Days of Thunder – October 1976 The Mighty Thor #252

“A Dragon at the Gates!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor/ John Bsucema & Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer

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Thor tries to find his father by again seeking the aid of Mimir. Unlike last time,  Mimir now demands very specific payment for his services: The Cyclopean Ruby Eye of the Dragon Guardian of of Realm Below.

Thor finds the task dishonorable, but decides he has little choice. He journeys down into the Realm Below, adjacent to the territory of the Trolls and eventually finds the Dragon of the Ruby Eye. However, before he can fight the dragon, he discovers that his old foe Ulik has come here at the exact same time, seeking the exact same item.

Ulik claims that the survival of the Troll Empire itself depends on the procurement of the eye. Neither warrior is willing to forfeit the Eye, and so they fight each other for it. Ulik wins the fight, tossing Thor off a cliff into a lake of fire!

Days of Thunder – October 1976 Marvel Spotlight on Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg, Warriors Three

“A Night on the Town!”
Len Wein, writer/editor/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, illustrators/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Joe Rosen, letterer/ Irv Forbush, Honorary Godling

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This story takes place during Thor and Jane’s recent trip to Central America. Left behind, Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun get bored and look for adventure. They end up on a series of misadventures wherin they befriend a cabbie named Myron J. Maxwell, a hobo named Ragland T. Peppermill, and a pair of would-be suicides named Mary Miller and Arnold Slackmyster. Over the course of the evening, they foil a diamond heist, start a bar brawl, attend a wedding, as well as prevent the aforementioned suicides.

First Appearance: Myron J. Maxwell, Ragland T. Peppermill, Mary Miller, Arnold Slackmyster

The List – Books

What follows is a list of every book I’ve read to completion in the past six months.

10. The Unauthorized Biography of Superman by Glen Weldon
9. Baptism of Fire Andrzej Sapkowski
8. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
7. Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
6. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
5. Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn
4. They Drew as they Pleased by Didier Ghez
3. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
2. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
1. The Shepard’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

They Drew as they Pleased is a niche book for animation weirdoes and the Pratchett books were weak Pratchett.  The rest of the list was pulp trash, or just not very good.  I need to read more books.

The List – Video Games

What follows is a list of every game I played in the past six months, ordered from least-favorite to favorite.

14. Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell
13. Infamous: First Light
12. Fallout 4
11. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
10. Until Dawn
9. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
8. The Witcher III
7. Spelunky
6. Super Pole Riders
5. Wolfenstein: The New Blood
4. Metal Gear Solid V: Grounds Zero
3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
2. Super Mario Maker
1. Blood Bowl II

The top 8 of these games are all five star great games.

The List – Comics

What follows is every comic book run I read in the past 6 months, ordered from least-favorite to favorite. It does not include ongoing series I am following month-to-month. It does not include the many 70’s Marvel comics I have been reading for Days of Thunder, and it does not include lengthy runs I’ve been working my way through but have not completed (Which at the moment consists of Cerebus, G.I. Joe, and Bone.). As such, it represents a fraction of my total comics consumption.

23. Smoke
22. The Bojeffries Saga
21. OMAC (Byrne)
20. Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave and other Tales
19. Fury: This War of Mine
18. S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 1 (Hickman)
17. Daredevil: End of Days
16. Howard the Duck (Templeton)
15. X-Factor Volumes. 15-17
14. Young Heroes in Love
13. Ultimate Spider-Man (final seven volumes)
12. Age of Atlas Vols. 2, 3
11. Alias & The Pulse
10. The Ballad of Halo Jones
9. Runaways (All the BKV and Whedon issues)
8. Secret Warriors
7. OMAC
6. American Barbarian
5. Gunsmith Cats Vol 3
4. Daredevil: Born Again
3. Copra Round Two and Three
2. Planetary
1. Usagi Yojimbo Omnibus #4 and 5

 

Of that list,  I consider the top 16 worth rereading, and the top 9 worth recommending.

The List – Movies

What follows is a list of every movie I’ve seen in the past 6 months, ranked from favorite to least-favorite:

44. Amazing Spider-Man 2
43. Robocop Remake
42. Lucy
41. The Assassin
40. Superman: Unbound
39. A Trip to the Moon
38. Jupiter Ascending
37. Angel of Death
36. Superman II (Donner Cut)
35. GI Joe: Rise of Cobra
34. Terminator Genisys
33. Catching Fire
32. Mockingjay Part 2
31. Mockingjay Part 1
30. Hunger Games
29. Divergent
28. Mad Max in: Beyond Thunderdome
27. Interstellar
26. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
25. Treasure Planet
24. Disney’s Atlantis
23. Pom Poko
22. Edge of Tomorrow
21. Mean Streets
20. The Avengers
19. Robocop
18. The Road Warrior
17. Cabaret
16. Django Unchained
15. Sunset Blvd.
14. Dope
13. Thor
12. Terminator
11. GI Joe: Retaliation
10. Anastasia
9. Mad Max Fury Road
8. T2: Judgment Day
7. Inglourious Basterds
6. Superman: The Movie
5. Jurassic Park
4. Disney’s Robin Hood
3. Out of Sight
2. Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
1. Speed Racer

That’s 44 movies in 6 months, or 1.7 movies a week. 34 of them I would consider good enough to rewatch.  15 of them I would consider classics, but not the top 15.  I really like Speed Racer.

Days of Thunder – September 1976 The Mighty Thor #251

“To Hela and Back”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor/ John Buscema & tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorsist/ Pat Condoy, Letterer

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Sif, while happy to be alive, is afraid that she is a mere consolation prize to Thor, forever second in his heart to Jane. Thor does his best to explain to her that having two women that he loves combined into one is kind of awesome.

Karnilla has been sticking around Asgard, for unspecified reasons. This makes Balder both pleased and incredibly uncomfortable.

After days of searching, the Vizier cannot find Odin anywhere in the known universe. He suspects that Odin may be in Valhalla. He travels there, by himself, and encounters his old frenemy, Harokin. Harokin can’t pass up the opportunity to wrassle with Thor and forces Thor into a fight he does not want.

Eventually, Hela arrives and informs Thor that Odin is not in her land. She then allows Thor to depart.

Days of Thunder – August 1976 The Mighty Thor #250

“If Asgard Should Perish…!”
Journey beyond the imagination with… Len Wein, Writer/Editor * John Buscema, Illustrator * Tony DeZuniga, Embellisher * John Costanza, Letterer * Glynis Wein, Colorist/ We promise you won’t regret it!

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Some time after Igron was imprisoned by Odin, he encountered the Mangog.   Long believed dead, the once-massive Mangog had dwindled to the size of a rodent, but even after his connection to the rage that fueled him was severed, it turns out that the Mangog is hate personified and simply cannot be destroyed. However, without the original rage that drove him, the Mangog has redirected that hate and rage at Odin and at Asgard.

Igron and the Mangog quickly formed an alliance. Igron used his magic to siphon some strength from all the inhabitants of Asgard.  He then poured that strength into the Mangog, thus restoring some of what the Mangog once was. It was this, and not the absence of Odin that caused the strange lethargy in Asgard in issue #240.  After Igron rejuvenates the Mangog, the two spend some time together scheming.

Time passes.  Igron is spying on Odin when he witnesses Odin teleport away from Earth after having his memory restored.  Igron quickly realizes that wherever Odin teleported to, it was not Asgard.  He does not know what became of Odin but he recognizes an opportunity.  He disguises the Mangog as Odin, and so begins the Mangog’s masquerade. Over time, the Mangog steadily gains strength as he absorbs the worship of the people of Asgard.

That brings us to the present.  The Mangog defeats Thor and has him chained before the gates of the city as a warning. What follows is a full-out insurrection, as Sif and her allies challenge the being they believe to be Odin. In the fight that follows, the Mangog easily defeats those who challenge him. However, this isn’t playing well with the masses and Igron cautions the Mangog to reign it in. The Mangog scoffs at this, and kills Igron. Upon the sorcerer’s death, his illusion is shattered and “Odin”’s true identity is revealed to the people of Asgard.  .

Thor frees himself as all turn against the Mangog. He redeclares his love for the Lady Sif as he takes the fight to the Mangog. Unmasked, the Mangog has decided to revert to type and pull the Odinsword, however without the belief of the people of Asgard to give him power,  he fades away once more. Presumably he survives as a tiny Mangog.

 

Days of Thunder – July 1976 The Mighty Thor #249

“The Throne and the Fury!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor/ John Buscema, Illustrator/ Tony DeZuniga, Embellisher/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer/ Marv Wolfman, Face in the Crowd

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Those who would stand against Odin make their plans.  While they do, the Vizier has a gift for Jane Foster. He passes the sword that once belonged to Lady Sif. However, when Jane takes hold of it, she finds it seething with power. In pain, she slams the hilt of it against the wall, and finds herself bathed in light. hen it fades, it is not Nurse Jane Foster of Earth that stands before the Vizier, but Lady Sif herself!

The Vizier theorizes that both women now exist within a single form and that in Asgard, Sif is the dominant person. Unfortunately, they have more pressing matters that preclude exploring this matter at the moment.  Thor, the Vizier and a reluctant Balder will venture to the Forest of the Norns to parlay with Karnilla the Norn Queen, while the rest of their band try to rally support for their cause.

Balder does not want to see the Norn Queen, for he loves her still although their love can never be. Nonetheless, they need petition her for aid, for her power may be the only power in the Realm Eternal strong enough to breach Odin’s mystic defenses. Upon reaching the Norn Queen, she is cruel and distant. Balder begs her not to hold her anger toward him against his people. In response she strikes him, decrying “Thou dost presume too much, Asgardian to even think the omnipotent Norn queen would ever deign to feel affection for one such as thee!” After that bit of theater, she is convinced to reluctantly join their cause.

Returning to Asgard, Thor and his allies head straight to Odin’s throne room. Karnilla alone does not have strength enough to break Odin’s barrier, but by combining her power with the power of Thor harnessed through Mjolnir, they rip open the doors.

Thor enters alone to find Odin on his throne, which is, in turn, on top of the Odinsword, which has been moved, safe within its hilt, to his throne room. His intent is clear: If anyone challenges his rule, he will unsheathe the sword and bring about the end of the world!  Having played his trump card, the All-Father reveals the truth: He is not Odin at all, but in actuality the fearsome Mangog!

 

Days of Thunder – June 1976 The Mighty Thor #248

“There Shall Come… Revolution!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * John Buscema, Illustrator * Tony DeZuniga, Guest Embellisher * Glynis Wein, Colorist * Joe Rosen, Letterer * Marv Wolfman, General Insurgent

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Starting with this issue, issues of the Mighty Thor begin with the following introduction:

“When lame Dr. DONALD BLAKE strikes his wooden walking stick upon the ground, it becomes the mystic mallet MJOLNIR – and Blake is transformed into the Norse God of Thunder, Master of the Storm and the Lightning, Heir to the Throne of Immortal Asgard… Stan Lee Presents: The Mighty Thor!”

Thor and Jane return to New York in the midst of a mighty thunderstorm. Thor halts the storm, but strangely, he has real difficulty with the task. They reunite with their three guests and soon thereafter find a ragged Balder, who has escaped to Midgard to tell Thor of what has transpired in his homeland.

They must return to Asgard, so say them all, including Jane, who argues that possessing the spirit of Sif gives her the right to enter the city, despite the ban on mortals. Thor agrees, and when they arrive they find themselves halted by Heimdall and a troop of guards. This soon leads to a full-on battle, brutal and excellently rendered. Thor and his compatriots come out on top.

Balder takes his friends to his allies: Hildegarde and Krista, as well as some new faces: Brodag the Black, Holvar of the Single Eye, Cosak the Crimson-Haired, and Skoval the Shaggy One. Jane, who has clearly established herself as the brains of the group, reasons that if they are to move against Odin, they need the input of the Vizier and so they mount an assault on the Tower of Solitude and free him.

First Appearance: Brodag the Black, Holvar of the Single Eye, Cosak the Crimson-Haired, Skoval the Shaggy One

 

Days of Thunder – May 1976 The Mighty Thor #247

“The Flame and the Hammer!”
Len Wein, Writer*Editor/ John Buscema& Joe Sinnott, Illustrators/ G. Wein, Colorist/ J. Rosen, Letterer/ Marv Wolfman, Token Gringo

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Thor and Firelord lead El Lobo’s troops forward into battle. When they break for the evening, Jane beats up a guard, steals his machine gun, and gets the drop on El Lobo and Gypsy at which point she challenges Gypsy to a duel.

Jane and Gypsy do that thing where they have a knife fight while holding onto opposite ends of a length of cloth. After an epic battle, Jane eventually overpowers Gypsy and pins her to the ground, barking, “Surrender and release Thor from your spell– or I will gladly slit your slimy throat!”

Despite the knife at her throat, Gypsy doesn’t honor the duel, instead she commands her men to rush Jane. When Thor sees Jane imperiled, it momentarily breaks Gypsy’s hold on him. At this point Gypsy lets slip that it is the Mind Jewel on her headband that enthralls Thor and Firelord and so Jane grabs it and throws it into the fire, freeing them from Gypsy’s grasp.

Thor and Firelord make short work of El Lobo’s men and turn them over to the open arms of President Elmirez. Afterward, Firelord leaves Earth.

Meanwhile, Balder has been brought before Odin, accused of plotting insurrection. Balder makes his anti-Igron case and Odin condemns him to the dungeons. Balder does not go quietly, instead he fights his way out of Odin’s chambers and makes a break for freedom.

Days of Thunder – April 1976 The Mighty Thor #246

“The Fury of Firelord!”
Len Wein, writer/editor * John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, illustrators * Glynis Wein, colorist * John Costanza, letterer * Marv Wolfman, rebel with a lost cause

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Firelord has returned to Earth and decided to throw his lot in with a group of rebels in the war-torn Central American country of Costa Verde. The rebels are led by a man named El Lobo, while the government is led by President Juan Elmirez.

Thor is the one who freed Firelord from Galactus, and so he feels responsible for Firelord’s actions. He and Jane head to Costa Verde, leaving their three friends behind in Jane’s apartment to enjoy television and McDonald’s Hamburgers. When they catch up with Firelord, Thor speaks his mind. “When I see such as thee, who once soared thru space as faithful Herald to the world-devouring Galactus, reduced to usurping a pitiful little nation such as this – the righteous anger of the God of Thunder doth know no bounds!”

After a little bit of fighting, they meet Firelord’s companion: a woman named Gypsy. She has a jewel on her headband that she uses to hypnotize Thor to do her bidding, as it turns out she has previously done with Firelord.

Meanwhile, Odin has become even more harsh than normal, and has been punishing those that Igron accuses of disloyalty. Balder believes that Odin has gone insane and may have to be deposed. He discusses his concerns with Hildegarde in an out-of-the-way Meadhall, but unbeknownst to the two of them, their conversation is overheard by Snaykar the Skulker, who intends to report what he has heard to to Igron.

First Appearance: Costa Verde, El Lobo, President Juan Elmirez, Gypsy, Snaykar the Skulker

 

Days of Thunder – March 1976 The Mighty Thor #245

“The Temple at the End of Time!”

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Len Wein, writer/editor / John Buscema * Joe Sinnott, illustrators/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Joe Rosen, letterer

In the grim aftermath of the Time Twister’s passing, Thor has a theory toward how he and his friends survived. He suspects that the part of Sif that dwells within Jane Foster gave Jane the ability to bypass time and space that was once possessed by Sif and that she subconsciously used that ability to phase herself and her friends so that the holocaust passed around them.

Before they can explore this theory, Zarrko returns in his Time Cube. The survivors of Earth discuss the pending threat to the 20th Century, eventually hatching a scheme. Rather than face the Time Twisters in the 20th Century, they decide to travel to their point of origin at the End of Time.

They push the limits of the Time Cube and arrive just before the Primal Sun goes nova. They determine that the last remaining life in the universe can be found on a temple on a floating asteroid. After fighting some Protectroids, they find He Who Remains, the last person in the universe. He is tending to the gestating Time Twisters.

He Who Remains tells his visitors that the beings who become the Time Twisters were created to survive until a new Universe is born again, so that they can provide the new universe with the gift of knowledge gathered from the sum history of this universe. Jane tells He Who Remains that the plan will fail, that his charges’ mission will become garbled, and that they will not emerge in a new universe, but will travel backwards through this universe, slaughtering untold lives in the process.

Faced with this terrible news, He Who Remains sends his visitors away, back to their own time, while he stays behind to terminate the birth of those who had been his final hope.

This bleak finale changes the timestream. As a result, Zarrko never seeks the aid of Thor and his friends. Also, through the butterflied mechanics of time travel, the 50th Century is no longer a wasteland and Zarrko is no longer in charge, some guy named Derek is.

First Appearance: The Protectroids

Days of Thunder – February 1976 The Mighty Thor #244

“This is the Way the World Ends!”
Len Wein, writer/editor/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, illustrators/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Joe Rosen, letterer

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Before the 20th Century contingent can engage the Time Twisters, Zarrko decides to test their strength by promising power rations to whomever among his starving citizenry can kill a Time Twister. The Twisters, tall, spindly, big-headed aliens, glance upon their assailants with a gaze that causes half of them to rapidly age to death, and the other half to de-age into never-existence.

Elsewhile, on Asgard, the Vizier once again questions Odin’s wisdom on having banished Thor. Odin refuses to hear any more, and retires the Vizier from his role as advisor. He then commands Balder to to go fetch Igron from prison to become his new advisor.

Back in the 50th century, Jane has assessed the Time Twisters as smart aliens rather than aggressive aliens, and convinces Thor to parlay. Thor discovers that the Time Twisters are compelled by ancient decree to answer any questions asked of them. Thor is a terrible interrogator and gets a vague answers, but apparently the Twisters come from the end of time and are on a mission to visit the beginning of time.

The Time Twisters were unaware that they were destroying every planet that they visit, but a few billion deaths is small potatoes to them. “Our father was the ultimate nova – The death of the Primal Sun– Our mother was the universe-shattering holocaust that followed!”

At this point, they attempt to turn Thor and his friends into babies/old people, but this technique proves useless against immortals from Asgard. It is unclear if they do not target Jane, or if the part of her that comes from Sif protected her, but either way, she is also fine.

The Time Twister’s second strategy is to summon a bunch of random warriors from Earth’s history and set them against Thor and his friends. In the battle that ensues, Jane grabs a sword and starts killing dudes alongside her man, and for a second it seems to Thor that she appears to be not Jane Foster, but Sif.

They win the battle, but it is for nothing. The Time Twisters escape, and shortly afterward the entire planet is engulfed in apocalyptic cosmic fire, ending the world as we know it. Knowing what was about to happen, Zarrko and his Servitor escape in his time cube. Somehow the five visitors from the 20th century survive the grim inferno when no one else does.

 

Days of Thunder – January 1976 The Mighty Thor #243

“Turmoil in the Time-Stream”
Len Wein, writer/editor * John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, illustrators * Glynis Oliver Wein, colorist * Joe Rosen, letterer

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In the 23rd Century, some time after Zarrko was arrested for coercing Thor into overthrowing the planet, Zarrko found himself a free man. He created the Servitor and then traveled not into the past, but forward into the 50th Century, where he was able to seize leadership of the crumbling remains of human society.

However, his time period came to be threatened by pan-dimensional beings known as Time-Twisters. Spiraling their way through time, they keep moving backwards through time in 30 century intervals. Each time they appear on Earth, they burn it to a cinder. Most, er, recently they have destroyed the 80th century, and now they threaten the 50th century. If they are not stopped then and there, they will move on to the 20th.

Zarrko warns Thor and his friends about the Time Twisters and they all agree to come with him to fight this threat. Jane insists on coming along and when Thor argues against, she plays the “you wouldn’t pull that shit on Sif” card, which works even though Thor tried to pull that shit on Sif all of the time.

Meanwhile on Asgard, the Vizier gently chastises Odin for disowning Thor once more, but the snarling Allfather will not hear it, leading to the best panel of Thor in many a year:

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The Thor contingent joins Zarrko in his Time Cube to travel to the 50th Century. Along the way, they are halted by an unknown presence. Between time, Thor steps out into “a billowing miasma of stifling mists that swirl in from oblivion and swirl away into despair.” He finds and beats up a dinosaur and some Mongols. Afterward, they are able to finish their journey to the 50th Century where they come face-to-face with the Time Twisters

First Appearance: The Time Twisters

Days of Thunder – December 1975 The Mighty Thor #242

“When the Servitor Commands!”

Pomp and Pageantry on a Cosmic Scale With: Len Wein, Spanking-New Scripter/Editor/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, Same Old Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ John Costanza, Letterer/ Honorary Asgardians All!

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Thor, Jane, and Odin depart from the pyramid, and Thor creates a vortex around the pyramid with his hammer, a vortex which causes the pyramid to vanish, and all damage to be undone. It is unclear what new application of Mjolnir’s power over time and space is at work here.

Upon returning to Midgard, Odin’s memory of who he was returns as well. And with that return to form, he wastes no time in belittling Jane and castigating Thor: “Again thou dost keep company with that mortal wench– despite my royal decree? Then so be it! Odin doth be All-Father once more– but thou be not his son! Not till you have forsworn Jane Foster forever!”

Odin follows up that outburst with a farewell to his friend Judith, thanking her for teaching him about what humanity has to offer and helping him gain humility. He then returns to Asgard.

Thor and Jane return to Jane’s apartment, only to discover that Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun have found it and made themselves at home. It is not clear how they found the place, but they have come because they were bored and thought that hanging with Thor would lead to adventure.

Jane is a very gracious host, given the circumstances, but before they can get comfortable, a giant arm smashes a hole into Jane’s apartment, grabbing the nurse.

A giant humanoid form, seemingly a robot of sorts, holds Jane Foster and commands Thor to swear loyalty to his unnamed master in exchange for Foster’s safety. Instead of agreeing, Thor and his friends attack the giant, eventually freeing Jane from its grasp. Jane wastes no time before grabbing a lead pipe, prepared to jump into the fray, but Thor and Volstagg beg her to stay out of it. The men from Asgard defeat the Servitor, and it is at that time that his master reveals himself to be Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man, begging for Thor’s help.

First Appearance: The Servitor

 

Days of Thunder – Recap Page: Post-Conway

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Thor is the Norse God of Thunder. As a member of the Asgardian race he is immortal and incredibly strong. 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. Although he is superhumanly strong, Thor must be on guard to avoid succumbing to Warrior’s Madness.

Thor is the son of Odin, King of Asgard. He is Odin’s beloved favorite son, however theirs is an uneasy relationship with hot tempers on both sides. Some number of years ago, Odin grew angry at Thor’s brash arrogance and decided that his son must learn humility. To that end, he transformed Thor into a crippled mortal named Donald Blake. Blake possessed no memory of his life as a god, believing himself to be a human med student.

Years later, after becoming a successful doctor, Blake stumbled upon an enchanted stick capable of transforming him into Thor, his true self.  He now uses this stick as a walking stick, for Doctor Blake is disabled, with a lame right leg.

Doctor Donald Blake had become 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. In addition to his medical endeavors, he once built a sentient nigh-indestructible android.

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. Ultimately, regardless of whether they are in Blake’s body or Thor’s they seem to be a single, composite personality.  After being questioned by Blake about his dual nature,  Odin revealed the truth.

Despite the fact that Thor is able to turn to Blake whensoever he pleases, in recent years, he has rarely become Blake, letting his medical practice fall apart due to neglect. Occasionally, Blake will appear to perform a surgery and people will invariably express shock at the appearance of the legendary surgeon. He has recently opened another practice on Earth, but only time will tell if he will pay this one the attention it is due.of Blake’s nature to Thor.  Blake resents Thor and is insecure about the fact that he is not real.

The gnarled stick that transforms Blake into Thor transforms itself into an enchanted hammer known as Mjolnir, 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.

As best understood, Mjolnir’s abilities are as such: If Thor stamps it on the ground twice, he creates storms. If he stamps it three times he ends storms. Four stamps create seismic activity.

Mjolnir 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. Mjolnir radiates power, which can be harnessed to fly spaceships.  It was crafted from Uru metal by Trolls and enchanted by Odin.  he hammer can detect the presence of Asgardians, and in particular has a psychic link with Thor’s brother, Loki. The cause and exact nature of this link is unknown.

While on Earth, Thor must remain in near-constant physical contact with Mjolnir. 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.

The abilities of Mjolnir are slightly unclear. It has been un-enchanted and re-enchanted, and it seems that when re-enchanted, the nature of its abilities changed slightly. The most notable change is that it can now be summoned directly to Thor’s hands when at rest.

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.

For a number of years he was involved in a complicated courtship with his nurse and only employee, Jane Foster. Eventually she learned that her boyfriend was actually Thor, and ultimately decided that she could not handle the lifestyle that came with dating a god. After rejecting Thor, Odin tampered with her mind, removing her memories of both Blake and Thor.

After his courtship of Nurse Jane Foster ended disastrously, Thor wasted no time in courting an Asgardian Warrior known as Sif. Sif is the sister of Heimdal and an able swordswoman. She and Thor were informally engaged for a number of years.

Recently, Nurse Foster’s life nearly came to an end, due to a vague ailment caused by an entity known only as “Fear.” Lady Sif believed in her heart that Thor loved the mortal Jane Foster more than he loved herself, and so she stole an artifact that allowed the goddess to sacrifice her own life energy to save Jane Foster.

Jane Foster now again remembers all that she had forgotten when Odin tampered with her mind, and is once again in a romantic relationship with both Doctor Donald Blake and Thor, God of Thunder. It seems that Jane has absorbed not only Lady Sif’s life, but also much of her personality, as Jane now acts as a warrior born.

The ritual to give Sif’s life force to Jane Foster was brought about through the use of a Runestaff stolen by Sif from a being known as Kamo Tharinn. Tharn has sworn to track down Sif to reclaim his staff and to have his revenge.

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, who conferred upon his child 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 Mjolnir. He spends most of his time attempting to overthrow his father and to become ruler of Asgard.

Asgard is the most powerful of kingdoms in a world that is connected to Earth by a rainbow bridge known as Bifrost. Its 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, flying trolls, mountain giants, ice giants, storm giants, rime giants, vanna, the demon men of Jotunheim, and Satan’s forty horsemen. Human life on Earth was first created by Asgardian magic.

Asgard is ruled by Odin, who possesses powers nearly unimaginable to mortals. He possesses a Rod of Power through which he channels his energies and a Ring of Power, which signifies his kingship.. He gains his power from the Enchanti-stones, powerful artifacts that he hides in the Odin-Cave. Once a year, he must hibernate in a state known as the Odinsleep. He possesses Odinthoughts.

Over the past few years, Odin has done much that is strange. He has manipulated his son and his subjects as if they were pieces on a chessboard in something he calls simply “The Game.” His closest adviser, the unnamed Vizier, has questioned his mental state. A being calling itself the Demon Druid has claimed that the true Odin is dead. Currently, he has abandoned his kingdom for Earth, where he has given himself amnesia, and now believes himself to be a human named “Orrin.”

A while back, Odin orchestrated a byzantine, seemingly stupid plan that culminated with the transformation of three humans into three new gods, which he described as being the start of a new race of gods that will “breathe fresh fire into the furnace of the cosmic all!” These gods have not been seen since.

In Asgard there is a giant sword known as the Odinsword, resting in its scabbard. It is prophesied that when this sword is unsheathed, it shall signal the apocalyptic event known as Ragnarok.  When this transpires, Asgard shall be destroyed in a a very specific manner.

In Thor’s youth, before he became Blake, some unknown force caused the Odinsword’s scabbard to begin to crack. As the crack grew, Odin feared that this was the work of some agent attempting to bring about Ragnarok. Thor and his friends began a quest to search for the cause of these cracks, but the source was never revealed to the reader.  Presumably, this threat was discovered and brought to an end, in some untold adventure, for Ragnarok has not yet transpired.

Thor’s closest friend is Balder. Balder is a gentle, kindhearted Asgardian warrior.  He owns a sword from another universe.   Balder is in love with, and in turn loved by Karnilla, the Norn Queen. This is a tragic romance, for Karnilla is a long-standing enemy of Asgard and Balder is forever loyal to Odin in his heart. After a turbulent courtship, that ended in impasse, they have not spoken in some time.

The exact nature of Karnilla’s enmity against Asgard is unknown, as is the exact nature of her people.  Karnilla is the Norn Queen, and a powerful sorceress. She is served by the Norn Hag, also a magic user.  Karnilla  is the possessor of the Norn Stones, artifacts capable of unleashing powerful magic. Thor has encountered three powerful beings known as the Norn, who seem to act largely as observers of cosmic events. What relationship, if any they have to the Norn Queen and her people is unknown.

For a time Karnilla fought alongside Thor and his compatriots as an ally, but has not been seen in some time.

Thor is also close friends with Hogun the Grim, Fandral the Dashing, and Volstagg the Voluminous, three warriors rarely seen outside of each other’s company. This trio of warriors are adventurers and braggarts, with Volstagg in particular being known for a braggadocio that exceeds his valor.

Other allies of Thor include: Hildegarde, close friend of Lady Sif who is secretly in love with Hogun the Grim; Hercules, the braggart prince of the Gods of Olympus.; The Recorder, an android created by the Colonizers of Rigel; Tana Nile, one of the Colonizers of Rigel, who was for a time stranded on Earth; Silas Grant, Tana Nile’s boyfriend and only survivor of the Blackworld; The man known only as “the Vizier”, a close confidant of Odin; Heimdall, the stoic watchman guarding the rainbow bridge to Asgard, possessing astounding powers of perception.

Once, in an encounter with the threat to all life known as Infinity, Thor encountered a man known only as the Silent One. This being appeared out of nowhere but seemed to be incredibly powerful and highly knowledgeable. He was also mute and largely uncommunicative. At a critical moment, the Silent One died, sacrificing his life for Thor’s. His origins and motives remain a mystery.

There exists an unfathomably powerful entity known as Galactus, who’s sole goal in life is to consume worlds in their entirety. Odin is concerned by the threat this being could pose to Asgard, and so has spent a great deal of time studying and monitoring it.

Thor has fought many additional super-powered enemies. Among them are: The Destroyer, Ulik the Troll, Hela the Goddess of Death, Surtur the Fire Demon, The Mangog, King Geirrodur of the Trolls, Ego the Living Planet, Pluto  the Lord of the Netherworld, Infinity, The Enchantress, the Executioner,  The Absorbing Man, The Wrecker, The Circus of Crime, The Gargoyle,  Mr. Hyde, The Cobra, Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, and the Lava Men.

And of course, some enemies have become allies over time, such as Firelord, Harokin and  Mercurio, the Fourth-Dimension Man.

Thor is a longstanding member of a team of superheroes known as the Avengers. He crams in a large number of adventures with this team during his rare breaks in action on Earth.

Despite nominally being a superhero, Thor has done many things beyond the purview of superheroics. He once traveled to the future where he proceeded to conquer planet Earth. 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 is technically a fugitive on Earth, as he was arrested for a crime he was guilty of, released on bail, and did not ever show up for the trial. Despite this fact, he has repeatedly encountered law enforcement without anyone trying to arrest him.

Some time ago, Pluto the Lord of the Greek Underworld and enemy of Thor and Hercules, was found to have been in Manhattan, only to be interrupted by Thor and his friends. It is not clear what he was doing in Manhattan, and if that was part of some greater scheme.

The character of Thor stars in the lead feature of a comic magazine originally entitled Journey into Mystery, later retitled The Mighty Thor. 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, running for nearly 50 issues. Kirby left the series after issue #179 and Lee departed not too much later, after issue #194. Kirby and Lee were replaced by John Buscema, and Gerry Conway respectively. Conway drove the book into mediocrity over the next several years before moving on as of issue #238. Thor also regularly appears in a minor supporting role in the team book The Avengers.

Days of Thunder – November 1975 The Mighty Thor #241

“The Death Ship Sails the Stars”
Bill Mantlo, author/ John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, artists/ John Costanza, letterer/ Phil Rache, colorist/ Marv Wolfman Editor

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Odin, now calling himself Atum-Re, has no memory of Thor, as he is still suffering from self-inflicted amnesia. In addition, the Egyptian gods have added the Atum Force to his being. After some posturing and some exposition, a deal is struck, Thor Jane and Odin/Orrin/Atum-Re will help the Egyptians battle their nemesis Seth, god of death, and after the battle, the Egyptians will release Odin from the Atum Force.

The party travels within the pyramid, which holds a giant, gleaming, golden Path of the Gods which winds through a cosmic landscape much grander and larger than the pyramid exterior that had smashed through to California would have suggested.

Together they find and encounter Seth and his army of skeletons riding skeleton horses. They fight and defeat Seth.

 

Days of Thunder – October 1975 The Mighty Thor #240

“When The Gods Make War!”
  Hearken ye, Believers, to a tale that only Rascally Roy Thomas could have plotted, Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson could have drawn, John Costanza could have lettered, Phil Rachelson could have colored… …And somewhere along the line embattled Bill Mantlo got handed the job to script. So be it! Edited by: Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman & Len Wein, Triumvirate of Tamperers

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Thor returns to Asgard, only to discover that all of its inhabitants have become weak and lethargic. The Vizier has already returned, and it is unclear if he has relayed the news of Sif’s passing. Thor cannot bear to bring up that bit of sad news at this time.

At the dawn of time as it is poorly understood by the inhabitants of Asgard, Odin knelt before the Mimisbrunnen, the Well of Wisdom, and bartered with Mimir, the Well’s guardian, for knowledge. Odin was granted knowledge, but at a secret price. Now, the Vizier summons a vision of Mimir, so that they might track down Odin.

Mimir tells Thor where Odin has gone, seemingly gratis. He also relays to Thor some Egyptian mythology wherein Horus is the Hero god and Seth is the villain god.

Thor returns to Midgard to find his father. At the site of the pyramid, he finds Jane Foster, who took the first plane out after catching the news.

Thor strikes at the base of the pyramid with Mjolnir until Horus reveals himself. Neither god is much for open communication, and the two soon find themselves fighting. They fight until a figure emerges from the pyramid. It is Odin, now going by the name Atum-Re!

The Egyptian Gods claim that Odin was not merely the All Father to the Norse, but that he was the Old One that sired the Gods of Egypt. Whether that is true or not, right now he does not recognize Thor and is prepared to fight him.

First appearance: Seth, Atum-Re, Mimir

Days of Thunder – September 1975 The Mighty Thor #239

“Time-Quake!”
We begin a new era of Ragnarokian wonderment with: Roy Thomas, writer/editor * Sal Buscema, artist * Joe Sinnott, embellisher/ Phil Rache, colorist * John Costanza, letterer

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With Thor at his side, and Geirrodur as their bound prisoner, Ulik feels unstoppable! He is so excited as he tells his plans to Thor “Let us make haste to combine the two troll armies, that the world of mortals shall fall to us all the sooner!” It is a big let-down for the Troll when Thor turns on him, still sore that Ulik had Jane captured.

Thor defeats Ulik and then uses the magic in Geirrodur’s stolen staff to start a blazing fire in order to disperse the assembled Trolls. Everyone scatters, while a bound, pitiable Geirrodur is left for dead.

Thor and Jane return to the surface world, through the hole created by Ulik’s forces. Hercules and the Vizier have been hanging around that spot along with the newly promoted Lieutenant Blumkenn. Thor and Hercules work together to close the hole by throwing rocks and lightning at it. Afterward, Herc accepts an invitation to visit California to give a university lecture on mythology.

Meanwhile, Orrin and Judith have been invited back to the union hall of the picketing grape-pickers. Their leader, Tomas Chamaro is whipping the strikers into a frenzy when Conners and his men arrive. Orrin, who has slipped back into an Asgardian speech pattern, starts in on the strikebreakers, which inspires the striking workers to join in the melee.

Having incited violence so that he need not fight himself, Orrin prepares to depart the union hall when a giant pyramid erupts out from the ground, displacing the city around it. Orrin becomes transfixed, walking straight toward it, ignoring the pleas of Judith.

Back in New York, Jane convinces a brooding Blake that he needs to return to Asgard, so that he might find his missing father. Spurred to action by Jane, Thor departs, while Jane must stay behind, as mortals are not welcome in Asgard.

As soon as Thor leaves, Jane discovers news coverage of the Pyramid in California. She is shocked to recognize Odin , who slowly walks toward the entrance of the pyramid, to meet three figures who appear to be the Egyptian gods Horus, Osiris, and Isis. He enters, and then the doors to the Pyramid slam shut.

First Appearance: Horus, Osiris, Isis

Days of Thunder – Gerry Conway Wrap-Up

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Gerry Conway’s Thor sucked. He took the cosmic barbarian masterpiece established by Lee and Kirby and turned it into something mundane. Old storylines were rehashed. Grand spectacle was hinted at, but never delivered. Mysteries were established, but the payoffs were largely nonexistent.

The one good thing Conway did was to build up the ensemble of Thor. For a while, the book felt like a team book with as many as 10 heroes to juggle. He also added multiple female characters, and largely avoided treating them like objects.  Unfortunately he never took the time to give those characters any depth or personality.
At the end of the day, Conway’s Thor sucked.

Days of Thunder – August 1975 The Mighty Thor #238

“Night of the Troll!”
Gerry Conway, author * John Buscema, artist * Joe Sinnott, finished art * John Costanza, letterer/ Don Warfield, colorist * Len Wein, editor

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In California, Orrin and Judith happen upon some strike breakers, led by a man named Conners, who in turn is receiving orders from a man named Mr.Combach. These hired thugs are causing trouble for a picket line. Orrin starts tossing the troublemakers around, and when they don’t back down, he prepares to drop a station wagon on them. Judith intervenes, telling Orrin that while he should use his strength to help people,  he should not if it leads to violence. Orrin thinks that is dumb but doesn’t really seem to care about helping people, so he agrees to back off.

Some months ago, after being consigned to the darkest pits by King Geirrodur, Ulik managed to overpower a guard and escape. He fled even deeper into the Earth, far below the domain of Geirrodur. It was there that he discovered a lost tribe of Trolls, one that accepted him as their leader after he killed their chief.

Ulik now seeks revenge on Geirrodur. He has captured Jane Foster as leverage against Thor, so that his blondhaired enemy will fight Geirrodur’s new lieutenant, a troll by the name of Zoltarr, the Troll Supreme, while Ulik takes the battle to the Troll King himself.

Thor and Jane Foster thus accompany this army of Trolls through the underground, traversing a long subterranean river. At one point Thor and Ulik do battle with a Sea-Demon. Eventually, they meet Geirrodur, who has assembled an army to meet the invaders head on. At his side is Zoltarr, a massive, fully-armored brute of troll.

Thor and Ulik work together to savagely defeat Zoltarr, who is revealed to be an android. The act of fighting side-by-side endears Thor to Ulik. He forgives the Asgardian for what has gone before. Thor has gained Ulik’s admiration.

In the midst of this melee, Jane clobbers her Ulik-factioned guard, obtains a spear and manages to get the drop on Geirrodur, capturing the king of the Trolls singlehandedly. The implication seems to be that much of who Sif was now resides within Jane. It seems as if Thor is getting to date both of his girlfriends at once!

First Appearance: Zoltarr the Troll Supreme, Conners, Mr. Combach

Final Issue: Gerry Conway

 

Days of Thunder – July 1975 The Mighty Thor #237

“Ulik Unchained”
Gerry Conway, author/ John Buscema, artist/ Joe Sinnott, embellisher/ John Costanza, letterer/ Petra Goldberg, colorist/ Len Wein, editor

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Doctor Blake and Nurse Foster are on a date, but they sit in contemplative silence, while the specters of Thor and Sif hang over them. It is the most interesting this moment this book has had in years. Then the waiter comes by and disturbs their reverie. They banter, full of affection for each other.

Some amount of time has passed since Sif made her sacrifice. Presumably everything that Thor has done in the pages of the Avengers and other titles for the past two and a half years has happened in this gap, or are at the least beginning to catch up to the events of book. Blake and Jane are again dating. Jane retains the knowledge of Blake’s alter ego and seems happy to make time with either version.   It is unknown what became of Doctor North.  Sif is vaguely referred to a still living within Jane. Kamo Tharinn never showed up.

With Odin missing, one would think Thor would be obligated to rule Asgard in his absence, but instead he seems to have permanently relocated to Earth to be with Jane. He has again reopened his practice. Balder, Hildegarde, Krista, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg all presumably have settled back into life on Asgard. Karnilla simply disappeared after their encounter with Xorr.

In California, Orrin’s friends feel that he is obligated to use his superhuman strength for the betterment of mankind, while Orrin seem uninterested.

Hercules and the Vizier hang out in Coney Island.

Meanwhile Ulik, last seen “consigned to the darkest pits for the duration of eternity”,  is again lurking about New York. His Trolls are spotted in Central Park and Thor attacks. He and Ulik trade blows until some Trolls working for Ulik capture Jane Foster and hold her hostage, forcing Thor to stay his hand.

Days of Thunder – June 1975 The Mighty Thor #236

“One Life to Give!”
Gerry Conway, author/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, artists/ Artie Simek, letterer/ Phil Rache, colorist/ Len Wein, editor

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As Thor and the Absorbing Man continue to fight, Creel reveals that he survived falling into water by touching a rock. This gives Thor an idea. He runs into a toy store and tricks Creel into grabbing a cardboard facsimile of Mjolnir. This turns the Absorbing Man into cardboard and Thor is able to defeat him. Further inspired, he traps his enemy inside a cardboard box, thus forcing Creel to remain cardboard.

Meanwhile, in California, some punks start hassling the man currently going by the name Orrin, and Orrin accidentally murders one of them.

Back in New York, Sif completes her ritual but at a price. She saves the life of Nurse Jane Foster, but the goddess is gone. Her entire life force has been absorbed into the mortal woman, which consumes Sif’s physical body as well.

As Thor returns to the hospital, he discovers what has transpired while he fought his enemy. The newly invigorated Jane calls Thor “my darling” as she explains what happened. It seems something has returned her memories. Perhaps it was the magic of the Spell of Revival, or perhaps it was Odin’s renouncing his godhead. Whatever the case, Thor holds Jane tight, his eyes closed.

Days of Thunder – May 1975 The Mighty Thor #235

“Who Lurks Beyond the Labyrinth!”
Gerry Conway, author/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, artists/ John Costanza, letterer/ Petra Goldberg, colorist/ Len Wein, editor

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Sif and Hercules enter the domain of Kamo Tharrin. Much of Kamo Tharrin’s nature is unclear. He is a blind being of immense power, wielding a silly looking staff with a giant lion head on one end, known as the Runestaff.

Sif and Hercules trespass upon Kamo Tharrin’s home despite his protests. When he refuses to give them his staff, they beat him up and steal it from him.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Thor is so angry about Nurse Jane Foster’s condition that he smashes the roof of a building to rubble, which rains down upon a crowd of passerby. Thor manages to destroy the falling stonework before it hits anyone, but it was a close thing.

Later, the Absorbing Man sneaks into Foster’s hospital room, where a pensive Thor waits with the Vizier. It is unclear how Creel survived his previous encounter with Thor, but he wants revenge and he has decided that absorbing Thor’s hammer, is the key to victory. Touch it, he does, kicking off a fight that Thor directs into the street, away from Nurse Foster.

Sif and Hercules teleport back to Jane’s room, assuming that Kamo Tharrin will be hot on their heels. Sif commands the Vizier to immediately begin the Spell of Revival!

First Appearance: Kamo Tharrin, the Runestaff

 

Days of Thunder – May 1975 Marvel Two-in-One Presents The Thing and The Mighty Thor #9

When a God Goes Mad!”
Chris Claremont, script/ Steve Gerber, plot/ Herb Trimpe, artist/ Joe Giella, inker/ Janice Cohen, colorist/ Charlotte Jetter, letterer/ Len Wein, editor

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On his way back to Nurse Jane Foster’s side, Thor gets waylaid when he is brought under mind-control by a villain known as the Puppet Master.

The Puppet Master is a madman who has fought with the Fantastic Four on several occasions. He possesses a special radioactive clay that grants him the ability to control the mind of anyone that he sculpts the likeness of. Normally, a god such as Thor would be beyond the Puppet Master’s ability, but he has enlisted the aid of a strange being known as Radion, the Atomic Man. Radion boosts the radioactivity of the clay, which allows Thor to fall under the Puppet Master’s thrall.

While the Fantastic Four’s the Thing is out at a show with some friends, Thor attacks the remaining Fantastic Four, beating them to an inch of their life, before he is able to regain control of his mind. Realizing what he has done, he turns into Blake and begins administering care to the fallen heroes.

When the Thing returns home, Blake explains what has happened. The Thing recognizes the famous Dr. Blake and takes him at his word. Blake leaves, turns into Thor once more, and immediately falls under the control of the Puppet Master once again. He returns to fight the Thing.

As they fight, the Thing can tell that Thor is holding back, trying to resist. Before long The Puppet Master and Radion reveal themselves. This is a mistake as one of the Thing’s friends is a man named Wundarr who has the ability to absorb radiation. Wundarr absorbs the radiation in the Thor sculpture, which breaks the mind-control. Radion runs away and the Puppet Master is clobbered by Wundarr. Thor leaves, as Nurse Foster is still foremost on his mind..

First Appearance: Radion, the Atomic Man

Days of Thunder – April 1975 The Mighty Thor #234

“O, Bitter Victory!”
Gerry Conway, author/John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, artists/ John Costanza, letterer/ Petra Goldberg, colorist/ Len Wein, editor

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Thor attempts a sneak attack against Loki’s forces, but he is caught and captured. Meanwhile, Iron Man and Firelord combine their powers to attack the barrier that traps them within Avenger’s Mansion. They break the barrier, but only Firelord retains the strength to take the fight to Loki. Krista stays behind to look after Iron Man.

Firelord fights his way into Loki’s camp and provides the distraction Thor needs to escape. Thor challenges his brother to an unarmed duel. Loki agrees.  When Thor sets down his hammer, he creates a sixty-second time limit for their battle. As they fight, Thor senses Dormammu’s power draining from Loki. With two seconds to spare, Thor is triumphant in his fight against his brother.

As Loki crumples to the ground, his spell lifts and the Asgardians in his thrall awaken. Thor meanwhile sheds a tear for his brother.

Elsewhere, Orrin,  née Odin,  engages in a philosophical discussion with his young friend, Judith. Abruptly, a car speeds toward the pair at high speed, causing Orrin to swat it aside as if it were nothing. Either the Vizier was mistaken about Odin becoming mortal, or even when mortal he retains the strength of one Asgard-born.

Meanwhile, Sif and Hercules arrive on the planet where Kamo Tharnn lives, as they continue their quest to save the life of Nurse Jane Foster.

First Appearance: Judith

Days of Thunder – March 1975 The Mighty Thor #233

“Midgard Aflame!”
Gerry Conway, Author * John Buscmea & Chic Stone, Artists * Artie Sime, Letterer/ Petra G., Colorist * Len Wein, Editor

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Loki, emboldened by the power of Dormammu, returns to Asgard. Upon arriving, he vaporizes the Vizier with a gesture. Holy shit, he just killed the Vizier!

Meanwhile, Thor has been taking a walk to clear his head, but when he tries to return to Avengers Mansion, he finds it barricaded by a mystic force field. Presumably Firelord is trapped within, along with Iron Man.

Thor is soon summoned to the Pentagon, where he is informed that every known super-powered individual in America has been immobilized by force fields, save for Thor. In addition, gigantic mysterious cubes have appeared all over America, if not the world.

Soon a cube located on Arlington Bridge opens up and a battalion of horse-mounted Asgardian warriors spill out of it, led by Loki astride a fire-breathing horse. Loki is also wielding a firey sword, but it would most likely be a different one than the one he owned before being blinded and falling off of a cliff.

Thor, alongside Gen. Sam Sawyer lead a large number of U.S. Army troops against Loki and the Asgardians. The humans fight valiantly but they are no match for magic of Loki and the might of Asgardian warriors. Sawyer and Thor discuss the nuclear option when the Vizier appears before them.

The Vizier’s not dead! How he survived is unclear, but he tells Thor that Odin has renounced his godhead and given himself amnesia. Odin now lives among the mortals unaware of who he is.

In fact, we now see him, living with migrant workers in California, going by the name “Orrin.” He watches the television reporting of the attack on Washington and furrows his brow, unable to know why this all seems so familiar.

First Appearance: General Sam Sawyer

Days of Thunder – February 1975 The Mighty Thor #232

“Lo, the Raging Battle!”

Gerry Conway, Author/ John Buscema & Dick Giordano, Artists/ J. Costanza, letterer/ P. Goldberg, colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor has obtained experimental government drugs that may be able to heal Jane Foster from her non-specific injuries. This proves fruitless.

While Thor broods, Firestorm approaches the Thunder God, leading to a big stupid fight over nothing. This does immense property damage, to buildings, to the streets, to cars. The two eventually cool off and prepare to head to Avengers Mansion when Detective Sgt. Blumkenn arrives, attempting to hold them accountable for their destructive behavior. Thor talks his way out of trouble off-panel, presumably with an explanation along the lines of “send a bill to Tony Stark.”

Meanwhile, at Avengers Mansion, Iron Man receives a video phone call from Tom Fagan, who checks in with the Avengers from time to time, in his role as Loki’s warden. Apparently, Loki cast a spell causing a teenager named Bunker to appear to be Loki, and that it was this child that has been Fagan’s prisoner all this time.

Clearly this story takes place some time after the events of Avengers #118. Within the pages of The Mighty Thor, there has been no down time on Earth since Thor fought Ulik in issue #210. Therefore, all of Thor’s involvement with the Avengers up until at least that point must have taken place before that issue.

Thor and Firelord arrive at Avengers Mansion, apparently in the free and clear, law-wise. Firelord explains to Thor, Iron Man, Krista and Jarvis that the former-herald had been lured to a twisted dimension by Loki. Loki seemed to have gone mad with power and explained to Firelord that he had gained the spirit of Dormammu’s mystic being, and thus he gained the Dark One’s power. Faced with this news, Thor returns to Jane Foster’s side.

Meanwhile on Asgard, Sif does not know what to do about Jane Foster, with Odin missing. Hildegarde suggests that there may be hope in the Runestaff of Kamo Tharnn, an artifact that holds the power of life and death. Sif heads out on a quest to retrieve it, returning briefly to Earth in order to recruit Hercules to her cause.  It is unclear why Hildegarde does not accompany her.

Days of Thunder – January 1975 The Mighty Thor #231

“A Spectre from the Past!”
Gerry Conway, Author/ John Buscema & Dick Giordano, Artists Extraodinair/ John Costanza, letterer/ P. Goldberg, colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor and Hercules emerge from the caverns under New York and are immediately flagged down by Detective Sergeant Blumkenn, who informs them that all the suicidal people around the city have snapped out of their condition. Apparently, when Hercules and Thor conquered Fear, they broke a malevolent spirit’s hold on all these many people.

Also, one of the victims has been asking for Thor by name. That person is Nurse Jane Foster! Thor rushed to the hospital only to find Jane unconscious. The prognosis is grim but vague. Apparently Thor’s onetime love has but weeks to live. Thor’s old feelings for Jane have come flooding back upon seeing her in this condition and he refuses to leave her side.

Sif, who has switched back to her old hat, sees the love that Thor feels for Jane and she is determined to save the mortal. She leaves Thor and Krista on Earth as she uses her innate powers as a goddess to teleport back to Asgard. She has come to petition Odin, only to be told by Hildegarde that Odin is missing.

Meanwhile a spirit named Armak, claiming to be the very first man, has possessed the body of a phony psychic named Arnold Nicolson, changing the man’s body into a beastly form. Armak grabs a girl with intent to mate, before running through the streets demanding men to fight with. Hercules and a reluctant Thor step in to oblige him. Ultimately, Thor shoves him off of a tall building, causing the human host to plummet to his death.

First Appearance: Armak

 

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