Thanos Quest was the first time Thanos went after the six soul gems.  It was written by Jim Starlin and illustrated by Ron Lim, the team who had been kicking all kinds of major ass on the Silver Surfer comic (see prior posts under this same tag).


In many ways, it was a “scavenger hunt” storyline: Thanos goes after the six elders of the universe who have gems.  Champion (who boxed The Thing in Marvel Two In One Annual #7, one of the greatest comics of all time, The Collector, The Gardner, and others.


We get to see Thanos using guile, trickery, and smarts–he’s not some powerful thug, he’s actually a conniving Machiavelli.  In the first issue, he gets three of six gems.  And we get this absolutely terrific panel, which is probably Ron Lim’s best…


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