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Tuesday, 17 March 2015
PART THIRTY-FOUR OF FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST - THOR #432: "AT DEATH DO WE PART!"
Y'know, it feels odd to be including this particular ish in my
FAVOURITE COMICS Of The PAST spot. After all, it still
seems quite a recent comic to me, so well do I recall buying it back
when it first came out. Then it hits me - that was 1991 - 24 years ago,
not far off half my life away, and I realise that, when I was 24, I felt
as if I'd been around forever. That means that a 23 year-old today
would probably consider this mag practically prehistoric. And
yet it still seems so tangibly recent to me that it's difficult
to accept it's almost a quarter-of-a-century old.
Anyway, this was a pretty hot comic at the time, featuring
the death of a Norse god and the introduction of a new THOR.
There's genuine suspense in the tale, told superbly by TOM DeFAL-
CO and RON FRENZ, in Thor's 350th Anniversary appearance in a
mag that was titled JOURNEY Into MYSTERY for its first 125 issues.
It even reprints Thor's debut from JIM #83, 'though the reproduction
in some places looks as if it was yet in the process of being restored for
its then-upcoming MASTERWORKS presentation, especially in the
lettering department. Some bold words contain blurred letters
which are whited-out in places, awaiting retouching, but have
been left unfinished - probably due to a tight deadline.
For those not in the know, although most of the recent re-
printings of Thor's origin are taken from far more faithful sources,
back then Marvel had to use the proofs from Thor #158, which had
also reprinted the story, but with an altered splash page and final panel.
The splash had to be re-assembled into its original layout, and the logo
restored and a speech balloon re-created, but it didn't look exactly the
same. The last panel from #158's version was revised only slightly
for #432's outing, but was completely re-lettered (badly) 'after
the original' for the Masterwork volume.
Anyway, that's enough mind-numbing geekery from
me - it's well-past time to look at some dynamic artwork.
So let's say we do so right away, pilgrim.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, March 17, 2015