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Vidar

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Norvell

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Subj: Re: How does everyone feel about the return of Donald Blake?
Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 at 09:37:31 am CDT (Viewed 145 times)
Reply Subj: Re: How does everyone feel about the return of Donald Blake?
Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 at 08:30:52 am CDT (Viewed 161 times)



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      Dan Jurgens also created Jake Olson and Walt created Siguard Jarlson. These are writers who, probably for the same reasons as Stan though a character as galaxy-spanning as Thor needed balancing with some down to earth, human drama.



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    Sigurd Jarlson was simply a costume change, a la Clark Kent or Harry Cleese.


Yes, but it’s still a ‘human’ persona is my point. It allows the writer to introduce human elements into Thor’s narrative e.g the construction boss and Thor doing the washing up. In that way, it’s no different. You’ll remember too that ‘Clarke’ even makes a brief cameo.


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    Simonson more or less wrapped up the human identity. Although Siguard did lead to Eric Masterson under DeFalco, since they worked at the same construction site.


By introducing Thor’s alter ego SJ as simply Thor with a ponytail and glasses he actually did the opposite, opening the door to DeFalco’s Eric. Yes, Walt’s take was different, but the narrative imperative for a human version of Thor continued more so because of Sigaurd.


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    I fear that based on Cates' propensity for weaving multiple story elements into something relating to *his* larger storyline, Donald Blake and Thor's very origin will become irrevocably linked to Cates and his corner of continuity.


I think it’s unrealistic, in 2020 to expect anything less than writers imposing their own reinventions on the characters. We know you do t like Cates, we get that. But It’s how they do this that’s important and where we disagree. Continuity has long gone. It’s homage now. If that homage is authentic it’s got my vote.


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    This is different than Oeming or Walt or Stan Lee, who were trying to close down these threads, not unravel them. And where goes the thread, so goes the sweater.


Seriously? When writers like Roy Thomas, probably the second most significant Marvel (non Artist) individual after Stan can’t make his mind up, there’s nothing to ‘unravel’. Blake’s legacy, if you can call it that has never been closed. It’s the same as Vision’s origin, or Kang’s history. There have been numerous takes but nothing definitive. In that respect Blake is fair game.




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