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Thor #340
June 24th, 2013 by Rusty

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Thor #340 cover

Thor #340

Date: February 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 NM Price: $6.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Hammer Strikes” letters page
Story & Art: Walter Simonson
Other Artists: John Workman, Jr., George Roussos
Notable Notes: The end of the first Beta Ray Bill story arc.

Science Fiction Mythology?

I have long been a fan of both mythology and science fiction. Perhaps that is a big reason why the Thor comic series appeals to me so much – there are many elements of both genres within its covers. This issue is a great example as Thor and friends set out to do battle with aliens from another dimension. Ah… just one more reason to love comics!


At the end of Thor #339 Beta Ray Bill, Thor and Sif flew off in a magically-drawn chariot to fight the demons who had been plaguing Bill’s ships and people. This issue begins as the 3 of them arrive to see hordes of demons (who are scary looking aliens) attacking the ships. They smack them around some, then Sif volunteers to stay and defend the ships while the 2 men try to take out the source of the demons. They eventually find the gaping hole in the universe that is allowing these creatures to come through and manage to close it. That makes all of the demons disappear, so the 3 of them, along with Bill’s ship Skuttlebutt head back to Asgard for a feast worthy of heroes! It is there that Odin gives Bill a great gift – the ability to smack his new hammer on the ground and turn into his old self! Thor rightly questions Odin about what this will mean for Donald Blake, but is given no answer. Meanwhile the reader is also given small glimpses of a mighty figure pounding out doom, Volstagg telling Baldur’s tale, Loki setting up a scheme to embarrass his brother and an evil sea creature coming to find Thor! Oh my!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – A nice end to the Beta Ray Bill arc. A few items were a bit far-fetched, but still an overall great read!
  • Art: 4 stars – Once again beautiful art by Simonson. I just wish he put more details into some of the panels.
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – It was fun to see the demons vanquished, as well as Odin’s gift to Bill. Very satisfying!

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