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Thor Annual #6

Thor Annual #6

Thor is plucked out of 1977 and flung forward to the 31st century, where he pops in on Korvac, who rants and raves. (If you were a shopping cart from the waist down, you’d rant too). Korvac sends Thor out into space, where he freezes over. While this enables a nice call-back to the Avengers finding a frozen Captain America in the drink, it doesn’t make a lot of sense — I recall Thor flying through deep space in his cape and boots all the time. (Then again, I just saw something very like this scene in Avengers Infinity War, so I guess that’s ANOTHER thing we owe to the deeply-missed Len Wein).

Korvac plans to blow up the sun, but how his incompetent band of underling losers are to help in this is not clear. (To be fair, the slime guy was pretty cool). Punching and hammer throwing ensues. It is all very passable, and instantly forgetable. Sal Buscema was rarely better than his inker, and he has Klaus Jansen here, so he’s pretty good.

  • Script: Len Wein & Roger Stern
  • Pencils: Sal Buscema
  • Inks: Klaus Jansen

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Revelations and retro-reviews from a world where it is always 1978, published once a month or so at www.longboxgraveyard.com!

Posted on May 7, 2018, in Marvel 1977 and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I thought the art was pretty good here, the story was so-so. I was surprised at how un-powerful Thor seemed. As you mentioned, he froze in space, which surprised me. He also seemed pretty sure that a nuclear bomb could kill him, so Superman he ain’t. He also deflected bullets with his hammer rather than let them bounce off his chest. then again, I don’t know if I ever have seen him take a bullet directly, but I would expect t to bounce off him. Starhawk also went toe to toe with Thor. Speaking of Starhawk, I really dig him. He was a mysterious and interesting character back in the day.
    The police officer at the beginning was shockingly disrespectful and rude to Thor, the dialogue was a bit corny & trite, and the battle did have some cliches, such as the heroes switching opponents in order to pull out the win. I did like the mystery ad the beginning as far as wondering who the villain is, though.

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    • Maybe that cop didn’t think much of Thor because he wasn’t bullet-proof and he could freeze in space? Dunno.

      The Bronze Age Thor, in general, was more superhero than god. Even when the series leaned in heavily on mythology it was for set dressing and story ideas — I don’t recall a lot being made about Thor’s immortality or abilities. Seems to me Thor as ultimate badass was a child of the 80s and 90s, when comics heroes as a whole seemed to lurch through a bit of a power creep.

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  2. Cool beans! Pretty strong comic. I always loved the classic Guardians line-up, and would have liked to see more of them show up in the movies. I guess some of them kinda did there, in the last one. Bring back Nikki! That ray gun-wielding, smart-ass gal has a special place in my heart. She’s the heart of the group, in my opinion, and the way she takes the hot air out of these gloomy and super-serious characters is a delight.
    I agree with Dave B that they made great use of Starhawk here, and the art was really smooth and fluid.
    Man, I love a good space opera.

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    • The Guardians would likely have been forgotten if not for Steve Gerber, who resurrected them for an early issue of Marvel Two-In-One, and then guided them through their own series. (I blogged about it here). It was a strange assignment for Gerber, as he seemed so disinterested in space opera. But then, Gerber was disinterested in superheroes, too, but that didn’t stop him from writing the Defenders.

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  3. A wounded Thor found by the Guardians of the Galaxy? That will never become a movie.

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  4. I posted a link to this on the Sal Buscema Pow group on Facebook!

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