Thor fights dragons in these great dragon comics we've found!
We've recently discovered the very exciting new comic book Starborn - created by Stan Lee - featuring lots of dragons! But we're always on the lookout for older material that may have passed us by. This month, we've found some belters!
In the cinemas at the moment everyone is talking about comic book heroes and the mega blockbuster Marvel movies that are eating up the Box Office worldwide. In case you haven't guessed it yet, this month we're talking about Thor. Being "The God Of Thunder" he was always going to take some beating and in the movie its up to another God - Loki - to provide the big battles and the action. But here at dragon comics, we're always on the look out for some popular news in the media and associate it back with what we love best, dragons!
Now, forget the Thor movie for a moment. I mean, its good and everything, and it does a nice job of setting up both Captain America and The Avengers, but does it feature any dragons? Nope. So it can't be that great. Here at dragon comics we've trawled through some old and stinky comics in our local comic shop and have come up trumps with two issus of The Mighty Thor where we get to read about what we wanted to see most, Thor vs. Dragons!
Before we get onto the two issues that I managed to purchase and read, I'll start chronologically with the earliest comic I could find featuring Thor in Dragon Comics. (I'm sure there were way more before these btw - if you know, email email@example.com and I'll update this page, thanks!)
THOR DRAGON COMICS - THE MIGHTY THOR #238 - Night of the Troll- 1975
This comic primarily focuses on Thor fighting Zotarr, but the cover features some nice water dragon artwork. These represent the scenes in the comic where Thor has to visit an underground river and is attacked.
Next up, and appearing only a year later, another Thor comic with a dragon on its cover. Although the cover only just manages to sneaks a dragon onto the image. (its the background)
THOR DRAGON COMICS - THE MIGHTY THOR #252 - A Dragon At The Gates! - 1976
In this comic, Thor battles with Ulik to try and get the ruby eye of the dragon that guards the gates to "The Realm Below"
In the legends of Thor there is a story of Thor fighting Jormungand - a giant serpent - Marvel use this occassionally in some of their storylines to create some spectacular action scenes and great comic covers such as the one below:
THOR DRAGON COMICS - THE MIGHTY THOR #273 - Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bridge! - 1978
Unlike Superman Dragon Comics, which proved a lot more difficult to come by! (click here) these Thor Dragon Comics are proving a lot easier to find and share. Unfortunately the chances are we won't ever see any of these epic looking battles on the big screen in any of the Thor sequels (I don't think dragons fit into the current Marvel universe vibe) but at least you've got loads of cool Dragon Comics to go find on Ebay!
THOR DRAGON COMICS - THE MIGHTY THOR #298 - Dragon's Blood! - 1980
I'm not really to sure what the storyline is in the Dragon's Blood, but the cover is immense and definitely has me wanting to grab a copy at some point in the future!
The first issue we found that I could afford to buy was from WAY back in March 1984! Check this out...
THOR DRAGON COMICS - THE MIGHTY THOR #341 - The Past Is A Bucket Of Ashes - 1984
For a start, this comic I purchased is retro cool at its best. On the inside cover are adverts for Masters of the Universe toys and on the back cover is a great ad for the Parker Brothers "state of the art" Frogger. No joke. Times have changed A LOT in the 30 years since this comic was initially released, but interestingly, Thor hasn't. He's still wearing his red cape, winged hat and swinging his huge hammer like a good 'un.
The story is basically about Thor trying to set up a new alternative identity following his previous alter-ego of Don Blake no longer available for use. He creates an identity called Sigurd Jarlson and tries to start a new job on a construction site thanks to some help by Nick Fury. Fury (who is white in this comic and not the Samuel L. Jackson version!) provides Thor with some glasses to help his new disguise.
"Here! Put these cheaters on! They always worked for that other guy!" Fury says helpfully.
Before I could stop smiling at the reference he only goes and bumps into Clark Kent himself! I'm not too good on my cross-over comic history, but Clark Kent being in a Marvel comic waay back in '84 was a very cool surprise!
After the cameos are done and the disguise has been sorted out, it's time for Thor to fight the dragon Fafnir. The artwork is typical of the era - not quite as polished as today's comics - but the dragon fight does look pretty cool. They have a couple of pages of battle before Thor manages to smash lightning into the dragon, but the dragon escapes into the subway system and the river below before the fight can be concluded.
It's all set up for another fight in a later comic... and we get plenty of re-matches.
THOR DRAGON COMICS - THE MIGHTY THOR #379 & #380 - Mjolnir's Song - 1987
Thor goes DRAGON CRAZY with two Dragon Comics in quick succession, and might I add, two AWESOME comic covers.
To complete some of the research for this Dragon Comics article on Thor, I made use of the excellent website www.immortal-thor.com
On their webpage they have described the second comic I bought (#380) as "one of, if not the, single greatest comic ever written." and this comes from the guys that have read over 600 Thor comics. And the best bit? You've guessed it.
Its probably because its got a kick ass dragon in it!
So I locked myself into a darkened room and read this comic from cover to cover with absolutely zero possibility of any interruptions
(such was the hype surrounding it) and I'm very happy to report that it was fantastic. The writing and the artwork were both incredible and - most importantly of all - its got tonnes of full pages dedicated to great artwork of Thor vs. Dragons!
Jormungand is a formidable opponent for Thor, and the legend says that the day Jormungand is defeated, so will Thor be. This comic reminded me a lot of The Death of Superman where Supes fights Doomsday in a classic battle where neither can win outright. But this Thor comic has the added benefit of some epic dragon action and a way more interesting adversary to draw and put on page.
For comic fans and for those that really want to see what a fight between Thor and a giant dragon would look like, I recommend a purchase of this comic, below are some of my favey bits.
And this is one very cool sequence, showing just how powerful the dragon is, and just how kick ass Thor is with his hammer. Would love to see this in a live action movie. Get it in Thor 2!
How cool is that? Well worth the purchase!
Unfortunately, that's where the real comics I actually managed to buy and read ends. The rest I found online and all look worthy of a purchase at some point in the future... check back to Dragon Comics on Dragon News soon for more updates with dragons soon!
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