Thanos has appeared in a lot of Marvel comics… and, to be honest, I have not read a lot of them. I still have a huge fondness for Thanos, for Starlin’s work overall really (can I get a Hardcore Station shout out? No?). Starlin introduced Thanos in Iron Man #55 way back in 1973 and, yes, the Darkseid comparisons started pretty much instantly. Starlin has said, though, that it didn’t start out that way. Check out this interview for more of the story, but Starlin was originally channeling Metron when Roy Thomas uttered the infamous line above.
Thanos didn’t see much use in the 80s, when I learned to love comics, so I don’t have the same huge affinity I do for him that I have for so many other Marvel characters. Thanos made his big come back in the 90s when the company got a little cosmic and then came back into prominence again recently as Marvel went a little cosmic again. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really reading Marvel at either time. I did follow Abnett & Lanning around during Annihilation (love those guys), but those boks featured a very different Thanos.
In the comics, Thanos was from Titan, before being retconned into being the son of two Eternals (there’s your Kirby influence coming back around, albeit directly this time), but is probably best characterized with his obsession for death – in this case, the personification of it, Mistress Death. He will kill pretty much anyone & everyone in order to please her. He’s essentially the ultimate nihilist. I haven’t read up on him lately; I think he’s back from the dead again and back to being a pure villain (he has his anti-hero days too, which I tend to prefer).
Thanos is also, of course, coming back in a big way thanks to his appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! We really haven’t gotten a ton of characterization on that version of him just yet, though that will change as we get closer and closer to 2018. Interestingly, even though the Thanos Wave includes three figures from the MCU, Age of Ultron specifically, the Thanos Build-A-Figure is from the comics. Though it probably wasn’t the look many long-time ML collectors were expecting.
See, if you’ve been collecting Marvel Legends for, I don’t know… the last thirteen years, or even just the last decade since the BAF was introduced, you would’ve thought that Thanos would be pretty high on the “get this guy done” list. Well, you would’ve been mistaken. Now, we did get a pretty sweet Marvel Select Thanos – it’s got some paint issues and limited articulation, but it looks great and at least tries hard at the previous things. But he’s been it. This whole time. MU has, I think, three Thanos figures already. ML? First one, right here.
And it’s the new costume. Now, I’m not a stickler – the new costume does look good, it echoes the original. I love the dark blue and gold color scheme. It’s a great looking figure, but I still kinda want a classic one? I do have that MS one, so I’m feeling a bit tormented. I don’t need both of these guys. But which one to keep? Continue to Page 2…