Days of Thunder – September 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #120 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Set Sail!”
Truly a Marvel Masterwork! Told by: Stan Lee/ Drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Inked by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie Simek

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At long last, Thor and Loki actually set sail on their quest. Thor and Loki are immediately at each other’s throats. Meanwhile Magrat is predictably scheming, trying to convince Kroda, who appears to have a sweet cyborg eye, to assassinate Thor. Before he can strike, Hogun steps in and warns Kroda off. This all happens without being witnessed by Thor or Loki.

As the ship flies away, Odin soaks his feet and asks the Master of Prophesy if he made the right decision. The Master assures him that he has.

First Appearance:  The Master of Prophesy

Days of Thunder – September 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #120

The Mighty Thor! “With My Hammer in Hand…!”
Written in the Fire of Inspiration by… Stan Lee/ Drawn in the Flame of Dedication by… Jack Kirby/ Inked in the Heat of Devotion by… Vince Colletta/ Lettered in the Other Room by… Artie Simek

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Thor has come to the great blast furnaces of Pittsburgh so that he might mend his mighty Uru hammer.  Which he does.
After successfully repairing it, he stops in a a forest, where he counts the Norn Stones one last time before returning to Asgard. Little does he realize he has dropped one of the stones.

In Asgard, Thor clears his name and then proceeds to plead his brother’s case, claiming that Loki cannot help but to be evil. This appears to be selfless and noble on the part of Thor but later he fumes that he cannot exact revenge on Loki while he is already being punished by Odin.

Little does Thor realize that Loki has already freed himself, trapping the warlock Ularic in a Suspended Animation Mist and sticking him in a time vault. Loki then seizes control of Ularic’s enchantments, adding their power to his own.

Thor gets permission from Odin to return to Earth, and at long last he does just that, only to discover that in the months that he has been away, Jane has gone missing, the doctor across the hall has stolen all Doctor Blake’s patients, and the landlord is threatening to evict the doctor if he isn’t promptly paid the back rent.

Naturally, it is Foster’s disappearance that alarms Thor and he heads to the headquarters of the Avengers to seek their aid in finding the missing nurse. However, what he discovers is that the team that he knew has disbanded, replaced by a pack of obnoxious young upstarts. Thor is too irritated by this to ask the new team for help.

Back on Asgard, Loki uses macro-meson particles to re-solidify the Absorbing Man and his ball-and-chain, sending the criminal straight toward Thor. Meanwhile, Jane Foster appears to be in the clutches of an unseen villain, who tells her to forget all about Doctor Blake.

First Appearance:  The great blast furnaces of Pittsburgh

Days of Thunder – August 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #119 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “Gather, Warriors!”
Written with Gallantry by Stan Lee/ Drawn with Greatness by Jack Kirby/ Inked with Grandeur by Vince Colletta/ Lettered with a Straight Face by Artie Simek.

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In this issue we meet Young Thor and Young Loki’s crew as they prepare to depart on their quest. There is, of course, Balder the Brave, but there are several volunteers brought on by Loki. They are: Hogun,the Grim; Fandral the Dashing; Kroda, the Duelist; Magrat, the Schemer; and Volstagg, the Enormous.

Apart from Balder, Thor seems to trust boastful Volstagg the most out of this lot. He seems eager for adventure and just as eager to spend some time away from his wife and fifteen children.

While the young men sail away on their ship, Odin reveals to his advisers three fearsome words that have been etched deep onto the walls of the imperial palace in giant letters. The simple message is this: “RAGNAROK IS COMING”.

Ragnarok is the end of the world itself. That which is to transpire upon the drawing of the Oversword. The time for which Surtur is always waiting. The day of the last battle.

First appearance: Hogun the Grim, Fandral the Dashing, Volstagg the Enormous, Kroda the Duellist, Magrat the Schemer

Days of Thunder – August 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #119

“The Day of the Destroyer!”
Who but Stan Lee could have written this tale? Who but Jack Kirby could have drawn it? Who but Vince Colletta could have Inked it? Who but Artie Simek could be called Artie Simek?

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Oddly, this issue has no real cover art, merely four images from within the story, recycled.

Before the Destroyer can, er, destroy Thor, Loki uses a Force of Thought from his prison cell to turn Thor into an unsolid state. This allows Thor to momentarily escape from his foe, even as Loki passes out from the exertion.

When Loki’s jailers wake him, he sends a Mental Wave Image to the kingdom of the Norns begging the Norn Queen to go to Odin and wake him. The Norn Queen agrees to help her evil ally and contacts Odin. The Asgardian king wakes with a start and immediately takes action to helpThor.

While all this has been happening, Thor has been fighting a losing battle with the Destroyer on Earth. However when Odin finally makes contact with his son, Thor tells him to stay out of it. Despite all the times when Odin has saved the day for Thor in the past, he now realizes that “The god of thunder must wage his own battle no matter what the cost!”

With Odin staying his hand, Thor grabs the body of the hunter who’s mind inhabits the Destroyer. Thor uses the body as a human shield against the strength of the Destroyer. The Destroyer threatens to call the god’s bluff, proclaiming that Thor has pledged never to take a mortal life and that he must release the body, lest it be destroyed. However when Thor doesn’t back down, the Destroyer blinks first, transferring the still-unnamed hunter back into his body.

Thor takes the hunter away from the temple as he destroys it utterly, burying the Destroyer in the rubble. He then thanks his father for allowing him to do things his way.

Odin reasons that Loki must be to blame for this fight and he is ready to kill his son. However his guards tell him that Loki was desperate to help Thor in this battle. At this news, Odin calms slightly and gives Loki a reduced sentence, binding him to the service of Ularic, Odin’s Royal Warlock.

Thor still needs to bring the Norn Stones back to Asgard, but there is the matter of his broken hammer to be dealt with. He delays returning to Asgard, instead heading to America, where he seeks the mightiest forge in all the land.

First Appearance: Ularic Odin’s Royal Warlock

Days of Thunder – July 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #118 part 2

Tale of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Crimson Hand!”
Story by: Stan Lee The Legend Teller! Art by: Jack Kirby The Legend Maker! Inking by: Vince Colletta The Legend Portrayer! Lettering by: Sam Rosen The Letterer!

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Young Thor and Young Loki prepare for their quest to determine who cracked the Oversword of Asgard. Morduk, an Asgardian sage, has prepared a map for the brothers to follow on their journey. Morduk also gives Thor an enchanted crimson glove. When the wearer of the glove clasps the hand of another, neither party may speak anything but the full truth.

Thor meets up with Loki.  His brother is in the company of Braggi, chosen by Loki to be the overseer of the crew on their trip. Thor uses his new mystic Hand of Truth to shake the hand of Braggi who tells the godling that “I wish thee naught but harm, unsuspecting one! Once we have set sail, I shall smite thee from behind and slay thee!”

Thor beats on Braggi enough for the would-be assassin to flee in terror. Thor tries to use the glove on his brother, but Loki sees right through that blunt ruse and leaves his brother hanging. As Agnar blows the Dragon Horn of Asgard, the brothers prepare to depart on their voyage.

First Appearance: Morduk, Braggi, the Hand of Truth

Days of Thunder – July 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #118

He who bears the name: Destroyer, possesses the power “To Kill a Thunder God!”
A Story Steeped in Splendor by… Stan Lee/ Artwork Bathed in Beauty by… Jack Kirby/ Inking Dipped in Drama by… Vince Colletta/ Lettering Couched in Cliches by… Artie Simek

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Thor has left the conflict in Viet Nam.  He needs only to return the Norn Stones to his father in order to prove that his brother cheated in their trial and therefore lied about Thor bringing Jane Foster to Asgard. He has stopped to examine the stones in what should still be Asia, but appears to actually be Africa.  It is unclear.  While looking at the rocks, he is ambushed by an unnamed hunter who shoots him with an anesthetic shell.

This hunter is Loki’s catspaw. Watching Thor from Asgard, the evil god is desperate that Thor not return with the stones. He manipulates the hunter to take Thor to The Temple of Darkness, a nearby Asgardian temple that has been hidden for thousands of years.

Once in the temple, the hunter, guided by Loki, triggers some ancient mechanism, and his brain undergoes a mystic transfer into the body of the Destroyer, a large armored humanoid form designed by Odin long ago to be the ultimate weapon. After countless ages of slumber, the hunter’s life force brings the monster to life.

The Destroyer is compelled to kill the first thing that it sees, which in this case is Thor. It is unclear if the The Destroyer is a robot, an armored biological creature, or an empty shell animated by magic. What is clear is that it is more powerful than even Thor. Designed by Odin to be unbeatable, it is bigger and stronger than Thor. It can even lift his hammer, the only other living soul that can do so.

While Thor fights the Destroyer, Loki squirms. He realizes that the Destroyer may well kill Thor and were there to be such an outcome, that he himself would feel the brunt of Odin’s rage. Fearing that he has gotten carried away, he goes to his father’s chambers so that he might warn Odin of the peril that Thor finds himself in.

However, in order to maintain his immortality, Odin must spend one full day out of every year sleeping the Sleep of Life, and that day is today. Odin’s guards refuse to allow Loki to wake his father and they throw him in the Dungeon of No-Escape when Loki tries to push past them.

Meanwhile, the Destroyer has Thor on the ropes. Even as Thor thinks to use the Norn Stones to his advantage, the Destroyer slices Thor’s hammer in two with a force beam issuing from its fingers. The Destroyer uses additional force beams to first melt the floor beneath the thunder god, and then solidify it diamond-hard, trapping Thor. The son of Odin is seemingly defenseless as the Destroyer readies itself to kill him. To be continued!

First Appearance: The Destroyer, unnamed hunter, The Sleep of Life, The Temple of Darkness, The Dungeon of No-Escape

Days of Thunder – June 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #117 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Gods! “The Sword in the Scabbard!”
Beginning: One of the greatest sagas of all time!! By: Stan Lee & Jack Kirby/ Inking: Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek

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Young Thor and Young Loki are fighting due to Loki’s misdeeds when Odin summons them both to the room containing the Oversword of Asgard. The Oversword (also known as the Odinsword) is an absurdly large sheathed sword. Legend has it that if it ever leaves its sheath, the universe will come to an end.

Odin has brought his sons to the sword to show them a grim portent: There is a crack in the sheathed sword. Odin fears the worst, that some great malevolent force has created the crack, and will continue to do more damage to the sword, eventually bringing about the end of the universe. Odin commands his sons to seek out the cause of this crack and crush it utterly, whatever it may be.

First Appearance: The Oversword of Asgard

Days of Thunder – June 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #117

The Mighty Thor “Into the Blaze of Battle”

Regally Written by: Stan Lee/ Dazzlingly Drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Invincibly Inked by: Vince Colletta/ Lonesomely Lettered by: Artie Simek

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Loki has won the trial but he did it by secretly using the Norn Stones.   He hides the stones on Earth, and  taunts Thor with his victory. Thor punches him in the head.

In the great hall of Valhalla, (the ceremonial chamber of Odin), Thor makes the case that Loki is a big fat cheater.  He asks that Odin allow him to travel to Earth to find the stones.  Odin agrees to give Thor twenty four hours to find the stones and prove his innocence.  Odin loves time limits.

Meanwhile, Balder has been fighting the Enchantress and the Executioner to protect Jane Foster.  Thor arrives to help Balder before beginning his search for the Norn Stones.  The villains flee as soon as Thor arrives. Balder casts a spell of forgetfulness on Jane just to make things easier. Thor makes it clear that he considers Balder a dear friend.

Thor then uses the Uru metal in his hammer to find the enchanted stones, discovering that Loki has hidden them somewhere in Viet Nam. This gives Thor an opportunity to fight some communists while he searches for the stones.

While Thor searches for the Norn Stones on Earth,  the Norn Queen visits Loki on Asgard, demanding the return of her stones. Loki promises to return them soon.

Thor gets caught in the middle of some Vietnamese family melodrama but the cool part is when the communists use Doctor Blake’s cane to bind his arms and he has to throw himself at the ground at an angle so that the cane strikes the ground before he does. Then he fights more Commies and finds the Norn Stones.

Days of Thunder – May 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #116 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Challenge”
Story: Stan Lee/ Pencilling: Jack Kirby/ Inking; Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek

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Young Loki wants to make more secret allies after his success with Ghan. His second choice is King Hymir, an amazing looking dude with a fantastic hat. Young Loki and Young Thor are visiting the king on a diplomatic mission. Loki suggests to Hymir that Thor would be honor bound to accept any challenge posed to him by Hymir, who is famous for his evil challenges.

Hymir gives Thor two challenges, the penalty for failure being enslavement. First, Thor is tasked with catching a fish from the Sea of Eternal Darkness. Thor kills a giant sea monster with his giant hammer and calls the challenge completed.

The fish is just prelude for the main event. Thor is given two minutes to break a particular drinking goblet. It turns out that this goblet is enchanted so to protect it from harm. Thor’s solution is hurl the cup at Hymir so hard that it kills the king. Instead it strikes Hymir’s beautiful, beautiful hat and shatters against it, because the hat was the catalyst for the enchantment.

Thor has won the challenge and Loki has lost the favor of Hymir.  Hymir, nay, the world, has lost the greatest hat of all time.

First Appearance:  King Hymir, King Hymir’s hat

Days of Thunder – May 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #116

The Mighty Thor! “The Trial of the Gods!”
Written by Imperial Stan Lee/ Illustrated by Impregnable Jack Kirby/ Inked by Implacable Vince Colletta/ Lettered by Impossible Artie Simek

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To determine which brother is being truthful in the case of Thor v Loki, the two gods are to be sent to Skornheim, the deadly land beyond the pale of Asgard. Whomever should return to Asgard first will be declared the victor. Asgardian jurisprudence is apparently not evidence based.

Thor is ordered to leave behind his hammer, while Loki sneaks magical Norn Stones with him. Also, Loki has another new costume, a huge improvement over the one he had been wearing.  It is pretty darn snazzy.

As a distraction, Loki lets Thor know that he has sent the Enchantress and the Executioner to menace Jane Foster.  With that rattling around in Thor’s head, the two brothers traverse the many obstacles of Skornheim: Lava, spiny plants, carnivorous plants, and an armored brute named Yagg.

Meanwhile, Odin takes a bath. This bath is interrupted by Balder, who has discovered that Foster is under attack by the exiled Asgardian villains. Odin commands Balder to take a horse to Earth in order to protect Jane.

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Back in Skornheim, Loki is the first to reach the dimensional barrier leading to Asgard. Loki has won.

First appearance: Skornheim, Loki’s Norn Stones, Yagg the Slayer

Days of Thunder – April 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #115 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “A Viper in Our Midst!”
Once Again, The Art of Illo-Drama Reaches The Pinnacle of Classic Perfection Under the Talented Hands of – Stan Lee, Writer/ Jack Kirby, Illustrator/ Vince Colletta, Delineator/ Artie Simek, Letter

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Young Thor leads a force of Asgardians to battle Ghan, most deadly of the Storm Giants. The Asgardians are winning the fight but before they can capture the Giant, he disappears. The warriors head home in defeat.

After the other Asgardians depart, Loki stays behind as  Ghan is revealed once more. A timely spell at the hands of the trickster was the reason for the Giant’s disappearance. Ghan thanks Loki for his aid and departs. Loki has made his brother look bad while winning himself a secret ally.

First Appearance: Ghan

Days of Thunder – April 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #115

The Mighty Thor! “The Vengeance of the Thunder God”
Story by: Stan Lee The Sage of the Marvel Age! Penciling by: Jack Kirby The Rage of the Marvel Age! Inking by: Frankie Ray For His Wage in the Marvel Age! Lettering by: Artie Simek From his Cage in the Marvel Age!

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Thor and Loki have one hell of a fight. Thor’s might and Loki’s magic prove to be an even match as they batter each other about. Perennial hostage Jane Foster cannot help but wonder “It’s like some mad nightmare!! How did I become a pawn in this battle of Titans?”

Before the fight can conclude, Odin appears before them, demanding an explanation as Jane faints into Thor’s arms. Loki tells his father that Thor has brought Jane Foster to Asgard in order to grant her immortality. Thor protests his innocence and so Odin decrees that there shall be a trial to settle the matter. Thor agrees but asks for and is given 48 hours leave so that he may finish his battle with Creel.

When Thor looks for Creel, he finds local police moving in on the super-powered criminal, now known as the Absorbing Man. They don’t want Thor getting in their way but Thor invokes his Avengers status, which grants him A-1 priority in this situation. I don’t know exactly what A-1 priority is, but the police are forced to sit this one out.

Thor and Creel fight a bunch more until eventually Thor spins his hammer at cyclotronic speed, creating a cloud of helium. When Creel absorbs the gas, he cannot help but float upward into space. Thor assures the police as well as reporter Harris Hobbs that this will not kill him.  That eventually he will lose his absorbing powers, return to Earth unharmed, and finish his prison sentence. Thor’s scenario seems unlikely.

Thor returns to Jane Foster’s home to gaze at his still-unconscious love one last time before returning to Asgard to face his trial.

Days of Thunder – March 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #114 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Golden Apples!
A Fabulous Featurette by the Greatest Names in Comicdom… Stan Lee & Jack Kirby/ Inking: Vince Coletta * Lettering: Artie Simek

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One day the Goddess Iduna, cloaked in a red hood,  travels through a forest to give The Golden Apples of Immortality to Odin. Along the way she meets Fenris the Wolf God (not to be confused with Skoll or Hati) in his human guise. He attempts to trick her into giving him the apples but she senses his animal nature: It is revealed in his hands, in his voice, and in his eyes.  Stan and Jack are doing a thing.

Discovered, Fenris reverts to wolf form, determined to take the Golden Apples. Before he can, Haakun the Hunter arrives on the scene and he attacks Fenris with his Enhanted Battle-Ax. Fenris runs to avoid the ax, but the weapon slices through the very fabric of infinity, hitting the target so hard that he is hurled into Varinheim, the seething shadowy land of the lost.

First Appearance: Haakun, Iduna, Fenris, Varinheim

Days of Thunder – March 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #114

The Mighty Thor “The Stronger I am, The Sooner I Die!”
Written at White Heat by: Stan Lee/ Drawn with Purple Passion by: Jack Kirby/ Inked with Golden Serenity by: Chic Stone/ Lettered on a Blue Monday by: Sam Rosen

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Loki is wearing new clothes this issue! Up until this point Loki and Thor have worn the same garb with each appearance, while Odin has been dressed wildly differently each time we see him. But now Loki has traded his stupid helmet for a spectacularly stupid helmet! After using his four-dimensional molecule screen to watch Thor defeat another minor criminal, Loki gives a jailed convict named Crusher Creel the ability to absorb the strength of any substance that comes into contact with either him or his prison ball-and-chain.

Soon after escaping from prison, Creel finds Thor and the two of them fight. Creel becomes as strong as Thor, his ball-and-chain as strong as Thor’s hammer. They battle for hours. Meanwhile an affable reporter named Hobbs follows the action and tries in vain to help Thor. Thor and Creel battle some more.

The battle ends when Thor finds himself teleported away from the fight. Balder has brought Thor to the rainbow bridge in order to tell him that Loki has kidnapped Jane Foster again. Thor charges off on a horse to battle Loki in his Asgardian stronghold.

To Be Continued.

First Appearance: Hobbs, Crusher Creel, The Absorbing Man

Days of Thunder– February 1965: The Avengers #13

The Mighty Avengers Trapped In… “The Castle of Count Nefaria”

Rather Exceptional Story by: Stan Lee/ Somewhat Distinctive Art by: Don Heck/ Fairly Compelling Inking by: Dick Ayers/ Moderately Clear Lettering by: Artie Simek

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In the past few months the Avengers have faced threats such as the Mole Man, leader of a race of subterranean monsters and Robo Spidey, an evil robot Spider-Man. This month they are focusing their attention on people stealing fur coats from the back of trucks.

The Avengers have been putting a big dent into the operations of the Maggia, which is a worldwide crime cartel not unlike the Mafia. The leader of the local Maggia operations is a wealthy European noble named Count Nefaria. I know I am profiling but if you meet a man named “Count Nefaria” you can safely assume that he is a supervillain.

Nefaria has a quirky policy of never directly harming his enemies, apparently out of a belief that this insulates him from prosecution. In order to indirectly deal with the Avengers, he pays to have his castle moved brick-by-brick to New Jersey. Once the castle has been relocated, he invites the Avengers to visit his castle for a charity event. Once they arrive, he captures them in time transcender beams and scans their bodies, allowing him to create three dimensional images of the team.

With the Avengers still transcending time, he sends his holographic duplicates to the Pentagon, where they claim that they are taking control of the country. As Fake Giant Man puts it, “Within one hour we shall cancel all existing laws and issue our own!”

The President refuses to be cowed. He mobilizes all available armed forces to combat the Avengers. He also declares martial law for the duration of this State of Emergency. The newspapers tell readers to shoot the Avengers on sight, while posters are posted with the following message: “Wanted! Dead or alive: The Avengers! Warning: They are armed with the most awesome powers known to man!”

Nefaria then releases the Avengers from their transcendance. Upon leaving the castle they are immediately attacked by both the Army and the Air Force. The Avengers are forced to retreat so that they do not harm their military assailants.

They finally figure out that Count Nefaria was up to no good, and they turn the fight to him, eventually tricking him into confessing his duplicity in front of an Army General. It appears that the Count will be deported.  The Avengers reputation is seemingly restored.

First Appearance: Count Nefaria, The Maggia

Days of Thunder – February 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #113 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Boyhood of Loki!”
A Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Fabulous Featurette! Inked by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie Simek

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10 Year Old Thor and his half-brother Loki are watching a quarterstaff tournament. Thor is impressed by the skill of Uller. Loki cannot bear to agree with he brother so he wagers that clumsy Volsak will win. After making his hasty wager, Loki realizes that Thor is right about Uller as he oh-so-often is.

Not wanting to lose face, Loki uses a spell that he recently learned from the Norn Witch Women to dismantle Uller’s weapon. This wins Volsak the tournament but the witchcraft was obvious.  Upset adults approach Thor and Loki, accusing Loki of cheating.

Thor speaks in his brother’s defense, angry that they assumed the worst of Loki and insisting that any punishment be shared between the brothers.  The crowd is so moved by Thor’s gallantry that the brothers are dismissed with no punishment.

Loki seethes with anger at how the two brothers are respectively treated while Thor is content, believing the matter settled. Thor suggests they race to the rainbow bridge on horse. Loki complains that Thor has the faster steed while Thor smugly counters that it is not merely the horse that matters but also the skill of the rider as he outraces Loki on his better horse. This is a perfect Thor and Loki story.

First Appearance: Uller, Volsak

Days of Thunder – February 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #113

“A World Gone Mad!” Starring: The Mighty Thor
A Tale Told With Gusto By: Stan Lee/ A Drama Drawn With Grandeur By: Jack Kirby/ An Idyll Inked With Gallantry By: Chic Stone/ A Legend Lettered With Glee By: Artie Simek

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This issue starts with Thor and Odin leading a flying longship full of Asgardian warriors against the Demon Men of Jotunheim. Unfortunately this battle takes place in a mere two giant panels, a mere prologue for another, less interesting story.

After the battle, Odin again asks Thor to return to life on Asgard and again Thor turns him down. As Thor walks down the Rainbow Bridge back to Earth, he reflects upon his choice. He feels that his loyalty to Jane is interfering with his responsibilities as a prince, and so he decides to renounce his godly life for Jane.

Back in the office, Blake tells Jane that he is Thor. This is in direct violation of the command issued by Odin, who, as he so often does, is watching the proceedings from his throne on Asgard. He deems it unthinkable! Unforgivable! Disgusted, he takes away all of Thor’s power, declaring that he washes his hands of Thor.

Jane, meanwhile, does not believe Doctor Blake and when he stamps his cane to show her that he speaks true, nothing happens. Odin has left him a mortal, just as he was before he found a magic hammerstick in a cave all those months ago.

It is at that moment that the Grey Gargoyle attacks the office, not out of revenge but because he still wants Thor’s hammer. Powerless, Blake feebly runs from the villain with Nurse Foster at his side. Eventually Blake’s leg gives out and he crumples to the ground.

The Grey Gargoyle threatens to give him “the special touch” which he suggests will permanently turn the doctor to stone. He has never mentioned or demonstrated such an ability before; he could be bluffing. We may never know, because an Asgardian named Honir the Hunter shows up, returning to Blake his Thor powers for a mere thirty seconds.

Thirty seconds is plenty of time for Thor to dispatch a loser like the Grey Gargoyle. He runs an electrical current through his hammer, zapping the villain with enough force to melt him into a grey stone blob.

Honir returns to Asgard reporting to Odin that his mission was a success: Thor is safe. Odin realizes that he cares too much to leave his son defenseless and returns the power that he has taken.

As the power surges back into Blake’s cane, the doctor decides that not even for Jane can he give up the intoxicating power that comes with being Thor. And so he tells Jane that he is done claiming to be Thor. She hugs Blake, assuring him that she prefers the company of “a foolish but wonderful man named Don Blake” over the company of Thor.

First Appearance: The Demon Men of Jotunheim, Honir the Hunter

Days of Thunder – January 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #112 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Coming of Loki!”

Majestically written by: Stan Lee/ Magnificently drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Masterfully inked by: Vince Colletta/ Magnanimously lettered by Artie Simek

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Back when the universe was young, Odin needs to defeat many enemies in order to establish his reign. One such foe is Laufey, King of the giants of Jotunheim.  After a fierce battle, the forces of Jotunheim are defeated. Laufey attempts to regroup behind the defense of their castle, but Odin pursues his enemies back to their home and slays their king.

After the fighting ceases, Odin finds a baby. It is Loki, son of Laufey. Odin claims the child as his own, swearing him to forever be a son of Odin and the half-brother of Thor.

First Appearance: Laufey, Jotunheim, Baby Loki

Days of Thunder – January 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #112

The Mighty Thor Battles the Incredible Hulk!

A Stan Lee – Jack Kirby Marvel Masterwork! Inking by Chic Stone * Lettering by S. Rosen

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Thor happens upon an unruly pack of youngsters arguing amongst themselves over who is stronger: the Mighty Thor or the Incredible Hulk. Thor can deduce that this is the topic of debate because they are snarling at each other as if they are about to come to blows while each side brandishes giant wooden signs shaped like the heads of the respective nominees.  It is an amazing tableau.

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Thor sits down with the youths and tells them of the time he battled the Hulk, specifically in the pages of The Avengers #3. Not much of interest happened in that issue, but apparently, between panels, there was a thirteen page fight between Thor and Hulk.

The end result of the fight ends up being inconclusive.

Days of Thunder – December 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #111 part 2

Tales of Asgard: Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Secret of Sigurd!”

Superbly written by Stan Lee/ Supremely drawn by Jack Kirby/ Savagely inked by Vince Colletta/ Sagaciously lettered by Artie Simek

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One day Young Thor, Young Loki, and Young Balder are taking a shortcut through a forest when they meet Sigurd. Sigurd is a big hairy bloke who understandably wants these brash godlings out of his forest.  Thor doesn’t know him but Loki recognizes him, and Balder seems to have heard of him.

At Loki’s urging Thor picks a fight with Sigurd. Sigurd is holding his own until Balder remembers Sigurd’s secret power: Sigurd is the son of the Earth Sprites, and each time his body strikes the ground, they give him some of their power. So Thor hurls the poor bastard into outer space.

First Appearance: Sigurd

Days of Thunder – December 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #111

The Mighty Thor The Mysterious Mr. Hyde and The Serpentine Cobra Feel… “The Power of the Thunder God!”

Written with the mastery of Stan Lee/ Illustrated with the genius of Jack Kirby/ Delineated with the Delicacy of Chic Stone/ Lettered with the India Ink of Artie Simek

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Thor finds a secure spot to stash the unconscious time warped body of Jane Foster, and once he has done so, he fights Hyde and Cobra. Even at double-strength, they do not pose much of a challenge for the god of thunder.

Meanwhile, in Asgard, Balder does what he can to remind Odin of a time when the king was young and in love. Moved by Balder, Odin decides that while Thor is still forbidden to marry the young Earth girl, she is to be saved from death.

Balder embarks on a quest to reach Hardol, a mystic healer who lives far away, beyond the molten chasm. He rides past swamps of flame, past noxious eternal nightmare plants, and past the Valley of Swords, which is literally filled with upraised swords.

Balder also fights a not-to-be named phantom who’s very touch means death. Balder gambles that if this entity from another universe were to touch his sword, which was forged from a substance also from another universe, the being would be destroyed. His gambit works, and as Balder’s sword returns to his hand, the monster vanishes in a burst of red light.

Back on Earth, Thor is anguished. His time warp cannot be held indefinitely.  To attempt to do so would cause irreparable harm to the universe. As much as he loves Jane he cannot permit the temporal displacement he is creating to continue, and so he drops the warp.

One heart beat later, Balder’s sword drops from the sky. Attached to it is a vial and a note explaining it is for Jane. Thor feeds it to his love. As life returns to her, Balder’s sword slowly rises into the sky, returning to his hands. Fucking epic.

First Appearance: Hardol, Unnamed Phantom Who’s Very Touch Means Death,  The Valley of the Swords

Days of Thunder – November 1964: The Avengers #10

“The Avengers Break Up!”
Story superbly written by: Stan Lee/ Art adorably drawn by: Don Heck/ Inked by darlin’ Dick Ayers/ Lettered by stalwart Sam Rosen

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Once again Zemo, The Enchantress and The Executioner are deliberating on how to destroy the Avengers when the Enchantress receives a mental probe from another time. Using that mental connection as a beacon, Immortus, Master of Time appears before them. Immortus is the ruler of Limbo and he has decided to throw his lot in with this crew as part of his larger goal of conquering the 20th century.

Immortus uses his Time Mastery to attack the Avengers by summoning various historical warriors. He enlists Attila the Hun, Goliath, Merlin the Magician, Hercules, and Paul Bunyan. This time-displaced Merlin is presumably from a point in time prior to when he meets Thor in in Journey Into Mystery #96, although curiously this Merlin has white hair and beard as opposed to the black haired one who tried to get a job working for JFK.

Each hero faces a different foe and Thor fights Hercules. Herc puts up a good fight, but Thor defeats his Greek opposite, who honorably yields when the fight is lost. In this story featuring Thor, Hercules, Paul Bunyan, and Goliath, it has now been established that the world that Thor lives in is a literary universe where several different mythological traditions are all treated as real.

The Avengers are more than a match for the villains even with their expanded historical roster.  When defeat is imminent, The Enchantress casts a spell around her, The Executioner, and Zemo that rewinds time to just before Immortus was about to make contact with their little cabal. She breaks contact with the Master of Time thus preventing this adventure to have happened anywhere but in the minds of the three of villains. Maybe Immortus will remember it too, since he is a time master but we are given no indication that this is the case.

First Appearance: Immortus, Attila the Hun, Goliath, Paul Bunyan

Days of Thunder – November 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #110 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! The Defeat of Odin!

Another towering triumph by Marvel’s talented titanic team: Stan Lee Writer/ Jack Kirby Illustrator/ Vince Colletta Delineator/ Art Simek Letterer

tales 110Odin and the warriors of Asgard are at war with humans who rebel against Asgardian rule. I think these humans are the same humans as the humans of Earth, but it is not clear. The Rebels are newly led by young Prince Rivvak, who is now leading them into battle against Odin’s forces for the first time.

The two armies approach each other on the Boiling Plain, a treacherous area filled with geysers of erupting fire. Odin’s forces appear to be getting the brunt of the fire spouts.  He orders a retreat, so as to protect their steeds from the deadly flames. As they depart Rivvak is celebrated by his men for driving off the enemy.

As they return home, Young Thor questions Odin as to why he he held back, why he didn’t do any number of things that would have won them the day. Odin reveals that he wanted the Rebels to win that day. He says “There must always be those with the fire of rebellion in their blood! There must alays be those who will fight an unbeatable enemy! Only thus can the race of man remain fearless and strong!…Men must never feel an enemy cannot be beaten!”

First appearance: The Rebels, Prince Rivvak The Fearless, The Boiling Plain

Days of Thunder – November 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #110

The Mighty Thor! “Every Hand Against Him!”
Spectacularly written by: Stan Lee/ Magnificently drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Powerfully Inked by: Chic Stone/ Eventually lettered by: Art Simek

Loki has somehow freed himself from Asgardian imprisonment and is now loose on Earth. Having nothing better to do, he posts bail for those losers Mister Hyde and The Cobra so he can magically double the strength of their powers and turn them against his brother. Even with these two jokers’ powers doubled, and Thor’s powers ostensibly still halved, this does not seem like a fight they can win.

Loki tells the criminals that the key to defeating Thor is to kidnap Nurse Jane Foster. The logic of this plan confounds Mister Hyde and Cobra, despite the fact they have both separately kidnapped Jane before. Apparently, Loki can’t just tell them that Blake is Thor due to an unbreakable edict from Odin.

Meanwhile Don and Jane continue to be all touchy-flirty. It’s nice in a nauseating sort of way, but as they close up shop for the day, the Cobra grabs Jane out of a window.  When Thor confronts Cobra and Hyde, they tell him to meet them in 24 hours.

Back on Asgard, Loki is once again showing Odin that Thor will stay his hand to protect Jane Foster. Odin appears before Thor to once again yell at his willful son. This time he is so mad that he banishes Thor from Asgard. Either he forgot that Thor has already been banished from Asgard since Journey Into Mystery #101, or maybe when he told Thor to come back to Asgard with him in Journey #104, that unbanished him, despite Thor refusing to return.

This banishment so angers Thor that it gives him the clarity to see that Loki told those other villains to kidnap his sort-of girlfriend. Enraged, he flies straight to Asgard, despite having just been either banished or double-banished.

Heimdall tries to stop Thor but unlike last time he tried to block Thor’s entrance to Asgard (#101 again), this time Thor pulls out some super hammer whirlwind that he dubs “The Winds of a Thousand Worlds” which momentarily stuns Heimdall. Thor fights his way through a bunch more warriors before finding Loki. Loki plays it cool, denying all involvement but lets his brother know that Jane is in a lowly estate in Jersey.

That’s when Odin barges in ready to beat the insolence out of Thor. Thor tries to explain that he did what he did to defend an innocent. Odin is wiling to suspend his judgment as he casts Thor back to Earth using his mere will.

Thor enters the house that Hyde and The Cobra share. The Cobra throws a tear gas grenade at Thor, which apparently was a good choice because Thor is apparently completely vulnerable to tear gas. As he thrashes about he accidentally sets off an explosion, doing a great deal of damage to the house. Thor and the villains are unharmed but Jane got hit by a great deal of falling rubble and has been terribly injured!
Thor’s beloved is near death, and he cries to Asgard begging to deaf ears that she be saved. Desperate, Thor spins his hammer to create a time warp, which seems to be a variation of his power to create space warps. He envelops the house, making the fabric of time stand still, suspending Jane between life and death, even as Hyde and Cobra approach to continue the fight.

To be continued

First Appearance: The Winds of a Thousand Worlds, Time Warp

Days of Thunder Recap Page: Pre-Kirby and Early Kirby

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So to recap…

Doctor Donald Blake is a famous genius medical doctor living in New York City.  He is an amazing surgeon, specializing in neurosurgery but regularly performing all manner of surgeries.  He also has a small private practice where he apparently serves as a general practitioner. In addition to his medical endeavors, he once built a sentient nigh-indestructible android.

Doctor Blake is disabled. His right leg is lame, requiring his use of a walking stick. He is romantically involved with his nurse and only employee, Jane Foster. Outside of Nurse Foster, he seems to have little social life.

Doctor Blake frequently travels the world on various humanitarian trips. On one such trip, he randomly stumbled upon an enchanted stick that can transform him into Thor, Norse God of Thunder when he stamps it on the ground.  He now uses this stick as a walking stick.

Thor is the Norse God of Thunder. As a member of the Asgardian race he is immortal and incredibly strong, although ostensibly he is only at half-strength due to a punitive action of his father. His Asgardian physiology includes a chromosomatic gland, which determines personality. His body also emits a free-flowing aura of electrons, which can be detected by other Asgardians.

While initially it appeared that when transformed, Blake’s personality simply inhabited Thor’s body, over time Thor’s personality and memories became stronger and stronger. Now, regardless of whether they are in Blake’s body or Thor’s they seem to be a single, composite personality.

The gnarled stick that transforms Blake into Thor transforms itself into an enchanted Uru hammer which grants him a number of supernatural abilities. Thor is the only living being that can lift it, having earned that right incrementally through a series of noble deeds, although it can be lifted by mechanical devices. If he stamps it on the ground twice, he creates storms. If he stamps it three times he ends the storms. Four stamps create seismic activity.

The hammer can also be spun to create space warps, time warps, and time travel. Thor can throw it so hard that it will pull him through the air, giving him a version of flight. The hammer can detect the presence of Asgardians, and in particular has a psychic link with Thor’s brother, Loki.

Thor must remain in near-constant physical contact with the Uru Hammer.  If 60 seconds pass without Thor holding the hammer, he will revert to Doctor Blake and the Hammer will revert to a walking stick.  Fortunately, the enchanted hammer returns to Thor’s hands whenever it is thrown.

In addition to his hammer, Thor possesses a belt of strength which can amplify his powers. For reasons that are unclear, he seldom wears it. Valkyries keep it safe for him on Asgard.

Thor is the son of Odin, King of Asgard. He is Odin’s beloved favorite son, and his father has helped him on Earth on numerous occasions. However, Thor has made it know to Odin that he is in love with the mortal Jane Foster. Odin considers all mortals to be beneath unfit mates for his son, and he refuses to allow Thor to marry Foster or to reveal his true identity to her. This has caused much tension between father and son as of late.

Thor is brother to Loki, Prince of Asgard and God of Evil. Loki was born a Frost Giant but was adopted by Odin as a baby, conferring him with all the powers of a royal Asgardian. Loki is an evil schemer who hates his brother and is hated by Thor in return. Not as strong as Thor, Loki is a powerful magician and a shape shifter although water negates these abilities. He also shares a psychic link with Thor’s Uru hammer. He spends most of his time plotting against his brother and is constantly being punished by his father, who cannot help but love his evil son.

Asgard is the most powerful of kingdoms in a world that is connected to Earth by a rainbow bridge known as Bifrost. It’s inhabitants are known as the Aesir but are more commonly referred to as Asgardians. Their world is inhabited by a number of sentient races, including fire demons, dwarves, trolls, mountain giants, ice giants, storm giants, rime giants and vanna. Human life on Earth was first created by Asgardian magic.

Thor is a member of a team of superheroes known as the Avengers. Despite nominally being a superhero, Thor has done many things beyond the purview of superheroics. He once travelled to the future where he proceeded to conquer planet Earth. And in present day, he once nuked China.  These actions seem to fly in the face of the vow Thor has taken to never take a mortal life.

Thor has fought many super-powered enemies. After Loki, the most significant ones are the Enchantress, the Executioner, Mr. Hyde, The Cobra, and Zarrko the Tomorrow Man.

His most important allies are ostensibly the Avengers, consisting of Iron Man, Captain America, Giant Man, and The Wasp.  Despite his membership in their organization, Thor consistently rejects their aid in his own personal conflicts.

He also has two notable Asgardian allies, Balder and Heimdall. Balder is a gentle, kindhearted warrior. Heimdall is the stoic watchman guarding the rainbow bridge to Asgard, possessing astounding powers of perception.

Thor stars in the lead feature of a comic magazine titled Journey Into Mystery.  This incarnation of Thor was created by writer Stan Lee, and Illustrator Jack Kirby.  After the introductory adventure in issue #83, Thor’s early stories were written by Larry Lieber and illustrated by a variety of artists, most notably Don Heck.  As of issue #97 creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby took over the book as the regular creative team.  They also began the Tales of Asgard feature, a series of five page stories that fleshed out the larger Asgardian world of Thor.

Days of Thunder – October 1964: The Avengers #9

“The Coming of the… Wonder Man!”
Sensationally Written by: Stan Lee/ Superbly Illustrated by Don Heck/ Selectively Inked by: Dick Ayers/ Sufficiently Lettered by Art Simek

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The previous issue of The Avengers had the team fighting a master of Space and Time named Kang the Conquer. It was light on the Asgardian action.

The Enchantress, The Executioner, and Baron Zemo have been trapped between the sixth and seventh dimension ever since Thor trapped them in a space warp (Avengers #7) The Enchantress now uses her sorcery to pull their ship back to Earth.

When they return, the three of them are determined to destroy the Avengers. I’m not sure why.   Zemo hates Captain America, but it almost seems like the Asgardians are simply going along with Zemo because they have nothing better to do while in exile.

These villains  find a guy with a grudge against Tony Stark, give him super powers, and make him pose as a superhero named Wonder Man so he can worm his way into joining the Avengers. Wonder Man discovers he likes being a hero and when the bad guys attack, he double-crosses the bad guys and dies in the ensuing fight, while the bad guys escape.

First Appearance: Wonder Man

Days of Thunder – October 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #109 part 2

Tale of Asgard: Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “Banished From Asgard!”
Presented by the greatest names in illo-dramatics: Stan Lee, Author/ Jack Kirby, Illustrator/ Vince Colletta, Delineator/ Sam Rosen, Letterer/ Living proof of the titantic talent which has made this series a smashing success!

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There comes a day in the midst of a war with the Mountain Giants when Odin publicly banishes Young Thor from Asgard for dueling or something. This catches the attention of Arkin the Weak, described as cousin of Loki, which since he is an Asgardian, not a Frost Giant, presumably means he is also Thor’s cousin.

Arkin is in love with Knorda, the Asgardian/Human-sized queen of the Mountain Giants. (Not to be confused with the Ice Giants, Storm Giants, or Rime Giants) He betrays his people by leaking this news of Thor’s banishment to her, in an attempt to curry her favor.

 

Knorda uses this intel to mount an ambush against a lone Thor.  When attacked by a band of Mountain Giants, Thor leads them on a merry chase. It ends when he uses their size against them, luring them into a trap.

The entire banishment was a ruse to ferret out a suspected traitor and not only have they captured the enemy’s queen, but they have discovered the betrayer. Knorda is a class act, and she accepts her defeat and capture with grace and honor.

First Appearance: Knorda Queen of the Mountain Giants, Arkin the Weak, The Mountain Giants

Days of Thunder – October 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #109

The Mighty Thor! “When Magneto Strikes!”
Written by: Stan Lee, the monarch of the Marvel Age, at the peak of his power! Illustrated by Jack Kirby, the prince of pageantry, at the height of his titanic talent Inked by: Chic Stone, the dean of line design, at the peak of his prowess! Lettered by S. Rosen, the sultan of spelling, at the little table in his studio!

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One of the concepts established in the larger Marvel Comics shared universe is that of the “mutant.” In the fictional world in which Thor stories take place, there is a genetic offshoot of humanity who develop random superpowers at the onset of puberty. These people are referred to a “mutants” or “homo superior”. Merlin is a mutant. Sandu, Master of the Supernatural was probably one also.

The larger cultural issues of a world with mutants are primarily explored in the pages of a comic magazine entitled X-Men. The titular team in this book consists of  a group of teenagers indoctrinated into becoming paramilitary mutant rights radicals by the charismatic leader of their private school, a secret mutant with mind altering powers.

The X-Men’s greatest enemy is a man by the name of Magneto. He is a powerful mutant with the the power to control and alter magnetic fields, and the leader of a team quizzically named the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Magneto believes that mutants should use their natural powers to overthrow the human race.

In this issue Magneto causes a ruckus in New York looking for the X-Men and Thor comes to investigate, even though that means Don has to break a dinner date with Jane. Magneto mistakes Thor for a mutant and tries to recruit the Norseman to his cause, offering to share wealth, art, and treasure with Thor. Thor hears him out, but is unimpressed, considering such beauty to be mere irrelevancies. When Magneto gets to the conquer-the-human-race part of the pitch, Thor condemns the mutant as a villain, and the two of them fight.

The two have a protracted fight, ending undecisively when the (off-panel) X-Men arrive to fight Magneto. The villain retreats in fear and Thor leaves, having accomplished nothing of import.

After the battle, Blake seeks out Nurse Foster, asking her forgiveness, which she grants. The two flirt and banter and it is delightful. At one point, Jane calls Blake a “silly goop.” For the first time in 26 issues, these two are actually shown to act like a young couple in love with each other. This brief exchange is the warmest and most human the book has been to date.

Days of Thunder –September 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #108 part 2

Tales of Asgard: Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “Trapped by the Trolls!”

Fantastically Written by: Stan Lee/ Faithfully Drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Fabulously Inked by: Vince Colletta/ Finally Lettered by: Art Simek

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A cloaked stranger visits Sindir, King of the Dwarfs, seeking refuge from a storm. Sindir turns the stranger over to the Trolls to be their slave as part of a deal the Dwarves have with the Trolls.  Turns out the stranger is really Young Thor, who has come to rescue the other slaves. Which he does.

First Appearance: Sindir, King of the Dwarfs

Days of Thunder –September 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #108

The Mighty Thor! “At The Mercy of Loki, Prince of Evil”
Written by Stan Lee, The Idol of Millions! Illustrated by Jack Kirby, The Toast of the Town! Inked by Chic Stone, The Man of the Hour! Lettered by Art Simek, The Peoples Choice!

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Oh man, so much happens in this issue! It starts with Thor hitting the New York sidewalk with his hammer so hard and so precisely that a truck about to hit a child flies into the air, sailing safely over the child. Of course, this stunt does tons of property damage, but Thor tells a nearby cop that he will reimburse the city, not with his own money but with Tony Stark-provided Avengers money.  Then he flies off, assuming everything is cool.

Later, Thor finds Doctor Strange badly injured after barely winning a fight with some enemy of his named Mordo. Thor calls the hospital and fifteen minutes later, operates on Strange  as Doctor Blake, musing that it is only Thor’s unearthly knowledge that gives Blake the ability to save Doctor Strange through surgery.

It is at this crucial moment that Odin summons Thor to help him battle some unspecified enemy. Blake ignores the Allfather and completes the life-saving operation. Afterward, Strange makes it clear to Blake that his magic services are at the lame doctor’s disposal, should he ever need them.

Upon returning to his office, Blake meets an older man with a walking stick, complaining of leg pain. The man falls to the floor, knocking Blake’s stick out of his hand. Obviously this is a bit of sleight of hand, but well executed. After returning the wrong stick to Blake, the stranger stands up straight and tosses Blake’s cane out the window without even looking. It’s a total badass move.

The stranger is a disguised Loki, who had escaped Asgard while Odin was out fighting whoever it was he tried to get Thor to help him fight. Loki knocks out Jane with some “slumber mist”, punches Blake in the face, and runs away with the sleeping nurse in his arms.

Blake runs down the stairs to find his cane but it is slow painful going because running is not something Blake can actually do. By the time he reaches street level, the cane has vanished. In desperation, Blake telepathically reaches out to Odin but apparently Odin can only be reached by mental link while he is within the halls of Asgard and thus he does not hear Blake’s plea.

When Odin fails to bail out Blake, he immediately visits Doctor Strange to cash in that favor he is owed. Blake asks the sorcerer to help him find his walking stick and Strange uses his magic to do just that.

A vagrant has found the walking stick and is using it as a fishing pole. In a scene that surpasses the Peanut Gambit to become the all-time greatest Thor moment, Doctor Blake starts a fight with a hobo, trying to steal his fishing pole.

He would have lost that fight too, because he is a disabled weakling. but Doctor Strange pretends to be a ghost and scares away the pack of vagrants that Doctor Blake attacked. Once more in possession of his walking stick, Doctor Blake becomes Thor once again.

It is around this time that Odin returns to Asgard victorious. He puts on his Robe of Conquest and mentally contacts Thor. His success has lifted his spirits and he decides to cut that knucklehead son of his a break. However, Thor is pissed off that Odin failed to respond earlier, and he gives his all-powerful, wrathful father the kiss-off. Then the Avengers cameo and he tells them to take a hike also.

Thor is looking for Loki by himself.  All the gods of Asgard emit an aura of free-flowing electrons from their person, which can be detected by another immortal.   Oddly, In this case, it isn’t Thor himself that can detect Loki’s aura, it is his hammer that does the detecting.

It is an odd detail. Combine it with Loki’s special bond with the hammer and with the sixty second rule, and it seems like the real divinity lies not within the person of Thor, but in the hammer. There are interesting connotations at work here, poorly fleshed out and conjecture-heavy as they may be.

At any rate, Loki tries to block the electron-based detection, but Thor eventually finds him. They fight. Thor wins. Loki releases Jane from Limbo, where she had been held. Loki gets ready to fight some more, when an unnamed Asgardian appears through magic mist, grabbing Loki with an arm enchanted by Odin, dragging him back to Asgard. Thor and Odin make up, but even as they do, Thor is tending to Jane’s well-being to the frustration of his father.

First Appearance: slumber mist, The Uru Hammer’s ability to detect the aura of free-flowing electrons emitted by Asgardians

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