Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Challenge”
Story: Stan Lee/ Pencilling: Jack Kirby/ Inking; Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek
Young Loki wants to make more secret allies after his success with Ghan. His second choice is King Hymir, an amazing looking dude with a fantastic hat. Young Loki and Young Thor are visiting the king on a diplomatic mission. Loki suggests to Hymir that Thor would be honor bound to accept any challenge posed to him by Hymir, who is famous for his evil challenges.
Hymir gives Thor two challenges, the penalty for failure being enslavement. First, Thor is tasked with catching a fish from the Sea of Eternal Darkness. Thor kills a giant sea monster with his giant hammer and calls the challenge completed.
The fish is just prelude for the main event. Thor is given two minutes to break a particular drinking goblet. It turns out that this goblet is enchanted so to protect it from harm. Thor’s solution is hurl the cup at Hymir so hard that it kills the king. Instead it strikes Hymir’s beautiful, beautiful hat and shatters against it, because the hat was the catalyst for the enchantment.
Thor has won the challenge and Loki has lost the favor of Hymir. Hymir, nay, the world, has lost the greatest hat of all time.
First Appearance: King Hymir, King Hymir’s hat