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    Happy Birthday "Rascally" Roy Thomas!!!


    It has sometimes been opined that while Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko created the majority of the building blocks of
    the modern Marvel universe, it was Roy Thomas, along with Steve Englehart, who structured them into a cohesive whole.
    Thomas was often the writer who was chosen by Stan Lee to take over on various
    Marvel series as the editor-in-chief’s workload increased and the line of titles expanded.


    He chronicled the adventures of Avengers: Earth’s mightiest heroes from issue #35 (Dec 1966) thru #104 (Oct 1972).
    During this six year period Thomas, often working with penciler John Buscema, introduced
    the Vision, Ultron, the Grim Reaper, the Black Knight, Yellowjacket,
    Arkon, Red Wolf, the Squadron Supreme and the Zodiac.

    From Avengers #89 to #97, Thomas, paired with artists Neal Adams, Sal Buscema, John Buscema and Tom Palmer,
    crafted a lengthy storyline of intergalactic warfare & intrigue that came to be known as “The Kree-Skrull War.”
    In addition to establishing ties between two extraterrestrial races first devised by Lee & Kirby,
    this story arc set the groundwork for the lengthy relationship between the Vision and the Scarlet Witch.

    Looking back on Thomas’ work on Avengers, one can see that he devised characters and stories that
    numerous other writers at Marvel would continue to utilize and built upon for decades to come.

    Thomas was instrumental in convincing Lee and Marvel publisher Martin Goodman to approve
    a comic book starring Conan, the barbarian adventurer created by Robert E. Howard.
    Conan the Barbarian #1 debuted in 1970, written by Thomas,
    with pencils by a young Barry Windsor-Smith.
    Within a year and a half Thomas’ old collaborator John Buscema took over as penciler.
    Thomas also wrote Marvel’s black & white magazine Savage Sword of Conan,
    which began in 1974, as well as a newspaper strip that ran from 1978 to 1981.

    By encouraging Marvel to publish the Conan the Barbarian comic book, and then writing so many epic, memorable
    stories featuring the character, Thomas played a major role in making Conan a well-known, popular character.


    Another landmark in Thomas’ career was the World War II superhero series The Invaders.
    Thomas worked with veteran artist Frank Robbins on this book. The Invaders was Thomas’ love letter to the
    Golden Age of superhero comics which he had grown up reading and for which he possesses a deep fondness.

    Initially a team-up of Timely Comics big three Captain America, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Human Torch,
    Thomas would gradually introduce an entire cast of costumed heroes. These were both of the genuine Golden Age
    variety, such as the Whizzer and Miss America, and of brand new characters he created to
    retcon back into the Marvel universe of the early 1940s, such as Spitfire and Union Jack.

    Another aspect of The Invaders was that Thomas, Robbins and their collaborators devised a number of Axis villains.
    If you look back at the actual Timely comic books of the early 1940s, aside from the Red Skull
    there really were no major super-villains who made a lasting impact,
    just a number of oddball menaces who were all-but-forgotten a couple decades later.
    To rectify that, Thomas and Robbins introduced Master Man, Warrior Woman,
    U-Man, and Baron Blood as arch-foes for their heroes to fight.

    Although the original run of The Invaders lasted less than five years, from 1975 to 1979,
    the various characters have been the subject of numerous revivals in the decades since.
    Thomas himself has been involved in a few of these, returning to Marvel
    at various points to write new adventures of his Nazi-smashing heroes.

    The length and breadth of Thomas’ five decade involvement in comic books is something that I cannot even begin to do justice.
    For an in-depth look at his career, however, you need look no further than the magazine Alter Ego.
    Edited by Thomas, this excellent magazine has been published by TwoMorrows Publishing since 1999.

    Happy birthday Roy Thomas. Here’s hoping for many, many more years to come.
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    Happy Birthday Roy! Loved his stuff from back in the day.

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    Great write-up and scans, 616.

    Love Roy's comic book work, and his Alter Ego is a great read/resource. Happy (belated) birthday, Mr. T!

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    Avengers really only started to become one of my favorite titles after he came on board. And his run on WCA is still my favorite part of one of my favorite books. But, IMHO, nothing surpasses his All-Star Squadron for DC.

    Peace

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    Happy Birthday! Thanks for your Black Knight stories.

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    Happy Birthday Roy Thomas!



    Red Sonja is a fictional character, a sword-and-sorcery comic-book heroine created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor Smith for Marvel Comics in 1973, partially based on Robert E. Howard's own creation 'Red Sonya of Rogatino' a female swashbuckler from his 1934 short story "The Shadow of the Vulture" and to a certain degree also based on Howard's character Dark Agnes de Chastillon.

    Red Sonja debuted in Conan the Barbarian #23 (cover-dated Feb. 1973). Roy Thomas created a new origin story and transposed the timeline from the 16th century of Howard's original Red Sonya, to the Hyborian Age, another Howard creation, in order to have the comic-book Red Sonja interact with Conan the Barbarian. In 1975 Marvel Comics published the first issue of Red Sonja after the character headlined Marvel Feature for seven issues that same year.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Sonja

    "Once more the Sith will rule the galaxy... and we shall have peace."

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    Happy Birthday Roy Thomas!!!

    Comic Con Paris 2019 - panel Roy Thomas

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    ROY THOMAS is an American comic book writer and editor, who was Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics.
    He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics,
    with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics.
    Thomas is also known for his championing of Golden Age comic-book heroes
    – particularly the 1940s superhero team the Justice Society of America
    and for lengthy writing stints on Marvel's X-Men and The Avengers,
    and DC Comics' All-Star Squadron, among other titles.
    Among the comic characters he co-created are:
    Wolverine, Vision, Carol Danvers, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Ultron, Man-Thing and Valkyrie.
    Thomas was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stingray View Post
    Happy Birthday Roy! Loved his stuff from back in the day.
    His first assignment for marvel comics was for the series Modeling with Millie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 616MarvelYear is LeapYear View Post
    Conan the Barbarian #1 debuted in 1970, written by Thomas, with pencils by a young Barry Windsor-Smith. Within a year and a half Thomas’ old collaborator John Buscema took over as penciler.
    Buscema didn't replace Smith until Conan the Barbarian #25, which was published around two and a half years after #1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomads1 View Post
    Avengers really only started to become one of my favorite titles after he came on board. And his run on WCA is still my favorite part of one of my favorite books. But, IMHO, nothing surpasses his All-Star Squadron for DC.

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    Agreed. Happy Birthday

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    Happy Birthday to Roy Thomas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shalla Bal View Post
    Great write-up and scans, 616.
    You're welcome.

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