It's funny because before Walt's run started I was never that much into Thor. I thought he was cool and all in the Avengers but in those days I was more of a fan of the Avengers as big John used to draw the book with Goliath ( Clint ), BP, Vision, SW & Quicksilver. I think it was only during the first Arkon story with the Enchantress IIRC issue #85 that I started to like Thor much more and realised just how powerful and a big gun he was to the team ( I didn't really read the Stan & Jack Thor issues then as they were too hard to get hold of and I also had to beg my parents for pocket money to buy comics which were always US reprints from newsagents in London. ).
Anyway, as I casually picked up Thor #336 in the newsagent and skipped thru the issue I saw this image at the end of the letters column page saying " NEXT ISSUE: THOR UNLEASHED !!!! By Walt Simonson" This really got my curiousity , I picked up #337 and the rest is history, everything blew me away about how "different" Thor was by Walt.
And as they say,: " The rest is history" because I haven't looked back since that day as far as Thor is concerned.
Quote:Marvel is pleased to present your first look at the awe inspiring variant cover to The Mighty Thor #1 from legendary artist Walt Simonson! When Asgard is threatened by an intergalactic peril, the superstar creative team of Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel, must take Thor to the edges of the Marvel Universe to save his homeland from the likes of Galactus. It's the World Eater vs. Asgard in the explosive opening arc that's great for new readers and will redefine what it means to be the Odinson! When the survival of Asgard rests on the shoulders of Thor, can he fight back the forces of the power cosmic? Discover the answers you seek as Fraction and Coipel pull out all the stops in The Mighty Thor #1.THE MIGHTY THOR #1 (FEB110544)
THE MIGHTY THOR #1 SIMONSON VARIANT (FEB110547)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant Cover by TRAVIS CHAREST
Variant Cover by WALTER SIMONSON
Blank Variant Cover also available
Thor Movie Variant also available
Rated T+ ...$3.99
FOC â€“ 4/4/11, On Sale 4/27/11
I remember I was about 13 when I bought a job lot of comics from Brick Lane, which included Thor 309, 323 and most importantly 337 & 338. It was 337 which really got me into Thor. Fortunately for me the current issue at the time was 349 so I managed to get in just as the Surtur saga was about to kick into high gear.
I used to go to Forbidden Planet once a week when i was at secondary school, when it was in Denmark Street. It had a much more counter culture feel back then than what comics do today. Comics felt almost subversive back then. very far from the mainstream.