Episode 14: A Conversation With Walter Simonson

BEHOLD: Miles and Elisabeth interview WALTER SIMONSON HIMSELF! The origins of Beta Ray Bill! Mythology mash-ups! Working for Marvel in the 80s! What might have come next! And his new series, Ragnarok!

We Have a Winner for Our Hero Initiative Contest!

Hey everyone! We have a winner for our contest benefiting the Hero Initiative: Scott Rowland is now the proud owner of a Walter Simonson’s Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition hardcover from IDW Publishing!

We want to thank everyone who donated to the Hero Initiative, a fantastic organization that helps comic creators who need medical care, financial support, and paying work, as well as everyone who shared our contest! Huge thanks to IDW Publishing, too.

We’ll be lugging this mighty 12″ x 17″ tome to the post office this week, and Scott will soon enjoy the experience of viewing seven complete issues of The Mighty Thor (#349-354 and 380—the classic all splash page story) scanned from Walter Simonson’s original pages!

As you probably know, we posted the final episode of our 13-episode podcast this week. It’s been an honor and a privilege to delve into Walter Simonson’s epic 1980s run of The Mighty Thor, and we hope it’s something both new and die-hard fans enjoy for years to come. Listen to it from the beginning here, and don’t forget to review us on iTunes!


Episode 13: Would You Know More?

BEHOLD: Thor #379-382! With our hero at his weakest, Thor’s foes come calling! Thor and the Midgard Serpent battle in a clash out of legend! And with all lost, who shall stop Hela and save Asgard?

Episode 12: Asgardian Steel

BEHOLD: Thor #375-378! Hela calls down her dark vengeance! Thor forges armor most mighty! And as Asgard falls prey to dark magicks, who shall stand between the golden city and the fierce frost giants?

Episode 11: The Zaniac Lives / The Mutant Massacre

BEHOLD: Thor #371-374! Justice Peace travels back in time to stop Zaniac – and save Jane Foster! Sigurd Jarlson finds love and acceptance! And underground, Thor faces the Marauders to save X-Factor!

Episode 10: Once Upon a Time

BEHOLD: Thor #367-369! King Balder is slain – or is he? Thor visits a fairy-tale castle that is not what it seems… And wicked magicks cannot stand against brotherhood and valor!

Episode 9: Balder the Brave

BEHOLD: Balder the Brave #1-4! Balder rides forth to Hel and returns to a fallen Nornheim! Karnilla’s iron will is not easily broken! And in Jotunheim, the frost giants plan their invasion of Asgard!

Episode 8: Of Frogs and Men

BEHOLD: Thor #363-366! Thor, Beta Ray Bill, and the Power Pack face Kurse’s rage! Thor becomes a frog – but is no less a hero! And in Asgard, Odin’s successor is chosen in a manner most unexpected!

Episode 7: The Executioner’s Last Stand

BEHOLD: Thor #360-362! The Einherjar charge into Hel to keep an oath long promised! Hela and Thor grapple for mortal souls – and Thor’s own! And on the Bridge of Gjallerbru… Skurge stands alone.

Greetings, Geek & Sundry Readers!

The Lightning and the Storm Thor Walter Simonson PodcastKRAKADOOM! Truly, we are thrilled and honored to have been interviewed by Geek & Sundry – the questions posed by Tom Pinchuk were worthy in the extreme, and we had a fantastic time talking Thor comics with him.

If you’re new to The Lightning and the Storm, you may have a few questions. Who are we? Where should you start listening? Is there really such a thing as Frog Thor?

Who we are:
We are Miles Stokes of Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men and Elisabeth Allie of GeekCraft Expo, and The Lightning and the Storm is our 13-episode love letter to Walter Simonson’s epic 1980s run of The Mighty Thor. Listen to our podcast for commentary, epic dramatizations of key scenes, and our picks for things like the Hel’s Haberdashery Award (best Asgardian headgear)!

Where you should start listening:
You can start with Episode 1: The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill, which covers the first four issues of Walter Simonson’s run. We also have a “zero issue” episode available to IndieGogo supporters of $5 or more, which features the two non-Walter Simonson fill-in issues that take place later in the run. It’s actually the first episode we ever recorded, so it’s a little looser (and has a different intro song) than our regular episodes. Like what you hear? We encourage you to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and elsewhere – and rate and review us so other folks can find us!

Is there really such a thing as Frog Thor?
Boy howdy, yes there is:

Frog Thor Walter SimonsonAnd we’ll be getting to that part of Walter Simonson’s run in just a couple of weeks!

Other places to find us
Feel free to join us on social media to talk about comics, Thor, or whatever else you’re into. We’re on Twitter at @thelightningand, on Facebook, and on Tumblr!

Thank you for visiting our site. This has been, and shall ever be: The Lightning and the Storm!