Saturday, May 16, 2015

Spider-Man and The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents



I have to admit that I have not read any T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents comics, but it is a team that has always intrigued me.  They seem to be very much in the classic DC mold and many talented creators such as Wally Wood have contributed to their tales.  The have had a handful of revivals over the years and the latest one looks pretty interesting from the artwork and covers that I have seen.  I'll definitely have to check them out one of these days, I'm just not sure whether to start with the new stuff or the old stuff.

11 comments:

AirDave said...

So, Asa Butterfield could be the next Spider-Man...Hopefully this third time will be the charm. I've never read any THUNDER Agents either. Google and Wikipedia may prove helpful...

Cool cover!

David Welsh said...

Start with the originals. Wally Wood created it and his art and Gil Kane's are at their peak.

Chris said...

Definitely start with the originals. The updated series feom a few years ago would be an excellent follow-up.

-> Ray said...

The original ower Comics run was great. Of the revivals, I always preferred the one from JC Comics (2 issues, plus a third published in Archie's Blue Ribbon Comics) over the Deluxe Comics issues... although the art from Dave Cockrum and Jerry Ordway was very nice in that run.

ELS said...

Truth be told, the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents were actually a lot more in the Marvel mold - or at least they tried to be. They sort of made it... they had a fairly good run in the 60s. If you can find reprints, or lay hands on some of those old books, they're worth a few bucks a pop and good entertainment.

Anonymous said...

Well, you must have done some background research. But, this team-up is the most fitting of all! Seeing as how one of T.H.U.N.D.E.R.'s recurring enemies was the subversive group acronymically called...S.P.I.D.E.R.

Dan Angelo said...

I strongly recommend the short-lived WALLY WOOD'S T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS with art by George Perez, Gil Kane, Dave Cockrum, Keith Giffen, etc.

Jim Ryan said...

Out of curiosity, where did that "spider" come from? You know, the one with eight legs... and three body segments and antennae?

Okay, who took an ant, threw two more legs on it, and tried to call it a spider...?

Anonymous said...

@ Jim-Ryan:

Maybe it was genetically engineered by T.H.U.N.D.E.R.'s other arch-enemy. The Subterraneans!

Jeff Nettleton said...

THUNDER Agents was an excellent series; definitely more Marvel than DC, though very original, in execution. Fantastic art from Wally Wood, Gil Kane, George Tuska, Mike Sekowsky and more.

I found the Deluxe Comics Wally Wood's THUNDER Agents to be better than the JC Comics stuff, and, the one issue of Omni Comix (#3) to be the promising start of an unfinished epic story. Haven't seen the more recent stuff.

I met Gil Kane at a convention and got him to sign a copy of an issue, where he had done th cover. he was tickled pink, as he hadn't seen one in years. Unfortunately, my copy of the issue where he did a Raven story was at home. That was one of his best THUNDER Agents stories.

The Dynamo solo comics were even more fun, with Len brown portrayed as a bit of a moron. Great riff on Terry & the Pirates, with the attraction between he and Iron Maiden.

Anonymous said...

I believe the original cover was from Thunder Agents #13. That was the very first Thunder Agents book I saw on the stands. I never saw another one until #20, which was the last issue. I eventually went on to collect the whole series through back issue shops. Thunder Agents was a great series. How about also doing a cover with Undersea Agent -- maybe teamed with Aquaman or Sub-Mariner (or the two vs a mind controlled Sub-Mariner? Undersea Agent also had a character in the last two issues called Merman. Maybe all four of them can be on the cover together.

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