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Thor is one of the best characters to come out of the Marvel universe. He
big, strong, powerful but most importantly he is human. When I say human,
mean he has human emotions; he is actually a Norse god.
This is a great 60's cartoon right up there with Spider-Man and Captain America. The stories were great. Throughout the series Thor travelled to Earth from Asgard to battle all kinds of foes and to also spend time with the love of his life Jane Foster.
One of the things I liked about Thor was his secret identity. When not Thor, he would assume the identity of the crippled Dr. Donald Blake. Whenever there was trouble Blake would strike his walking stick on the ground, the stick would become a hammer and Blake would become Thor.
To sum it up, The Mighty Thor was a great series with a great theme tune. My personal favourite episode was "Enter Hercules" where Thor faces fellow god Hercules in one of the best cartoon battles ever.
As a fan of the golden era in Animated Superhero TV series, the 1960's,
what better place to start than The Marvel Superheros.
Take a look at the episode Everyhand Against Him/The Power of the Thunder God/The Power of Odin 1966.
I enjoyed the action and characters.
If you liked this as much as I did then check out the following other classic 1960's Animated Superhero TV Series episodes.
Captain America - Midnight at Greymore Castle/This Be Treason/When You Lie Down With Dogs 1966.
Iron Man - The Mandarin's Revenge/The Mandarin's Death Ray/No One Escapes the Mandarin 1966.
Hulk - The Power of Doctor Banner/Where Strides the Behemoth/Back from the Dead 1966.
The Sub-Mariner - Atlantis Under Attack/The Sands of Terror/The Iron Idol of Infamy 1966.
Fantastic 4 - The Terrible Tribunal 1968.
Birdman - Vulturo: Prince of Darkness 1967.
The Galaxy Trio - The Demon Raiders 1967.
The Impossibles - Beamatron 1966.
The Mighty Hercules - Guarding of the Olympic Torch 1963.
Batfink - The Short Circuit Case 1966.
Marine Boy - The Fantastic Flash 1969.
Mighty Mightor - A Big Day for Little Rok 1967.
The Adventures of Superboy - Revolt of Robotville 1967.
Young Samson & Goliath - The SSX-19 1967.
Spider-Man - The Power of Dr. Octopus/Sub-Zero for Spidey 1967.
Aquaman - Menance of the Black Manta 1967.
Space Ghost - The Council of Doom 1967.
Batman - It Takes Two to Make a Team 1969.
Superman - Superman Meets Brianiac 1966.
The Herculoids - Malak and the Metal Apes 1967.
You might also want to check out the following post 1960's classic Animated Superheroe TV Series episodes.
Challenge of the SuperFriends - The Final Challenge 1978.
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians - The Death of Superman 1985.
Defendors of the Earth - Hall of Wisdom 1986.
Astro Boy - The Greatest Robot in the World 1982.
Spiderman and His Amazing Friends - 7 Little Superheroes 1981.
Robotech - The Macross Saga: Gloval's Report 1985.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Diamond Ray of Disappearance 1983.
Voltron Defender of the Universe - Princess Joins Up 1984.
She-Ra: Princess of Power - Of Shadows and Skulls 1985.
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JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY WITH THE MIGHTY THOR! Ah, them was the days... Stan (and Larry) Leiber and Jack Kirby (and Dick Ayers and Chic Stone and Vince Colletta) knocking it out of the ball park with each and every issue. For my money, there's never been a better comic book. To see Kirby's artwork come to life was (and is) a fanboy's fantasy fulfilled. Chris Hemsworth was a worthy successor to KIRBY's Thor, but the Hollywood handling of the character left a lot to be desired. (I can understand the hullabaloo over Heimdall: No less a writer than Ray Bradbury himself had this to say in THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES: "It is not logical that men should accept a God, no matter how real, of another color." But the thing that irked ME- aside from the fact that the loyal Balder wasn't at Thor's side- was that most of the movie was set on Midgard instead of in Asgard. A Battle Royale with the mighty Ulik (that's "kill you" spelled backward; sorta), the hulking Rock Troll, would've made for a GREAT ending.) Sure, they were just setting the stage for the forthcoming AVENGERS movie, but short shrift is short shrift. The good thing about the 1966 cartoons is that they're taken literally from the pages of the comics themselves. And you just can't beat THAT, no matter HOW hard you try.
Other than that dabbler in Black Magic and Sorcery, DR. STRANGE* just
about every major Marvel feature with Super Heroes had roots in Science
Fiction. Indeed, when one scrutinizes "THE MARVEL SUPERHEROES" TV Show,
we find that 60% of the feature characters are Sci Fi all the way. One
is somewhat grounded in the Science Fiction world, at least in "Origin"
and "Rebirth". That leaves the last one as being outside of Sci Fi; but
inside of what? ANSWERS: "HULK", "IRON MAN" and "THE SUB-MARINER" are
all conceived scientifically and fictitiously, albeit in a somewhat
Global Warming-like junk science.
"CAPTAIN America" had huge elements grounded in this Sci-Fi; but was largely more akin to a character & feature like BATMAN, lacking any true Super Powers.** And that, Schultz, leaves only the "MIGHTY THOR", which has no pretenses of any scientific basis whatsoever. Instead of Science, or the Supernatural, the Thor saga is derived from the Germanic/Norse Mythology; with Thor being their God of Thunder and Battle.
With regards to their bringing the Mythological Norse Thunder God into a Marvel Universe, one would perhaps, think that it would have trouble fitting-in. The age-old axiom of the "square hole" and the "round peg" would certainly fit most appropriately right here. (Or is it "round hole" and "square peg"?) Material displayed in the Comics Page could well have brought them a good deal of heat from various Cultural, Civic and Religious groups. If one considers the Pagan God origin of the character, his constant references to Odin & his endless conflict with brother, Loki, we see an Ancient World's Eye view of a modern, technologically marvelous sort of anachronism.
In addition to Norse Mythological characters and their own conflicts; the stories very often depict scenes of Life in Asgard (the Mythic Homeland of the Norse deities). There were many stories in Marvels's Journey Into Mystery Comic (title later changed to The Mighty Thor) which depicted the Thunder God's traveling from mother Earth to Asgard and father Odin's Palace of Fallen Heroes, Valhalla (almost sounds like "Hallowed Halls", no?).
Oddly enough, other than a few expressions of surprise that we personally heard; there was no public outcry and the Thor feature was generally warmly and widely embraced. Their great acceptance was a bi-media phenomenon for just the same as the other four comics adaptations to TV Animation, the stories are nearly verbatim transcriptions of the adventures from the printed page.
AS for his Marvel Origin, Thor is given a case of Norse God Amnesia by papa Odin and sent to Earth in the guise of physically frail and semi-crippled Dr. Don Blake. This is meant as an object lesson for Odin's son; who will learn from serving the poor and pitiful mortals who occupy our World. Hmmmm, all of this line of thought sure makes a pretty convincing case for calling Thor a "Christ figure".
With respect to the "MIGHTY THOR" animations, they are just like their 4 other counterparts on "THE MARVEL SUPERHEROES"; being beautifully voiced & musically endowed, with beautiful straight-from-the comics artwork; being topped off with very limited animation work.****
All shortcomings considered, "THE MIGHTY THOR" is a beautiful, exciting and most memorable series of ½ hours TV Animation.
Oh yeah, by the way; we were wondering if THOR played on his own day of the week! C'mon, Schultz, I'm referring to 'Thursday'; which is, after all, named after Thor, himself!
NOTE: * There have been 2 adaptations of the this Marvel Feature: DR. STRANGE (Universal, CBS, 1978), a Made for TV Movie; and DR. STRANGE (Marvel Ent./Lions Gate Home Video, 2007), a direct to video TV Animation.
NOTE: ** Beyond his initial use of that Comic Book 'Anabolic Steroid' and his 'being kept on ice', Captain America was more of a costumed crime fighter and a highly trained specimen, both mentally and physically; much like Mr. Bruce Wayne/BATMAN!
NOTE: *** Others would include Fank Capra's title characters in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Columbia, 1939) and MEET KOHN DOE (Liberyt Pictures/Warner Bros., 1941; as well as Siegel & Shuster's original SUPERMAN concept.
NOTE **** "....and the 1966 'Clutch Cargo' Award for Most-Limited of Limited Animation goes to, (s-u-s-p-e-n-s-e!!)THE MARVEL SUPER HEROES"
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