Monday, August 31, 2015

This month, Thor pitches his A-game...


...and Sif is not really having it, in 1983's Thor #336, written by Alan Zelenetz, with art by Herb Trimpe and Ernie Chan and Vince Colletta.

This was the last issue before Walt Simonson took over and completely reinvigorated the title, so it was mostly wrapping up a few loose threads: Jane Foster had been returned from the world of the Possessor to earth, and was going to marry Keith Kincaid. (Keith is definitely a consolation prize: Jane couldn't have Thor, so they had to marry her off to somebody...) Thor and Sif are a happy couple; at least as far as Thor knows: Sif doesn't share his attachment to earth, and doesn't see the appeal. Although Thor does his best to try to include her and show her the wonders of the mortals, it's kind of tough when perennial third-stringer Captain Ultra has a jealous fit and attacks him.

As Donald Blake, Thor saves a patient in a difficult surgery; but Sif is still not sold. She accompanies Blake to the Kincaid/Foster wedding, but then returns to Asgard, where she tells her tale to Queen Frigga. Then, dashing Fandral asks Sif to join him in smiting some storm giants, and Frigga wonders if a wedding might not be in Sif's future after all.

This was of course clearing the boards for Simonson, but Thor was absolutely working the wrong angle in getting Sif interested in earth: "There are super-villains on earth, my love. That need punching. Lots of punching."

2 comments:

Dale Bagwell said...

Well yeah, that's exactly how you sweep a woman off her feet; By promising a night on the town fighting bad guys....That Thor huh? And to think, he started out fine with the whole seduction bit by complimenting her, getting them a penthouse suite for the night....no bucket of bubblies though, even though they'd probably prefer a huge flagon of meed of a bottle of the good stuff....

Lastly, was it super intentional for Dr. Kincaid to look ALOT like Dr. Blake or what?

SallyP said...

Oh Sif isn't particularly picky about whom she gets to punch.