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!

Help the Hero Initiative and Enter to Win Walter Simonson’s New Thor Artist’s Edition From IDW!

UPDATE: The contest is now over. Congratulations, Scott Rowland!

Citizens of the United States in Midgard*! We have an amazing contest to announce: thanks to the worthy folks at IDW Publishing, we have a Walter Simonson’s Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition hardcover, and we’re giving it away as part of a contest to benefit the Hero Initiative!

From IDW: The Walter Simonson’s Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition features seven complete issues of The Mighty Thor (#349-354 and 380—the classic all splash page story). As with all Artist’s Editions, each page of art is scanned from the original, in this case from Simonson’s personal archives.

Check out a preview here!

It measures a mighty 12″ x 17″ and retails for $125, so we decided to use this contest to benefit the Hero Initiative, which helps comic book creators in need. The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since its inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit more than 50 creators and their families with over $950,000 worth of much-needed aid! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Enter by 7/29/17:

  • Make a donation to the Hero Initiative via PayPal at
    HeroAuctions@aol.com ($5 minimum suggested, but even $1 helps). You can also donate by debit or credit card by clicking the yellow Donate button on the Hero Initiative’s site. Make a note that you’re entering a Thor drawing when you make your payment!
  • Forward your donation confirmation via email to thelightningandthestorm@gmail.com by 11:59 pm PST 7/29/17.
  • Extra credit! Follow us on Twitter and retweet our contest tweet to help spread the word–and to get one extra contest entry (maximum of one extra entry per person, regardless of the number of retweets)! If you take this step, please remember to include your Twitter handle when you forward your donation confirmation. Also, consider following IDW, they’re awesome people!
  • We’ll be selecting one winner at random 7/30/17 and notifying said winner via email.

We’re super excited about this contest and hope you are, too! Please help us spread the word!

The Fine Print

Enter to win by following the above directions by 7/29/17 at 11:59 pm PST.
You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
You must be a US resident to enter.
The winning entry will be chosen at random by the judges at The Lightning & the Storm, whose decision is WORTHY.
The winner will be selected on 7/30/17 and notified by email that day.
Entry constitutes agreement by the winner to be publicized and permission to use each winner’s first name for the purposes of promotion of the Contest without further compensation.
Contest void where prohibited.
Odds of winning dependent on number of entrants.


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.