Just in time for 2011’s THOR movie, we’ll be getting a direct-to-DVD animated feature about the thunder god’s wonder years.
Marvel Animation’s Josh Fine recently talked to Comics Continuum about the project, titled TALES OF ASGARD, saying it would be largely based on the ’04 maxi SON OF ASGARD. The story’s about a teenage Thor going on his first adventure with his brother Loki in Asgard - - obviously before the two became bitter, blistering, belligerent enemies. Don’t expect much magic hammer-spinning in this, though. Continuity-wise, the story also takes place before Thor’s earned the right to wield Mjolnir.
I missed SON OF ASGARD, the series by Akira Yoshida and Greg Tocchini, when it first came out. Did any of you maniacs in the Comic Vine community read it? Judging by the covers, it looks to have some rousing sword and sorcery - - something none-too-easily reconciled with Marvel’s intention to produce a more scientifically-rooted Viking mythology.
As an aside, I’ll mention that the first thing that popped into my head when I heard about this was the theme song to the 60’s Marvel cartoon. Remember those? The original motion comics? They re-used art straight from the comics at the time for some very, very limited animation, but by Odin… did those cartoons have some infectious jingles. It’s literally been years since I’ve watched any of them, but their theme songs haunt my brain more persistently than any phantom, specter or goblin.
I’ll take a cue from THE RING here and expose you to this haunted tape so you, too, can be just as haunted as I am.
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.