Friday, May 13, 2016

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: The Mighty Model "T" (Thor)

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! No, this post isn't about snap-together, glue-together, or chiseled in stone Thor models. This post focuses on the mighty thunder god "posing for the camera." Poster covers, if you will. Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, John Buscema, Ron Wilson, and Keith Pollard gave us some truly iconic Thor covers. Today, almost every comicbook cover is pretty much a pin-up, but back during the Groovy Age, those types of covers pretty much guaranteed a special ish. Just as most of these were. Ol' Groove is sure you're gonna dig these mighty covers!
Jack Kirby and Vinnie Colletta

Gil Kane and Dan Adkins

Ron Wilson and Joe Sinnott
Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

John Buscema and Joe Sinnott

John Buscema

Keith Pollard
Keith Pollard
John Buscema and Joe Sinnott

3 comments:

  1. Nice lot. That first Kirby cover was my "first" Thor and so is properly imprinted into my memory bank. As you say, once upon a time poster-shots were just rare enough to seem special, now they are just the new one. I used to be able to keep track of the books I needed by memory of the covers but had to give it up and write stuff down, when modern books became so bland and repetitive.

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  2. The Lee/Kirby Thor run was second only to their amazing 102 issues of the FF. So the first cover leaps out at me and brings back such fond memories. EXCELSIOR and face front.

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  3. For me, Thor is one of those comics that lost steam in the mid-late 70s. It was so good in the 60s and early/mid 70s, but the writing gradually decreased and it wasn't until Walt Simonson came aboard that it felt rejuvenated. I've got all the masterworks volumes of the 60s/70s and they're just so good. Kirby was so creative on this title, and Big John Buscema's work was wonderful. I cherish the stories involving Hercules, Ulik, The Enchanters, etc. I bought a lot of the 70s titles just for the Gil Kane covers.

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