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Dana P.

Subj: Thor #34. Dan Jurgen's take on it.
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 at 02:53:40 pm CST
Reply Subj: Re: Too bad Simonson never depicted a Thor VS Hulk battle.
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 at 03:59:54 pm CST

If anyone is interested, here is Dan Jurgen's take on Thor #34 (the first half of his battle with Gladiator) via e-mail. And with his permission, I posted the response at SHC(ICT). This is my first time posting it here:

"The key, in part, occurs a few pages earlier. When Amanda fled the Gladiator it clearly takes her awhile to run the distance she does. Shall we say one minute? Remember the nature of comics is that all time between panels is not equal.

The Gladiator kicks the hammer away and in multiple panels, it flies to LaGuardia. Keep in mind that MULTIPLE PANEL ACTION IN COMICS SLOWS DOWN THE PASSAGE OF TIME. That's very important here. It's a visual device that is our version of focused slow motion. If it was cinema, the hammer flying over the city and landing at the airport would take some extended time.

We cut back to the fight. AFTER the hammer lands--we can assume there was fight going on in the meantime that we didn't see-- Gladiator nails Thor, sending him flying.

We cut to Amanda, quite a distance away. She's running. Thor comes down and crashes into the van. We can assume it takes her a short period of time to approach and actually open the doors to the van. Is it a bit of a cheat? Perhaps....but it happens all the time in comics and is necessary in 22 pages. Every writer does it virtually every month. Had she opened the door two seconds earlier, Thor would have been inside. Doing so when she did revealed Jake."