Back in the ’90s, it seemed like every hero got a new costume at one point or another. From the black armored Daredevil costume, to feral Wolverine, to Superman’s electric blue phase, superhero comics were constantly trying to reinvent the look of their heroes to spike sales. Case in point, the June 1991 issue of Thor #433. Thanks to the newly released Thor Epic Collection: The Black Galaxy I came across the origin of the new costume. In it, we learn Eric Masterson is now the new Thor after living a dual life with him in the same body. Now split off as Thor, the hero speaks like an average American and no longer talks like he’s out of a Greek play.
After his first battle, Erik realizes he needs to get a new helmet after damaging the old one. He finds an old helmet but decides to use his artistic skills to get his new costume in order.
Later, at the costume store…
Seriously, check out that Batman logo. Thor could have gone really different with his new look! Anyway, he shows up on this rainy night to pick up the new costume.
It’s nice to see Erik is aware a physically fit body is a nice thing to have. Once he suits up we get to see it in the flesh and in battle where he tells the super-cop team Code Blue…
However cool the helmet and beard are, you have to admit it’s shockingly similar to what Thor was wearing in previous issues! I guess it’s blacker and there are less round metal bits on it. The boots are different too! Regardless, this new Thor is pretty boss considering he’ll blast baddies with a machine gun to speed up the crime-fighting process.
What say you, reader? Is this a good look, nay, the best look Thor has ever worn? Sound off in the comments.
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