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I Needed A Time Machine To Find A Decent Hulk Shirt

Had to hop in the way-back machine and go through bins at Woolworth to find the shirt of my dreams. Thanks, 1980s. You know how to make comics seem counter-culture, even if they were selling far more copies at the time.

IRON-ONS! I don’t know what the chances of these working in 2012 is, but at that price it’s entirely worth taking a chance. Plus, NOTEBOOK PAPER.

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A Walt for Every Budget

We’ve done Simonson posts before here on Comic Noize, but really we could never do enough. The dude is a icon. So here’s a few auctions for you to peruse. Some original art, some production art and some mass-market stuff. Even if you don’t like Simonson (what? You crazy?) check the price on the commission. Who says we’re in a down economy?

Production art. I pump this stuff as much as possible. It’s just NEAT, bro.

A print from 84. Superman seems like kinda a dick in this one.

A 26 year old commission. Though the asking price is outside of what I’d pay for a car, nevermind an illustration, it is cool as hell.

A really cool poster that you’re going to have to try hard to convince your non-comic-reading domestic partner to hang in the living room. Good luck.

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If It Had Exploded, Would It Have Gone “DOOM”?

I hate to keep beating the Thor drum over here, but I saw a funny news story last week, and it just so happens to fit in with the Thor promotional item for sale in this auction…

Police evacuated the bus terminal in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, Friday afternoon after a suspicious package was discovered across the street. The Michigan State Police bomb squad was called in, and it was determined the mysterious package was merely a briefcase-shaped media kit promoting Acura’s involvement with Marvel’s Thor.

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I’m sure the MPD were thrilled when they realized that not only was this not a bomb, but that they don’t actually get to join S.H.I.E.L.D. if they pass the test.

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More Thor!

Since we’re still mostly on the subject of Thor, figured it couldn’t hurt to post a couple items having to do with what most people consider to be one of the characters best eras: the Simonson years, which were recently collected in an awesome Omnibus edition…

Yes, the years of Thor the Frog and Beta Ray Bill are some of Thor’s best. It sounds strange I know, but it’s true. Great art, epic stories, and the introduction of the DOOM sound effect. What’s not to love?

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THORSday Catchall

Can’t get enough Thor? Well, that’s weird but I’ll indulge you. Here’s some of ebay’s current God of Thunder offerings.

6’6″ standup of movie Thor, Chris Hemsworth. Get it to make your man feel inadequate.

Really liked the standup above, but felt it didn’t have enough Dr. Pepper? Boom. This is for you.

Have you always wanted to eat candy out of an Asguardian’s throat? Here’s your chance.

Do you collect worthless pieces of plastic and cardboard? Also like Thor? Score.

Collect slightly less-worthless pieces of ceramic? Well, this could be kind of cool. I also like that the seller chose to run with this blurry photo. Makes the item that much more mysterious.

It seems Thor is big on low-end product licensing.

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Jim, Whom the Gods Would Enjoy

While it may not be THURSday, it is still Thor’s day here at Comic Noize. Or rather, Thor’s week. Just saw the dude’s movie and it was solid. I don’t like movies so I’ll probably never watch it again, but I won’t take to Twitter telling everyone they’re fools for liking it (See: that last Batman movie). While Walter Simonson was no doubt the primary influence on the film, let’s not low-rate the other names who have graced Thor pages.

Here’s a little Jim Shooter for you. I see people attacking him on the internet, but I feel that those people are probably frost giants with an agenda. Dude can write; who cares about his off-page demeanor? Nerds. That’s who. Shooter’s not losing sleep over what Fr0stGynt420 is putting on a messageboard.

More tomorrow.

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So this weekend I hit up the local IMAX to check out Thor. I figured I’d have a lot to say about it. But turns out… nope. There’s really not that much to say.

Was it good? Sure. It’s funny, it’s got some good action, it’s got plenty of mark out moments for fans of the comic (Thor doing the hammer twirl, a certain Avenger making a cameo, etc… though the after credits easter egg fell flat with most of the audience at my showing)… but was it outstanding? Not really. It’s been pretty clear by now that Marvel is just planning on working a formula with their movies, and while it may be time tested, this is the 4th time we’ve seen it. You know we’re getting a fight at the beginning, one in the middle, and one big one at the end. You know we’re getting a romance. You know we’re getting some slapstick comedy and a bunch of winks to the comic fans. You know the hero is going to have a crisis of faith and have to adjust his outlook accordingly. And so on. So what really drives these movies is the strength of the performances. Thankfully, Chris Hemsworth brings Robert Downey Jr level goods as Thor, and Kat Dennings ruled hard in what little comedic relief screen time she had, but everyone else was pretty much just there. Ironically, the Asgardian who left the most powerful, most Godlike impression was “controversial pick” Idris Elba’s Heimdall; Anthony Hopkins as Odin is Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Sif and The Warriors 3 get just enough time to let you know what medieval movie stereotypes they fill. Rene Russo as Frigga basically just gets a paycheck for showing up in the background. Tom Hiddleston was decent enough as Loki, but the character’s plans and motivations were somehow so simultaneously simplistic and over complicated that the character never clicked the way you want a movie villain to click. This was probably because in many ways, this was an origin story for Loki as well. That said, their final battle felt suitably epic, and slightly less pre-ordained than the final battles in movies like the Hulk and Iron Man 2.

Kenneth Branagh’s direction, as has been said many times, is well suited for the material, but he never really breaks the Marvel formula. Asgard is a visually stunning mix of Flash Gordon and Jack Kirby (in particular I thought they did a really great job of capturing the Rainbow Bridge without it being cheesy and a straight up rainbow), as is the Frost Giants homeland (dark as it is), but whenever there are human forms mixed in the landscape shots, it’s blatantly CGI. Same for the Frost Giants themselves, all of whom look like Ivan Ooze from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie, only blue and more naked. The Destroyer, however, was virtually seamless. Seeing the movie in 3D was a decision made for me (I just wanted to see it in IMAX), and quite frankly I don’t think it really added anything. The sense of depth was nice I suppose, but really the 3D looked better in the IMAX credits than it did for anything in the movie. Still not sold on 3D, no sir.

As I write this, I actually find myself liking the movie better than my description makes it sound. So make no mistake, I definitely liked it, but to accurately decide how much I think I might have to see it again. Right now I’d rank it below Iron Man, but above Iron Man 2 and The Hulk. Which is still a pretty good spot to be in.

Grade: B+

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THOR THE MIGHTY NORSE GOD comes to the big screen.

This May we will be subjected to the arrival of the Norse god Thor on the big screen. I have to say I was a bit skeptical about this movie. The cast seems solid Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins,Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Ray Stevenson and newcomer Chris Hemsworth. The movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh which I find strange because he is known for directing period pieces and Shakespeare. I guess Thor could be a period piece but I’m looking for maybe a Ridley Scott Gladiator type film. But I am not going to be to hasty. I will give this movie the benefit of doubt. I was never a big Thor comics fan I never understood why Norse Mythology had to be incorporated into comic books. Another funny story I read was that white supremacist groups were not happy with Idris Elba playing a Norse god, they have gone as far as to boycott the film. People come on we are talking about Thor a Marvel Comics movie, it’s not like Denzel Washington is playing Hitler in a movie directed by Spike Lee. Which I have to say would probably be a pretty good movie.

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Lest We Forget

Yesterday Marvel announced their upcoming event Fear Itself to much (any?) fanfare. Details are hazy at this time as are general ideas and even the vaguest conception of it aside from “it will involve Marvel characters, likely facing a struggle of some kind, with conflicts of some sort sprinkled throughout.” But we can all be certain it will be super important to our understanding of the Marvel comics universe and our own.

While we’re on the events train, let’s look back at my favorite* Marvel event: Atlantis Attacks!

Don’t remember AA? Shame on you. Get caught up with the following auctions.

The books themselves. Don’t look like a fool when someone references these truly unforgettable books. You know, maybe they’d talk about that epic fight in… er… or the real human drama that took place in… hm … or the really significant impact of the events detailed in… nope. No one will reference these. Buy them because it’s a slice of comics history.

The very important promo poster that invites you to “take the plunge” and buy all the books. Crucial. Great design work.

And what would any irrelevant crossover be without an even less necessary What If? book to hypothesize on slight variations on the original outcome we can’t even remember?

*After The Infinity Gauntlet, Inferno, probably even the Mutant Massacre… I don’t know, maybe Secret Wars 2 even. Actually Atlantis Attacks really sucked.

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Endlessly searching…

It appears that Walt Simonson dropped what by all measures has been regarded as an “ill” Thor shirt, the likes of which we mere mortals have yet to see. I don’t know about you, but I know that I would give… well likely I’d give $25 for a good Thor shirt. That’s a lot for a tshirt!

But since none of these have hit ebay yet, I’ll have to wait and bide my time with these lesser, but still pretty cool, Thor shirts.

Why, oh why, do you have to kill this shirt with the “It’s Hammer Time!” slogan? Seriously.

And in addition, came across this one while searching for Mr. Simonson on ebay came across this gem. File it under “doing cool shit before you were born” or also known as “comic con’s were not always cool”. Seriously. But this is cool.

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