By Odin’s beard! We’re celebrating the May 6 release of “Thor” with a bevy of daily new content, from interviews with the cast and crew of the film to looks back at key stories from the comics and even more surprises! Visit Marvel.com every day for new Thor Month coverage, and mark your calendars for May 6 as the Odinson flies onto the bigscreen!
By Jim Beard
So, the Mighty Thor soars onto the silver screen in his first theatrical feature, and you want to catch up on his adventures but aren’t sure where to start? We understand and sympathize, and we’ve also got your back. Immediately following this pulse-pounding intro comes a short but sweet list of Thor stories that will fill you in on everything you need to know about the mighty God of Thunder.
Think of it as your very own Bifrost Bridge, waiting to transport you to some of the most incredible realms in the Marvel Universe. Ready? Here we go!
|Journey Into Mystery #83|
No better place to start than at the beginning, Marvelites. This comic kicked off the whole shebang, introducing us to not only to the Mighty Thor and his alter ego Doctor Donald Blake, but also to Mjolnir--his trusty hammer--and those sneaky Stone Men from Saturn, his very first modern-day opponents. To say this one’s a classic would be an understatement!
Check out this fantastic first--as well as many others--in MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 1, as well as in ESSENTIAL THOR VOL. 1 and THE MIGHTY THOR OMNIBUS VOL. 1--tell ‘em Odin sent ya!
More than 20 years after his debut, Thor headed off into a series of adventures that stand to this day as stories as popular as those of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's classic gems. Writer/artist Walter Simonson sent the Odinson into a tizzy by handing over his magical hammer to the alien Beta Ray Bill and marooning mortal Don Blake on Earth. This issue opened all-new paths for Thor, some of which are still followed.
THOR #337, and the rest of Simonson’ beloved run, can be found in five fearless folios: THOR VISIONARIES: WALTER SIMONSON VOL. 1-5, as well as all under one cover in the THOR BY WALTER SIMONSON OMNIBUS.
|Thor vol. 3 #1|
After a period of floating in Limbo following Ragnarok, Thor found himself ready to return to Earth and get to know its people all over again. Aided and abetted by writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Olivier Coipel, our hero once again showed comic fans why he and he alone maintained his status as the worthiest being to wield Mjolnir. It’s a new beginning that continues to play out to this day!
This titanic tome will appear before your eyes in the pages of THOR BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI VOL. 1. And if you like that, there’s also a Volume 2!
|The Mighty Thor #1|
THE MIGHTY THOR (2011)
Want to really get in on the ground floor for one of these great new starts for Thor? Look no further than this incredible first issue, the latest from writer Matt Fraction and artist Oliver Coipel--hey, we’ve heard that name before! Debuting this month, THE MIGHTY THOR #1 promises lots of cosmic calamities and all that hammer-swinging action you crave!
THE MIGHTY THOR #1 can be found in…THE MIGHTY THOR #1, on sale now!
Lest we forget the Ultimate Universe’s very own Thor, we must point you to this history-making issue. In it, writer Mark Millar and artist Brian Hitch introduced a version of Thor that, while familiar, also stood as a radical new take on the character. This Thor came steeped in mystery: Could he be a mortal pretending to be a god? Or could there be truth to his claims?
The ULTIMATES: ULTIMATE COLLECTION would be a good place to find this and subsequent appearances by Ultimate Thor, as well as the recently collected ULTIMATE THOR limited series which detailed the true origins of the character!
In addition to "Thor," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The First Avenger" on July 22, 2011; "Marvel Studios' The" on May 4, 2012; and " 3" on May 3, 2013.