Days of Thunder – June 1973 The Mighty Thor #212

“Journey to the Golden Star!”
Gerry Conway, Scripter/ John Buscema and Don Perlin Artists/ Vinnie Colletta, Inker/ D. Vladimer, Letterer/ S. Goldberg, Colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor is so concerned over Balder’s well-being that he rips the doors of his friend’s room in Avengers Mansion off of the hinges to get to him. He finds Balder babbling incoherently, beset by madman’s visions. The subject of his ranting is “Asgard” which is enough evidence to convince Thor that this must be the work of Odin and that the only course of action is to return to Asgard en masse, and fight Odin.

Thor decides that one of their group must stay behind in Avengers Mansion to care for their friend. He means for it to be Hildegarde because she is a woman but she lets him know “’Tis not this woman’s work.” Volstagg agrees to stay behind. All the others, including the powerless mortal Silas Grant travel with Thor to Asgard.

They arrive in Asgard only to find it empty and unguarded. They soon are ambushed by a band of lizard men. Hildegarde kills the first one but they soon find themselves in a dialogue with the lizard men’s leader, Sssthgar.

Sssthgar tells them a tale. According to him, Asgard was beset by insectoid alien slavers known as Vrellnexians, who captured and enslaved the whole of Asgard. Sssthgar’s people are, according to him, escaped slaves, and they will happily lead Thor’s contingent to the Golden Star, a planet that apparently is the heart of the galactic slave trade.

Thor’s people and Sssthgar’s people fly through space on a magic flying longship (perhaps the same Odinship of Thor’s youth?), and soon arrive at the Golden Sun. They arrive just in time to see Odin, cowed, in chains, on the auction block. Thus do they begin to fight the slavers.

As they fight, Odin is in a daze, begging Thor to retreat.  Also,  Ssthgard reveals he and his people to in actuality be the former partners of the slavers, abandoned on Asgard, and now staging a coup.

First appearance: Sssthgar, Vrellnexians, the Golden Star, lizard men

 

Days of Thunder – May 1973 The Mighty Thor #211

“The End of the Battle!”
Gery Conway, Scripter * John Buscema and Don Perlin, Artists * Vinnie Colletta, Inker * Artie Simek, Letterer * P. Goldberg, Colorist * Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor retrieves his mallet from the pit into which it has been hurled. By the time he can crawl out of the furnace, the Trolls have all vanished. All, save for Ulla, their queen. Ulik has made a power play against Gerrodur, seizing control of the Troll army, and now Ulla sends Thor to stop Ulik.

Ulik is leading his Trolls upward, digging a path to the surface: The surface of planet Earth. This is all a bit unclear, but it is explicit that the unnamed realm of the Trolls is not on the planet Earth. From this realm Trolls can traverse upward and arrive on Earth.  They can also traverse upward to Asgard, and it seems possible that they could dig upward to other realms as well. It is magic geography.

The Troll army unleashes an attack against New York City, meeting the NYPD in battle. Hogun, Fandal, Volstagg, Tana Nile, and Silas Grant all rush to the scene upon learning of it, despite the fact that Grant has no powers nor martial prowess to speak of.

Thor and his friends fight the Trolls and together, Thor and Tana Nile easily defeat Ulik. With their leader vanquished, the remaining Trolls have no will to fight. They slink back to Geirrodur, giving Ulik over to him. Ulik is “consigned to the darkest pits for the duration of eternity.”

After the battle, Thor’s friends tell him that Balder has returned… but that he has gone mad!

 

Days of Thunder – April 1973 The Mighty Thor #210

“The Hammer and the Hellfire!”
Gerry Conway, Scripter// John Buscema, Layouts// Don Perlin, Finished Art// V. Colletta, Inker// J. Costanza, Letterer/ Glynis Wein, Colorist// Roy Thomas, Editor

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Ulik and Gierrodur have been studying Thor and decided that the key to his defeat is to separate him from his magic hammer. Gierrodur’s adviser Muthos suggests that the king be wary of Ulik’s ambitions.

Thor is in Asia for some reason when he gets sucker punched in his sleep by a group of Trolls. They teleport him to the underground lair of Gierrodur. Once he awakens he is challenged to a fight by Ulik. Ulik uses Thor’s sense of honor to goad the Thunder God into not using his hammer against an unarmed opponent.

Watching the proceedings is Ulla, queen of the Trolls and wife of Gierrodur. She seems to be uncomfortable with Ulik’s use of guile and in the heat of the battle, she cannot help but shout a warning as Ulik moves in against Thor.

While none may lift Mjolnir directly, devices may lift the hammer, and apparently using magnetic Uru metal is fair game. While Thor and Ulik slug it out, a team of Trolls use such a magnet to snatch the hammer away from Thor.

When Thor realizes what has happened, he chases after his hammer but is too late to prevent it from being thrown into a fire pit. Desperately, Thor jumps in after it.

First Appearance: Ulla, Muthos

 

Days of Thunder – March 1973 Namor, The Sub-Mariner #59

“Thunder Over the Seas”
Bill Everett, Plot/ Steve Gerber, Script/ Sam Kweskin, Layouts/ John Tartaglione, Finished Art/ Art Simek, Lettering/ Stan G., Colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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When a water-breathing space alien named Tamara is found in the sea by humans, she is locked in a vat and brought to the U.N. Building in New York. After she tries to escape, the U.N. calls the Avengers, asking for help in guarding her. The Avengers send Thor.

Although originally from the planet Laab, Tamara is a citizen of Atlantis. When King Namor learns of her wrongful imprisonment, rather than pursue her release through diplomatic channels, he storms the U.N. Building and starts a fight with Thor, which he loses. Namor retreats, while Thor rests easy knowing that he has secured his prisoner.

First Appearance: Tamara

 

Days of Thunder – March 1973 Marvel Team-Up #7 Featuring Spider-Man and The Mighty Thor

“A Hitch in Time!”

Gerry Conway, Scripter/ Ross Andru, Artist/ Jim Mooney, Inker/ Artie Simek, Letterer/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor has randomly wandered into an encounter with Peter Parker, the civilian identity of the young superhero known as Spider-Man. The two start bickering when Thor warns Peter that he is not showing Thor the respect due to a god. Before they can get properly mad at each other, the sky turns weird and in response Thor spins his hammer to create a protective vortex.

After Thor stops his spinning, the duo discovers that the world appears to have become a negative image of itself and has also frozen still. At this point, Peter changes into his Spider-Man costume, catching Thor off-guard.

Before they can discuss matters further, they stumble upon a force of invading Trolls, very much unfrozen and un-negative imaged. As they battle the Trolls, Thor senses the presences of a Troll named Kyrllk, who soon appears before the heroes.

Kryllk is a Troll who has once before attempted to invade Asgard. Some time after that failed attempt, he discoved the Dark Crystal, a powerful artifact capable of freezing time, hidden under Asgard by the cosmic being known as the Watcher. This crystal either psychically gifted Kryllk with visions of power, or the power it emanated drove him utterly mad, it is not clear. Either way, Kryllk has decided to use it to destroy Asgard.

Also, Kryllk refers to Odin as Woden, just as the Demon Druid had.

After freezing all time in the universe, Kryllk feared that Asgard might be defended by heroes from Earth, and so he used the Crystal to send astral forms of himself to Earth to secure his flank. It was there that he encountered Thor and Spidey, only to retreat in the face of their combined power.

Thor and Spider-Man determine that Kryllk has retreated to Asgard. Thor tells Spider-Man that he cannot go to Asgard due to his exile, but he uses Mjolnir to create a portal into Asgard for Spider-Man, nevermind the ban on mortal visitors. Once Spider-Man arrives, he fights his way to Kryllk and defeats him.

Afterward, the Watcher arrives to reclaim his property. He also takes custody of Kryllk and his forces. What he intends to do with them is left unrevealed.

First Appearance: Kryllk, The Dark Crystal

 

Days of Thunder – March 1973 The Mighty Thor #209

“Warriors in the Night!”
Gerry Conway, scripter// John Busema, artist// Vinnie Colletta, inker// John Constanza, letterer/ P. Goldberg, colorist// Roy Thomas, editor

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Thor, while searching for Sif, has for some reason come to London.  Upon his arrival, he runs into the Vizier, who is traveling incognito. Before the Vizier is able to tell Thor the reason for his visit, they are distracted by a warrior named the Demon Druid that Thor has accidentally released from hibernation. Naturally they start fighting.

During the fight, the Demon Druid says a lot of cryptic things. He suggests that Odin is dead, calls Thor an “imposter” and swears oaths to “Wodin,” which is, of course, an alternate name for Odin.

The two fight until an agent of Scotland Yard named Pritchard arrives and points out that the Demon Druid has given no one any reason to think that he is a bad guy and maybe Thor should stop hitting him. As Thor considers this, the Demon Druid teleports away, into outer space.

First Appearance: The Demon Druid, Pritchard

 

Days of Thunder – February 1973 The Defenders #4

“The New Defender!”
A Steve Englehart, author * Sal Buscema, artist bonanza! Frank McLaughlin, inker/ A. Simek, letterer/ Petra Goldberg, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor

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It seems the Enchantress had little difficulty in freeing herself from Zeus’s custody after the events of Avengers #100. After leaving Olympus, she returned to Earth, and used her powers of enchantment to bend the sometime Avenger Black Knight to her will. The two of them returned to the plane of existence where the Executioner had deserted the Enchantress. She, along with the Black Knight, fought the forces of the Executioner’s new girlfriend, Casiolena, but were overwhelmed and captured.

Over the course of several adventures across several titles, Namor, the king of Atlantis, Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, and Hulk, the strongest one there is, have formed an uneasy friendship. The trio have found themselves repeatedly going on adventures together under the name “Defenders”, although they all deny that they are a team. After their most recent adventure, they find themselves before a magic castle, in the company of a young occultist named Barbara, whom they have accidentally driven insane. They wander into the castle, and somehow find themselves teleported to the plane where Casiolena rules.

The three friends, along with Barbara, soon find themselves captured, joining Enchantress and Black Knight in the dungeons. The Enchantress uses her magic to turn Barbara into the Enchantress’s old persona, the Valkyrie. The six superpowered beings combine their might and escape from the dungeon.

Again they fight the forces of Casiolena, and this time it culminates with the Enchantress killing her rival for the Executioner’s affection. With his lover dead, Executioner returns to the Enchantress’ side. The couple teleport away, but not before the Enchantress turns the Black Knight into stone.

Doctor Strange returns his comrades to Earth. The Black Knight remains a living statue, while Barbara remains the Valkyrie, a fusion persona, equal parts madwoman, warrior, ultra-feminist, and villain. First, she breaks Aragorn, the artificially created pegasus of the Black Knight. and then she asks to join the Defenders, only to be told that not only is the Defenders not a team, but that she would not be powerful enough to join if it were.

 

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Bison Stampede

Farmers in the West left bison stable gates open. In the morning Scorpion Wells had a stampede. 24 injured, 13 dead. 84 alive. Hospitals in the West full.

Rainbow in Italy

Italians woke to a pleasant surprise. A rainbow! The Italian Alister Krie called his American cousin and told him.

Starry Night Steal

Painting Starry Night by Mr. Vincent Van Gogh appeared after the disappearing of this wandering painting.

A Mystery Time

In Series Batman [Illegible] episode canceled because ruining children’s minds puberty.

Funeral Rob

After Warren Walsh’s death, a grave robber succeeds. Will we catch him?

Disney Movie Canceled

“Spy”, a new horror movie sent from Hollywood, sent back to Hollywood, declaring cancellation.

All news items by Riley (age 7)

Days of Thunder – February 1973 The Mighty Thor #208

“The Fourth-Dimensional Man!”
Gerry Conway, scripter/ John Buscema, artist/ Vinnie Colletta, inker/ Charlotte Jetter, Letterer/ Stan Goldberg, colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor and Hildegarde return to Avengers Mansion, shaken by Sif’s willing disappearance. When Jarvis, the Avenger’s butler, attempts to serve Thor, the Thunder God lashes out, grabbing Jarvis and shouting, “I say thee– be silent mortal! I have no patience with thine endless, mindless prattling! If we do have need of thee, we shall summon thee but until that time doth come– begone!”

Hildegarde,who has always deferred to Thor in the past, lets him know what a shithead he is being. Thor sits and broods for a moment before falling asleep in his chair. When he wakes, he finds Jarvis and apologizes for his earlier bout of honesty.

Also, it turns out that Doctor Blake’s new landlord, Karl Sarron, was actually an alien being named Mercurio from the planet Gramos who was trying to harness the electromagnetic field of the Earth to save Gramos from an unexplainedly dire threat.

Apparently, every time Doctor Blake transforms into Thor or vice versa, the transformation discharges some exotic energy that lingers. Blake’s office is full of it. Mercurio used a Dimensional Oscillator to absorb that energy, transforming himself into a half-red, half-blue man with the power to create fire and ice. For no discernible reason, once in this new form Mercurio dubbed himself “the Fourth-Dimension Man.”

This form is a partial transformation into Mercurio’s true form, and apparently he decides that killing Thor is the simplest way to finish the transformation. The two battle and Thor kills his assailant, which has possibly doomed all of Gramos.

While Thor deals with all of that, Balder has struck out on his own, to try and deal with his feelings for Karnilla.

First Appearance: Dimensional Oscillator

 

Days of Thunder – January 1973 The Mighty Thor #207

“Firesword”

Gerry Conway script * John Buscema art * Vinnie Colletta inks * Denise Vladimer letterer * Glynis Wein color * M. Severin good works * Roy Thomas editor

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Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Len Wein and Glynis Wein are  real-life comic book creators who, like Tom Fagan, have fictional analogs that have occasionally graced the pages of both Marvel Comics and its distinguished competition. Recently, these fictionalized friends have had a series of misadventures spanning multiple unrelated comics and multiple decidedly unrelated comic publishers before eventually arriving in Rutland in order to attend the annual Super Hero Halloween Parade.

Thor also arrives in Rutland, along with Sif and Hildegarde. It is not clear why he brought his friends, for as soon as they find the Absorbing Man, Thor insists that he be allowed to fight the villain by himself. Sif balks at this but Hildegarde physically restrains her because “the God of Thunder must ever be obeyed.”

Thor and Creel fight and at one point Thor is pinned to the ground and separated from his hammer. Unlike all the many other time that this sort of thing has happened, this time Thor calls the true, secret name of Mjolnir, which apparently is not “Mjolnir”.  The powerful magic of the true name summons the hammer to his hands. It seems odd that he had never done this in the past, but perhaps learning the truth about his dual nature back in issue #159 has returned knowledge to Thor that had previously been lost.

It is also revealed in an off-handed caption that Mjolnir was forged in the furnace of Geirrodur. It is unknown how Odin came to possess this powerful Trollen weapon before passing it on to his son.

Thor and Creel’s fight ends abruptly when Creel ends up landing in a body of water, which he finds himself unable to resist absorbing.  This seems to be fatal.  As soon as Creel dissipates, Loki makes himself known to Thor.

Loki attacks Thor, brandishing a flaming sword powered by the life force of the participants of the Rutland Halloween parade.  He has also turned Satan and Diablo into bigger, more unpleasant dogs.  Loki and Thor fight.

While the brothers do battle, Sif and Hildegarde watch from afar until Karnilla appears before them. Karnilla offers to help Thor if   Sif’s will afterward help Karnilla in finding Balder. Sif, who got screwed pretty badly last time she made such a deal with Karnilla, initially refuses, but relents when Loki seems on the cusp of victory.

Having struck her bargain, Karnilla magically summons a thunder storm. Thor uses the power of the storm to turn the tide of battle. It ends with Thor striking Loki with a bolt of lightning. This bolt leaves Loki blinded. Panicked, Loki stumbles away, falling off of a cliff.

Thor returns to Hildegarde, discovering that Sif has departed with Karnilla. There are tears in Hildegarde’s eyes, for in her heart she knows that they will never see Sif again. Why she would feel this way is unknown.

First Appearance: Credit for the colorist