Days of Thunder – December 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #123

The Mighty Thor!  “While a Universe Trembles!”

Fantasy to Dazzle Thy Senses, Written by Stan Lee!  Drama to Quicken Thy Pulse, Illustrated by Jack Kirby!  Beauty to Nourish Thine Eyes, Embellished by Vince Colletta!  Balloons to Compound Thy Confusion, Lettered by Artie Simek!

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Thor takes Harris Hobbs to Asgard, unaware of the chaos currently running rampant within the city. As they walk down the rainbow bridge, Hobbs is overtaken by the insane beauty of the city. For the first time, Lee and Kirby take a beat to really show off Asgard as magnificent metropolis floating in the sky, a home fit for a race of gods.  It is a lovely moment.

Soon Thor and Hobbs discover the fight underway. Creel and Odin are going at it. Odin is absorbing Creels blows with his Scepter of Supremacy and the result is a stalemate. Hobbs keeps his distance, naturally, but Thor wants to jump in.  Odin insists that Thor stay out of it.

Creel gets really wild in his villainous boasts. He seems to be fumbling toward an idea of absorbing the entire universe until the entire universe is him. He isn’t very articulate, but I think that this is his villainous goal, which is a pretty great one, I have to say.

Odin seems unable to stop the Absorbing Man, and finally treasonous Loki reveals himself as the mastermind of this insurrection. A dismayed Odin hands Loki his scepter, but Creel has decided he has become too powerful to play the supporting villain.

The two miscreants fight over the scepter, but now that Loki has incriminated himself, Odin holds back no longer. He laughs at the notion that his power resided in some mere stick, and he hurls Loki and Creel into the emptiness of space.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, there is the matter of the Norn Stone that Thor dropped in issue #120.   It was dropped near the Temple of Darkness, which was ambiguously in either Asia or Africa.  The narration now reveals that the temple was in Asia, so naturally the dropped stone is discovered by a stereotypical African witch doctor, complete with mask.

The Norn Stone turns the witch doctor into a hulking beast, who begins attacking communist oppressors, which one supposes is a good thing, but the power quickly goes to his head. He proclaims himself to be now known as the Demon, as he begins to amass an army with the intent of overrunning the world.

Unaware of the threat of the Demon, Thor takes Hobbs home and erases his memory of Asgard.

First Appearance: The Demon

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