I was mucking about with the collection today when I started flipping through the old "The Mighty Thor" from the 1980s'. Walt Simonson's run.
From the hard-core Thor fans I have spoken to, Simonson's run is considered the quintessential Thor run for his characterizations, his storytelling, his research into Norse myth and his ability to blend the Midgard and Asgard halves of Thors life so well. As this was the only Thor run I had read, I had to agree.
I confess, being more of an X-Freak, I did not get back into Thor until just recently when they started the new title with J.Michael Straczynski. While his pacing is slow, he too seems to be able to blend Earth and Asgard elements well (granted, he has a much easier time of it with Asgard floating a couple hundred feet off Oklahoma than Simonson did), and he has gotten very metaphysical with the storylines at the moment, but I am getting a similar "vibe" that I did back in the 1980's. I especially like the fact that JMS seems to be making a call for heroes to get back to being heroes.
Do any Thor fans have any opinions on the two runs or want to recommend other's writers runs on Thor?