Wednesday, January 08, 2014

365 Days of KirbyTech, Day 8: The Asgardian Frost Gun

I've always been puzzled, and yet also impressed, by the amazing futuristic tech of Asgard, home of the Norse gods. On the one hand they're sitting around big fireplaces roasting boar (note: I may actually be thinking of Asterix and Obelix) and they ride around on horses and in big-wooden-wheeled wagons rather than zipping around in Nick Fury-style flying cars off, better yet, Asgardian jetpacks.

And yet, Asgardian weaponry is so cool, futuristic, and kick-ass that we've only got to assume Odin picked it up at Galactus's garage sale. Witness, for example, the Asgardian Frost Gun!

Panel from Thor #177 (June 1970), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Artie Simek
(Click picture to zoom in on the big-ass icemaker gun)

Wow, that thing even looks like it was sized for Galactus's big purple-gauntleted paw, doesn't it? Thor and company has pulled this thing out of Odin's gun locker to battle against gigantic fire demon Surtur, whose arrival signals Ragnarok, as does every other event in Asgard, including the time Thor played his CD of "Carmina Burana" at volume level 11 and when Volstagg's pizza arrived later than thirty minutes after he ordered it.

Needless to say, it doesn't work and everybody is burnt to a crisp and dies except Thor who was apparently hiding behind a rock.

The Asgardian Frost Gun! Maybe they should have charged it overnight first.

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