Sunday, May 31, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 32 YEARS AGO TODAY

Thor's 13th appearance of 1988
It was his 616th appearance of all time.
Cover and 22 pages of interior art by Steve Lightle.
Story by Louise Simonson

Saturday, May 30, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 49 YEARS AGO TODAY

Behind this intriguing John Buscema/Frank Giacoia cover is an epic 19 page issue by John Busema/Joe Sinnott
               
It is one of those rare issues where the splash page is the only full-pager.

Friday, May 29, 2020

NEW THOR IN YOUR LCS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

THOR #13 $3.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Michael Del Mundo
    Weeks ago, All-Father Odin sent his brother Cul - the Serpent, the God of Fear, Thor's backstabbing uncle - into the depths of Malekith's home realm, Svartalfheim. There lies the Black Bifrost, Malekith's own corrupted Rainbow Bridge. Cul's mission is to gather intelligence on the Bifrost, and if he can, destroy it. But will Cul redeem himself at last? Or has the All-Father made another critical mistake in this War of the Realms?

HEEJIN JEON MARVEL BATTLE LINES VARIANT



ALEX ROSS MARVELS 25TH VARIANT
(a homage to the first Kirby splash page I ever saw)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

IN THE SHOPS 6 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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

IN THE SHOPS 5 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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

NEW THOR IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW

AVENGERS #33 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Javi Garron (CA) Matteo Scalera
MOON KNIGHT VS. THE AVENGERS
Mummies are rising from their graves. Secret armies march by moonlight, from K'un-Lun to Wakanda to Greenwich Village. A dark god invades Asgard. And the Moon Knight has been unleashed as never before. So begins the Age of Khonshu. So fall the Avengers.
Ryan Benjamin zombies variant


This is Thor Odinson 's first new appearance since March 18 when he appeared in  CAPTAIN MARVEL #16 $3.99 and VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #9 $3.99 

Monday, May 25, 2020

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 4 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!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR

A sophisticated parody for everyone who loves Marvel Comics 
from
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Saturday, May 23, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 25 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Friday, May 22, 2020

30 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was a good time to be a Thor fan. As you can tell from this cover DeFalco, Frenz and Sinnott did their best to supply all the elements that a Thor fan would want.


The first of the two full-pagers (the second one is saved for the blow off) is an obvious nod to the most influential comic artist in  history - Jack Kirby

Thursday, May 21, 2020

NEW THOR IN THE SHOPS 6 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...?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 5 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

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 33 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was Thor Odinson's 14th appearance of 1987, his 591st appearance of all time.
Walt Simonson did the cover and wrote the 40 page story.

The frequently under-appreciated Sal Buscema did an impressive job with the art. The splash page was the only full-pager.
An epic issue with the Destroyer, Loki, Hela, Kurse, Balder and Volstagg. 'nuff said?!!

Monday, May 18, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 52 YEARS AGO TODAY

What this busy Jack Kirby/Vince Colletta cover promised , it delivered. The 112th appearance of Thor, the 19th Sif appearance, the 7th Ulik the troll appearance plus Loki, Hela, Balder, Karnilla
and
the 1st appearance of the Mangog. His page 7 entrance was the only other full-pager besides the splash.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

NEW THORS IN YOUR LCS 3 YEARS 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.  Plus Thor Odinson has returned - but what awaits him in war-torn Asgardia?

Saturday, May 16, 2020

47 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

Friday, May 15, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 51 YEARS AGO TODAY


Thor is guilty of the "most forbidden malady of all!"
Words by Stan Lee
Art by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta

It was Thor's 6th appearance for 1969,
his 127th of all time.

It was Adam (Him) Warlock's 2nd consecutive THOR appearance,
his 3rd Marvel appearance.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

THERE WAS ONLY 1 NEW THOR APPEARANCE IN THE SHOPS 6 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 much well-written dialogue and well-drawn brawling.



Wednesday, May 13, 2020

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS 5 YEARS AGO TODAY

SECRET WARS #2 $4.99
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Esad Ribic (CA) Alex Ross
 
   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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

NEW THOR APPEARANCES ON THE SPINNER RACKS 56 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 battlefest with Kirby visuals and Lee logic.
Plus Thor gets involved with a Loki and Doctor Strange wizard battle.
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with 9 pages of artwork 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)

Monday, May 11, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 4 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.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

   After Lee/Kirby created the prototypical mystical robot they were wise enough not to over use it.
     From 1965 to 1973 the Destroyer appeared in only 5 comics, all drawn by Kirby, of course.