Thursday, February 7, 2013

Walt Simonson and the God of Thunder

Walt Simonson's run on Thor is legendary in the world of comics. In terms of pure fun and adventure it stacks right up there with what Lee & Kirby gave us in the '60's. The stories Walt presents have few challengers, Roy Thomas, Warren Ellis, Matt Fraction, J. Michael Straczynski to name a few and Jason Aaron is so far proving to be a worthy addition to this list.

When I first saw Walt's art, it was unlike anything I had seen before. I compared it to the art in other comics I had, Walt was at a completely different level for me. Walt's style and line work seemed so simple to me at the time, but I learned through trying to copy his work when I was eleven years old, that it wasn't. It had a unique indescribable complexity to it. Even to this day, Walt's art forces me into a quiet contemplation where nothing needs to be said, to just sit back, take it all in, examine every line and enjoy it.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to tackle a run of over forty issues so soon, especially something as renowned a this. As I went through the shortbox that this run was kept in while planning this blog out, I realized that I was continuously moving other titles and other issues of Thor to the back of the box so that I could get to Thor #337. I figured something really wanted me to re-read this run of Thor and write about it.

Since then, I've lost count of how many times I've read Thor #337. I have been struggling with how best to tackle this run in writing. I have these books on such a high pedestal that I worry if I can do it justice. I don't want to do a play by play recount of what happens in each issue and as I started writing that's exactly what I started to do. I've realized that if I'm going to take on this run of comics, the written form may not the best means for me. Either that, or I just need to give myself much more time to work on each entry before I even advertise that it's coming.

I have every intention of finishing what I started, I just need to take a slightly different approach and stop putting unnecessary pressure on myself for something that is just meant for fun.

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