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Posted by bnwadmin On April - 18 - 2011

Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus

Considered by many to be the quintessential Thor run, Walt Simonson’s epic tales of the Mighy Thor, his alter ego Dr. Donald Blake, The Warriors Three, Loki, Balder the Brave, Sif, Odin, Beta Ray Bill and of course Thor as a frog are ALL here – that is the complete run – remastered from the original art in all its glory.

Growing up in the 1980s I was fortunate to be able to experience the real golden age of the Marvel Universe. I know these words may be apocryphal and blasphemous to some, but the early days introduced readers to these classic characters by the legends of the industry – Lee, Kirby, Ditko, etc. The 1980s saw a new wave of creative talent that produced stories that became instant classics.

Think about it, not counting the Lee-Kirby years for many of these books, the 1980s saw the defining run for the X-Men (Claremont), Fantastic Four (Byrne), Daredevil (Miller) and of course Thor. While the narrative has become a little dated, the stories themselves have not.

As with Byrne during his FF run, Simonson pulled double duty and was an iron man playing both ways as he produced a monthly book that he was both writing and drawing. Think about that for a moment, especially during the too numerous to count delays from all the top talent today. Like clockwork FF and Thor always hit shelves, only forcing readers to wait a month instead of months and in some cases years that recent stories have fallen trap to throughout the industry.

Back to the merits of Simonson’s run he penned the battle of Surtur and Odin which resulted in the All Father’s demise, the Casket of Ancient Winters, told the origins of Asgard and the sacrifice of the Executioner, and was along for the ride on the Mutant Massacre.

But don’t take my word for it, experience it for yourself. I was never a big fan of the character, not very relatable for me. That said, Simonson’s run was just plain fun. Stop in at Brave New Worlds today to order yours!

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