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Thor #206: Review

Dec 1972
Gerry Conway, John Buscema

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3.5 stars

Thor #206 Review by (October 26, 2022)

Review: The highlight of the issue is the familiar sight of Thor and the Absorbing Man bashing each other though a bit less imaginative this time around, as Creel doesn’t rely on his unique power but stays in metal form the entire fight. And the climactic revelation that Loki is behind it is lame. This is a Thor comic; Loki’s always behind it. Though I will admit that the pic on the final page makes Loki look like a formidable villain. That aside, the story is hallway decent, with Thor being rather casual about smashing through a window at Avengers Mansion; later, he’s even more casual about smashing a grocer’s window so maybe he gets kickbacks from the glass industry. Otherwise, Karnilla and Balder moon over each other, Hildegarde complains about the stench of the Hudson River, and the Warriors Three go camping. And we get a nice lead-in to the occasional appearance at the Rutland Halloween Parade, a major Easter egg from the 1970s.

Comments: Part one of two parts. Tom Fagan (1932-2008) was a real person, organizer of the annual Halloween Parade in Rutland, Vermont which formed the backdrop for a crossover between Marvel and DC Comics; see next issue for details. Absorbing Man was trapped in INCREDIBLE HULK #125. Store manager Mr. Whimple is based on “Mr. Whipple,” played by Dick Miller in ads for Charmin toilet tissue between 1964 and 1985, returning in 1999; tag line: “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #206 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Two kids fishing late at night in Rutland, Vermont, see a flaming object fall from the sky. They investigate and see a figure rise from a pile of broken amber. They panic and flee, only to be frozen in place by a spell from the newcomer. This figure shoots a fiery bolt into the air which crosses the country and comes down in Nevada, breaking open a cliff and releasing Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man….

As Thor broods over his exile at Avengers Mansion, waited on by Jarvis, Sif and Hildegarde fly out to the Hudson River. Sif wants to understand why New York attracts so many. Then Absorbing Man lands, forced to travel across the continent by a painful impulse in his head in order to kill Thor. Turning to metal, Creel goes on a rampage, calling for the Thunder God to come face him. Changing into their warrior gear, Sif and Hildegarde attack the villain but are quickly subdued. Thor, alerted by the police, arrives and, seeing the fallen Sif, burns with hatred toward his enemy….

In Rutland, a mystery figure approaches the home of Tom Fagan, asking for shelter. Calling off his dogs, Satan and Diablo, Fagan invites the man inside….

Thor and the Absorbing Man bash each other for several pages….

The scene is witnessed from Asgard by the Grand Vizier but Karnilla the Norn Queen doesn’t care, her only concern being for her beloved Balder….

On Earth, the Warriors Three take Balder on a camping trip but he doesn’t care, his only concern being for his beloved Karnilla….

Thor and Creel bash each other some more until Thor is sent flying through the window of a grocery store. Creel is drawn away to the north and Thor allows him a head start, following him to discover who has set him against the God of Thunder. Creel comes down in Rutland, at the home of Tom Fagan. He is greeted by his master, Loki, who has a grand scheme in mind for killing Thor….

Preview Pages
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John Buscema
Vince Colletta
John Buscema (Cover Penciler)
John Buscema (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: John Costanza.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man

(Crusher Creel)

(Balder the Brave)


(Edwin Jarvis)

(Norn Queen)

(Loki Laufeyson)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

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