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Subj: Re: New banner! WALT SIMONSON - What was so great about him?
Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 at 03:49:21 am EST (Viewed 237 times)
Reply Subj: New banner! WALT SIMONSON - What was so great about him?
Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 at 03:11:09 pm EST (Viewed 302 times)

    I actually dropped Thor when he took over. I don't like his art nor his stories. What's the appeal?

    I know people liked seeing ancient mythic elements like the goat-chariot. I didn't. Goats are silly. I think people liked his costume designs, which I did too. I think his stories were more magical and less scientific, right? Was this a draw?

Well, there's no arguing about taste, even if it is as weird as yours! ;\-\)

I took a while to get used to his style, but I then loved his run on Thor. That he introduced some things from mythology - like Odin's father and grandfather for instance - was nice, but what mattered was that he pulled it off with flair, making e.g. a chariot pulled by two goats look cool.

But he also did not neglect the already established parts of the Marvel Asgardian mythos. He made me care about Balder (an Asgardian from the myths) and about Skurge (Lee/Kirby creation). He also caused quite a few belly-laughs in me, but in a feel-good kind of way, e.g. in his treatment of Volstagg (whom he gave his big happy family) and in the at first glance bizarre Frog of Thunder arc.

I also loved Walt Simonson's work on other projects, for instance on the X-Men/New Teen Titans crossover, and since I'm a fan of Rogue Uncanny X-Men #171 will always hold a special place in my heart. But his best work may actually have been his collaboration with his wife Louise on X-Factor. That series had been such an utter trainwreck since its inception, but those two managed to largely salvage it and make it a must-read that thanks to Walt's artwork was visually exciting.

Oh yes: And he also has one of the coolest signatures of superhero artist (that dinosaur look).

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