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Thor by Walter Simonson Vol. 1

(Thor by Walter Simonson #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Collects Thor #337-345.

Few people have ever left their mark on one character quite the way Walter Simonson has. His work on The Mighty Thor swept the Norse God of Thunder to heights never before seen and rarely achieved in his wake. Spanning epic tales of heroism and treachery, love and war, Simonson's work is often considered the definitive Thor. From the majesty and myst
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Published October 11th 2017 by Marvel
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Dan Schwent
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-comics
Who is the monster called Beta Ray Bill and why has he come to earth? What is the mysterious dragon rising from the waters of the Atlantic? And who is forging a sword in the heart of an alien sun? That's up to Thor to find out...

Thor has never been my favorite Marvel character but I've read a couple dozen issues of his comic, mostly from the Ron Frenz-Tom DeFalco run, and a handful of Walter Simonson issues. I stumbled upon this at the 2016 Planet City Comicon in Kansas City and couldn't resist.
And a mighty "meh" was heard throughout the land.

So apparently this is a famous run of Thor by Walter Simonson, considered iconic and etc. etc.

It . . . seemed fine. The '80's fashions sported in the Midgard scenes were pretty great. I was super distracted by the first storyline, though, which should have been the most dynamic. Another warrior, from a distant galaxy, defeats Thor (by some weird loophole that shouldn't actually work), and lifts Mjolnir. GASP! And what is thy name, O warrior? Bet
Having kicked off my Classic-Thor-Comics project with a somewhat disappointing Lee/Kirby volume, I turned next to Walt Simonson. Even as something of a classic-Marvel novice, I knew Simonson's name and knew him to be considered one of the top classic Marvel creators, as well as having done something of a definitive Thor comics run.

And this collection turned out to be exactly what I was hoping to find. Simonson's stories are the weird, wild, random-threaded epic tales that fit the feel of both a
Geppis Baltimore
In the early eighties, Walter Simonson delivered one of the finest Thor runs in the character's history. With all the action, drama, and dynamic visuals of the Jack Kirby & Stan Lee stories, The Mighty Thor is a great way to introduce (or reintroduce) yourself to the Asgardian God of Thunder and Heir to the Throne of Asgard!!!

The trade collects issues #337-345 (1983). We start with Thor in his mortal shell of Doctor Donald Blake, being asked by Nick Fury to investigate a star ship of unknown or
Alex Sarll
Because when a great storm approaches, it is only sensible to seek audience with its lord.
Penny Wright
Although I’ve read plenty of Avengers comics and am familiar with Thor through those, I haven’t really spent much time on Thor’s solo stories. When I saw that my library had a bunch of his stories from the late sixties, I decided to pick up the first volume to see if I would like it.

Comic books that were written in the 50s to late 70s tend to be a little cheesy, which is not a bad thing. Sometimes I like cheesy. This collection, which comprises The Mighty Thor #337-345 does not skimp on that che
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I've rarely read any Thor comics, but when the "definitive" run of Thor went on sale like this, I nabbed a couple of volumes to read. And man, they are really really fun. The art is fantastic, made more palatable to the modern sensibilities by having the coloring entirely redone. Some might call this disrespectful, but given the age of some of these comics, I think I personally would find the original more distracting and would detract from the art. These are some classic stories and adventures ...more
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do comics get any better than this? This book completely delivered on the hype of Simonson’s Thor run reputation. Every issue is filled with action, humor, and teases for upcoming stories. I couldn’t wait to read the next issue to see where the story would go next. Starting off with the amazing introduction to Beta Ray Bill is certainly a spectacular start to a series. Then to go to “The Last Viking” while having the Balder the Brave redemption storyline, Lorelei’s plot, and Surtur’s rise in pow ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Walter Simonson had a dramatic effect on the character of Thor. He was able to lean into the more fantastical parts of Thor's lore while still telling stories that were grounded in clear characterizations and a Marvel universe that had seemed increasingly at odds with a book based around Norse mythology.

Thor's former alter ego is gone. Beta Ray Bill is introduced. Thor is beset by scheming villains as well as demon hordes, and a number of Asgardian personalities feature prominently.

For readers s
Lucas Lima
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book of 2021. And it was a nice reading.

Thor is my favorite Marvel character and this is his most famous run, so i had to read this. And it was great... but, still, difficult to end. I mean, for me, titles from the 70's or the 80's are hard tp get through it. A lot ballons, explanations about everything that is happening on the pages, anyway, everything everyone knows about it. But still, we see some good stories over here. We see the origin of Bill, Fafnir being back and a fire figure
Douglas Beagley
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thor allows comic books to explore old school, mythological story-telling in a way that no other superhero could. The run of Thor by Simonson purportedly changed all the rules, but that key idea is what makes the comic shine, no matter who the writer is.

What's astonishing about this volume is how well it holds up-- the art and story are good, the character moments are vital and satisfying, and it was written and drawn in 1983. Are there campy moments back in the "real" world? Yup. Big 80s hair?
William Johnson
Collecting The Mighty Thor #337 to #345.

The beginning of Walt Simonson's epic run on Thor with Simonson doing, at least in this portion, the writing and the art. Set up beautifully with incredible design work and an over-arching threat looming ever in the background, this run of Thor might be some of the best work ever for both the character and in Marvel comics.

In this run we see Thor meet Beta Ray Bill, witness the forging of Stormbreaker, go to space, fight the dragon Fafnir in NYC, discover
I’ve heard a lot about Simonson’s run on Thor, Miles of the podcast Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men is a particularly vocal fan, and these first nine issues don’t disappoint. Secondary characters Beta Ray Bill and Balder the Brave are particularly fabulous. But why on earth does this collection include nine issues, two complete stories of four issues each and then number 345 which begins a whole new story? The collection ends with ‘Confused? Bewildered? Afraid to eat a McBurger again?’ Yes! And ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
This collection includes the introduction of fan favorite Beta Ray Bill. (It's the silliest name I've ever heard but people simply eat him up.) The story gets rid of Thor's alter ego, Dr. Don Blake, and instead gives the god of thunder a pair of glasses to disguise himself. In fact there's a blink and you miss it Marvel/DC crossover featuring another super hero who wears a pair of glasses as a disguise. There are several different storylines going on here. Maybe too many as I have to admit I had ...more
David Sparvero
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is so good! I've been reading DC all my life, specifically Batman more than anything else. So to buy and read actual Marvel material that's not just classic Kirby was a big deal to me. But I'm over the moon in love with Simonson's art and I loved classic Kirby Thor. So I gave this a try; especially after hearing how good it is by anyone and everyone. And boy am I glad I gave it a chance!

The energy, confidence and emotions in this volume are excellent! I was easily hooked and was ready for v
Tom Malinowski
In 1983, Walt Simonson took over the writing and art chores of Thor. I remember my brother collecting these issues and noticing the art looked 'different' and 'edgier.' This collects Thor #337-345. What a run. We see someone else who is worthy to wield Thor's hammer and thus a contest to see who has the right to wield it. New heroes, epic battles, and Thor gets a new secret identity that just makes sense. Good stuff. ...more
Robert Timmons
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This volume of Thor is the first set of issues from Walter Simonson's run. Given the acclaim this run received, I expected to love this but I hated it. The dialogue bored me to tears and I barely finished it. I'm glad I picked this up from the library and didn't listen to public opinion before buying it. Only one star from me ⭐️ ...more
Howard Simpson
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Truly Inspired

Rather than treading the same ground of previous writers, Simonson stakes out his own territory on Thor. He left a mark that is still felt today. The Thor movies even lift ideas and images from him as well as Jack Kirby. Very good company to keep.
Adam Spanos
What I learned from reading this:
1) I strongly prefer the more spaced out, cinematic style of modern comics to this.
2) Within the world of 1980s comics, I strongly prefer gritty noir (such as Miller's Daredevil) to this.
Seth Woodley
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: default, comics
This is a fun, cool old school Thor volume. The art is not my favorite style, but it is nice. I enjoyed seeing an earlier depiction of Thor and how the character has developed into the modern iterations.
David Rickert
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read these comics since middle school and I was hoping they held the same fascination for me. They did, and I was able to better appreciate Simonson’s drawing and writing skills. Should be five stars, but I wasn’t crazy about the new coloring.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Artwork: Excellent Story: Excellent The casket of ancient Winter.The sword of Twilight.Surter the devil at war. This book has everything. I am enjoying this book tremendously. The artwork is nicely carried by Walter Simonson doing both jobs adds to the fun of this book.
May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The remastered colouring is so garish, it manages to ruin the best Thor comics of all time. Marvel seriously needs to figure out how to produce a proper reprint.
Matt Maielli
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beta-Ray Bill!!!! And I love how this collection portends what's to come in both subtle (the death of Odin's Ravens) and unsubtle ways (the nearly 8 different pages splashed with the word "DOOOOM") ...more
Tim Omstead
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful artwork and great story.
Greg Trosclair
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story, great art. Best Thor since Kirby did the book. Walt Simonson knew his mythology as well and used it to his advantage. this was a wonderful fun story.
Adam Graham
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Walt Simonson's early run on Thor manages to do a couple of seemingly contradictory things. On one hand, the book shakes up the title character's status quo with the introduction of Beta Ray Bill and changes in the enchantment of Thor's Hammer and secret identity. At the same time, there's obvious love and affection for what Lee and Kirby did in the 1960s. The book manages to feature some truly epic and magical cosmic battles with great concepts drawing and occasional full-page spreads that are ...more
Walt Simonson’s Thor run comes highly recommended. It’s one of those runs that’s pretty much universally agreed to be a classic. And I understand why after reading this first volume. I haven’t read many Thor comics, but it seems to me the best ones fully embrace Norse mythology and Thor’s role as a god rather than a superhero. Simonson does just that, as much of what’s here takes place in Asgard and features characters from the myths right away in the first issue. There’s an undeniably epic feel ...more
Kevin Mann
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Simonson run covered in this TPB happened during the years i was away from collecting comics, so i missed it until now. I returned to "the hobby" a few years ago and Before buying this i had heard the hype about Simonson Thor and how great it supposedly was and i made a note to eventually check it out. The timing of this re-release was highly fortuitous! I bought it and then ignored it for a year. Lol. ---I finally read the entire thing in a few sittings and am happy to report that for once ...more
Scott Lee
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot of fun. Simonson does the tremendous job with Thor that reputation attributes to him. A deeper story that constantly builds the threat of a world/universe threatening evil in the background running behind clever fun action in each issue. The characterization of Thor and others is spot on, and I'd totally forgotten his version of Balder the Brave a fascinating aspect of these issues. I love it whenever Thor can make use of more specific bits of Norse Mythology than character/creatu ...more
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Walter "Walt" Simonson is an American comic book writer and artist. After studying geology at Amherst College, he transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1972. His thesis project there was The Star Slammers, which was published as a black and white promotional comic book for the 1974 World Science Fiction Convention in Washington, D.C. (DisCon II). Some years later, he prod ...more

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