Sunday, June 5, 2016

Never Challenge a Thunder God

Disney-Marvel has retained several of the strengths of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s early Marvel tales, and one of them is wit. The humor never interferes with the urgency of the superhero melodrama, but is used for contrast, to give the story a satisfying pace.
Here, in Thor 142 (July 1967), Kirby and Lee delay the hero’s clash with the Super Skrull for a couple of pages in order to show us what happens when a mouthy motorcyclist challenges the thunder god to a race. Pretending to agree and displaying a rarely seen gift for wry sarcasm, Thor takes the teen for a whirlwind tour he won’t forget. What fun.

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