIEGE #4 $3.99
(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Filipe Andrade & Various (CA) W. Scott Forbes
   The biggest battle conceivable. Heroes rise. Legends fall. THIS IS THE SHIELD! Some Thors appear in a Two-Page Spread/Recap.



SPIDER-ISLAND #5 $3.99
(W) Christos N. Gage, Tom DeFalco (A) Paco Diaz, Ron Frenz (CA) Humberto Ramos
   Venom and his band of mighty monsters take the fight to the Spider-Queen once and for all!  This time he's not going it alone - he'll have a webslinger by his side! Dino-Thor makes an appearance.



WHAT IF INFINITY INHUMANS #1 $3.99
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Riley Rossmo (CA) Christian Ward
  What if the INHUMANS took over Earth?  BLACK BOLT is the new supreme ruler of Earth, but what happened to Earth's Mightiest Heroes? An unconscious Thor appears in one panel.


WHAT IF INFINITY THANOS #1 $3.99
 (W) Joshua Williams (A) Mike Henderson (CA) Tom Whalen
   What if Thanos joined the Avengers? 

Kris Anka variant

Sunday, October 6, 2019

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

I wasn't sophisticated enough to appreciate Kirby so I didn't buy this...
 
or this
   
Instead I bought this
and this. 
It would be a couple more years before I would outgrow Curt Swan. I would not mature sufficiently to make me appreciate a Kirby THOR cover enough to buy an issue for another 20 months.