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Mighty Thor 262Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 1

My favorite Marvel character in August 1978 was The Mighty Thor. What follows is an examination of every issue of his Marvel comic book, from August 1977 to July 1978, issues #262 through 273. The… [more]

femalethorThe Coming of Comicgate: Backsides, Batgirl and Ethics in Hammer-Wielding

In my previous post I took a close look at the controversy surrounding the Batgirl #41 variant cover that occurred in March. Now, it’s time to take a look at how that debate fits into… [more]

Bst7rv7CAAAn15W.0_standard_640.0The Good and Bad of Diversity in Comics

Diversity has always been a problem in comics. In the early days, minorities were nigh invisible, and women were usually relegated to romantic interests/damsels in distress. In the modern era, however, DC and Marvel have… [more]

Thor (2014) 001Getting Hammered: A Review of Thor #1

When Marvel announced its latest publishing initiative in the form of All-New Avengers NOW, my response was to shrug my shoulders and stifle a yawn. The plan calls for new versions of Captain America and… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #3: Sad Goat

For the third episode of Smorgasbord, Shawn and Tom try to to untangle the mess DC made with their recent bad shirt designs, tackle the end of the Kirby lawsuit, and try to be hopeful… [more]

Devil Dinosaur 6Re-Entering the Garden: Late Mythic Work in Jack Kirby’s Devil Dinosaur

To understand the reverence in which Jack Kirby is held by (much of) the comics culture, one need only look to the title of Mark Evanier’s biography of the artist, Kirby: King of Comics.  Or… [more]

Erica as Thor GirlWhy Can’t Erica be Thor?

This is Erica. She will be the first to tell you all about the meaning of her name, and how it’s described in various books as the name for a female warrior, with adjectives like… [more]

Captain_America_22Capital Thoughts: Captain America #22

Cap, now a shriveled old man, lies in a bed in the Avengers’ Manson.  Banner runs tests on him and reports that there is no trace of the super-soldier serum in his blood.  Tony Stark… [more]

Graphic_TwelveWho is Don Blake?

Thor returns to cinemas this week, in the second installment of an improbably successful film franchise that has made Chris Hemsworth into a worldwide movie star and familiarized millions with the titular norse thunder god.… [more]

Thor_04Thor’s Early Identity Crisis

Marvel’s introduction of Thor in Journey Into Mystery #83 (published in August 1962) ushered into the world a comic book character that transcended traditional superhero characteristics. Stan Lee, who created Thor, along with his brother… [more]

4 odinThor’s Facelift: Norse Mythology in the Marvel Universe

In 2011, Marvel added the highly anticipated “super-human” alien, Thor, to their cinematic universe, and was largely considered a success. Kenneth Branagh’s direction of the film conjured an old world Shakespearean atmosphere that allowed for… [more]

Jason AaronColloquium #5: Norse Cosmology — Jason Aaron on Thor: God of Thunder

Markisan interviews Jason Aaron on Thor: God of Thunder. They talk about the three versions of Thor, the deliciousness of Mead, coming up with elf names, Mangog, and why beards are essential for both men and Gods.… [more]

image 1Better off Dead – Ennis and Fabry’s Thor: Vikings

Thor fights Viking Zombies with help of warriors from various eras. That sounds like a great premise for a Rick Remender style Grindhouse action series; and the writer, Garth Ennis, has been doing fine with… [more]

Image 1 for ArticleIf They Be Worthy, They Shall Possess the Power of Thor!

“Whosever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of…Thor”. These are the words inscribed on the hammer of the Mighty Thor; on the mythological hammer Mjolnir itself. Thor, though himself a… [more]

From Journey into Mystery #98How “Tales of Asgard” Changed Everything

In Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug 1962), Donald Blake finds a magical walking stick that transforms him into Thor. It’s a rather inauspicious beginning. In that first story, Thor fights stone-skinned aliens, who simply land… [more]

Thor: The Dark World posterIt’s Thor Week on Sequart!

To celebrate this week’s release of Thor: The Dark World, we’ll be running Thor-related posts all week long. This is Sequart’s fourth themed week. Past themed weeks here at Sequart include: Superman Week (beginning Monday,… [more]

Thor: The Dark World posterI’d Need a Lobotomy to Enjoy Thor: The Dark World

It’s hard to find the words to adequately describe how stupid Thor: The Dark World is. Before I try, a warning: this review contains spoilers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. And in case you’re… [more]

AvengersHickmanA Smarter World: Hickman’s Avengers #1-3

Judging a long form story based on a small glimmer of it month to month doesn’t make much sense.  You can judge a cake from a slice, but this isn’t cake!  Stories trace trajectories.  … [more]

Image 1 - VolstaggGod is Dead, Long Live God: On Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s Thor

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? … Is not the greatness of this deed too… [more]

Thor Movie picWhy Thor Soared and the Lantern Failed

Movie theaters in the summer of 2011, like most summers for the past 30-something years, were dominated by films heavy on crowd-pleasing elements, with particular attention to heavy FX content.

stormbreakerThe Heroic Struggle of Beta Ray Bill

This is a somewhat informal essay on a character that has fascinated me for a few years, Beta Ray Bill. While it echoes the work of folklorists and the hero narrative (Propp, Campbell, et al),… [more]

Quicksilver kills HurricaneMark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 4: More Betrayal

After numerous issues of in-fighting and build up, all of the pieces are in place for Millar’s endgame and he takes the series to its only logical conclusion — America’s arms race backfires. It’s the… [more]

The_Ultimates2_issue1Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 3: Saying Something

Volume 2 of The Ultimates (sometimes referred to as Season 2) is not only vastly superior to the first, but I would argue that it is the best work of Millar’s career. It’s a fascinating… [more]

Thor movie posterThor as Camp

Thor is a glitzy, glossy summer movie. It’s also high camp in the traditional sense: super-serious and apparently blissfully unaware of how utterly ridiculous it is on every level. It may take itself more seriously… [more]

First appearanceThe Mighty Thor, the “Frail and Feeble” Donald Blake

What are we to make of the hero and his alter ego in “The Mighty Thor and the Stone Men from Saturn,” from August 1962?