“Behold! the Land of Doom!”
Gerry Conway, scripter/ John Buscema, artist/ Mike Esposito, embellisher/ John Costanza, letterer/ Gynis Wein, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor
Facing a world of people with fingernails larger than his entire body, Thor immediately attacks the first giant he sees, only to be swatted like an insect, stunning the relatively tiny Thunder God.
The massive-scale planet they are on is Rhun. The people of Rhun measure time in “klarns”. One klarn is roughly equivalent to ten Earth-years. During this Klarn-Cycle, the planet is ruled by a man named Lord Kragonn. The people of Rhun believe the five planets of the Black Stars to be the only inhabited planets in the universe.
Kragonn has a scheming servant named Dracus, who created the Protector and Avalon’s people many klarns ago. Dracus has discovered Thor and his friends, and he believes that the tiny people he did not create must have come from one of the other four planets, with whom the people of Rhun have not spoken with in the past two-thousand klarns.
The Rigelian mutants spy on the people of Rhun and learn most of this. As always, language is no barrier, presumably the mutants possess some manner of Universal Translator. Dracus wishes to turn Kragonn against the tiny visitors to spark a war, but Jukka is able to explain to Kragonn who they are and also reveals that the other four races on the other four Black Star worlds have all gone extinct.
Having learned that most of what their civilization believes to be true is a lie, the people of Rhun bid farewell to Thor and his friends, as the Black Star departs, no longer a threat to the larger universe. The fates of Avalon and his people is unclear.
Meanwhile, on Asgard, Hildegarde fights her way past Odin’s guards in order to seek his counsel regarding her sister. Odin uses his power to reveal her sister’s location. Upon discovering it, he cries out “good woman– thy sister is doomed!”
First Appearance: Lord Kragon, Dracus