Tuesday, March 31, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 55 YEARS AGO TODAY

THE MOST FAMOUS THOR COVER OF ALL?

It was Thor's 6th appearance of 1965, his 63rd of all time. He also appears on 4 pages before leaving to appear in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #116 (as a footnote explains).

And not only did Loki and Thor clash in the 16 page lead story, Loki was also the villain in the 5 page Tales Of Asgard back-up.
In both comics all art was by Kirby and words by Lee.

Monday, March 30, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 4 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

Sunday, March 29, 2020

THE ONLY NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN YOUR LCS 3 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.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 53 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 seven and a half years later in MARVEL SPECTACULAR ##11 this page was judged unworthy of a second look!

Friday, March 27, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 30 YEARS AGO TODAY

Ron Frenz (layouts) channels his inner Kirby!!! 
Embellished by the great Joe Sinnott !!!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 51 YEARS AGO TODAY

Thor's 4th appearance of 1969
His 125th of all time.
 PLUTO'S BACK!
It was Pluto's 6th appearance but only the 3rd time that he made the cover (all drawn by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

5 YEARS AGO TODAY - THOR'S ONLY NEW APPEARANCE IN YOUR LCS


  NEW AVENGERS #32 $3.99
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Mike Deodato, Carlos Pacheco (CA) Gabriele Dell'Otto
IN TWO MONTHS...TIME RUNS OUT! Thor wields the hammer of Thorr?!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

NEW THOR IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW

 
ROAD TO EMPYRE KREE SKRULL WAR #1 $4.99 

(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Mattia De Iulis, Javier Rodriguez (CA) Phil Noto
EMPYRE IS COMING!
The build-up to Marvel's massive event series of the spring begins here-but in actuality, it began a millennia ago, with a challenge on the moon! In the wake of INCOMING, everything has changed for the Kree and the Skrulls. And out in the cold on Earth, the Warner family (MEET THE SKRULLS) need to work out what has happened and what it means for the future of their family and their race! And that means educating their kids on just how the Kree and the Skrulls first went to war!
RON LIM VARIANT




TAROT #4 $4.99 

(W) Alan Davis (A/CA) Paul Renaud
Merged into a single amalgamated band, the combined heroes of the amalgamated Avengers and Defenders race against the clock to put everything right - as the final card begins to turn.


ALAN DAVIS VARIANT 




MARVEL ACTION AVENGERS #1
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Katie Cook (A/CA) Butch K. Mapa

Year two of Marvel Action: Avengers begins here! Grab your favorite teammate and strap in for adventure, Avengers-style! Every issue of this humorous, fun-filled series will find an Avenger paired up with an unlikely fellow super hero to thwart the plans of outrageous villains! First up, Thor and Ant-Man go...antiquing? Anything to stop Loki's newest scheme!

Monday, March 23, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 54 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).
It was Thor's third appearance of the year.

There was also one of the best 5 page Tales of Asgard backups!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 3 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

Saturday, March 21, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 42 YEARS AGO TODAY

Even though Thor doesn't appear on the cover of AVENGERS #172 he does make his 7th appearance of 1978 (his 354th of all time) on 4 of the 17 interior pages.
Written by Jim Shooter. 
Pencils by Sal Buscema. Inks by Klaus Janson.

Friday, March 20, 2020

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 46 YEARS AGO TODAY

Thor's 252nd appearance,  His 7th of 1974.
The cover art is by John Romita and Frank Giacoia.
Story art is John Buscema and Dave Cockrum.
Thor appears of the first 5 pages until the Star Stalker (making his 2nd appearance) smacks him so hard that he doesn't appear for the next 3 pages. Thor does appear on 12 of the 18 pages though.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 50 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 Thor only appears in 7 panels he IS crucial to the story.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW


CAPTAIN MARVEL #16 $3.99 
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Mark Brooks
"THE LAST AVENGER" CONCLUSION!
It's all come down to Captain Marvel versus Vox Supreme! Since discovering her Kree heritage, Carol Danvers has struggled to reconcile her human and her alien sides. Now she must fight for both - or lose everything. But Earth's Mightiest Hero has a new plan...will the power of the Avengers be enough to save the world?
INHYUK LEE CONNECTING VAR


VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #9 $3.99 

(W) Jason Aaron, Torunn Gronbekk (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Mahmud A. Asrar
THE FALL OF ALL-FATHER THOR!
Valkyrie and Thor have discovered a vast and terrible secret buried deep in the Earth, one that has haunted Asgard for eons. The Røkkva, a magic older than the gods, has broken free from its long prison. And one man seeks to turn it to his own gain. He just needs to get rid of Valkyrie first - and what better way than at the hands of Thor?!

Monday, March 16, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 47 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.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 37 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.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 42 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.

Friday, March 13, 2020

46 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.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

6 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Marvel Animated Universe Thor DID have a substantial appearance in MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #6 $2.99 (the Avengers face the Super-Adaptoid, an A.I. that can mimic their powers.) Unfortunately he wasn't deemed worthy to appear on the cover.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW

THOR #4 $3.99
(W) Donny Cates (A) Nic Klein (CA) Olivier Coipel
    THOR'S GREATEST ENEMY - AND THE UNIVERSE'S ONLY SAVIOR - REVEALED! The Black Winter is coming - the end of the entire vast universe - and only one entity can stop it. The only one who has survived it before, Galactus the World-Eater, has come to Midgard...in search of a herald for the end of everything.


GARRON SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT

 STEGMAN VARIANT

ANT-MAN #3 $3.99
(W) Zeb Wells (A) Dylan Burnett (CA) Eduard Petrovich
   The threat of Macrothrax and the impending invasion looms large!  With no choice but to call the Avengers for help, will Ant-Man be able to convince them to take both this threat and himself seriously? Guest-starring Spider-Man and the Black Cat!
      THOR appears in 2 panels and has no lines. Blade gets the punchline that could just as easily been THOR's!




MCKONE SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT
AVENGERS #32 $3.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
     What do the King of Atlantis, the Lord of the Vampires, the deposed duke of Hell, a mysterious Russian assassin and the secret boss of Washington, D.C.'s greatest super-team have in common? They all really hate the Avengers. And so there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest villains found themselves united against a common threat. 

Monday, March 9, 2020

NEW THOR ODINSON IN YOUR LCS 4 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.