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The Mighty Thor, Vol. 2 (Marvel Masterworks) Paperback – March 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (March 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785150641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785150640
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,182 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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Would buy again if needed.
Deborah K Selby
Did they ever have a conversation, like, "Hey Thor buddy, thanks for taking out my burst appendix!" "Thou is most welcome, o ethereal one."
M J Heilbron Jr.
If you look at the pages of original art in this volume and then the reconstructed pages they look exactly the same.
Michael Dobey

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on June 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Marvel Masterworks #26, Thor Volume 2

Continuing the reprinting of Thor's earliest tales, here we have the second volume of the Journey Into Mystery Thor stories, from issues #101-110.

This book, contrary to the first volume, benefits from having the legendary team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby from start to finish. While Stan still has a problem finding something interesting for a Norse God to do here on Earth, Jack starts to get a handle on some of the Asgardian visuals which will become mind-blowing later on in the series.

Loki is still the primary bad guy, showing up in about half the issues. We also get the return of a few foes: Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, the Cobra, Dr. Hyde (both of them twice), as well as the initial (I think) appearances of the Enchantress, the Executioner, and the Grey Gargoyle.

Usually you'll find something unique or bizarre or mind-blowing at least once while going through these old comics, and in #108, I found a doozy.

Dr. Don Blake has to operate on Dr, Strange to save his life? Thor operated on Dr. Strange? Are you serious? This never came up later?
Did they ever have a conversation, like, "Hey Thor buddy, thanks for taking out my burst appendix!"
"Thou is most welcome, o ethereal one."
Ever? Don't ya think it might come up? Even just to check on his surgical scar?

Actually, for all I know, they might have had this sort of conversation...I wonder how I could research that...but still...this was news to me, especially being a surgeon and all...

Stan inches forward on the Don Blake-Jane Foster-Thor triangle, and Odin ends a few issues again with his usual, "Oh that Thor, having the hots for some mere mortal...what am I to do?" spiel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. King on November 5, 2011
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I am one of those who never stopped loving comic books, and sadly don't think much of those still around.The older comics are hard to find and can be expensive for decent copies. These books can be a way to read and keep them without worrying about finding and preserving the originals. Unlike the Essential collections, these are presented in full color. this way , you can read them as often as you like without the problem of further wearing out a fragile original. For me , I always bought them to read rather than collecting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on June 23, 2012
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This is the second volume of Thor reprints; and the lee/kirby team was really starting to hit it's stride. It's early sixties excellence all the way. The cheaper softcover is a good way to go and hopefully Marvel will start putting out all their stuff this way. Although I like the hardcovers better the price on them is too restrictive for most people. These tales are remastered and they look great. I don't agree with any nitwit that says scanning old yellow comics is better than reconstruction. If you look at the pages of original art in this volume and then the reconstructed pages they look exactly the same. Thanks be to marvel for doing it right ,unlike d.c. with it's terrible scanning and cheap paper. Thor remains a true original too with it's storylines that mix mythology and superheroics on earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on May 4, 2014
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Including 10 issues of Journey into Mystery, from February to November 1964, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby write and illustrate every one of these issues. Thor fights Mr. Hyde, the Cobra, the Gargoyle Man, Zarko, Magneto, and as usual, his evil brother Loki. At the same time, Lee complicates these stories with a subplot that ties every issue: Odin's opposition to Thor's love for the mortal Jane Foster, a love that he is unwilling to forsake even against his father's will. During these issues, Stan Lee matures as the plotter and writer of a solid superhero comic that goes beyond fighting bad guys. There are cameo appearances of his fellow Avengers, and there are more Tales of Asgard, which take the superhero saga into unexplored territory. In addition to this, you get to see Jack Kirby's unique artistic style developing into a new phase after the story of the Gargoyle. Marvel Masterworks are doing a great job at collecting these silver age comic book stories.
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This book collects Journey Into Mystery #101-110 containing the further adventures of Thor.

The positives of this collection include its solid line of guest villains and heroes. There are a couple of Avengers cameos, plus guest a guest appearance by Doctor Strange. In addition, the rogue's gallery includes appearances by the Enchantress and Executioner, Mr. Hyde and Corba, plus Magneto, and of course Loki remains that very unique comic book archfoe who is in almost every issue.

The Tales of Asgard feature remains interesting and includes looks at Balder the Brave, Heimdall, and more. They're short but fun reads.

The biggest downside of the book is that it overfocuses on Thor's relationship with Jane Foster which was forbidden by Odin. The relationship was similar to the Spider-man-Betty Brant and Daredevil-Karen Page relationships at the same time only Thor is far more petulent about it. His rampage through the city in Journey Into Mystery #101 makes Daredevil's decision to battle Captain America at Madison Square Garden look sane by comparison.

Also, Odin becomes a somewhat annoying character. His decision to deny Jane Foster immortality in the last collection made a lot of sense, but he's far too gullible in this one as well as just way too petty and prone to amazingly dumb decisions. Conversely, this isn't what Odin's like in Tales of Asgard. I can't help but wonder if this was how Kirby and Lee viewed God in general, which would explain why neither were/are religious.

The final insult is that the book ends on a cliffhanger. Really, would it have been that much trouble to include Issue 111?

Still, despite the problems, this book's positives outweigh its negatives. There are some great battles and the book does begin to get better towards the end and Thor storming the gates of Asgard in Issue 110 is an amazing story drawn in typical Jack Kirby style.
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