Thor #213 - Jim Starlin cover

Thor v1 #213 marvel comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Jim Starlin
Thor v1 #213, 1973 - This early effort by Jim Starlin depicts the god of thunder bound by lizard-like demons. These alien-looking creatures are typical of the artist's character designs. Overall, the layout is a bit too convoluted. A chain is placed diagonally in the foreground to increase depth, but seems more like an afterthought. The background demon figure accomplishes this more successfully, but takes up the last remaining area in an already crowded space. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema, Don Perlin and Vince Colletta. This is number 1 of 1 Thor issues with Starlin art and/or covers.
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  1. When I look at any Thor comics that aren't Jack Kirby-Vince Colletta issues I get very nostalgic for their detailed and beautiful work on the title. That said, this cover is no worse than the John Romita issues or the older ones inked by Bill Everett..

  2. Even the best artists have highs and lows throughout their career, including the ones you've mentioned. Jim Starlin's 1970s covers as a whole vary widely in quality. His Warlock, Strange Tales, and Captain Marvel issues (all listed on the blog), however, seem to be his most highly regarded work.