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Snark Blocker – Two Cool Scenes of People Defending Bridges…

What’s cooler than a cool character defending a bridge from an onslaught of bad guys?

TWO cool characters defending bridges from an onslaught of bad guys!

From The Mighty Thor #362 (written and drawn by Walt Simonson) and Starman (Volume 2) #11 (written by James Robinson and drawn by Matthew Smith), enjoy….two cool scenes of people defending bridges!!!

Thor #362…

and Starman #11….

Pretty awesome, huh?


Skurge’s Last Stand is one of the best scenes that I’ve read on a comic book. That last page always gives me goosebumps.

Starman is also great, of course

See, for me it’s not the last page that gives me goosebumps, instead, it’s the shot of him standing alone preparing for battle and the line “perhaps he has waited all his life for this one moment.” Even today, wow.

The Skurges last stand is nearly exactly the type of moment that all great storylines should strive to have, anyone that doesn’t feel emotion during that scene is not alive.

Wow, that Thor one was FANTASTIC!! That’s some good comics.

beta ray steve

April 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Simonson had the best Thor run ever. I’ll grant that Kirby was the better artist, but Simonson did a much better job writing Thor than Stan Lee did.

I’m selling a big box of Thor comics at our garage sale tomorrow. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, as far as which comics I need to say goodbye to. The Surtur Saga and a good run of the books before and after were really great reads.

“He stood alone at Gjallerbru… and that answer is enough.”

Even without the several issues of set up, and even though I’ve read this comic at least fifty times, I still got choked up reading this. That’s a damned fine comic book.

I’m a sucker for last stands, and Skurge’s is one of the best. I’ve not yet gotten around to reading the Simonson run, but that’s one of the issues from it that I’ve gotten a chance to read. In this case it was when it was reprinted in the Thor: God Sized Special for a year or so ago.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said– Simonson’s THOR friggin’ CLASSIC!

I think the Starman one suffers from being placed after the Thor one and should have been placed first instead. The Starman one is a quaint little moment but the Thor one is like the crescendo of an epic. It’s not an easy act to follow.

Wow, it doesn’t matter how many years it’s been since I read it the first time or how many times I’ve read it. I’m still unable to read that Skurge sequence without getting a little misty-eyed. It ranks awfully high in the best comics scenes I’ve ever read.

ie Thor….Snorri couldn’t have written it better. I think I spelled his name right….many years since I read Norse mythology.

The Hourman battle from Starman is epic.

I also quite enjoy the bridge battle from a recent arc of Secret Six. Especially once Bane takes the venom again.

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Both are unforgettable classics.

A toast to Simonson and Robinson (their last names rhymes!) and may they aspire legions of writers wanna-bes.

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm

That should have been “inspire” not aspire.


I never heard of this Thor story until last year, when I first saw a bit of it in one of your other columns. It really is pretty inspiring, now that I see more of it. I’m still wondering why he was armed with guns, though. It seems so out of place.
So was Simonson directly inspired by Livy’s account of Horatius?

If you had wanted a totally different sort of cool for the second scene, you could’ve used the scene of Groo guarding the bridge in Marvel’s first Groo issue. I really loved that part.

Can only echo what’s gone before. Read Skurge’s Last Stand a hundred times but man, it still hits like a sock full of grit. Walt Simonson Rocks.

I bet an entire series of cool last stands could be done, but it’s hard to find any that would top Skurge defending the bridge.

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