As the first big comic book flick of summer 2011, THOR hits theaters on May 6th and is arguably the kick-off film of the upcoming comic-laden season. Leading up to its premier, Lost in Reviews will be running THOR THURSDAY for the next three weeks. I’m going to keep these pretty free-format so if you have something you’d like to see related to THOR, let me know in the comments below.
To kick things off, we’re jumping into the question, “Who is Thor anyway?” I ask this since he is one of the lesser known (though still very popular) characters from the Marvel Universe. Heck, to be honest the biggest memory I have of the Norse god that the Marvel books portray is as a pop culture reference from the 1987 film, Adventures in Babysitting. Sure, I’d have my share of brushes later on (mostly animated, since I’m not much of a comic book reader) — the last being the 2 year old direct-to-DVD Hulk Vs., which featured Thor.
Doing this is tricky since this being the first Thor film there is a good chance most of the who’s and what’s about Thor will be covered in the film (or at least we can hope). Thus, I’m going to go the geeky route and discuss his actual first appearance in the Marvel Universe. Reading this may pay dividends, since at the end of this post you’ll find the entry form to enter to win passes to see THOR before anyone else on Tuesday May 3rd in Kansas City. That’s right, as part of THOR THURSDAYS the only time and chance you’ll have to enter to win is one day per week for right at (or less than) 24 hours. You’ll have to be as quick as the lighting Thor controls (sorry I couldn’t help myself) for a chance to win. For specific information on the screening head here. For the answer to the question on the entry form located at the bottom of this post, read on!
Thor first appeared in August 1962 in the book Journey into Mystery #83. Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby are credited with the character’s creation and introduction. According to Wikipedia, Thor was created after The Hulk. That’s an interesting factoid, seeing how both of them are part of the Marvel Universes The Avengers, which is slated to hit theaters next summer. Even though Thor appeared back in 1962, from what I’ve read he didn’t have his own comic book until 1968 when Journey into Mystery was retitled THOR (aka The Mighty Thor). According to the Marvel Universe Wiki, Thor’s origin has been told three times, in addition to his debut in Journey #83. It was also told in Thor #159 (1968) and Thor Annual #11 (1983). That said (and to further muddy the waters), his first appearance is credited in Venus #12 1951.
So that is a quick and dirty look at Thor’s comic book origins. In case I got something wrong, feel free to sound off in the comments to correct me. Now, on to what I figure most of you have been waiting for: the screening entry form! (Please note that the standard contest entry rules apply.) The answer to the question must be correct, and only one entry per household/email or you risk having your entry thrown out. Good luck!
Here is a bonus clip from THOR: