Bronze Age Beginnings

Friday, 16 April 2010

The Mighty Thor #196

Cover date: February 1972

Writer: Gerry Conway

Artist: John Buscema

Inker: Vince Colletta

Yea, Thor and the Warriors Three be on a quest to find the Well at World's Edge (is it me, or was Thor always on some quest or other?), while mighty Asgard be laid siege to by the Mangog! Meanwhile, Lady Sif and Hildegarde are hanging out on some backwaters planet called Blackworld.

Yep, a pretty typical Thor comic, with faux Shakespearean dialect, trolls, demons and Odin knows what else. It doesn't help that I've come in halfway through a storyline, but it pretty much sums up why I never really took to Thor. John Buscema's pencils aren't served particularly well by Colletta's scratchy inks and the letter column was especially boring.

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  1. I always loved the John Buscema-Vince Colletta penciler-inker combo. Hey, it's Thor, man. Ya gotta have scratchy inks. Think Hal Foster.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, liquidwater...
    Oddly, I never much minded Colletta's inks over Kirby (on Thor) - especially reading the strip in black and white; but on Buscema they just look undefined. Buscema needs a more solid inker, like Sinnott.

  3. This was a pretty weak storyline that seemed to go on forever, and I still don't understand the search for the well and why its water was so helpful in the end. It reads like it was just made up as they went along, and then suddenly there's Ego-Prime, Pluto, Hela, Tana Nile...just totally unfocused and pointless storytelling.


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