Thursday, January 27, 2011
1987 - The Mighty Thor #383
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Ron Frenz/Brett Breeding
While they may have followed Simonson’s memorable run, Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz had the longest run on The Mighty Thor of any creative team spanning from 1987 until 1993.
Hot off their success on Amazing Spider-Man, their fast-paced and entertaining storytelling demonstrated what a serial comic could really accomplish with a sense of energy and momentum. While not as ground-breaking or revolutionary as Simonson’s run, their run was an obvious crowd-pleaser. Their brand of storytelling had a strong retro-1960s feel with Tom DeFalco channeling Stan Lee with snappy dialog and epic storylines and Ron Frenz was paying homage to Jack Kirby and John Buscema.
This issue was the first of two fill-ins they would do before taking on the title full-time with #386.
In the space of a mere 22 pages, they craft a fine story, an untold tale of the Secret Wars. Yet, this story might carry the banner of the Mighty Thor, it’s really about the Enchantress and the forbidden love she has for Thor. She pines about how she was weak and didn’t seize the chance to stand with Thor when she could have and won his love.
The backgrounds are a bit sparse, but keep in mind that this was a fill-in issue under probably a tight deadline.