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Relive meek Dr. Donald Blake's transformation into the legendary God of Thunder in this collection of the Mighty Thor's earliest classic adventures! With his mystical hammer Mjolnir at his side, Thor sets out to bring justice to Earth. Collects Journey Into Mystery #83-112.
Published (first published 2001)
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Adam
I love having the Essentials series for historical purposes, but like others have said, this volume illustrates how clearly it took a while for the Thor series to come into its own. For the first couple of years Thor's adventures were frustratingly earthbound, with only hints of the level of cosmic power worthy of the God of Thunder that Thor would begin to encounter later in the 60s. While the Loki stories are clearly the best of this collection, in these early years Thor battles a bunch of unm ...more
The_Mad_Swede
Collecting Journey into Mystery #83–112, this volume gives us the very first tales of the Marvel universe version of the old Norse god of thunder, Thor. In an interesting opening, Dr Donald Blake is given the power of Thor and much of the storytelling stems from a "mere" human being handling such powers (this of course being before retcons, by Stan Lee himself, making Thor into the actual Thor and Blake merely a persona created by Odin). After which the series goes into various directions, as it ...more
Holden Attradies
Like all of the really early Marvel stuff this was kind of hard to get through at times. For being a comic it's amazing how word heavy they were back then, although I enjoy being able to compare that to newer stuff and being able to really appreciate how far the medium has come. I have to say though, the first half of this seemed to go even slower than normal. I'm not sure why... it could be that Thor isn't really a character that I hold dear to my heart, or it could be that the stories in there ...more
Helmut
Ein Hammer!
Als Kind habe ich mir einen Hammer gebastelt, der so aussah wie Thors Hammer Mjöllnir, so ein großer Fan des Comics war ich. In diversen Superheldencomicheften am Zeitungsstand wurden immer wieder einzelne Abenteuer des nordischen Supergotthelden veröffentlicht, und ich hatte nie einen echten Überblick über seine Karriere.

Diesen Band zu lesen, war daher fast so ein Erlebnis wie die Lektüre von Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 1. Herrlich, diese Kindheitserinnerungen wieder auferstehen z
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Andrew
This would be one star if it was just the first portion of the book. But then Jack Kirby returns to the art and they start immersing the book in more of the Norse myth world.

Thor has a terrible initial status quo. And Jane Foster starts as Stan Lee's most annoying love interest that I've read (the rumor that she will start out as a doctor over Donald Blake in the movie I think is a good rumor; none of this nurse stuff). But when Jack Kirby returns the book finds its rhythm a little better, thoug
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Milleniumgypsy
I enjoyed this quite a bit actually! I want to rate it higher, but the first half of the comics were a bit lack-luster unless they had Loki in them. I'll admit that I skimmed a couple of them because they just weren't as interesting (like the psuedo-Executioner for example). I really loved some of the early Loki appearances! I was super excited to see the panels where Loki turned the streets of cars into ice cream, and made the armies guns sprout wings and fly away. ehehehe Yay for the God of Mi ...more
Patrick Artazu
A warm two stars. The title hasn't hit its stride as of the end of this volume. Donald Blake is the true main character in these stories, but you can see the emphasis shifting as Thor becomes more fully realized, with his own history and relationships apart from Blake. In fact, the "Tales of Asgard" backup is the highlight of this collection, and by themselves I'd rate them a 3 or 4 stars.
Meaghan
Old Marvel comics are a special genre. Completely ridiculous, but fun to read. This collection includes Thor's origin story and early adventures, with a couple of appearances by The Avengers and one by Magneto, and the introduction of villains like Radioactive Man, Mr. Hyde, and of course Loki, whose hatred of Thor is well-established. As cartoonish as the whole thing is, Loki actually does come across as somewhat menacing. Part-way through, as Thor became more popular, Marvel introduced a "Tale ...more
Mike Jensen
It took Kirby and Lee a long time to invent Marvel Comics. This evolution was especially slow for the character Thor. There is interest in seeing the title character grow as his world was slowly broadened, but while Lee was always editor, others wrote and drew most of the stories in this book. After the initial Lee/Kirby start, the evolution stalls for a very long time. Then Lee first and soon Kirby return and the evolution resumes, but the only story in this book that is truly satisfying, which ...more
Shane
I really enjoyed this compilation of the original 30 Thor comics. They were uncolored, so that loses some of the fun, but it was nice to be able to read up on where the character started. A little inconsistent at times in the characterization of Thor (like how powerful he is or how he reacts to things), but highly entertaining nonetheless. My favorite villain was Loki, who appears the most often anyway, and I also liked when they added the "Tales of Asgard" feature at the end.
Deirdre
There were dated moments in this but overall I really did enjoy the origins of the stories and how the character had developed over the years. Entertaining stories about a doctor who finds a staff and becomes a god. Trying to balance his life as a doctor and superhero is hard, particularly when it comes to romance.
Tom
unless you are a huge fan of classic comics, this will be a tough read. I am a fan of Thor and the mythos but even so, I was unable to make it through the whole thing. I really enjoyed some of the stories but others just dragged on and beat the same dead horse.
Devero
L'origine di uno dei personaggi cardine del Marvel Universe raccontata da Stan Lee e Jack Kirby.
Una sequenza di storie dal buono al molto buono, con poche cadute di tono. La giusta premessa alle storie della seconda metà degli anni 60, dei veri capolavori.
Dominick
Thor's first thirty or so appearances reprinted in a chubby trade paperback make for mostly unimpressive reading. There's some nice Kirby art (and some pretty bad art by other hands) but little in the way of good stories.
James
Futuristic rainbow space vikings! I'm on a Jack Kirby binge right now, was convinced to check out his work on THOR after reading the Kirby coffee-table biography, and enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.
Rosa
Superhero comics from the fifties and sixties seem to be half adventure and half romance. This volume also contains a series of tales dealing with Asgard and Thor's friends, family and childhood. Very cool.
Andrew Kubasek
Fun times. Not great, necessarily, but fun for sure. Interesting to see the characters develop over the first few issues.
Hamish
Takes about half the book to hit its stride, but after that it's all gold.
Ayashe
"The Tales of Asgard" are the best part.
Adam
Nothin' but cheesy old-school Marvel awesomeness.
j_ay
research for a sketch card project...
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