He stood alone at Gjaller­bru

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

The Mighty Thor #362, De­cem­ber 1985

What hap­pened? Comics rarely do those trendy “bad men you have a sneak­ing re­gard for” as suc­cess­fully as

Game Of Thrones, Break­ing Bad, et al, but here’s one: Skurge the Ex­e­cu­tioner, Thor bruiser from the early ’60s, redeemed in bat­tle against the forces of Hela in one of the most mem­o­rable scenes from the epic Walt Si­mon­son run.

Why was it shock­ing? Be­cause it’s so easy to be­lieve that there are good and bad char­ac­ters, and there’s an end to it. The death of Skurge proves they can all be good char­ac­ters – if han­dled right.

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