The Problem with Donald Blake

#1 Edited by Deadcool (6810 posts) - - Show Bio

 Donald Blake is THOR!

  Originally when Thor first appeared he was Donald Blake, not Thor, and all the comic book issues were about him rescuing people with the powers of the Mighty Thor; then it was about Thor and after a while Donald Blake became just an illusion to teach Thor humility, and he was replaced by Eric Masterson; then after the Ragnarok Donald Blake returned, but now he is no longer Thor, now they are different people with the same body with JMS the comics were about Donald Blake and Thor rescuing people around the world, but the other writers who continued seem to ignore the existence of Donald Blake, he rarely appears or do something, so here comes the question:

 Who is Thor?
What is the problem with Donald Blake?

Is the concept of the character that difficult to use, or is the fact that he seems distant to Asgard...

For me Donald Blake is the connection of Thor to the rest of the mortals, he makes the character better, without Donald Blake, Thor is just a character randomly taken from the Norse Mythology, he is what makes the character interesting.

  So, why do you think that almost no one use him properly in a story?

#2 Posted by SC (13077 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool thread! I am fascinated by Blake as well. Its almost like he had potential to be Dr House before Dr House was Dr House. I actually had this idea for an Exiles team right? Dr Donald Blake would be one of the characters on the team, and so Thor would be as well, but the crux of the situation, would be that for 60 seconds Donald Blake could turn into Thor =p 
 
So mainly he is forced to be Donald Blake in most of the stories. He'd also be a bit dysfunctional and anxious (but sincerely caring and ethical) just in ways that aren't apparent to others) but uhm yeah, basically more panel/story time for the character. 

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#3 Posted by Deadcool (6810 posts) - - Show Bio
@SC said:
Cool thread! I am fascinated by Blake as well. Its almost like he had potential to be Dr House before Dr House was Dr House.
And both, Blake and House, were created the lame leg to have humilty... but he is more much like Wilson.

I actually had this idea for an Exiles team right? Dr Donald Blake would be one of the characters on the team, and so Thor would be as well, but the crux of the situation, would be that for 60 seconds Donald Blake could turn into Thor =p  So mainly he is forced to be Donald Blake in most of the stories. He'd also be a bit dysfunctional and anxious (but sincerely caring and ethical) just in ways that aren't apparent to others) but uhm yeah, basically more panel/story time for the character. 

But Hank is already the doctor of the team, lol, I like your idea hahah...
That is what I liked about JMS`s run with Thor, Don had an important role in every issue, now with Fraction he rarely appears...
#4 Edited by 04nbod (174 posts) - - Show Bio

Writers want to write massive stories. and forget that Thor must be grounded to Earth as an integral part of his character. Donald is Thor's life. Writers tend to go so big they forget that. Donald is everyday existence for Thor. Donald isn't a problem, the writers are the problem. They are so busy doing Odin vs Galactus or Asgard vs the World Eaters Thor's life on Earth gets lost. Thor needs to be tied to Earth more.

#5 Posted by Deadcool (6810 posts) - - Show Bio

@04nbod: Wow, I thought that no one else posted in this thread, thanks for posting...

And I also think that is the problem, he has a lot of stories that involves Thor leaving the earth, fighting in space...

#6 Posted by vidarrodinson (137 posts) - - Show Bio

Actually, the enchantment for the transformation was switched by Odin to Beta Ray Bill.  Thor could no longer change back to Donald Blake.  This was during the Simonson run.  He used a alias as a construction worker
Singard Jarlson or something like it.  I was suprised to see them bring him back that way from his demise.  This was a old Marvel No Prize. 

#7 Posted by Deadcool (6810 posts) - - Show Bio

@vidarrodinson: well, Donald Blake is better... lol

#8 Posted by 04nbod (174 posts) - - Show Bio

@vidarrodinson: Going by the age of Franklin Richards though (as I always do for the MU timeline), the Donald persona hasn't been gone that long in Thor's life. At most it might be five years but I'd say less.

#9 Posted by THORSON (2384 posts) - - Show Bio

i hate how if he is without his hammer for a moment he turns back to blake. kinda lame in my opinion.

#10 Posted by 04nbod (174 posts) - - Show Bio

@THORSON: On the contrary, I think the reason Thor seems to get beaten disproportionately these days is because he is missing that weakness.

#11 Posted by Decoy Elite (30041 posts) - - Show Bio

Marvel 1602 handled the whole Blake/Thor situation really interestingly. Wish more comics looked into their relationship.

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