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 Avengers #143

“Right Between the Eons!”
An Avengers Adventure, Believe it or not– Brewed up over an open fire by… Steve Englehart &eorge Perez, Words & Pictures/ Sam Grainger, Inker/ T. Orzechowski, Letterer/ G. Roussos, Colorist/ Marv Wolfman, Editor

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The Avengers and their cowboy friends assault Kang’s fortress. While the other heroes fight Kang’s forces, Doctor Donald Blake, dressed as a cowboy with a fake beard, sneaks past the fight to reach Kang himself, before transforming back into Thor.

Thor wales on Kang so badly that the would-be conqueror panics and unleashes so much power that he reduces himself to atoms. With Kang dead, Immortus discorporates.

 

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 Avengers #142

“Go West, Young Gods!”
Steve Englehart, Story/ George Perez, Art/ Vinnie Colletta, Inks/ Tom Orzechowski, Calligraphy/ Janice Cohen, Coloring/ Marv Wolfman, Editor

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Thor’s comrade in the Avengers, Hawkeye has been lost in the past after a run-in with Kang the Conquerer. Thor has traveled into the past to rescue him alongside Moondragon, a recent addition to the Avengers. They are joined by Immortus, who has seemingly reformed and who also claims to be an alternate incarnation of Kang.

Thor and his compatriots have ended up in the year 1873 where they immediately encountered a posse of colorfully dressed cowboys. Amongst the posse’s number are Kid Colt, the Two-Gun Kid, Night Rider, and the Ringo Kid. The cowboys let slip that they know where Hawkeye is, and Thor angrily proclaims to the gunslingers that he dislikes firearms and gives a show of force before commanding that they take him and his allies to Hawkeye.

They catch up with Hawkeye, who fills them in: Kang has used future technology to conquer the town of Tombstone as part of his larger plan to get a head start on conquering the 20th century. And so the time-displaced Avengers dress up in semi-period authentic garb and set to foiling Kang’s plans, cowboy style.

 

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

Thor Buscema

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

 

Days of Thunder – January 1975 Marvel Two-in-One Presents The Thing and Valkyrie #7

“Name that Doom!”

Steve Gerber, writer/ Sal Buscema, artist/ Mike Esposito, inker/ Joe Rosen, letterer/ Bill Mantlo, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor

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The Enchantress, magically disguised as Valkyrie, steals a magic cosmic harmonica named “Celestia” from Doctor Strange. Strange, who happens to be in the company of the ever-loving, blue-eyed Thing, asks the Thing to help him retrieve it.

Thing tracks down the woman he believes to be Valkyrie. Eventually, through a combination of the noble machinations of Dr. Strange and the evil machinations of the Enchantress, The Enchantress and the Executioner converge with not only the Thing, but the actual Valkyrie. Completing the encounter is Alvin Denton, the drunkard father of Barbara, the insane human host of Valkyrie.

Tricked into believing that the Harmonica could make Barbara a sane human once more, Alvin blows the cosmic harmonica, which unleashes a force that destroys the entire world, save for the four souls who hear Alvin’s cosmic toot.  They find themselves suspended in Un-Space, however Alvin’s heart stops from the shock of the event.

Valkyrie discovers that she cannot strike women, due to a mental block provided by the Enchantress, so she beats the crap out of the Executioner instead, leaving the Enchantress for the Thing to lay out. The Thing then gets his big orange mitts on the harmonic and manages to blow a note that reverses the end of the world.

 

Days of Thunder – December 1974 The Mighty Thor #230

“The Sky Above… The Pits Below!”
Gerry Conway, Author/Rich Buckler, Artist *** Joe Sinnott, Embellisher/ Costanza & Jetter, Letterers/ Stan Goldberg, Colorist *** Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor takes the unconscious Hercules to Avengers Mansion, in order to use their Memory Inducer. Iron Man helps him, but the device drives Hercules into a rage, screaming “I will not remember!”. Fortunately, Krista is able to calm him down.

Once calmed, Hercules tells his comrades that he cannot recall what he saw when the monsters dragged him down below the city, that it is something so dreadful that he has blocked all memory of it. Thor and Hercules decide to investigate, requesting that Iron Man, Sif, and Krista stay behind as backup.

They travel under the city, into the tunnels and caverns that apparently exist below New York city. They are attacked by a horde of demonesque monsters. Hercules deduces that their unseen foe’s goal must be simply to make Hercules and Thor despair. Once he works that out, the monsters vanish and their foe is revealed to be nothing but a shadow.

Meanwhile on Asgard, Hildegarde fights her way past Odin’s guards in order to gain entrance to his chamber, as she is known to do on occasion. However, Odin is not in his chambers! She finds the Vizier, who confirms that Odin has gone missing!

 

Days of Thunder – November 1974 The Mighty Thor #229

“Where Darkness Dwells, Dwell I!”
Gerry Conway, author/ Rich Buckler, artist/ Chic Stone, inker/ J. Costanza, letterer, L. Lessman, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor

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Thor and Hercules are back on Earth. They part ways, but a few hours later they are reunited at the site of an explosion caused by a suicidal madman. Thor summons a storm to put out the fire and the two warriors parlay with a policeman named Detective Sergeant Blumkenn. Blumkenn either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that Thor is a fugitive from the law.   The detective tells the two warriors that this is the fourth case in recent days of someone violently and publicly killing themselves, each muttering variants of “In death, I’ll get life. He promised that.”

Thor and Hercules want to investigate but are not detectives and do not know how. Thor petitions Odin for aid, and his father grants it in the form of Sif, teleported to Earth in a snazzy new helmet. Thor is so happy to see Sif, he loses interest in the suicides, which angers Hercules, who storms off.

On his own, Hercules is attacked by a humanoid male form, entirely black and mute. They spar until a manhole cover opens and a swarm of demons pulls Hercules down into the sewer. The black creature laughs, soundlessly.

A short time later, Thor and Sif return to the hospital to find that Krista has fully healed.  She has also found some clothes that are appropriately Asgardian. Hercules stumbles into this room, whispers “Where darkness dwells, dwell I!” and passes out.

First Appearance: Detective Sergeant Blumkenn

 

Days of Thunder – October 1974 The Avengers #128

Steve Englehart Story & Color/ Sal Buscema, Art/ Joe Staton, Embellishment/ Tom Orzechowski/ Lettering/ Roy Thomas, Editor

“Bewitched, Bothered, and Dead!”

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The former Avenger Quicksilver and the Inhuman Crystal have just wed. The Fantastic Four and the Avengers were both in attendance. The festivities were interrupted when Ultron-7 attacked but the robot was easily dispatched by Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman’s young mutant son, Franklin Richards. As they go their separate ways, Mr. Fantastic expresses hope that the next time that they all meet up for a Superhero wedding, things will be more quiet. Thor, who has long been betrothed to the Lady Sif, comments “I expect any such time to be far distant, thank Odin!”

 

Days of Thunder – October 1974 The Mighty Thor #228

“Ego: Beginning and End!”
A Marvel madhouse masterpiece brought to you by: Gerry Conway, author/ Rich Buckler, artist/ Joe Sinnott, embellisher/ John Costanza, letterer/ Stan G., colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor

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After plunging his hammer into Ego’s brain, Thor is hit by a psychic wave, forcing him to witness the long-ago birth of Ego.

Once, there was a culture facing extinction as their sun was going nova. They had no ability to escape via space travel, so instead they hatched a plan to shield themselves from the nova in suspended animation. However, there was an error in their calculations, and the nova flared before they were ready. The shielding was not in place, and one man named Egron (not to be confused with Igron), was not yet in suspended animation, and somehow the nova cause a transformation, combining the planet, the man, and the life force of the remaining two billion people into a single entity. That apparently is how one creates a living bio-verse that exists out of shift with our own universe. It is not clear if Ego then traveled to the Black Galaxy, or if the Black Galaxy formed around it.

Thor recovers from this vision and hits Ego’s brain some more, this time with energy blasts from Mjolnir. Galactus tells his allies that it is time for them to go. While Thor, Hercules and Firestorm were keeping Ego distracted, Galactus bolted some Sidereal engines onto Ego, and set him blasting off into space uncontrollably, neutralizing him as a threat.

The job now complete, Firestorm asks if he might now be freed from his servitude to Galactus. Galactus puts it on Thor: If Thor can find a replacement, Galactus will release Firestorm. Thor suggests the Destroyer, and so they retrieve the supremely powerful creation Odin had created in order to defend Asgard, and give it to Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds. It was right where they had left it.

Firestorm leaves “without a single word of gratitude.”

First Appearance: Egron

 

Days of Thunder – October 1974 Marvel Team-Up Featuring The Human Torch and Thor #26

“The Fire This Time…!”
Len Wein, writer/ Jim Mooney, artist/ Frank Giacoia & Dave Hunt, letterer/ Roy Thomas, editor

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Johnny Storm, the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four stumbles upon Molto, the Lava Man, who has come to the surface world, searching for Thor.

The Torch writes a message made of flame in sky, addressed to Thor,  asking that the Thunder God meet him at the top of the Statue of Liberty, which is the Torch’s normal place to meet with Spider-Man.

Doctor Donald Blake, on the way to the hospital, presumably to perform brain surgery, sees the message and blows off his plans for the evening, transforming into Thor. Upon Thor’s arrival, Molto explains to the thunder god that the subterranean Lava Men have been at war with the mole people who also live beneath the surface. The leader of the Lava Men, Jinku plans to use a machine stolen from the mole folk to simultaneously erupt every volcano on the surface. Horrified, Molto has escape to warn Thor, and now, having relayed his warning, Molto perishes.

Thor and the Torch travel to the homeland of the Lava Men, only to discover that they have been expected. Jinku needs a power source for his volcano machine, and he believes Mjolnir suitable. Both Thor and Johnny are debilitated,  and afterward Jinku uses a lava-based construct to lift Mjolnir, correctly guessing that while living beings cannot lift Mjolnir, machines can.

Jinku places Mjolnir in the volcano machine, which begins to work. However after 60 seconds, it stops, as Mjolnir has been replaced by a simple wooden stick. In the confusion, the now-transformed Blake is able to snatch the stick and become Thor once more. Meanwhile the Torch has also rallied, but he has gone and recruited a large force of Mole People.

In the ensuing battle, Jinku and the Lava Men are defeated and chastened.

First appearance: Jinku

 

Days of Thunder – September 1974 The Mighty Thor #227

“In Search of… Ego!”
And now a return to former glory– produced in all its pom and panoply by Gerry Conway, writer * Rich Buckler, artist/ inking: Joe Sinnott/ lettering: John Costanza/ coloring: P. Goldberg/ Roy Thomas, editor

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It has become clear that Ego the Living Planet is once again a hostile force, and possibly insane. Thor, Hercules and Firestorm fight the creations of Ego until they find a crevice that leads deep within Ego. They travel downward into the very center of Ego, where they find the giant brain of Ego the Living Planet. Thor smashes it with his hammer. It explodes.

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Days of Thunder – August 1974 The Mighty Thor #226

“The Battle Beyond”
Gerry Conway, writer * John Buscema, artist * Mike Esposito, embellisher * Artie Simek, letterer/ G. Roussos, colorist * Roy Thomas, editor

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Galactus returns to Earth in order that he might parlay with Thor.  It seems that recently Galactus made a scond attempt to feed upon Ego the Living Planet, only to be soundly defeated.

The Ego that Galactus describes is an insane creature of pure rage. Galactus asks Thor and Hercules to join him in an attack against Ego. Thor speculates that Tana Nile’s act of harvesting Ego Prime may have driven the Living Planet insane, and agrees to accompany Galactus to investigate his claims. Hercules decides to tag along.

The two gods, Firestorm, and Galactus together travel to the Black Galaxy. Ego senses Thor and immediately deems him a traitor, and begins attacking the ship. Thor and his allies fend off the assault and land on the surface of Ego.

 

Days of Thunder – July 1974 The Mighty Thor #225

“The Coming of the Firelord!”
Gerry Conway, writer/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, artists/ John Costanza, letterer/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor

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The Destroyer holds Mjolnir and Thor faces the threat of the 60 Second Rule. However, he is able to mentally will the hammer to return to his hand, an ability he never used to have. Another effect of re-enchantment?

Hercules somehow finds the empty body of Clement Holmes, the scientist who’s spirit possesses the Destroyer. He brings it back to the Destroyer and for some unclear reason, Holmes returns to his rightful body. Thor and Hercules depart, leaving the empty Destroyer lying in the middle of the street.

With the action over, Thor becomes Blake once again, so that he might tend to tend to Krista. When Hercules marvels that Thor would ever want to become a frail mortal, Blake comments “When I’m Blake, I don’t care about Thor. And when I’m Thor, Don Blake is just yesterday’s bad dream.”

Meanwhile, Firelord, the current servant of Galactus has come to Earth. Firelord is some sort of man that is on fire, wielding a staff that is also on fire. When he enters the hospital, he soon starts a fight with hot-tempered Hercules.

It is with extreme reluctance that Blake becomes Thor yet again, grimly bemoaning, “I never really had a choice, after all… I’ve never really been Don Blake…only Thor. On that somber note, Thor joins Hercules in fighting Firelord. When Thor arrives, Firelord simply gazes into the heavens and shoots cosmic fire from his eyes, in order to summon his master, Galactus.

First Appearance: Firelord

 

Days of Thunder – June 1974 The Mighty Thor #224

“No One Can Stop… The Destroyer!”

Gerry Conway, writer/ John Buscema, artist/ Mike Esposito, inker/ John Costanza, letterer/ G. Roussos, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor

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With Krista’s life in unspecified danger for unspecified reasons, Thor become Doctor Donald Blake once again so that he might save his friend’s sister. Blake winkingly lets Hercules know about his dual persona before suggesting that the Lion of Olympus go find something else to do.

Blake’s arrival in the hospital causes quite a stir. “Good Lord, man – we thought you were dead! Where have you been all these months?” Despite his long absence, Blake is given carte blanche to perform surgery on Krista.

Later, after saving Krista’s life, Dr. Lois Reddy introduces herself to Dr. Blake. She compliments his skill, but questions his long inexplicable absences, pointing out that many people surely died that would have lived if he had been there to operate.

This is the first time in a long time that Blake has been left in human form for any sort of protracted period, and he realizes he isn’t sure he likes his Thor half, musing that Thor “may have already destroyed most of what’s human and good in Don Blake!” This is hard to argue against.

After Thor’s last encounter with the Destroyer, way back in issue #152, Odin stole it from police custody before apparently hiding it in South America. Unfortunately, it has been discovered and brought to New York by a scientist named Clement Holmes.  Predictably, his consciousness gets accidentally sucked into the Destroyer.

The Destroyer heads back to the location of its most recent fight with Thor, intending to resume the battle with Thor it was unable to finish six years ago. Instead, it discovers Hercules and attacks him.

Blake gets word of the fight, turns into Thor and joins the fray. He sends Hercules on a quest to somehow find the body of the person powering the Destroyer, while he remains behind to hold the Destroyer at bay.   As they fight, the Destroyer wrenches Mjolnir from Thor’s hands. Thor now has sixty seconds to reverse that, or it will be Doctor Blake vs. the Destroyer!

First Appearance: Dr. Lois Reddy, Professor Clement Holmes