What If? #25 [Newsstand Edition]
(February 1981)

Marvel, 1977 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.75 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Marvel Comics Group
Brand:
?
Barcode:
0714860268602
Editing:
Dennis O'Neil [as Denny O'Neil]; Mark Gruenwald (assistant editor); Jim Shooter (editor-in-chief)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of What If? (Marvel, 1977 series) #25 [Direct Edition].


What If Thor and the Avengers Battled the Gods? (Table of Contents)

Thor; Avengers / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dave Simons (signed)
Inks:
Joe Rubinstein (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Michael Higgins ?

Genre:
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Asgardians; the Avengers [Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Hawkeye; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Thor [Don Blake]]; Loki; Odin
Reprints:

What If Thor Fought Odin Over Jane Foster? (Table of Contents)

Thor / comic story / 33 pages (report information)

Script:
Peter B. Gillis [as Peter Gillis]
Pencils:
Rich Buckler (breakdowns); Dave Simons (finishes); Al Milgrom (finishes); Jon D'Agostino (finishes)
Inks:
Dave Simons (pages 1, 2 (panel 2 Odin face), 3, 4, 5 (partial), 15-18, 23-33); Al Milgrom (pages 2 (except panel 2 Odin face), 5 (partial), 6, 7, 10, 12-14, 19, 22); Jon D'Agostino (pages 8, 9, 11, 20, 21)
Colors:
Carl Gafford [as Gaff]
Letters:
Tom Orzechowski [as Orz]

Genre:
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Asgardians; the Avengers [Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Goliath [Henry Pym]; Hawkeye; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Quicksilver; the Scarlet Witch; Thor [Don Blake]; the Wasp]; Balder; Dr. Keith Kincaid; the Enchantress; the Executioner; Heimdall; Igron; Jane Foster; Loki; Odin; Sif; the Unknown (monster); Vizier; the Warriors Three [Fandral; Hogun; Volstagg]; the Watcher
Synopsis:
Odin forbids Thor to marry the mortal Jane Foster. Thor becomes convinced that Odin is under the influence of an evil power and recruits the Avengers in order to invade Asgard. Odin pardons the evil Loki and asks him to command the armies of Asgard. The battle rages on seemingly without end until first Iron Man and then Loki dies. Jane Foster sues for peace between Thor and Odin, but Thor no longer recognizes Odin as his king and builds a city of the gods for himself. Both Odin and Thor live out their lives miserable and separate.
Reprints:
Keywords:
gods

Indexer Notes

Based on Thor #136 (January 1967). Inking credits added 2005 by Steven Tice.

Why Not? (Table of Contents)

Why Not? / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
various; Mark Gruenwald
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters on What If? #21 and suggestions for future story titles.

The First Uni-Mind (Table of Contents)

Eternals / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Mark Gruenwald
Pencils:
Ron Wilson (breakdowns); Alan Kupperberg (finishes)
Inks:
Alan Kupperberg
Colors:
Nel Yomtov
Letters:
Jack Morelli

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Alars; Chronos; Eternals; the Watcher; Zuras
Synopsis:
Sometimes, the Watcher tells stories from Earth's past, and not only imaginary stories. This time, he tells the story of the Eternals, a race of humans that were genetically modified by aliens to become almost godlike. When their city Titanos is destroyed, brothers Zuras and Alars learn that their father Chronos' experiments have made all Eternals immortal. The experiment has also granted the Eternals the ability to form a single collective mind, the Uni-Brain. Joined together, the Eternals decide that Zuras should be their new ruler, and Alars departs to seek his own destiny.
Reprints:

Daredevil Vs. Johnny Punk! (Table of Contents)

Daredevil; Hostess Fruit Pies / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Irving Watanabe

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Daredevil; Johnny Punk

Indexer Notes

Comics ad for Hostess Fruit Pies from Continental Baking Company.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. What If Thor and the Avengers Battled the Gods?
    Thor; Avengers
  2. 1. What If Thor Fought Odin Over Jane Foster?
    Thor
  3. 2. Why Not?
    Why Not?
  4. 3. The First Uni-Mind
    Eternals
  5. 4. Daredevil Vs. Johnny Punk!
    Daredevil; Hostess Fruit Pies
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Derek Reinhard
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • David S. Serchay
  • Max Capp