THOR... THE OTHER THOR
As we increase our knowledge of eons past, items once thought inconsequential or meaningless take on new importance. In the light of scholarship, even forgettable black and white independent comics - like, for instance, NEW YORK CITY OUTLAWS #3 - become touchstones that open a world long forgotten. What was this world of the 1980s that allowed such an amazingly entertaining comic book to pass unnoticed? Not only did NYC OUTLAWS #3 provide us with "Astroman", it also offers us today's lesson in nonsenselessness - THOR!
No, not the Lee-Kirby Marvel Comics thunder god, but the Canadian weightlifting heavy metal rocker! THOR!!! He walks among us!! He ROCKS among us!!! And, even as he and his rock and roll warriors polish their musical skills, amazing cosmic forces from beyond infinity lurk in the shadows of their rent-controlled practice space!
Usually when rock bands are greeted by etheral floating heads, it means somebody's stoned. Not THOR!!
This panel was voted "Best Use Of John Buscema Swipe In A Heavy Metal Based Comic" at the Eisner Awards of 1986.
Usually when I'm told I've been chosen for a universe-saving mission, I just go with it. Not THOR!! He's always defiant and sweaty! That's why all the floating heads like his spunk!
So Thor's dreams include a big fruity cape, a prop sword, and kneepads. That's a glimpse into Thor's psyche I really didn't need. And hey! It's TO BE CONTINUED! I am so sure!
Yeah, right Mister Kitty, you expect us to believe THOR is a real band? Where's your proof? HERE'S YOUR PROOF YOU THOR-DOUBTING WEASEL!! Jon "Thor" Mikl continues to record AWESOME CDs and tour the WORLD and kick your ASS!! One thing not on his list of "things to do" is have any more comics published about his journeys into space. Which is a shame. I would LOVE to read a comic book about a muscular heavy metal rocker's space adventures - especially if it was illustrated by Ken Landgraf, whose lurid, muscular, swipey 1970s style fits the material perfectly. Come on guys! Comics needs THOR!!
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