First off, LOVE the blog. Second, what makes Walt Simonson's work so relevant? I've seen both his Thor and F4 work praised.
Thank you, oftitansandteleplays!
I don’t know how relevant his work is today, but it’s certainly influential. Simonson was one of those writers/artists who could make a series thier own and inject a lot of life into it.
On Fantastic Four he deversified by having stories revolve around Reed & Sue but also have a stronf family dynamic which is intergral to the FF. He alos harkened back to the early Kirby/Lee days (Much like Byrne did before him) and came up with some really off the wall stories that worked.
On Thor he returned the character to his roots and there was more of an emphasis on Asgard. He put more of an emphesis that Asguardians are extra dimensional beings who were worshiped as Gods on Earth. He was responsible for the perfectly paced Surtur saga, the Throg saga and my personal favorite - The Beta Ray Bill saga.
Plus he did this
Which I have no idea how he got away with.