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Thor #235: Review

May 1975
Gerry Conway, John Buscema

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Who Lurks Beyond the Labyrinth!

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4 stars

Thor #235 Review by (August 9, 2023)

Review: A better issue than the last. The Absorbing Man is also an exciting villain, especially back when we could anticipate what ruse Thor or Hulk could come up with (Hulk usually accidentally) to defeat him. And the Kamo-Tharnn subplot is even better, a nasty old man who can beat up Hercules is another selling point. Of course, this appeals to those readers for whom sheer strength is the greatest thrill i.e. kids. In a better world, Sif could have devised a means of persuading or gaslighting the creepy old man into handing over the staff and as we will see next issue, Crusher Creel cannot be defeated by strength alone. Moralizing over, let’s go read another comic book!   

Comments: Part four of five parts. Deceptive cover: Thor does not face Kamo-Tharnn as he is quite busy in New York City. First appearance of Kamo Tharnn or Kamo-Tharnn or Kamo-Tharn; the hyphen and the second N are quite fluid. Hercules returns to the realm of Kamo-Tharn in CHAMPIONS #12-13. Absorbing Man last faced Thor in issues #206-207. Thor claims that the monster he fought in issues #230-231 was named Fear, which name did not appear in those issues (and it was issues #229-230 to get picky). The letters page includes one by future Marvel artist Dave Simons.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #235 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor stands atop a New York building in a thunderstorm, agonizing over the dying Jane Foster and, in a fit of anger and frustration, smashes the building’s cornice. He sees the large chunks of rubble falling toward pedestrians below and sends out Mjolnir which clears the stones out of the way before returning to his hand. Upset, Thor heads back to the hospital, unaware that he is being watched. Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man, is plotting his revenge against the Thunder God. Then a kid runs into him and Creel instinctively grabs him but a menacing crowd causes him to apologize so as not to bring attention to himself….

At the hospital, Thor finds the Grand Vizier watching over the comatose Jane Foster; the Vizier tells him that she has somehow lost the will to live. Reluctantly, the Vizier tells Thor of Sif’s and Hercules’ quest to find the Runestaff of Kamo-Tharnn…

…as we see Sif and Herc on the planet Rus, walking through a desolate city, approaching the palace of Kamo-Tharnn. Suddenly, Kamo-Tharnn unleashes his ape-like subjects on them. The two heroes fight them off easily and K-T transports them to his decaying palace to see he is a blind and decrepit old man. Herc attacks him but K-T uses the Runestaff to strike Hercules deaf.   Sif pleads with him on behalf of the dying Jane Foster but K-T is cold to such sentiment. The power of the Runestaff cost him his sight and cost his citizens their lives so it is for him alone. Deciding they must take the staff by force, they fight the blind madman….

As Thor stands in Jane’s hospital room, the Absorbing Man, disguised as a staff member, creeps in behind him and touches Mjolnir. Imbued with the power of Uru, Creel attacks Thor, smashing their way through the hospital’s corridors….

Pinned down by the rays from the Runestaff, Hercules marshals his strength, stands up, and clobbers Kamo-Tharnn. They take the staff and teleport back to the hospital which they find in a shambles. As Thor and Crusher Creel are now out in the street, continuing their battle, Sif takes the Staff and begins the Spell of Revival….

Preview Pages
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John Buscema
Joe Sinnott
Petra Goldberg
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: John Costanza.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man

(Crusher Creel)


Plus: Kamo-Tharnn.

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