Monday, July 6, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 55 YEARS AGO TODAY

As a Thor fan, in the Sixties this was the best you could hope for.  A Stan Lee, Jacob Kirby, Vincent Colletta collaborative masterpiece.


The first 3 pages once again showcases how Thor relates with all mortals
Both the 16 page lead story and the 5 page Tales of Asgard back-up are the first installment of a continued story.
Loki appears for the 25th time
Jane Foster appears for the 35th time
1965 addition to Thor's Rogues Gallery, the Absorbing Man appears for the 3rd time.




Plus: Not only is Thor on the cover. He also appears on 5 pages.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

If this Neal Adams cover were to make you think that Thor had succumbed to another bout of Warrior Madness, you'd be wrong.
Loki and Thor appear together in a Marvel comic for the 51st time.
That's right! It is Lee Comic Plot #23 (Villain/Hero bodyswap)

Saturday, July 4, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 52 YEARS AGO TODAY

When you saw this image you could have easily assumed that this was a symbolic cover (also known as a no-scene-remotely-like-this-inside cover)
With the Mangog saga Lee/Kirby seemed to be trying surpass their  earlier Galactus trilogy in the FANTASTIC FOUR. Instead of merely eating the Earth, this villain wanted to destroy the universe by unsheathing the cover-depicted Odinsword. 
The four years Marvel paid Jack Kirby to hone his monster-designing  skills (1958-1962) was indeed money well-spent. 

Friday, July 3, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 58 YEARS AGO TODAY

Jane Foster appears on a cover for the first time.
She also debuts in the 13 page Lee/Kirby story inside.
It was Thor's 2nd appearance.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 57 YEARS AGO TODAY



     Not only was Thor and Loki in both of these comics but so was Jane Foster.
     Of course, both covers were by Jack Kirby (love the intricate Dick Ayers embellishing on the AVENGERS cover). Kirby also did the story art for AVENGERS #1
      The JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY Thor story was drawn by Joe Sinnott.     

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

THOR ANNUAL #2 was in the shops with 30 pages of new Kirby art.

It featured the third appearance of this easily reusable Lee/Kirby-conceived Thor opponent. The Destroyer is a more interesting foe than a robot because it has to be animated by the lifeforce of  a living being..

Plus: In THOR #132, Thor encountered two iconic science fiction threats - 
a cosmic toll booth

and planet stealing aliens.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 28 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only did this comic have 42 new pages, it is a flip-book that reprints the cover to JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #85 and the 13 page 1st  Loki story.
Reprinted full-sized within the gatefold cover are the covers to JOURNEY IN MYSTERY #83 and THOR #432
plus quarter-size reprints of the covers of JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #86, 100, 124, THOR #133, 155, 168, 200, 224, 274, 300, 333, 337, 359, 364, 376 and 411

Monday, June 29, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 53 YEARS AGO TODAY

The second part of the Enchanters trilogy was in the shops.
After the rather pedestrian synopsis page it proves to be at least as exciting as the previous chapter.


It was only the second Thor comic that I had read. Lee and Kirby could be sure that I wouldn't miss the next issue!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

Odinson did not grace any of the myriad covers of the MUST BUY COMIC OF THE WEEK  but he did appear in it!!!

 SECRET EMPIRE #5 $3.99
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Andrea Sorrentino, Rod Reis (CA) Mark Brooks
    The heroes of the Marvel Universe never reckoned on the dread power that Steve Rogers would unleash! The Odinson makes a worthy appearance!


Saturday, June 27, 2020

31 YEARS AGO TODAY

Hate it or love it, there is no denying that this is an historic issue...
And not because Thor shaves. While Asgard drifts further into the Negative Zone, the Eric Masterson era of Thor truly begins.
And if you don't like the lead story there is always the back-up.


Friday, June 26, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 30 YEARS AGO TODAY

DeFalco, Frenz and Sinnott do their best to uphold the legacy with the third consecutive appearance of Stellaris.
Useless fact: the average monthly sales in 1990 for THOR were 169,916

Thursday, June 25, 2020

IN THE SHOPS 6 YEARS AGO TODAY

NEW WARRIORS #6 $3.99
(W) Christopher Yost (A) Nick Roche (CA) Ramon K. Perez
  The All-New New Warriors announce their arrival to the rest of the world, which doesn't make anyone particularly happy.  The Avengers vs. the New Warriors!  Thor pretty much dominates this issue. 

ORIGINAL SINS #2 $3.99
(W) Ryan North & Various (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Mark Brooks
    Thor makes a one page cameo for the retelling of the exploding  Truth Bomb incident!



UNCANNY AVENGERS #21 $3.99
(W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Daniel Acuña
   The conclusion to an epic two years in the making! In our darkest hour The Avengers Unity Squad unite entirely and the fate of the seven futures decided! Thor appears for the big finale and on the cover!


FANTASTIC FOUR #6 $3.99
(W) James Robinson (A/CA) Leonard Kirk
   They were the best of friends since that fateful trip into the cosmic unknown. The day the Fantastic Four were born, they became a family. Cosmic explorers - forever united. Johnny Storm became the high-flying, hot-headed Human Torch. Ben Grimm, the hideous monster known as The Thing. Super-Scientist Reed Richards has tried time and again to reverse Grimm's condition. Each and every time was met with failure. But there was a time when he possessed a device that held the key to permanently curing The Thing - until Johnny inadvertently destroyed it! Reed has kept Johnny's secret for as long as he could - but now it's about to get out! What will Ben do when he discovers that one of his closest friends and steadfast ally condemned him to a life sentence as a monster? A silent Thor appears with other Avengers during a four page sequence.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

NEW THOR IN YOUR LCS 11 YEARS AGO TODAY

THOR has had at least 3 golden eras - Lee/Kirby, Walt Simonson squared and the Straczynski/Djurdjevic era. 
THOR #602 was their 5th collaboration. Here is masterful Marko's great cover painting minus the distractions. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

NEW THOR APPEARANCES IN YOUR LCS TOMORROW

 EMPYRE AVENGERS #0 $4.99 
(W) Al Ewing (A) Pepe Larraz (CA) Jim Cheung
      Tony Stark wakes from strange dreams - as old allies make a distress call to the Avengers. In the new Green Area of the Moon, the Cotati are waiting with news of a terrible enemy that could wipe out both them and humanity itself. The Celestial Messiah has returned... but are the Avengers ready to hear his message?
LARRAZ VARIANT COVER


THOR #5 $3.99 
(W) Donny Cates (A) Nic Klein (CA) Olivier Coipel
THE BLACK WINTER IS HERE. 
A god. A king. A herald. Every title Thor has worn has come with its own powers, its own terrible responsibilities.But none of them will be enough to stop the Black Winter. To save the Ten Realms - the entirety of the Multiverse - the Odinson must become...something else.

RIBIC VARIANT 

YOON MARVEL ZOMBIES VARIANT

Monday, June 22, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 4 YEARS AGO TODAY

MIGHTY THOR #8 $3.99 

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman
   "LORDS OF MIDGARD" STARTS NOW!  Corporate espionage, Marvel-style. Some of the world's most powerful and evil corporations are going to war over turf.  With Lady Thor caught in the middle.  That's if Jane Foster can first escape from the clutches of... S.H.I.E.L.D.?

SAUVAGE STORY THUS FAR VARIANT

 HILDEBRANDT CLASSIC VARIANT 
Note: Thor Odinson's only appearance is on this 1 in 15 variant cover.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY

MIGHTY THOR #20 $3.99
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Russell Dauterman, Valerio Schiti (CA) Russell Dauterman
   The Ultimate Thor died defending the Multiverse, but his hammer remains. Who will hold the hammer now?  War is coming to the Ten Realms. Can the new Ultimate Thor keep back the bloody tide? Thor Odinson appears!!!


Patrick Brown Mary Jane variant cover

Saturday, June 20, 2020

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

AVENGERS #3 $3.99 
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
   Fate has once again brought together Earth's Mightiest Heroes to face their greatest challenge yet. But with Captain America now taken prisoner by Loki, what hope do these new Avengers have to defeat the Final Host of Dark Celestials? And what startling secrets are still left to be uncovered that will rewrite everything we know about the origin of the Marvel Universe?
Art Adams variant

Friday, June 19, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 48 YEARS AGO

cover by Rich Buckler, Joe Sinnott and Frank Giacoia
Thor appears on 10 of the 20 pages.
This is a middle chapter of a continued story.

 cover by John Buscema
Thor appears on 13 of the 20 pages.
This is the final chapter of a continued story.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 6 YEARS AGO TODAY

AVENGERS #31 $3.99
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu
   Propelled fifty years into the future, the Avengers come face-to-face with the legacy of their actions! Plenty of Thor and future Asgardian history!


NOVA #18 $3.99 

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) David Baldeon (CA) Paco Medina
    The death of the Watcher has left a hole in young Nova's life, but even as he grieves for the loss of his friend, there is hope for the future. Before his death, Uatu left Sam with hope that his long-lost Father, former Black Nova Jesse Alexander, is still alive. Only there is more to the story... the secret history of the Black Novas begins to unravel! Plenty of guest stars including Thor.

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #23 $3.99

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Esad Ribic (CA) Agustin Alessio
   Thor's war to save the earth comes to its epic conclusion. In the far future, King Thor makes a dark decision that may save the day, but at what cost? And in present-day Broxton, Oklahoma, Thor makes a final stand against the forces of ROXXON, but not even a god can save everyone. 


THUNDERBOLTS #27 $2.99
(W) Ben Acker, Ben Blacker (A) Carlo Barberi (CA) David Yardin
   THE PUNISHER VS. THE THUNDERBOLTS, PART 1 Guest-starring The Avengers! Thor makes a cameo in a two-page spread.