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Looking Back With Alan Kupperberg: Thor

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The Mighty Thor! Introduced in 1962 in a story scripted by Larry Leiber and drawn by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott, according to all accounts Thor was one of Kirby’s favourite creations. Whether he created it with or without plotter Stan Lee is a moot point, but certainly the mythical aspect of the book appealed to Kirby and it’s not hard to see why once you read his later Fourth World titles from DC. Indeed it can be said that his work on Thor laid the groundwork for the DC series and, if given the opportunity, it’d have been interesting to see how Kirby would have officially joined the two series together (outside of the tantalising glimpse of Thor’s damaged helmet which popped up in an early New Gods issue). Once Kirby left the title was handed to a number of artists and writers, John Buscema, Neal Adams, Gerry Conway, Bill Mantlo, Roy Thomas, Klaus Janson, Sal Buscema, Len Wein, Walter Simonson, Mark Gruenwald, Keith Pollard and Gene Day were among the artists who had runs on the…