And now...the Composite Warriors Three Super-Skrull! Not a hoax! Not an alternate reality! Not a What If™! Not even an April Fool's! Well, maybe just a little.
Page from Secret Invasion Aftermath: Beta Ray Bill: The Green of Eden one-shot (June 2009),
script by Kieron Gillen,
pencils by Dan Brereton,
inks by Stefano Gaudiano, Mark Pennington, and Scott Hanna,
colors by Jose Villarrubia,
letters by Nate Piekos
For my pal John's birthday, it's his favorite scene starring the Warriors Three! And, um, some mutants who are new.
Pages from New Mutants Special Edition one-shot (1985),
script by Chris Claremont,
pencils by Arthur Adams,
inks by Terry Austin,
colors by Christie Scheele,
letters by L. Lois Buhalis and Tom Orzechowski
While I'm doing my best throughout 2011 to give equal time to our Magnificent Trio, you can't help but notice that one figure seems to always command a more...expansive presence than the other two. But when that warrior if Volstagg, the Lion of Asgard, surely no one can fault me for throwing the spotlight about the Voluminous One! Everybody loves Volstagg*, right?
Letter printed in Thor #144 (September 1967)
I would totally buy a monthly mag titled The Mighty Volstagg.
Anyway, "Randy Fletcher" of Stephenson, Virginia...if that is your real name...you couldn't possibly be more wrong, as exemplified by the final page of this same issue's "Tales of Asgard," in which Thor, Hogun, Volstagg and their special guest star Alibar (not to be confused with Candibar) are pinned down by the freakin' forces of Satan...and get their nigh-immortal rumps saved by...you guessed it...that so-called "blubbering nincompoop":
Yah boo on you, Randy Fletcher, and forty-four years later, I believe you owe Volstagg an apology letter. Get out your typewriter and paper from the basement storage in Stephenson and start writing, bub...I wanna see a letter of humble crow-eating published no later than this summer's Journey Into Mystery #625!
*Little known fact: for twelve years running, Everybody Loves Volstagg was the number one situation comedy on ABC (The Asgardian Broadcasting Company).