The Mighty Thor! “The Day Loki Stole Thor’s Magic Hammer”
Plot Stan Lee/ Script by R. Berns (Robert Bernstein)/ Art by Joe Sinnott
Thor is starring in a film about himself, currently being filmed in Norway. Having a real god play himself lets the production company do absolutely amazing stunts. At one point in the course of filming he throws his hammer but shockingly, it does not return to him!
The reason the hammer does not return is that in Asgard, Loki is bound by chains made of the same Uru metal as Thor’s hammer and Loki has magnetized them, pulling Thor’s hammer all the way from Earth, smashing the chains and freeing the trickster, now proclaiming himself to be a God of Evil, not just mere mischief.
Thor petitions Odin for help yet again, and is transported to Asgard, where the 60 second rule does not apply. Also, we learn that time freezes when Odin appears on Earth.
Odin has an emergency meeting of all the gods to discuss Thor losing his hammer. They conclude it must be on Asgard, although they do not explain how they have come that conclusion. They also report that they are all much too busy to help Thor look for it.
As Thor searches for his hammer by wandering aimlessly around Asgard, Loki attacks him with enchanted trees, but Thor fashions a giant mallet out of other trees with which to smash his foes. Loki burns this mallet and then transforms clouds into snarling dragons to attack his brother. Thor gouges a new hammer out of stone with his fingers to fight the dragons. Thor really likes hammers.
It turns out that the stone Thor used to carved his new makeshift hammer contained Uru, and so it flies straight to the magnetized chains while Thor follows. Thus, Thor gets his favorite hammer back.
Meanwhile Odin Heimdall and Fricka stumble upon Loki and re-capture him.
First Appearance: Neri handmaiden to Fricka, Fricka