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Name That Thor Artist!

In honor of the Thor movie, I am doing an extremely difficult challenge! This is a test to see if you are “worthy” of knowing your Thor pencilers!

DO NOT POST YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS

In the first volume of Thor (Journey Into Mystery #83 through The Mighty Thor #502) there were thirty-two pencilers that drew at least one full issue of Journey and/or Thor. I will now list thirty-two drawings from those thirty-two different issues by those thirty-two pencilers (I used a randomizer to put them out of chronological order). I have intentionally chosen only issues where the penciler in question did full pencils. This is because layouts and/or breakdowns makes it waaay too tough for you folks to identify the penciler, since the art often looks more like the finisher than the layout artist. Luke Ross, Oclair Albert, Frank Toscano, Dante Bastianoni and Pino Rinaldi all did full pencils for PARTS of Thor #497 and 498. I am not counting them, so do not bother guessing any of them, as they do not appear on the list.

Otherwise, you have a tough challenge ahead of you! Simply E-MAIL ME at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your answers in the comments section) your answers to who each artist is and I’ll announce who got the most correct next week (as well as reveal the answers). Don’t worry if you can’t get a lot of them – this is a very difficult challenge. A good two or three of the artists on the list are especially not well known. But there are a ton of famous artists, as well, including some all-time greats. So just let your knowledge of art styles guide you to however many you can get. I think anything more than a dozen correct is good, honestly. Also, since you have a week to answer, there’s no rush to give your guesses.

Remember, E-MAIL me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do not post your answers in the comments.

Remember, not in the comments. E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. That way everyone is on an equal footing.

Really, do not post in the comments. Just e-mail me your answers. For all this overkill, it took just two comments before someone posted their answers in the comments, so that is why I added the big bold bit at the top (and obviously this sentence).

Finally, do not post your answers in the comments.

Here are the artists – have fun naming ‘em!

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43 Comments

I love the costume in #2!!!

Looking at all these images just reinforces how much I HATE HATE HATE Thor’s current costume.

The God of Thunder does NOT wear thermal underwear!

God, I freaking LOVE Thor! He is awesome. High on my list of Favorite Superheroes of All Time.

I’m agreeing about Thor’s new outfit. He’s not supposed to be wearing thermal underwear of any sort. When is he going back to his old outfit?

As I look over the list some of the artists are very obvious, I can even tell you who the inker was without a doubt. And some artists I know are on there but can’t figure out which one is theirs because there are so many that look so similar. And the most interesting thing is that as I study the images names pop into my head that I can’t believe is true but seem pretty convincing; “No way, is that really him/her?”
I can’t believe how many of the artists are doing the Kirby thing like 5, 20, 25, 27. I know the name of one of them but can’t figure out which one is him. There are a few Sal Buscema-esque, and Jim Lee-esque artists that I can’t really place. (I think, like Kirby, they’re too well known to not being giving anything away with these names.)
Great game Brian! Thanks!

They’re all Rob Granito I’m pretty sure.

Honestly, some of these are just insanely easy to ID. Pretty sure I can easily figure out 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 14, 21, 23, 27, 28, or 29 without thinking too hard. Some of the artists’ styles are so distinct, like 3, that guessing wrong would be pretty sad.

Eesh. I’ve got number three but after that… I think I know which one is Kirby but then figuring out which one is Lieber or Sinnott is impossible and then beyond that I really don’t know who drew Thor when.

Ah, Ron Frenz & Walt Simonson–good stuff.

Exactly, Ron Frenz. The guy who really got me into Thor and comic books in general after The Mighty Thor #404, the first issue of the Thunder God I ever bought.

I think he is among the top 5 artists to ever grace the pages of Thor, up there with Kirby, Simonson, Deodato and Coipel. And I think he looked his best when inked by Breeding and Sinnott.

I think I can name most of the artists, if I have some spare time, I will give it a shot.

Best.

WOW this shows, there were alot of bad artists on Thor after Simonson’s run!!!!!!!!!

This so good! So excited to see the answers.

I hadn’t realized that DeFalco’s run had pencillers other than Frenz; his pencils are synonymous with that stuff in my mind and I’d forgotten the guys who followed him.

I always found it funny how Thor was drawn as such a scrawny guy in his first appearance. Like they were trying to establish it’s just Don Blake, but stronger.

Some of these are so similar, I have to ask, are there any artists who did more than one panel on this list?

Sorry, it clearly states there are 32 separate pencillers.

So I guess I’m asking, do Barry Smith and Barry Windsor-Smith count as two separate pencilers?

didn’t think so

A few are obvious, but for most of them I haven’t a clue. I have to agree that some of them are so similar they do look like the same artist. That should make it very difficult for some.
I think my problem is I’ve never been a big Thor fan and I haven’t read all that many issues, but I do have one of the examples shown here. I don’t remember who the artist was, but it would be easy to look up.

The thing that most strikes me here is how out of place the dialogue feels from that Eric Mastersson period.

Hugo Sleestak

May 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I suppose it could be said of any character that has been around as long as Thor, but it’s astounding to me that he could have been drawn so badly so many times with such variation by so many people …

Agreed Mary the Eric dialogue just seems wrong. Thor does not quote MC Hammer. As funny as that may be.

Man, some of that stuff is awful.

Interesting how many of the panels feature work from early in the respective artists’ careers, before the styles they’re most well known for had really coalesced. I guess it’s partly an indication of the fact that for a long time Thor was something of a B-list character more likely to get assigned to fledgling talent than A-listers.

If I couldn’t identify #28, I’d officially be a horrible person. I can only name a few tho. . .

Unfortunately, I haven’t been reading for several decades, so I don’t know most of these. I think I have Deodato, Kirby, and Simonson, but that’s it.

Wow, I think I can spot Deodato, Kirby, Heck, and Frenz, but that’s it.

I don’t think Thor looks scrawny in his first appearance at all. I just think there was a different standard for big in that era. For the longest time Charles Atlas was considered one of the peaks of physical development, yet compared to many of today’s monstrous bodybuilders he seems scrawny. Same with 60s Thor, I just think there was a different standard back then.

Number 15 looks more or less like Jack Kirby.

Taylor Porter

May 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Panel 20 is awesome.

Panel 13 surprised me, because it reminded me of the style of one of my favourite artists, although more in a structural way than a superficial way. A quick Google search confirmed it, although I didn’t know he had ever drawn Thor. And here I thought I was a huge fan.

Hmm, I might just have to make a go of this contest.

The Crazed Spruce

May 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Well, I spotted Simonson, Kirby, Frenz, I think Copileri, Don Heck, and maybe an early Perez. That’s pretty much it.

But who’s that beanpole in #32, and how the hell can he throw Thor’s hammer?

The Crazed Spruce

May 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Okay, on second look, I caught Barry Windsor-Smith, too. (And the one I thought might’ve been Copileri looks a lot more like Mike Deodato than it did at first glance.)

And whoever drew #21 should have his drawing table smashed to itty bitty pieces, as a matter of public safety.

Very, very interesting. 17 gave me fits for the longest time, then I thought about who it LOOKED like. Going with my gut brought me to the answer. Wow, but there are some little-known artists in that pile!

Who the heck is Copileri? And I don’t see Barry Smith anywhere…

I hope the follow-up post is virtually the same as this one but with the names of the artists next to the numbers. That would be nifty. Or, you know, you could stretch this into three posts and make the second post a matching game of sorts with just a list of the correct artists unassigned to a panel. That would be the only way I might get more than a handful correct.

DO NOT POST YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS

Simply E-MAIL ME at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your answers in the comments section) …

Remember, E-MAIL me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do not post your answers in the comments.

Remember, not in the comments. E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. That way everyone is on an equal footing.

Really, do not post in the comments. Just e-mail me your answers. For all this overkill, it took just two comments before someone posted their answers in the comments, so that is why I added the big bold bit at the top (and obviously this sentence).

Finally, do not post your answers in the comments.

It amazes me with all these repeated admonishments not to post answers in the comments, people are still posting answers in the comments.

Maybe you should just close the comments for this post.

well I see.. John Buscema, I think Sal Buscema is there somewhere, Patrick Oliffe, Ron Frenz, obviously Walter Simonson, Mike Deodato, M.C. Wyman, jack Kirby, and then it gets weird, I think there is a Geoff Isherwood somewhere, I am not so sure about George Perez, and also Herb Trimple… but then again I might be wrong…

The God Of Thunder all the way!

HA! One of them is me. Since I only did a hand full of stuff for Marvel I’m the really tough one to guess.

LOVE IT!!!

The Crazed Spruce

May 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

@Gary B. Miller: I spelled the name wrong. I was thinking of Olivier Coipel.

@T.: Don’t know about anyone else, but I figured it was all right as long as we don’t actually say what art we think belongs to what artist.

The Crazed Spruce

May 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

@Gary M Miller: Sorry for getting your middle intlal wrong.

#24 is the one I’m most curious about. I keep thinking it looks like Howard Chaykin, but he never drew Thor (I even double-checked).

people are confusing (25) for Barry Windsor Tudor Stuart Hohenzollern Smith?! I can’t see which else it might be. Kirby and Simonson aside, that’s an awful lot of rubbish. poor Thor.

I want to know who WROTE the dialogue for panel 3. Just a bit out of character.

Boy – that’s some of the worse art I’ve seen collected on one character. It’s amazing Thor is a going concern after some of these artists had a hand destroying Kirby’s legacy.

Most are fairly obvious for me, there are a few that I recognize but can’t pin down and some others (mostly from the 90s, I think) that I’ll probably never get.

And I’m not seeing BWS anywhere.

Man is there some bad art smattered in there between the good art

@MorganEdge – That dialogue was from the period when Eric Masterson had assumed the guise of Thor while the original Thunder God was exiled by Odin. You should see when he tried to make everyone think he was the real Thor by laying on the faux Shakespearean dialogue thick!

@The Crazed Spruce – No worries!

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