Are you interested in the Walt Simonson Thor reading order? Look no further than the Walt Simonson Thor Omnibus.

Even in the sea of Marvel Epic Collection trades and other omnibuses, nothing quite exudes “epic” as the 48 issues collected in the Walt Simonson Thor Omnibus.

This era of Thor comic books from the 1980’s is considered by many as the absolute peak of Thor comic books. It is an entertaining and humorous read while not as dark as the collected runs of other characters.

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COLLECTS: THOR 337-355, 357-369, 371-382; BALDER THE BRAVE 1-4

Readers are treated to a fun Thor run that anybody can use as a starting point into the mythic god of thunder.

The Essence of a good story is to bind the reader with a spell broken only at the story’s conclusion, and perhaps, not even then.

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The Mighty Thor Omnibus January 2011

How did we get to Walt Simonson Thor?

Marvel Comics Thor was created by Stan Lee back in August 1962 with the release of Journey into Mystery #83.

Introducing… the Mighty Thor! The most exciting Super Hero of all time! When the Stone-Men from Saturn invade Earth, only Dr. Donald Blake can stop them — but he stands no chance, not until he strikes a wooden stick on the ground and finds himself transformed into Thor, God of Thunder! Watch as Thor learns how to wield his hammer in battle! Only this new hero can save the Earth from being conquered!

With that first appearance release in 1962 Thor was not the 24/7 god of thunder we all know from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies and comics books today.

Instead, Thor shared a body with a partially disabled medical student named Donald Blake, who was able to change into Thor when wielding the magical hammer Mjolnir.

Mjolnir was hidden in the form of a staff used by the mortal Donald Blake by tapping the hammer on the ground in order to be transformed into Thor.

During this era if Thor was separated from Mjolnir for more than 60 seconds he would revert back to the fragile form of Donald Blake.

Within the Marvel Universe Thor and his mortal alter ego Donald Blake were to remain canon until November 1983.

This is the release date for Thor #337.

Nick Fury asks Thor’s aid in investigating an alien ship heading for Earth. Thor arrives and triggers the awakening of an alien protector, Beta Ray Bill. But when Bill bests Thor and takes up his hammer, he is summoned to Asgard by Odin!

You guessed it, the beginning of the Walt Simonson Thor Omnibus issues.

As Thor #337 kick-started the epic odyssey of the Walt Simonson Thor Omnibus run it was immediately apparent things were about to change.

From the Walt Simonson art to the Walt Simonson Ragnarok event, Thor is aptly portrayed as the embodiment of mythic heroism.

Of course, all of the great qualities from these Walt Simonson Thor Omnibus issues would not be possible without the help of Penciller and Inker Sal Buscema.

Together, Walt Simonson and Sal Buscema draw you in as a reader to Thor’s charisma, charm, and wit.

You may have read this series as a youth and are looking to take a trip down memory lane, or are attempting to read for the first time. Either way, Simonson’s wordy captions and stimulating dialog along with Buscema’s distinctly 80’s, yet timeless artwork help you to care about the character while Thor is tested physically, mentally, and spiritually.

In these 48 issues you will find Thor transitioning from earthly based stories such as saving families on New York streets, to grandiose cosmic events where he is saving the universe.

Throughout the issues in the Walt Simonson Thor Omnibus you will also encounter just as exciting story arc’s for many of the side characters as well.

  • Lady Sif and The Warriors Three
  • The villan Scourge
  • Balder The Brave

If you are a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe many of these side characters and events portrayed in the movies were inspired from this Walt Simonson Thor era.

From start to finish this collected run does not disappoint. You will learn about Beta Ray Bill, a hero who proves that looks don’t represent ones heart.

Additionally, you will find out why Hela turns out to be one of Thor’s greatest threats. Also Loki joins with Thor and Odin to fight Surter who is leads an army of demons while armed with a magical blade.

Finally, dare I say “Frog of Thunder”..

Considered by many to be the greatest run on Thor ever, Walt Simonson’s classic tales of the God of Thunder are collected here – completely remastered from the original artwork and newly colored by Steve Oliff ! And there are too many timeless tales to count: The Casket of Ancient Winters! The death of Odin! The origins of Asgard! The sacrifice of the Executioner! Thor as a frog! The Mutant Massacre! The curse of Hela! The debut of Thor’s body armor! Guest-starring Beta Ray Bill, Nick Fury and the Avengers! Featuring the threats of Fafnir the dragon, Loki, Lorelei, Malekith the Dark Elf, Surtur, Hela, the Titanium Man, Kurse, Zaniac, the Marauders, the Absorbing Man, Fin Fang Foom, the Destroyer and the Midgard Serpent!

Conclusion: Walt Simonson Thor Omnibus Review

Verdict: You guessed it, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this legendary era of comic book history.

Needless to say, if you are a fan of Marvel Comics Thor, then the Walt Simonson Thor Omnibus is something you should have.

This Omnibus is one of the largest at 1192 pages and weighs over 5 pounds!

It serves up the Walt Simonson Thor reading order on a silver platter (figuratively) so you can jump in and read one of the most outlandish, stunning, and tragic runs of The Mighty Thor ever written.

Happy Reading.

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