Thursday, October 4, 2018

Doctor Fate and Beta Ray Bill



The arrival of Walt Simonson on Thor was very exciting to read.  In those pre-internet days, the only hint of the big changes to come story-wise and artistically was a small half page promotional ad a month or so before the first issue with the new creative team hit the stands.  And what a way to hit - an amazingly powerful cover of an alien in a Thor-like outfit smashing the classic logo with a hammer of his own!  I knew instantly that the status quo was being shaken up and I had to find out more.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beta Ray Bill (real name!) got his costume and hammer in a story involving the REAL "Mighty Thor" and Mjolnir.

Matthew Baugh said...

Simonson + Simonson! This is perfect!

Dale Bagwell said...

Damn, didn't know Simonson drew Dr. Fate. Hell's yeah!
Solid cover Ross.

Cary Comic said...

Interesting villain! It's like N'kantu the Living Mummy got ionized (a la Simon "Wonder Man" Williams). Was he a one-shot anatagonist from the actual issue?

Cary Comic said...

P.S.---for Halloween, how about Straw Man and Brother Power The Geek vs. Marvel Zombie Scarecrow (Ebenezar laughton)?

TJW said...

I remember well when Walt Simonson took over Thor. The story opened with Nick Fury picking up Donald Blake in his car and casually revealing that he knew Dr. Blake's "secret" identity. It felt like a whole new ball game, and it was!

Remember when comics were not done by committee and the thought that an exciting new creator might come along at any time with awesome new story lines and take established characters to new heights? Man, I miss those days!

Thank God we have this site to remind of those times.

Kevin Doolittle said...

From a Doctor Fate one-shot. (Maybe from the "First-Issue Special" series?) I know I read the issue when I was younger.

Brother Kellymatthew Barnes said...

2 Great tastes that taste Great "2gether". It's Key Shooting Time ( say it like Bullet Proof's: It's Crime Fighting Time (from the animated program C.O.P.S.)) combined with The Intergalactic Adventures of BETA RAY BIIIIIIILLLLL!!! Dun-Dun DUn Ba-da-da-da Bump! The first time I read Dr. Fate was in DC Comics Presents teamed up with Superman and I became an immediate fan. I was a Beta Ray Bill Fan from his first appearance & still am.

Cary Comic said...

Thanks, Kevin. :-)

Brother Kellymatthew Barnes said...

Anonymous is it true that you don't forgive and you don't forget? That must be a very lonely existence, if it's true.

Brother Kellymatthew Barnes said...

DocToR FaTe: They'll save the Universe after they walk the Dog. DC Comics more than Superheroes (But we've got them too.).

Cary Comic said...

Well, to be fair, Beta Ray Bill did initially resemble what Logan might have looked like had the High Evolutionary made him from a real wolverine! But, after the resolution of the debut story line, I thought: "Hey! If the DCU Earth can survive with three GL's (Jordan/Gardner/Stewart...at that time), why can't Marvel Earth-616 survive two Thors?"

Bob Greenwade said...

I suddenly have this vision of Thor meeting up with the Fraggles. "Ragnarok at Fraggle Rock!"

This video doesn't help any.

Scott Cummins said...
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Scott Cummins said...

The Doctor Fate image ( and the mummy) are from the Immortal Doctor Fate 3 issue mini-series that collected the back-up stories from the Flash series. My first exposure to Walter Simpson.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the additional info, Scott.

Isaac said...

@Scott: Wow, and here I was thinking those images were from First Issue Special from spring 1975. Marty Pasko was the writer I think. He introduced the Egyptian elements and the lords of order and chaos in the mix. Wonderful concepts that made him stand out from Dr. Strange. And D.C. Being DC sat on this stuff until post crisis. I remember those Flash backup stories. Though Pat Broderick did those.

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