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Days of Thunder – February 1978 The Mighty Thor #268

“Death, thy Name is Brother!”

Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Walt Simonson & Tony DeZuniga, Artists/Illustrators * Glynis Wein, Colorist * Joe Rosen, Letterer

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An unhappy Don Blake is walking along the streets of New York,when a cop asks him if he is, in fact, Doctor Blake. The cop asks Blake to contact his friend Thor, and ask him to meet with the Commissioner of Police. It is unclear if the police were sent to search for Blake, or if the passing officer happened to recognize the famous surgeon and decided to ask him for some help.

Whatever the case, Blake becomes Thor once again and meets the Commissioner.  At this point It seems without a shadow of a doubt that the police are not going to arrest Thor. Whether the charges against him have been  formally or informally dropped is unclear, but if the Commisioner of Police is consulting with the God of Thunder,  Thor will not be held accountable for his criminal acts.

The Commissioner introduces Thor to Bennett Barlow, the brother of Damocles. Bennett helps Thor track down Damocles, who has completed his Cobalt Cannon, which is a funky looking tank. Unfortunately, it was built with synthetic cobalt, which is unstable. The cannon is really a bomb, and when Damocles refuses to surrender, Bennett fatally shoots his brother. Thor throws the bomb into the sky where it safely detonates.

First Appearance: Bennett Barlow

 

Days of Thunder – January 1978 The Mighty Thor #267

“Once More, To Midgard!
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Walt Simonson & Tony DeZuniga, Artists/Illustrators * Glynis Wein, Colorist * Joe Rosen, Letterer

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With Odin returned to the Throne, it is a time for regrouping. The Recorder returns to the Colonizers, and Karnilla likewise departs. Loki is put on trial and as punishment, Odin strips him of his memories and of his godhood, sending Loki to live on Midgard as he once did with his other son. Kroda, Magrat and Snaykar remain free.  Odin tasks the Warriors Three with tracking them down.

Thor desires to return to Earth.  He discusses the matter with Sif, who has found a snazzy new outfit. He tells her that he wishes to go to Midgard without her. Says he, “Though the heart of Thor is ever thine, the spirit of Don Blake cries out for release, and I must heed its call alone!” As Thor has no interest in being Don Blake, it can be assumed that the part of him that is Blake is literally crying out for release from within his psychic prison.
Sif gives Thor his space, but the matter of Jane Foster is not discussed. If Sif stays of Asgard, it would seem Jane is doomed to non-existence, and were she to return to Earth, it would be the Lady Sif who was denied a life. What amount of responsibility to Jane does Sif carry? Also, Thor wasted no time in getting romantic with Jane when Sif seemed dead, now that she is back, Thor claims she has his heart. None of these matters is discussed.

Does Jane have any friends, any family? No one was seen to visit her in the hospital when she was dying. Presumably she had a job before leaving on the Odin Quest. Are there people on Earth searching for her, presuming her dead?

Thor returns to Earth, shocked to discover that he has been gone for over a year. Blake had just started up a new practice last time he was on Earth. That practice’s office has been bulldozed in his absence. Blake has no close friends. His girlfriend is trapped in another woman’s body in another plane of existence. Blake takes a moment to contemplate if existing still makes sense.

Blake decides to start a new chapter of his life. He visits his old college mentor, Dr. Jacob Wallaby, looking for work. He tells Wallaby that he needs something that he can drop at a moments notice for an indefinite length of time. Wallaby agrees to set Blake up with some unpaid work at a free clinic. He comments, “I’ve never quite understood you, my boy! Your skill as a surgeon surpasses any other I’ve ever seen, yet I’ve always had the feeling mere medicine wasn’t enough for you…”

Before they can discuss it further, a schmuck calling himself “Damocles” and some other thugs attack the hospital they are at, stealing some synthetic cobalt. Blake departs, changes into Thor and gives chase. Damocles escapes, intending to build a Cobalt Cannon.

First Appearance: Damocles, Dr. Jacob Wallaby

 

Days of Thunder – December 1977 Thor King-Sized Annual! #6

Thunder in the 31st Century!
Len Wein, Co-Plotter/Editor/ Roger Stern, Co-Plotter/Scripter/ Sal Buscema & Klaus Janson, Illustrators Extraordinaire/ Glynis Wein: Colorist/ Joe Rosen: Letterer

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Thor is in Manhattan when he stumbles upon a group of terrorists preparing to blow up a nuclear reactor in the name of some unspecified cause. Thor stops the villains, but suddenly he and the nuclear reactor are both teleported away.

What happens to the reactor is unclear, but Thor wakes up floating in space. Without any magical conveyance, Thor is frozen by the cold void of space, although it does not kill him.

In the 31st Century, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a ragtag spaceship crew, fighting for the betterment of Earth. They consist of Yondu, Charlie 27, Martinex, Niki, Starhawk, and Vance Astro. They stumble upon Thor floating in space and rescue him.

Once onboard, Thor agrees to help the Guardians in their fight against a villain named Korvac. Korvac has a plan that involves blowing up Earth’s sun. Thor and the Guardians fight Korvac and his allies. They manage to destroy Korvac’s base, and in defeat, Korvac teleports away. Astro uses a time machine that Korvac apparently owned to send Thor back to the 20th century.

 

Days of Thunder – December 1977 The Mighty Thor #266

“…So Falls the Realm Eternal!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Walt Simonson & Tony DeZuniga, Artists/Illustrators * Glynis Wein, Colorist * Joe Rosen, Letterer

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When Karnilla realizes that Balder’s spirit is powering the Destroyer, she wastes no time in teleporting to the location of Balder’s body, which she steals away from the Trickster God. She takes the body to the Destroyer, intending to remove Balder’s essence from the Destroyer and put it back where it belongs.

Unfortunately, Loki follows Karnilla, and in the battle that ensues, the Norn Queen is knocked unconscious. The part of the Destroyer that is Balder senses this, and turns its attention away from thrashing Thor with Kzippa particles in order to attack Loki. Panicked, Loki returns the essence of Balder to its body.

Loki, then intends to enter the Destroyer himself, but before he can, Thor enters it. The Thor-powered Destroyer is about to kill Loki when Odin arrives, and commands the Destroyer to kneel before him. The part of the Destroyer that is Thor hears and yields.

While most of the cast had been fighting the Destroyer, the Warriors Three followed the team of Kroda, Magrat and Snaykar to the secret cavern where Loki had hidden Odin. They defeat the villains, and free the All-Father from the Mists of Morpheus that Loki had been using to indefinitely prolong the Odinsleep. Once freed of the mists, Odin awoke and was thus able to end the Destroyer fight and reassume his rulership of Asgard. Odin frees Thor’s spirit from the Destroyer and father and son embrace.

Days of Thunder – November 1977 The Mighty Thor #265

“When Falls the God of Thunder…!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Walt Simonson, Illustrator * Glynis Wein, Colorist * Joe Rosen, Letterer * Welcome Back All, Joe Sinnott, Guest Embellisher

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Thor fights the Destroyer, which Loki stole from Galactus. Even with most of his friends pitching in, he is no match for his foe. Hildegarde remains conspicuously absent from the action.

Meanwhile, Karnilla, riding a dragon, is denied entrance to Asgard by a pair of guardsmen named Brolthar and Enok, so she turns them into toads and enters the city. She attempts to assist Thor but when her magic strikes the Destroyer, she realizes the truth: The Destroyer’s current host is none other than Balder!

First Appearance: Brolthar, Enok

Days of Thunder – October 1977 The Mighty Thor #264

“Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Walt Simonson & Tony DeZuniga, Artists/Illustrators * Glynis Wein, Colorist * Joe Rosen, Letterer

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Loki has grabbed the throne of Asgard yet again, and this time he backs up his grab with a well-forged legal document from a cask bearing the Odin-Seal. The scroll within the cask states that in the case of Odin’s incapacitation, whichever of Odin’s sons can first sit on the Throne shall rule the realm. Given that both Thor and Loki have repeatedly been banished from Asgard, and given that Odin enters the Odinsleep once a year, on top of his tendency to mysteriously disappear, one would think he would have established a clear, well-known rule of succession by now.

Instead, we have Loki, apparently the rightful ruler of Asgard. This time, he has surrounded himself with lackeys. In addition to the reluctant support of the Enchantress and the Executioner (both of whom, one would think would still be sore about Loki’s role in their initial banishment) he has also enlisted the aid of his old friends Kroda the Duelist and Magrat the Schemer and brought Snaykar the Skulker into the fold.

Loki bids his brother and friends to depart from his presence. Thor and his friends do, and split into two teams. The Warriors Three are tasked with protecting Odin, while Thor, Sif and the Recorder search for Balder.

The Warriors Three find Odin missing from his bedchambers. They follow the trail left by his abductors, which leads them to Executioner and the Enchantress, deep within the bowels of Asgard, near the Troll-built generators that power the city. They fight.  Due to subtle manipulation on the part of Loki, the Enchantress and the Executioner plummet to their seeming death at the end of the fight.

Thor, Sif and the Recorder have been told that Balder left Asgard with Karnilla, accompanying her back to her domain.  They head out that way,  and hve to fight their way past a pair of Storm Giants to get there.  Sif is oddly frightened of one of them, but Thor kills them.

When they arrive at the home of the Norn Queen, Karnilla claims not to know what became of Balder. Thor believes Karnilla when it comes to matters of Balder.

It turns out that Loki has used his magic to erase the Norn Queen’s memory of Balder’s capture and her defeat, that Loki has been manipulating the memories of all the people of Asgard, that Balder is locked in the dungeons of Asgard, and that it wasn’t really Thor that attacked Balder.

Thor returns to Loki, full of bluster. Loki simply vanishes.  The Destroyer appear before Thor.

 

Days of Thunder – September 1977 The Mighty Thor #263

“Holocaust and Homecoming!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Walt Simonson & Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators Extraordinaire * Glynis Wein, Colorist * John Costanza, Letterer

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The Asgardians do battle against the Odin-Force given form, and it is Valiant Volstagg that wins the day. Volstagg finds himself able to blast the being with powerful energy from his hands and he fights the being to the point of exhaustion, at which point it dissipates. It seems Odin was able to transfer a portion of the Odin-Force into Volstagg before expiring. Volstagg now transfers that same force back to Odin, restoring him to life.

During the course of the fight, the Soul-Survivors’ Energy Siphon was destroyed, and it seems that they now have no way of capturing the energy their world needs to survive. Also, it seems that while the Soul-Survivors were able to disenchant Mjolnir when they were in control of the Odin-Force, now that Odin is free and alive, the hammer is enchanted once again.

The Asgardians (and their Rigelian friend) depart. Odin has been weakened by these recent events and slips into the Odinsleep once again. The crew of the Starjammer return to Asgard only to find Loki sitting on the throne, flanked by the Enchantress and the Executioner!

Days of Thunder – August 1977 The Mighty Thor #262

“Even an Immortal Can Die!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Walt Simonson & Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer

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The Soul-Survivors’ world is known as Templeworld. Their enclosed planet, orbiting a star that emits darkness, is powered by an engine that converts the divinity of a god into energy. The people of Templeworld sucked dry their original god long ago, and have powered their world through a long succession of now-dead shanghaied gods. The space graveyard that the Starjammer passed through is the aftermath of this grizzly business.

Odin is the current source of power for these people. The imprisoned Asgardians are tended to by a pair of Soul-Survivors, K’rll and N’gll, and they are already preparing to replace Odin with the three new Immortals they have captured, for the All Father is near death.

Odin dies, and his oddly-familiar final words to Thor are “forgive them, my son for they know not what they do.” His father’s death fills Thor with the Warrior’s Madness.  He shatters his restraints as his friends arrive to free him. Sif and Fandral are loosed in no time, and sensing the shifting tide, K’rll takes the remaining Odin-Force that has been harvested from the All-Father and gives it a corporeal form, with which to kill Thor.

Meanwhile, back on Asgard, Thor sucker punches Balder and Karnilla and knocks them both out.

Days of Thunder – July 1977 The Mighty Thor #261

“The Wall Around the World!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor/ Walt Simonson & Ernie Chan, Illustrators Supreme/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Annette Kaweki Letterer

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Thor and company breach what turns out to be a wall that surrounds a planet. The planet seems to be covered by a city that has a sprawl that  covers the entire world. Soon, they are attacked by armored foes.

During the fight, Thor discovers that Mjolnir will no longer return to his hands by itself. Before this can be explored, Thor, Sif, and Fandral are captured. Their captors identify themselves as the Soul-Survivors and indicate their intent to worship their prisoners. The Soul-Survivors are beautifully-rendered androgynous beings that speak in lower-case letters.

Meanwhile, on Asgard, Thor berates Balder, telling him that the Executioner and Enchantress that he and Karnilla defeated were mere illusions, illusions that have now disappeared. Karnilla is suspicious: She knows those were not illusions. Nonetheless, she follows as Thor leads them back to the city gates so that they might face their true foe.

Elsewhere, a hooded figure who dresses like Loki divides his attention between observing the events on Asgard and the events on the Doomsday Star, content that all is going according to plan.

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First Appearance: The Soul-Survivors

Days of Thunder – June 1977 The Mighty Thor #260

“The Vicious and the Valiant”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Tony DeZuniga, Embellisher * Glynis W. Colorist * J Costanza, Letterer * Proudly Present Walt Simonson Illustrator, In the immortal words of Irving Forbush, Effendi– So be it!!

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The Recorder plugs himself into Bird of Prey – rechristened “The Phoenix of Freedom”, and is able to produce a map to the Doomsday Star. Meanwhile, the Warriors Three rip the weapons out of the Bird of Prey and retrofit the Starjammer.

In Asgard, Balder sneaks into the camp of the Enchantress’ army, to learn more about them. He soon discovers that the “army” is nothing more than a bunch of magically animated suits of armor. The Enchantress and Executioner find him within their camp, leading to a brawl. During the fight, the Enchantress refers to having a master, which is very unlike her. Also, Balder destroys the Executioner’s battleaxe.

At any rate, Karnilla joins in the fight, and the invaders are defeated. Afterward, Thor seemingly reveals himself to Balder, displeased with his friend.

Meanwhile, Thor captains the Starjammer through a giant space graveyard of giant cosmic creatures and eventually they reach the Doomsday Star, which does indeed radiate darkness. Orbiting the star is a giant, planet-sized fortress.

 

Days of Thunder – May 1977 The Mighty Thor #259

“Escape into Oblivion!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor/ John Buscema & Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer

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Some time back, the Grey Gargoyle was launched into space, chained to a rocket by Captain America and Spider-Man. It turns out that the Gargoyle does not need to breath or need protective clothing to survive the ravages of space. He was eventually found by a band of space pirates and he killed the leader and assumed leadership.

However, The Grey Gargoyle doesn’t want to be a space pirate, he wants to be an Earth immortal. And so he strikes a deal with Thor and all the other slaves to work together to defeat the pirates. They dispatch the pirates, but in the course of the fight, The Grey Gargoyle and Fee-Lon end up fighting in a shuttlecraft that departs from the pirate ship. In the course of the fight, Gargoyle accidentally turns it into stone, causing it to explode.

Meanwhile on Asgard, Balder parlays with the Enchantress and the Executioner. He refuses to surrender and they refuse to back down.

 

Days of Thunder – April 1977 The Mighty Thor #258

“If the Stars be Made of Stone!”
Len Wein: Writer/Editor * John Buscema & Tony DeZuniga: Illustrators * Glynis Wein, Colorist * Joe Rosen, Letterer

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The Grey Gargoyle is now the leader of a band of space pirates who deal in the slave trade. Their ship is named the Bird of Prey. They capture the crew of the Starjammer and enslave them.

On Asgard, the leaders of the army surrounding the city present themselves at the gates. It is the Enchantress and the Executioner!

 

Days of Thunder – March 1977 The Mighty Thor #257

“Death, Thou Shalt Die!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor/ John Buscema & Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators Extraordinaire/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Condoy, Letter

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Thor and company fight Sporr, who is a huge blobby monster with tentacles. Thor senses that there is something off with the creature during the fight, but it attacked Sif so he ignores that instinct and murders the beast.

Thor finds a horrified Sif. Surprise, surprise, Spoor wasn’t picking off the weak and defenseless, but rather was escorting them to a secret paradise. Also, it was the last of its kind.

Meanwhile, on Asgard, a very large army has amassed around the city. Balder, with Karnilla at his side, prepares for attack. The names whispered last issue are still unknown.

Elsewhere, there is a ship full of space pirates, including one named Fee-Lon and one named Balzor, approaching a new target. The ships captain: The Grey Gargoyle!

First Appearance: Fee-Lon, Balzor

 

Days of Thunder – February 1977 The Mighty Thor #256

“Lurker in the Dark!”

Len Wein, Writer/Editor * John Bscema, Illustrator * Tony DeZuniga, Embellisher * Glynis Wein, Colorist * John Costanza, Letterer

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The crew of the Starjammer gains a new member when the Recorder arrives to joins the party. The Colonizers of Rigel have become aware of Thor’s quest, and they have sent his old android compatriot to observe and to assist.

Later, they find a giant Worldship drifting without power. The recorder’s Sensitizers detect two distinct life forms types aboard the ship. The crew decide to enter the ship, to ask if the inhabitants might know the location of the Doomsday Star.  This is their plan to find Odin.

Upon entering, they are attacked by automated Securitrons. They fend off the robots, but Sif is injured in the melee. They meet up with some of the inhabitants of the Worldship, the name of which they learn is “Levianon”, including their First Citizen, Relstor, and a young man named Darnak.

The inhabitants explain to Thor and his friends that they are under siege by a massive tentacle monster known as Sporr. Earlier this day, the beast claimed the life of young Darnak’s grandfather. Relstor hopes that Thor and his friends will attack the beast, but Thor, concerned with finding the Doomsday Star, does not consider it to be his fight to fight. While they discuss the matter, Sif woozily wanders away and is grabbed by Sporr. Now it is Thor’s fight.

Back on Asgard, Karnilla is not-so-subtly priming Balder to take the vacant throne when Brokarr, the guard of the Northern gates of Asgard rushes in, badly injured. He dies with the names of his two assassins on his lips. The reader is not privy to their names (but can probably guess). The name that Balder the Brave heard shake him to his core. According to Balder, “if what he spoke was true, then his words were the death sentence for all of Asgard!”

First Appearance: Levianon, Relstor, Darnak, Sporr, Brokarr

Days of Thunder – January 1977 The Mighty Thor #255

“Lo, The Quest Begins!”
Len Wein: Writer/Editor * Tony DeZuniga: Illustrator * Glynis Wein: Colorist * Watanabe, Letterer

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Thor returns to Asgard without the Ruby Eye. When the Vizier summons Mimir so that Thor may report  his failure, Mimir tells Thor that his task was a test, not a price. Thor has passed the test, and  proved himself worthy of the knowledge that Mimir now imparts:

To find Odin, Thor must seek the Doomsday Star, which seems to be a legendary star that shines darkness instead of light. Mimir departs without telling Thor how to find this fabled star.

Thor, Sif and the Warriors Three decide to set out in the Starjammer seeking the Doomsday Star. They head out into the vastness of space blindly, trusting that fate will point them in the right direction. Balder stays behind to safeguard the throne of Asgard, Karnilla staying at his side. Hildegarde is oddly absent.

As they journey through the stars, they find themselves seeking shelter from a meteor swarm by landing on a large asteroid. On the asteroid they find the Stone Men from Saturn, the same invasion party that came to Earth all those many years ago. When the fled Earth, they crashed onto this asteroid, and have been trapped ever since.

The Saturnians attack the Asgardians, hoping to steal their Starjammer, but are sorely outclassed. The Asgardians defeat their attackers and retreat to the Starjammer, while the damage caused by the fight causes the asteroid to crumble, presumably taking the Stone Men with them.

 

Days of Thunder – January 1977 Marvel Two-in-One Presents The Thing and The Mighty Thor #23

“Death on the Bridge to Heaven!”
Writers: Bil Mantlo, pgs. 1-6, Jim Shooter, pgs. 7-31/ Artist: Ron Wilson with an assist from Marie Severin/ Inker: Pablo Marcos/ Letterer: John Costanza/ Colorist: Hugh Paley/ Editor: Archie Goodwin

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Seth takes Thor and the Thing to the Golden Path where Horus, Isis and Osiris are held prisoner and unleashes a monster called the Devourer on them all. Thor and Thing free the prisoners and send the Devourer plunging into the void. They then return home, trusting that Horus has matters in hand.
First Appearance: The Devourer

Days of Thunder – December 1976 Marvel Two-in-One Presents The Thing and The Mighty Thor #22

“Touch Not the Hand of Seth!”
Boisterous Bill Mantlo, Story/ Rampagin’ Ron Wilson, Art/ Prolific Pablo Marcos, Inks/ Karefree Karen Mantlo, Letters/ Dashing Don Warfield, Colors/ Artful Archie Goodwin, Editor

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Don Blake, described by a fellow doctor as “One of the ten most gifted surgeons in the world! He is strangely absent for long periods– but brilliant when he chooses to practice!”, is performing a surgery. The evil Egyptian God Seth has been drawn to Blake, seeking revenge against Thor. Perhaps he can sense the free-flowing aura of electrons that emanate from him.

Seth kills multiple people at the hospital who get in his way, but finally he makes his way to Blake and gestures to the Doctor, indicating that he should take his cane and switch forms.  He does, and they fight.  Partway through the battle, the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing joins in.

Seth claims that, Horus and the whole of Heliopolis have already fallen to his might. At this point he opens a portal, unleashing a skeleton army of the dead upon Thor and the Thing.

 

Days of Thunder – December 1976 The Man Called Nova #4

“Nova Against The Mighty Thor”
Marv Wolfman, Writer/Editor/ Sal Buscema & Tom Palmer, Artists Supreme/ Watanabe & Denise Wohl, Letterers/ Michele Wolfman, Colorist

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Richard Rider is a teenager who was recently zapped with a lightbolt from outer space that granted him superpowers before being given a suit of space armor that threw in some additional powers. He has used these new powers to become a novice superhero in Long Island.

Thor has come to Earth briefly to inform his compatriots in the Avengers of his search for Odin. Having done so, he prepares to return to Asgard, when he encounters a burning building with a person trapped inside. He uses his power of the storm to stop the fire, and goes to help the person within, only to find a strange goblin of a creature calling itself The Corruptor.

The Corruptor claims to be pure evil and upon touching Thor spreads its evil to Thor. Thor is instantly filled with hate and becomes subject to the commands of the Corruptor. His master has nothing more specific in mind than for Thor to spread destruction, so Thor goes on a rampage.

This leads to Thor and Nova fighting until the effects of the Corruptor wear off.  They then team up and defeat the Corruptor.  Afterward, Thor decides to dump the Corruptor into Tony Stark’s care.

First Appearance: The Corruptor

 

Days of Thunder – December 1976 The Mighty Thor King-Size Annual! #5

“War of the Gods!”
A Saga Stirringly Told by: Steve Englehart, writer * John Buscema & Tony Dezungia, artists/ Tony San Jose, letterer * Don Warfield, colorist * Archie Goodwin, editor

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This is the fifth Thor King-Sized Special, although the specials have been rebranded as “annuals”, which is absurd, given that the last special was printed ten years prior. It is also the first one since King-Sized Special #2 to feature new material.

It also is somewhat problematic. Non-regular Thor-writer Steve Englehart has told a lengthy Tale of Asgard that directly contradicts much of what has been established before. It diverges from the source material widely enough and in enough places that for the purposes of this project, I am provisionally treating this story as non-canonical. However, if any other Marvel comic down the road references this story, I will revisit it and apply as many no-prizes as necessary to jam it into Marvel canon.

Canonicity notwithstanding, it’s a neat little story with a great 6-page prologue.

 

Days of Thunder – November 1976 The Mighty Thor #253: Part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
“The Weapon and the Warrior! Pt 2”
David Kraft, author/ Pablo Marcos, artist/ Irving Watanabe, letterer/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Len Wein, editor

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Thor and the Storm Giant fight some more. He eventually realizes that (much like Sigurd), the Storm Giant is vulnerable when not touching the ground. That turns the tide, but they keep fighting, until finally the Giant bursts into laughter. Thor joins the Giant in laughter, as he realizes that they have no reason to fight. He walks away from the Giant, leaving his dead horse behind.

Days of Thunder – November 1976 The Mighty Thor #253

“Chaos in the Kingdom of the Trolls”
Experience Boundless Wonderment at the Side of These Stalwarts! Len Wein, Writer/Editor / John Buscema/Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/ M. Severin * Colorist/ Condoy * Letterer/ We Promise you won’t be Disappointed!

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After being tossed into a lake of fire, falling Thor flings his hammer upward, which in defiance of all physics, pulls him upwards, so that he can resume his fight with Ulik.

Ulik slays the dragon and claims the ruby as his prize. He explains to Thor that the Trolls have accidentally released a powerful beast known as Trogg, who has gone on to slaughter countless Trolls. The only way to stop the beast is by using the power of the Ruby Eye to seal the portal from whence Trogg came.

Thor makes a deal with Ulik: He will slay Trogg in exchange for the Ruby Eye. Ulik reluctantly agrees. Thor follows Ulik into the heart of the Troll kingdom, where he discovers that King Geirrodur still lives.

Thor does not dally with the king, however.  He quickly enters battle with Trogg, a giant creature who seems to have a grudge against the Trolls. He will not parlay with Thor and Thor is not strong enough to defeat him.

When fighting fails, Ulik pressures Thor into using the Ruby Eye to lock away Trogg. Thor reluctantly agrees, sacrificing his need so that he might save the Trolls. As Thor departs, Ulik mocks Thor savagely for being foolish enough to help an enemy.

First Appearance: Trogg

Days of Thunder – October 1976 The Mighty Thor #252: Part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
“The Weapon and the Warrior”
David Kraft, author/ Pablo Marcos, artist/ J. Costanza, letterer/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Len Wein, editor proudly present a two-part tribute to the most widely-acclaimed mythological mini-series of all time!!

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After an absence of more than 100 issues, the Tales of Asgard feature has made a return, temporary though it may be. This story takes place immediately after the events of issue #102.

Young Thor, having newly obtained Mjolnir, stumbles upon an unnamed young Storm Giant, fresh from an apprenticeship in the mines and workshops of the Trolls. The two get into a fight over nothing. The Giant throws a rock at Thor’s horse, killing it. Thor falls to the ground, drops his hammer, and the Giant captures Thor with Troll magic, before preparing to kill the young Godling with a boulder.

Days of Thunder – October 1976 The Mighty Thor #252

“A Dragon at the Gates!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor/ John Bsucema & Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer

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Thor tries to find his father by again seeking the aid of Mimir. Unlike last time,  Mimir now demands very specific payment for his services: The Cyclopean Ruby Eye of the Dragon Guardian of of Realm Below.

Thor finds the task dishonorable, but decides he has little choice. He journeys down into the Realm Below, adjacent to the territory of the Trolls and eventually finds the Dragon of the Ruby Eye. However, before he can fight the dragon, he discovers that his old foe Ulik has come here at the exact same time, seeking the exact same item.

Ulik claims that the survival of the Troll Empire itself depends on the procurement of the eye. Neither warrior is willing to forfeit the Eye, and so they fight each other for it. Ulik wins the fight, tossing Thor off a cliff into a lake of fire!

Days of Thunder – October 1976 Marvel Spotlight on Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg, Warriors Three

“A Night on the Town!”
Len Wein, writer/editor/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, illustrators/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Joe Rosen, letterer/ Irv Forbush, Honorary Godling

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This story takes place during Thor and Jane’s recent trip to Central America. Left behind, Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun get bored and look for adventure. They end up on a series of misadventures wherin they befriend a cabbie named Myron J. Maxwell, a hobo named Ragland T. Peppermill, and a pair of would-be suicides named Mary Miller and Arnold Slackmyster. Over the course of the evening, they foil a diamond heist, start a bar brawl, attend a wedding, as well as prevent the aforementioned suicides.

First Appearance: Myron J. Maxwell, Ragland T. Peppermill, Mary Miller, Arnold Slackmyster

The List – Books

What follows is a list of every book I’ve read to completion in the past six months.

10. The Unauthorized Biography of Superman by Glen Weldon
9. Baptism of Fire Andrzej Sapkowski
8. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
7. Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
6. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
5. Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn
4. They Drew as they Pleased by Didier Ghez
3. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
2. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
1. The Shepard’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

They Drew as they Pleased is a niche book for animation weirdoes and the Pratchett books were weak Pratchett.  The rest of the list was pulp trash, or just not very good.  I need to read more books.

The List – Video Games

What follows is a list of every game I played in the past six months, ordered from least-favorite to favorite.

14. Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell
13. Infamous: First Light
12. Fallout 4
11. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
10. Until Dawn
9. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
8. The Witcher III
7. Spelunky
6. Super Pole Riders
5. Wolfenstein: The New Blood
4. Metal Gear Solid V: Grounds Zero
3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
2. Super Mario Maker
1. Blood Bowl II

The top 8 of these games are all five star great games.

The List – Comics

What follows is every comic book run I read in the past 6 months, ordered from least-favorite to favorite. It does not include ongoing series I am following month-to-month. It does not include the many 70’s Marvel comics I have been reading for Days of Thunder, and it does not include lengthy runs I’ve been working my way through but have not completed (Which at the moment consists of Cerebus, G.I. Joe, and Bone.). As such, it represents a fraction of my total comics consumption.

23. Smoke
22. The Bojeffries Saga
21. OMAC (Byrne)
20. Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave and other Tales
19. Fury: This War of Mine
18. S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 1 (Hickman)
17. Daredevil: End of Days
16. Howard the Duck (Templeton)
15. X-Factor Volumes. 15-17
14. Young Heroes in Love
13. Ultimate Spider-Man (final seven volumes)
12. Age of Atlas Vols. 2, 3
11. Alias & The Pulse
10. The Ballad of Halo Jones
9. Runaways (All the BKV and Whedon issues)
8. Secret Warriors
7. OMAC
6. American Barbarian
5. Gunsmith Cats Vol 3
4. Daredevil: Born Again
3. Copra Round Two and Three
2. Planetary
1. Usagi Yojimbo Omnibus #4 and 5

 

Of that list,  I consider the top 16 worth rereading, and the top 9 worth recommending.

The List – Movies

What follows is a list of every movie I’ve seen in the past 6 months, ranked from favorite to least-favorite:

44. Amazing Spider-Man 2
43. Robocop Remake
42. Lucy
41. The Assassin
40. Superman: Unbound
39. A Trip to the Moon
38. Jupiter Ascending
37. Angel of Death
36. Superman II (Donner Cut)
35. GI Joe: Rise of Cobra
34. Terminator Genisys
33. Catching Fire
32. Mockingjay Part 2
31. Mockingjay Part 1
30. Hunger Games
29. Divergent
28. Mad Max in: Beyond Thunderdome
27. Interstellar
26. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
25. Treasure Planet
24. Disney’s Atlantis
23. Pom Poko
22. Edge of Tomorrow
21. Mean Streets
20. The Avengers
19. Robocop
18. The Road Warrior
17. Cabaret
16. Django Unchained
15. Sunset Blvd.
14. Dope
13. Thor
12. Terminator
11. GI Joe: Retaliation
10. Anastasia
9. Mad Max Fury Road
8. T2: Judgment Day
7. Inglourious Basterds
6. Superman: The Movie
5. Jurassic Park
4. Disney’s Robin Hood
3. Out of Sight
2. Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
1. Speed Racer

That’s 44 movies in 6 months, or 1.7 movies a week. 34 of them I would consider good enough to rewatch.  15 of them I would consider classics, but not the top 15.  I really like Speed Racer.

Days of Thunder – September 1976 The Mighty Thor #251

“To Hela and Back”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor/ John Buscema & tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorsist/ Pat Condoy, Letterer

Thor 251

Sif, while happy to be alive, is afraid that she is a mere consolation prize to Thor, forever second in his heart to Jane. Thor does his best to explain to her that having two women that he loves combined into one is kind of awesome.

Karnilla has been sticking around Asgard, for unspecified reasons. This makes Balder both pleased and incredibly uncomfortable.

After days of searching, the Vizier cannot find Odin anywhere in the known universe. He suspects that Odin may be in Valhalla. He travels there, by himself, and encounters his old frenemy, Harokin. Harokin can’t pass up the opportunity to wrassle with Thor and forces Thor into a fight he does not want.

Eventually, Hela arrives and informs Thor that Odin is not in her land. She then allows Thor to depart.