Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Week 25 Years in the Making!

Thor movie week!

This week is dedicated to Thor, the god of thunder. Well, to the Marvel Comics version of him anyway. I will post nothing this week that isn't at least tangentially related to Thor.

Today: How Thor got me through middle school English.

Thor, the Norse god, the mighty warrior who was worshiped by the Vikings spoke Jacobian English, how odd. When studying Norse mythology during my early teenage years in middle school I was tasked with writing a paper on the gods.

Take that, jewel thieves!
So, I picked out a few choice Marvel Comics and shared how Thor lived amongst the inhabitants of Midgard, as their champion. How he slew demons and frost giants and did battle with the world encircling serpent. How he joined forces with Spider-Man to stop some jewel thieves... Wait, was that a tale from old - or from Marvel Team-Up, issue 148?

I jest, but the truth of the matter is that I really did glean just enough actual Norse mythology from my collection of Thor back issues to fool my English teacher and get an excellent grade.

5 comments:

Rogue Mutt said...

Dang, I should have more read comics, then I would have done better in school!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Three more days!!!!
And I read a scary amount of comics when I was young...

Andrew Leon said...

You know, Marvel comics had lots of great info in them. There were tons of things that, at the very least, I became interested in due to Marvel. So... I have midnight tickets to Thor on Thursday.

Rusty Webb said...

Rogue - Yes, comics not only teach life lessons, but school lessons as well.

Alex - I had a pretty impressive comic collection when I was young too. I think I was raised by them.

Andrew - Yes, I think Marvel comics were a gateway drug to all sorts of sci fi and fantasy. I encourage all kids to read them... although at a close to 5 dollars a piece they seem a bit high when compared to the 35 cents I paid when I first started. It's cheaper to get a netflix membership than buy a couple of comics.

Andrew Leon said...

They were 65 cents when I started collecting for real, so you got in a little earlier than me. I spent a number of years working in various areas of comic retail, also, so I have way, way too many comics, now. I haven't collected, though, in about 8 years or so. They were running $3/piece, at the time which was way too much. It's actually too bad, because the comic industry isn't really about making comics, anymore. In effect, the comic books are just a marketing tool for the movies.