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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (August 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785145680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785145684
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Nate on August 4, 2013
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The print version is issues 83-100. The kindle version goes 83-90. I never would've guessed there was a substantial difference between the print and kindle version of any of these. To my mind such a dramatic difference should make these be two separate entries in Amazon's system. Just keep that in mind going on and be aware that the Kindle version's 'Print Length' metric is based on the actual printed version of things and has no bearing whatsoever on what you're actually buying on Kindle.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on June 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Marvel Masterworks #18, the first Thor collection, begins with Journey Into Mystery #83 and ends with #100. Thor began as a feature in that comic, eventually gaining his own title years later.
Here we get his origin and his earliest adventures. We are introduced to surgeon Don Blake. We are reminded every issue he is "lame"...yet his cane/walking stick turns into a mighty hammer with a tap or two. So does Blake into Thor. We meet his perpetually suffering nurse Jane Foster, his God-dad Odin, and his evil brother/arch-nemesis Loki.
Jack Kirby's early artwork retains its' primitive impact, and subsequent artists pale in comparison. Kirby's return later in this book is muted by the heavy-handed inking of Don Heck. Kirby's long-time FF inker Joe Sinnott gets some pencil duties here. I'll just say he's a much better inker.
The first episodes have a frustrating sameness to them; you can see the creators trying to figure out how to make this guy interesting, and failing. Early foes include a Communist South American dictator (no lie), Loki, the Tomorrow Man (a generic science fiction baddie), a Russian Communist Colonel, Loki, a Mob boss named Thug, the Carbon Copy Man ("From Space!!!"), Loki, Loki, The Radioactive Man, Loki, some android thing, Merlin (yes, that Merlin), The Lava Man, the human Cobra, and Mr. Hyde (in a two-parter).
At one point, we see some of the most widespread destruction of national monuments seen in comics!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By 99andrew on September 14, 2013
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Stay away.

I purchased this item presuming it (the Kindle version) had the same content as the physical version. The physical version contains issues 83-100. The kindle version contained 10 fewer issues. I felt completely ripped off.

I would note the back cover shows issues that the book does not contain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on December 6, 2013
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I enjoyed reading the first issues of Thor. Don Blake, a humanitarian doctor, finds an old staff hidden in a cave, and as he uses to free himself from the cave, he transforms into the mighty Thor. This is one of the best modern comic book myths I've read. The stories may seem simple, but they are still powerful enough to draw the young audience addressed by these comics. Thor confronts aliens, a mobster, a Latin American dictator (a theme common those days), and his younger brother, Loki, the god of mischief. There is also his secret love, Dr. Blake's nurse, Jane. She loves both, Don and Thor, but Don doesn't know that Jane likes him, and he feels that Jane will reject him if he declares his love to her because he feels uncomfortable with being lame. The girl in love is something that never fails in a good superhero comic.

Warning: although the front cover of his kindle edition is the same as the paperback edition, it only has half the issues than in the paperback. Even though this fact is mentioned in the product description, most buyers may not bother to read this because you don't expect a kindle edition to be different from its paperback counterpart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Little Roy Blue on August 13, 2013
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Inspired by the recent Avengers movies, I've been checking out the old Thor comics. This handsome-yet-affordable volume reprints the hero's earliest adventures, including his origin story and his first clashes with his evil brother Loki. So if you're curious to see how the Mighty Avenger got his start, this is the place to go.

Typical of 1960s Marvel comics, the adventures here feature wild plots, over-the-top dialogue, tons of action and colorful (but relatively simple) artwork. If you're already a fan of Stan Lee's other comics, you should have no problem with delving into these and having a ball. If you're more accustomed to contemporary, darker comics, you may be initially shocked by the radically different approach Marvel used to take with its superheroes.

The individual issues, meanwhile, range from great to mediocre. In general, Thor's comic works best when it focuses on the character's roots in Norse mythology. Odin, Asgard and Loki all make their debuts in this collection, and they're all really cool. By comparison, the stories involving Thor battling Communists (!), aliens (?), or gangsters (!?) are less imaginative and successful than the myth-based ones. So, in short, the collection is about half great and half mundane.

But really, it's all entertaining. If you prepare yourself for a little cheese, and the predictably sexist treatment of Thor's (sort-of) girlfriend, you will probably enjoy this collection. It's not quite on the same level as, say, Stan Lee's early Spider-Man stories, but it is exciting stuff - and besides, I've always had a soft spot for superheroes who are based more on magic and mythology than science.
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