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Thor #343
October 20th, 2013 by Rusty

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Thor #343 cover

Thor #343

Date: May 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 NM Price: $4.00
Stats: 24 color pages plus ads and Bullpen Bulletins
Story & Art: Walter Simonson
Other Artists: John Workman, Jr., Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: Thor rallies an old timer to help him fight a dragon!

Odin the Grey?

In the last few issues, Odin has disguised himself as a wandering traveler and visited some people who were left none-the-wiser. I couldn’t help but think how much he looked and acted like Gandalf in those scenes! I wonder how much one mythology was mixed with another there? Oh well, it was still fun, even if the scenes did feel a little bit out of place.


“If I Should Die Before I Wake…!” :Thor #342 ended when Thor barely defeated an old viking in Antarctica. This issue begins in NYC where the dragon Fafnir is laying waste to the South Bronx and screaming for Thor to come and fight him. Thor, however, can’t hear the monster because he is still in Antarctica chatting with the old warrior, who now feels bad for summoning Thor. Our blond hero, ever the Norse gentleman, invites the viking to join him against Fafnir, and so they zip off to New York. This new dynamic duo battle the dragon in front of news crews and national guard troops, and finally defeat the monster only after acting together to thwart its tough hide… but alas, the old viking is killed in the process. Thor builds a funeral pyre and gives the old man a proper viking send off to Valhalla. After returning to his apartment, Thor (now disguised as Sigurd Jarlson) gets a visit from the coy woman he saved the other day! Nudge nudge wink wink!

As for the several other story lines going on in this series: Queen Karnilla still wants Baldur for her own, but is worried that Loki might have broken him; the doom forger stamps his newly created sword and names it Twilight; and Heimdall allows one of Odin’s ravens to return to Asgard while defending against the blackness of some newly awakened evil.

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – The whole line about Thor helping the old viking warrior was nice and all, but still a little bit trite. And the other story threads were cool, but are moving at a glacial pace!
  • Art: 4 stars – Overall very adequate, but nothing to really make me say wow.
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – Yes, the story line wasn’t that unique. But dang if it wasn’t a blast to read! I am still a sucker for noble battles and bits of intriguing mystery!

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