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Behold in Breathless Wonder
on 7 May 2011
"Cross the Rainbow Bridge of Asgard, where the booming heavens roar, you'll behold in breathless wonder The God Of Thunder, Mighty Thor!"
The great theme tune introduces old Marvelites like me to the 1966 animated series which I had never seen before, is based on stories from the classic Journey into Mystery comic from the early 1960's
Starting with Loki being freed from his forest prison in Asgard and taking his old feud against Thor to Earth, Loki is a constant pain throughout this series. The other constant theme throughout is Odin's displeasure at Thor's Earthly alter-ego Dr. Donald Blake's love for nurse Jane Foster who Odin feels is unworthy.
All 13 episodes are gathered here and longtime fans will recognise the original stories they were based on as Thor also battles Mr Hyde and the Cobra, Grey Gargoyle, Absorbing Man, The Destroyer, Zarko the Tomorrow Man, Enchantress and the Executioner, Sandu, Hercules and Pluto and finally Molto and the Lava Men which features a guest appearance from The Avengers and The Hulk.
Being largely a series of still frames from the comics with a little added animation you can instantly see the work of the master Jack Kirby as well as Don Heck and Joe Sinnott. The stories were originally written by comicdom legends, and brothers, Larry Lieber and Stan Lee. They are not straight comic to screen adaptations, there is a fair deal of editing which is skilfully handled.
The sound effects are great and complement the POW!s perfectly and the voices are suitably over the top, especially Loki, which fits very well. The only reason it loses 1 star is the constant repetition of various still images especially one where Thor looks like he has put on his helmet whilst drunk.
It was a pleasure watching this 2 disc set, so much so I had the Essential Thor volume's 1 & 2 open as I was watching to follow the original sources of the tales.
Not in the same league as Kenneth Branagh's superb re-imagining of the Thor series but it is great for unrepentent nostalgics.