The Mighty Colours Of Walt Simonson’s Thor Omnibus

Many are anticipating the release of the Thor By Walt Simonson Omnibus, collecting as it does Thor #337-355, #357-369, #371-382; Balder the Brave #1-4 in 1192 pages of oversized recoloured glory, Marvel’s biggest to date.

Especially the Brits who were able to pre-order copies for £22.

Anyway, Walt Simonson has a few preview recoloured pages from the volume with some personal commentary ahead of its release, which he allowed Bleeding Cool to share.

Thor 340 Splash Page. 10 x 15. 1983.

Color by Olyoptics.

As pretty much everybody hereabouts knows by now, Marvel Comics is reissuing my run on Thor from the 80s in an Omnibus volume, with new coloring by Steve Oliff and his crew.

Marvel has been kind enough to let me see some of the pages and post this one for your delectation. I, for one, am delighted by what I have seen.

Thor 353. Page 2 and 3.

And the next to last word balloon of the page is one of my personal favorites. <g>

What a smart-ass! <vbg>

Thor 380. Pages 2 & 3.

A double page spread so it’s a little small here, but still looks pretty cool. IMHO.

Probably the trickiest part of drawing this issue of Thor was managing the problem of scale. I always seem to be giving myself stories to draw matchng foes of rather different sizes, so I’m always wrestling with that problem…. How do you show enough of the big guy without making the little guy so small as to be invisible? Or the little guy big enough so that you still see more than the tip of the big guy’s shoe, metaphorically speaking. That’s one of several reasons I eventually decided to draw this issue as I did, as a series of splash pages. It gave me more room to maneuver, particularly when the bad guy was big enough to encircle the world and the good guy was the size of a man.

Remind me to quit doing that.

Thor Omnibus Cover, round 1.

Color by Dave Stewart.

This drawing was done a couple of years back as part of a benefit and then used on the cover of Liberty Comics No 1, the second printing, to benefit the Legal Defense Fund. Dave colored it for that cover.

Thor Omnibus Cover, round 2. 1984.

Color by Olyoptics.

This was the cover for Thor 350, recolored by Steve Oliff.

All art copyright Marvel Entertainment.