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Thor Masterworks Vol. 6
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Vol. 80: Thor Masterworks Vol. 6
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Marvel Masterworks: Thor Volume 6

Reprints: Thor #141-152

(Vol. 80 in the Marvel Masterworks Library)

First Print
Release Date: July 18, 2007

REGULAR EDITION ISBN: 0-7851-2691-0 • List Price: $54.99
VARIANT EDITION ISBN: 0-7851-2690-2 • List Price: $54.99
VARIANT PRINT RUN: TBA

240 Pages

Collection Editor: Cory Sedlmeier

Scripted by Stan Lee

Penciled by Jack Kirby

Foreword by Mark Evanier

On Sale: MASTERWORKS LIST


PLEASE NOTE: Contents have been updated since original solicit. Thor #152 has been added to the contents of Thor Masterworks Vol. 6.

Long live Asgard, True Believers!

What better way to herald the return of the God of Thunder, than to usher in another Mighty Thor Masterworks!

After years of honing the tragedy and intrigue of the Son of Odin, Stan and Jack hit a stride that would produce the most mythic tales in all of Marveldom. Beginning with a pair of irredeemable uglies, Replicus and the Super-Skrull, the adventure then takes itself up a Norse notch when the evil Loki conspires to have Thor stripped of his power and vanquished to Earth! Stranded there, he must struggle to survive the machinations of his scheming half-brother, while attemping to regain the graces of All-Father Odin.

Last, but not least: Enter one of the most beloved baddies in all of the Asgardian entourage: The Wrecker! The decidedly mortal Thor must battle to his very last breath against this crowbar-wielding wingnut, who himself is powered with Asgardian might! And just 'cause we hate to close on a quiet note, it all ends in an action-packed finale with back-to-back battles with the undefeatable Destroyer and Ulik, the invincible!

It’s drama as only the Masters of the Marvel Age can make it!

Collecting THOR (Vol. 1) #141-152

(From official Marvel solicit)


EXCERPT FROM THE INTRODUCTION BY MARK EVANIER

"....Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were operating at the top of their game, which meant you were seeing the best at their best.

Earlier, they’d struggled to find the proper venue for the God of Thunder. Should Thor’s exploits all be set on Earth? They were for a while and it was somehow lacking, especially in the area of worthy opponents. Worthy of a Norse God, that is.

Well then, should the tales be set on Asgard? It was a discussion Stan and Jack often had. Asgard meant more wonderment on the pages and a more colorful supporting cast...to say nothing of the fact that Kirby drew the place so darned well. It was tempting to just abandon Thor’s life in this world, especially since the mail kept demanding it.

Each month, they discussed having Thor spend more time there, less time here. Each month, Stan would remind Jack—or sometimes, Jack would remind Stan—of the underlying premise: Thor was the tale of a god interacting with human beings. “We realized we had to split the difference,” Lee explained in one interview. “Thor the character demanded epics by his very nature. Epics were easy on Asgard. We just had to figure out ways to have epics on Earth.”

In the stories that follow, you see them struggling to find that balance. Just as Thor was torn between the two worlds, so were Lee and Kirby. They’d confer on plotlines, decide to set the next one largely in one plane of existence...then Jack would get to plotting and penciling, and the characters would insist on going to the other. When the pages were delivered to Stan for dialogue application, he’d be surprised...

...but he also understood. You just couldn’t tell gods where to live their lives."


Issues Reprinted
Thor #141-152

 

TH #141

TH #142

TH #143

TH #144

TH #145

TH #146

TH #147

TH #148

TH #149

TH #150

TH #151

TH #152

 

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