Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thor #337 - Walt Simonson art & cover

Walt Simonson
Thor v1 #337, 1983 - In a groundbreaking move, Walt Simonson takes over this Marvel flagship title during the 1980s. The issue introduces Beta Ray Bill, an equine-faced alien who proves himself equally worthy to wield Thor's hammer. On the cover, the new hero demolishes the old masthead, heralding a new direction for the series. Simonson's inventive layouts and clever typography combine to form powerful images. The first several pages are devoid of dialogue, slowly building up to the visually explosive title page. After a disappointing run on this title in the late 1970s, Simonson firmly establishes Thor as one of his signature characters. This is number 12 of 41 Thor issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Simonson or Thor issues. See also this blog's Simonson checklist or this issue's original cover.
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Simonson cover pencils and inks = *****
Simonson story pencils and inks 24 pages = *****
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Walt Simonson
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More Simonson posts:
Metal Men #46
Star Wars #16
Thor #342


  1. I think Simonson's run on Thor-(him writing and doing the artwork) is one of the greatest runs on the book second only to the kirby lee stories.

  2. Given that Thor had so few memorable runs, I'd have to agree. Kirby's best Thor issues were during the late 1960s (Ego, Him/Warlock storylines etc.) although his Fantastic Four issues from the same era were even better. As far as Simonson's work is concerned, I still discover new gems here and there from the 1980s. So far, few issues match the quality of his runs on Detective Comics (Manhunter) and Thor.