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Thor! The Magazine!

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When I was a kid, I remember reading novelizations of movies. In particular, I loved the novelization of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, because there was a lot of stuff explained that I never realized were plot holes (sort of) in the movie. Like when Indy is wading through that crypt, how does the grail diary in his pocket stay dry? Because his pockets were leather lined.

Okay, so that's not a perfect explanation.

But, if there had been an Indiana Jones magazine, you can be sure I would have subscribed to it. Even if it was a one-time, 100 page deal.

Disney publishing has put out a 96-page "Special Interest Publication" called Official Movie Special: Thor. It includes stuff like interviews with the cast and Kenneth Branagh, quizzes, games, concept art from the movie, excerpts from Thor’s comic history, poster inserts, and a comic book story written by Fred Van Lente and drawn by Ron Lim. It's basically your standard movie merchandising "tat," aimed at kids. They claim it's "all-ages," but I see this sort of thing entertaining little kids more than myself.

That is to say, I don't see any half naked photos of Chris Hemsworth, so I don't really think they're aiming this publication at the 30-something female crowd.

While the "Get to know your Thor Lore!" stuff is fun, as Laura has pointed out, it's a shame that there's no Thor comic aimed at kids anymore. Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee's "one and done" all-ages Thor series Thor: The Mighty Avenger was cancelled just a few months ago, before it could benefit from the release of the film. Perhaps Marvel felt they couldn't justify the expense of publishing the book for a few more months until the movie came out, in the hopes of improving its dwindling sales numbers.

Whatever the case, plenty of people were upset about its cancellation, and plenty more are hoping for the comic to return one day. So, if you or your kids have just discovered Thor, this magazine looks like a lot of fun. But maybe check out Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Volume 1, too. And then tell Marvel all about how you'd like it brought back.

Update: Forgot to include this:

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"Really Mary Jane? In front of Peter."
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