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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Rather than tap the obvious Nordic tradition for the character of Thor, Millar offers readers of "The Ultimates" a surprise twist by grounding the character in the life of another foundational religious figure noted for his social activism.

Mark Millar’s re-envisioning of the Avengers in the Ultimate Universe provided the Ultimates—a super team with revamped icons like Captain America, Iron Man and our favorite Norse God of Thunder, Thor.

Millar maintained the Norse roots of the character, even having Loki act as a main antagonist of the series. However, this isn’t your father’s Thor—or even your great-great-great grandfather, assuming he was part of some early Germanic tribe. Gone is the accent, the recognition and even the credibility of being a Norse god. What was added was a heavy dose of Jesus Christ. Millar has admitted to crafting Thor’s narrative as a Christ-like tale—a man who is said to be a god but questioned by many. He proves his good will and heroism, but is constantly scorned by those who don’t understand or wish to destroy him.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010
It has been a long-term romance between Marvel and Norse mythology, one that began in 1962, with the publication of Thor.

In 1962, Journey into Mystery #83 wasn’t the debut of a hero that was bombarded by cosmic rays—or even gamma rays. This new hero wasn’t bitten by some radioactive spider or simply born with powers that implicate an evolution of the human species.

This hero was a god. Specifically, he was a Norse god.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Nine years on, and Smallville has shed its history as a Dawson's Creek clone like an unwanted skin, and is now ready to fly...

It’s almost time for a full-on celebration of all things Smallville as it ends its ninth season and has already been greenlighted for its tenth. While the show began as a the Dawson’s Creek of DC Superhero adaptations, it has emerged, in the eyes of this writer, as the most legit adaptation of the Man of Steel since Superman: The Motion Picture.

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Monday, May 10, 2010
"Thriller was the first television program to discover the goldmine in those back issues of Weird Tales," Stephen King writes in Danse Macabre.
Boris Karloff before…

Boris Karloff before…

Stephen King wrote that “probably the best horror series ever put on TV was Thriller, which ran on NBC from September of 1960 until the summer of 1962—really only two seasons plus reruns.”

A horror-anthology show in the style of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, Thriller featured horror movie icon Boris Karloff as the host and occasional star.

Thriller was the first television program to discover the goldmine in those back issues of Weird Tales,” King writes in Danse Macabre.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Space God Archaeology: John Romita Jr. defines the visual genre of "The Eternals" just as Jack Kirby did a generation ago.

In this edition of his regular segment on the correspondence between comics and religion, Andy Smith examines that classic creation of industry great Jack Kirby, ‘The Eternals’.

With as much ideological diversity as our own planet may contain, the Marvel Universe has acknowledged thousands more religions since its inception. Even more so than acknowledging them, Marvel has even connected fictional religions to pre-existing ones.

Perhaps one of the more iconic Marvel religions is that of the Eternals. Devised by Jack Kirby, fresh off his New Gods creation and during an apparent religion kick in the ‘70s, the Eternals were a race born from the Celestials.

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