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Marvel Double-Shot #1 (Jan. 2003):
“Dear Thor...”
by Marlan Harris, Kia Asamiya

Marvel Double-Shot #1

Title: “Dear Thor...”

Feature: Thor (Donald Blake)

Medium: comic

Cover date: Jan. 2003

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Marlan Harris
Art by: Kia Asamiya


13 characters in this story:

Character
(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Thor Thor (Donald Blake)
(lead character)
hero deity
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic deity
Asgardian; The Avengers...  Marvel 4,362
Elise Erickson Elise Erickson
(lead character)
supporting character
CBR Scale: M Norse/Teutonic paganism (Thor
worship)
Delta High School
[fan of, then sincere worshiper of Thor; prayed to him]
Marvel 1
Delta High School supporting character group
  [high school] Marvel 1
Captain America Captain America (Steve Rogers)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 1, 3)
hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
The Avengers; The Invaders...  Marvel Timely 5,992
Scarlet Witch Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 3)
hero
CBR Scale: M Gypsy/Roma; ethnic half Jewish; sorceress
The Avengers; A-Next...  Marvel 1,624
Asgardians Asgardians
(1-panel cameo, pg. 5)
supporting character group
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic paganism
(Asgardian)
[alien race] Marvel 644
Ulik Ulik
(1-panel cameo, pg. 4)
villain
CBR Scale: R Norse/Teutonic paganism
(Asgardian); rock troll
Rock Trolls Marvel 97
Daredevil Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
(mentioned, pg. 2) 
hero
CBR Scale: M Catholic
Weapon X (Exiles); Marvel Knights Marvel 1,801
Mr. Erickson
(mentioned, pg. 1-2, 4, 6) 
supporting character
CBR Scale: S anti-Thor
[abused daughter Elise; discouraged her Thor worship] Marvel 1
? Erickson
(mentioned, pg. 2) 
supporting character
  [Elise Erickson's brother] Marvel 1
Zachary Erickson
(mentioned, pg. 4-7) 
supporting character
CBR Scale: S Norse/Teutonic paganism (Thor
worship)
[Elise Erickson's son] Marvel 1
Mike Smith
(mentioned, pg. 5-6) 
supporting character
  [brutally abused his wife, Elise Erickson] Marvel 1
Mia Erickson
(mentioned, pg. 7-8) 
supporting character
CBR Scale: M Norse/Teutonic paganism (Thor
worship)
[Elise Erickson's daughter] Marvel 1

This publication is also known as: Marvel Double Shot #1.

Excerpts

BELOW: Elise Erickson writes to Thor: "Every night I say a prayer to you...": As demonstrated by her prayers to him, Elise Erickson's relationship to Thor at this point must certainly be characterized as sincere worship. Elise is an unusual character because she was definitely not raised to worship Thor or have Norse/Teutonic pagan beliefs. (In fact, her father actively discouraged this.) Elise appears to have become a Thor worshiper completely on her own, acting counter to cultural and family expectations. In her letter, the now-adult Elise alludes to a tormented childhood, but she tells Thor: "You gave me hope." Elise later states that finding some of the letters she wrote as a child "give [her] hope for a brighter future. Elise promises Thor that she will raise her own son "believing in" him.

Elise Erickson writes to Thor: Every night I say a prayer to you...

Source: Marvel Double-Shot #1 (Jan. 2003): "Dear Thor...", pg. 4. Written by Marlan Harris. Art by Kia Asamiya. See also: prayer; superhero worship; belief; hope; Norse/Teutonic paganism; Thor (Donald Blake); Elise Erickson

BELOW: Elise Erickson writes to Thor, who she humbly worships: "Thank you for watching over us and granting us this contentment.": Elise Erickson's feelings about Thor as a genuine religious deity are further illustrated by this letter that she wrote to him. She notes the good things that have happened in her life recently - moving away from her dysfunctional family, her marriage to a "wonderful man" and generally having a good life with her husband and son. She thanks Thor for watching over her family and for "granting" her and her family "this contentment." This goes beyond simple appreciation to a super-hero for specific acts of heroism. Elise's sentiments are analogous to a prayer of gratitude a person might say, thanking God or Jesus for the blessings in their life.

Elise Erickson writes to Thor, who she humbly worships: Thank you for watching over us and granting us this contentment.

Source: Marvel Double-Shot #1 (Jan. 2003): "Dear Thor...", pg. 5. Written by Marlan Harris. Art by Kia Asamiya. See also: gratitude to God; Norse/Teutonic paganism; Thor (Donald Blake); Elise Erickson