He Stood Alone at Gjallerbru

SkurgeThe finest “holding the pass” scene ever written lies in a relatively obscure issue deep in the celebrated Walt Simonson run on The Mighty Thor.

It doesn’t matter how many times I read it, this moment¬†brings me to tears. Over the years I’ve checked the value of the individual issue and I’ve always been stunned that it’s not a collector’s item. It’s just strikingly¬†good. You talk to anyone who’s read it and I’ll bet their reaction is nearly identical to my own.

Visit here, at scans_daily, for a great recap of the lead-up and the incredible denouement. You miss a little, but you’ll get the gist, and I think you’ll still feel the power.

4 Comments on “He Stood Alone at Gjallerbru

  1. I read that issue when I was a kid, and spent ages trying to track it down as an adult, with really no memory of it aside from a comic involving Thor and M-16s and skeleton men. FINALLY I found it, and bought a copy on Amazon (cheaply, as you noted).

    Wow, yeah – it is a GREAT moment. For something so buried in the annals of comic book history to be so badass and moving, that’s incredible. Great to see it getting some attention here.

  2. Hey Jack,

    Your note inspired the subject of today’s entire post!

  3. This issue, alone, but with family historical lineage, convinced me to enlist in the Army Airborne Infantry. 30 years later….Tier 2 wounded/medically retired…I still strive to be “he (who) stood alone at Gjallbru”

    • First, thank you for your service.

      Oddly enough, I’ve been reading a score of books on the Airborne Infantry in the last few weeks. I have a lot of respect for you and what you must have gone through.

      I’m not surprised that this comic inspired you. It’s heroically inspiring.

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