Thor #356 - "The Power and the Pride"
Writer: Bob Harras
Artist: Jackson Guice
Inker: Bob Layton
Bob Harras wrote this fill-in issue while being an assistant editor and long before he graduated to being Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief (1995-2000). While this issue wasn’t part of any kind of Assistant Editor’s Month event (which occurred a few times through the 1980s), it definitely has that kind of fun, tongue-in-cheek feel to it.
The idea here is that after his 19-month run on Mighty Thor (writing as well as drawing), Walter Simonson took a month off and a fill-in was required. The cover sums it up quite succinctly.
Hercules and Jarvis meet up with a couple of kids arguing over who’s more powerful Thor or Hercules. Of course, Herc isn’t exactly humble and proceeds to proudly exclaim his superiority and tells him of a embellished battle with Thor that backs up his claim.
Jarvis points out to Herc that one of the kids is a big Thor fan and that Herc’s story has shattered his heroic image of Thor. Fortunately, Herc realizes his error and cleverly spins the tale back into the Thunder God’s favor.
Thor #356 is one of those fun comics that will always bring a smile to my face and remind me of why I loved the comics of the 1980s.