Friday 14 December 2012

Thor 160

Thor issue 160, by Stan (the man) Lee and Jack (king) Kirby, was published by Marvel Comics with a cover date of January 1969. Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994), born Jacob Kurtzberg, was an American comic book artist, writer and editor, and one of the most influential creators in the comic book medium. Teaming up with writer/editor Stan Lee on The Fantastic Four in 1961, the series became a hit that revolutionized the industry. The same creative team, joined by scripter Larry Lieber (Stan's brother), debuted Thor in Journey into Mystery 83 (August 1962), an anthology which was retitled Thor with issue 126 (March 1966). With Thor, Kirby continued to expand the medium's boundaries, working with photo-collage and developing new drawing techniques such as the method for depicting energy fields now known as "Kirby Krackle", and other experiments.
Galactus first appeared on the scene in Fantastic Four 48 “The Coming of Galactus!”, and after he left he wasn’t supposed to return for a very long time. Needless to say, Galactus became an immediate hit with the readers and Lee, ever in touch with the fan base, prompted Kirby to bring Galactus back in not only Fantastic Four, but Thor as well. Issue 160 brings us the first part of Galactus vs. Ego! Planet eater vs. living planet - with the colonizers of Rigel, the Recorder, and Thor in the middle! This copy is estimated to be in a very collectible VF+ condition, with nice cover gloss, creamy/white pages, and a tight centerfold. The main critique of its condition is a small 1/3 inch crease on the bottom right-hand corner of the cover. Acquired some years ago for only $10 CDN, the book is both a great work of art and a great investment.

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