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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 229

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Have I seriously not done the Skurge bit yet? Well, we’ll have to rectify that right now. On to Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor #362!

The basic gist of the story is that a bunch of innocent men from Earth are trapped in Hel. So Thor, Balder and a small band of warriors come to free them. Skurge the Executioner, the longtime lackey of the Enchantress, decides to join in because, well, what else has he got going on for him? The guy was a total loser. Until….

Great sequence.

“The” moment is obviously him holding the bridge. As to what panel specifically you want to choose, take your pick – I’m counting holding the bridge as one big moment.


I’d heard about this so much, but I didn’t read it until it was reprinted in that Thor Godsize or whatever it was called. Absolutely brilliant. I must track down the Visionaries trades. On another note, Thor Godsize, along with all the other Thor stuff Fraction’s been doing, was good comics.

I think the final fadeout combined with “he stood alone at Gjallerbru… and that answer is enough” is the moment here. The transition from “realism” (depiction of the battle) to “symbolism” (the final four panel sequence that doesn’t depict actual events rather than conveys the emotional quality in them) is masterful way of using visual storytelling to emphasize how Skurge’s final stand had become the stuff of legends.

Aw, crud. I read this at the time, and I can’t believe I missed this:

“…and when a new arrival asks about the one to whom even Hela bows her head… the answer is always the same… he stood alone at Glallerbru… and that answer is enough.”

The conclusion of Skurge’s epitaph, in less high-faluting language, is “‘Nuff Said!”

Well played, Walter. Well played.


i have to go with the bridge being defended and the exicutior giving balder that speech about him and thor having a drink on him and he will defend the bridge himself. one of the great moments of thor not to mention someone being able to slug thor is priceless

I’d like to propose a Simonson week. Walt and Louise Simonson/Jones would both count.

Has that final pannel of Skurge beating back the hordes of Hel been featured as one of the Most Iconic Pannels yet? Cause if it hasn’t, it really needs to be!

I love this. I am a huge sucker for “standing fast, alone, against overwhelming odds” moments.

Until it showed up in the iconic panels list, I’d never heard of this story. I still know nothing about it (I didn’t even know Skurge was the Executioner until now). I was wondering why they have machine guns. I’ve never seen the gods using firearms before.

Vincent Paul Bartilucci

August 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm

The panel of Skurge swinging the m-16 is certainly iconic but, for me, the moment is the line, “Everybody laughs at Skurge.”

Y’see this isn’t just an incredible ‘last stand’ moment. It’s also an incredible ‘loser gets some respect’ scene. Until this point, The Executioner was just another Marvel villain whose only purpose was to look menacing for a few pages then get beaten up. What’s so cool about this moment is that Simonson wrote Skurge as completely aware of his lot in life. He knows that he’s looked at as a joke. And he knows what he must due to change that.

Actually, that might be a nifty idea for a week of Cool Comic Book Moments – Loser gets respect.

Anyway, if you wind up doing more stuff from Simonson’s run on Thor I nominate the sequence with Loki calmly reattaching his own severed head.

Definitely one of the best moments in a run with a helluva lot of great moments.

This has always been one of my favorite issues. Thanks for giving it the attention it deserves!

simply one of the best, ever. that answer is enough gets me EVERY TIME (and I read this 1st when it came out…)

Why’s Thor got a red scarf on his face?

His face was messed up during the battle in Hel.

You should do a couple of scenes from the Tales of the Green Lantern Corps mini-series from the 80’s, especially because of how relevant it is to Blackest Night. I just read it, and in issue three alone there are like 4 cool moments.

Thanx, I was curious.

With maybe the exception of the ending of Hitman…. I have to say this might be my FAVORITE moment in comics.

Really great moment… I think my favourite for the year so far.

My favorite moment in Marvel history.

While the panel of Skurge swinging the M-16 is the image that always pops to mind, looking again here, I’d have to say that THE moment is Skurge with the two guns on his hips and the line, “Perhaps he has waited all his life for this one moment.”

Perfect in the story, and perfectly meta.

I love this sequence. Agree with Mutt on the exact moment there. Really the only sequences that probably compare with it are Spidey-trapped-under-the-rubble and Claremont’s lead-up to the death of Phoenix (“Once upon a time there was a woman named Jean Grey, a man named Scott Summers. They were young, they were in love . . .”).

I’m not sure if this is “iconic” in the sense of some other comic scenes, but it should be. When people talk about how comics are “for kids”, this is the issue, and these are the scenes, which should prove otherwise.

Wouldn’t mind seeing this scene played out in the Thor movie, but I fear a movie couldn’t do it justice. This scene really works best as print.

The panel sizing alone is stupendous. Little touches like the zoom-out from Skurge’s face, followed in the next row by the zoom-in to the M-16s’ muzzles. Or even the placement of the caption boxes helping to direct the eye across the page.

American Hawkman

August 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm

This is the best comic death EVER. Accept no substitutes.

Anyone else feel like pressuring Marvel into giving the book back to Simonson post-JMS?

Hi Brian (and others)

Actually, I’ve liked this moment so much I’m actually thinking of purchasing the whole Simonson’s run on Thor… And very oddly, mycomicshop.com is having some kind of promotion this week including Thor titles… Only one thing, buying the 5 TPBs (Walt Simonson’s Thor’s visionaries ones) + shipping to my place will end up costing over USD100. I kind of can afford that, but I’d like to know if it’s really worth getting the entire run. Would you mind giving me some advice (and the community as well)?

Please post your comment here or on my blog under the post I made after reading this amazing “Cool Comic Book Moment”

Thanks all.

Simonson’s run on Thor is as good as it gets.

Join my “Walt Simonson Appreciation Society” on Facebook – the great man himself and tons of other comic pro’s are members so it’s a great way of talking to Walt.

I find Thor comics pretty dull. But this is a kick ass moment. Great art, great set-up, and great ending. Is all of Simonson’s run full of moments like this?

American Hawkman

August 20, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Simonson’s Thor run didn’t have a dull issue in it. It’s what people who like Thor remember the rest of the time the book’s being published. From the shocker in the very first issue down to the quiet chat between Thor and Loki regarding destiny and their relationship in the last (where Thor calmly takes Mjolnir and breaks Loki’s arm because that’d take longer to magic away than smashing his head would – a moment I’d like to see on this list!), the run’s full of great moments.

I have a couple issues but it looks like I’m going to have to get a whole lot more. Thanks!

Thanks all for your inputs :)

“…and when a new arrival asks about the one to whom even Hela bows her head… the answer is always the same… he stood alone at Glallerbru… and that answer is enough.”

Yeah, that’s the moment-within-a-moment for me too.

the Executioner tuerns his thoughts from the flowing blonde hair that always dances before his eyys
is my moment for me who has not had their heart broken and still carried a touch for them
pure poetry in a comic

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The best moment for us is the panel that shows only two hands…Skurge’s and Balder’s as Balder shows his trust in Skurge to hand Skurge his weapon.

Because ten seconds beforehand, Balder was about ready to, figuratively speaking, shoot Skurge in the face, but Skurge begs Balder to let him explain himself, and Balder, being the guy he is, allows him his moment to explain, where Skurge kisses a little fanny himself in an unassuming way, paying Balder the highest compliment he can. Only Balder has never laughed at him, only Balder has never made fun of him, only Balder treated him like a man, and not a child. He knows the Enchantress doesn’t love him. He knows Thor is too important to take the fall when he is still around, but Thor is so noble, he doesn’t think for a second about asking someone else to defend the bridge, and Skurge knows it. So, Skurge does the only thing he can do to get what he wants, he knocks out Thor and explains that his way must be the way, and all he asks is that Thor and Balder toast to him after.

Pretty small request, considering the guy is giving up his life for you, all things considered. So, in the end, although his request is kind of selfish on the surface (“I wanna do it”), the reality is that not only does he save Asgard and Earth from the souls of the dead, he also ensures Thor survives.

Clearly, Skurge is not nearly as dumb as he seems. Also, he also has SOME kind of conscience, as shown in Thunderstrike where he could not enjoy his time in Valhalla while Eric is being controlled by his weapon, a weapon that is cursed precisely BECAUSE of how he used it when he was alive. So, he gets the gift of Valhalla, while someone else has to deal with what he did when he was alive? Of course not. While unable to directly affect things, he tells Eric Masterson what must be done.

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