On Marvel Comics’ New Thunderstrike

I mentioned recently, when looking at some Thor comics reading, that Marvel Comics was bringing back early-90s Thor spin-off character Thunderstrike in a new series by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz.

Eric Masterson, an architect and single father, was, for a time, Thor. Then he became separated from Thor and Thor became Thor again (no, I’m not clear on the details, I wasn’t reading Thor at that time), and Masterson went on to have his own super-heroic career as Thunderstrike, wielding the power of the enchanted mace Thunderstrike. At the end of Thunderstrike’s solo series, Thunderstrike died in battle against one of his greatest foes. (Thank you, Wikipedia.)

Marvel Comics released this teaser image yesterday:

Who is that looking at the Thunderstrike mace? To me, the haircut looks youthful. Could it be Eric Masterson’s son Kevin? Could Marvel being doing a Captain Marvel-like thing with the character and concept, with Kevin bearing the power of Thunderstrike?

I expect Marvel to throw a lot of Thor at the wall over the next nine months, between now and the debut of Kenneth Branagh’s film, to take advantage of the marketing moment.

And does this put us one step closer to Thor getting the band back together? I mean, the revival of the Thor Corps? (Again, another early-90s Marvel series I didn’t read, but the name sounds cool. It just rolls off the tongue like a giant rolling thing.)

Thunderstrike! I didn’t read the first series, but even I’m getting excited.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

2 thoughts on “On Marvel Comics’ New Thunderstrike

  1. It seems to me that with Thunderstrike you either love him or you hate him. A lot of hard core Thor fan boys seem not to want him back. As if there should only be one Thor and no look alikes.

    I didn’t mind “strike” and thought his team up with other members of the Thor Corps was great.

    If you get a chance check out some of my Marvel (mainly Thor) fan fiction. Just scroll down below my author profile and you will see over 40 fan fiction stories here:


    Maybe also check out my new novella. Only just released as an e-book on Xlibris and also now available in Kindle edition on Amazon:



  2. I will take a look at some of your Thor fanfic. Thanks!

    Y’know, the more I say “Thor Corps,” the more ideas I get for getting that band back together. 🙂

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