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 ($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 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.