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Days of Thunder – March 1979 The Mighty Thor #281

“This Hammer Lost!”
Mark Gruenwald/Ralph Macchio, Scripters/ Keith Pollard/Pablo Marcos, Artists/ Jim Novak, Letterer/ Ben Sean, Colorist/ Jim Shooter/ Roy Thomas, Editors/ Plotting Assist by Peter Gillis and Mike Catron

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Thor is still having an existential crisis over the nature of the Eternals. He decides that the best way to proceed is to travel back in time to the first visitation of Earth by the Eternals.

He spins his hammer, but instead of traveling to Earth’s past, he ends up stuck in Limbo. What’s more his hammer is missing. He is greeted by the Space Phantom, a minor enemy of the Avengers. Thor has encountered the Space Phantom on two prior occasions, but he does not seem to remember him now. Nonetheless, he warns the Phantom that he considers ever man to be his enemy until proven otherwise.

Limbo is a place beyond time and the Space Phantom’s home. He tells Thor that his people are caught in an endless Time War and that he needs the Thunder God’s help to bring it to an end. In exchange, he will help Thor find his missing hammer.

The Phantom leads Thor to his planet, Phantus, where they are soon attacked by military forces. Thor warns his foes that he isn’t “a God who turns the other cheek” before joining the battle. He crushes a tank with his bare hands, fashioning part of it into a crude hammer. Thor likes hammers.

The Space Phantom takes Thor to a big pit and tells Thor to jump into it. Thor does and finds himself trapped in a nexus between the the timeless and a world where time passes. This is a problem because it means half of him now exists in a realm where it has been 60 seconds since he held his hammer, and half of him doesn’t!

 

Days of Thunder – February 1979 The Mighty Thor #280

“Crisis on Twin Earths!”
A Special Super-Sensation by… Roy Thomas, Writer/Editor * Wayne Boring, Guest Penciler * Tom Palmer, Inker/Embellisher/ Joe Rosen, Letterer * C. Gafford, Colorist * J. Shooter, Consulting Editor
From a plot by Don and Maggie Thompson

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The Avengers have in the past encountered a group of super powered villains known as the Squadron Supreme and have also encountered a group of nominal heroes from a parallel universe known as te Squadron Supreme.  The two groups are alternate  versions of, er, each other.

Thor has been tracked down by Hyperion, the semi-heroic Hyperion from another universe, not the evil Hyperion native to Thor’s Midgard.  Hyperion is making a movie about the time that he and his superpowered teammates enforced the will of a corporate state until the Avengers came to their universe and overthrew that regime.  Hyperion wants the Avengers to play themselves in this dramatization.

None of the rest of the Avengers are available.  Thor, who of course, has done this sort of thing before, has soured on the notion of being behind the camera after Harris Hobbs recent excursion to Asgard went so poorly. Thor nonetheless agrees to let Hyperion give him a tour of his world.

Thor and Hyperion are followed by the evil Hyperion of Thor’s universe.  Complications ensue and Thor is sent back to his world while the evil Hyperion remains at large.

 

Days of Thunder – February 1979 The Defenders #68

“Valhalla Can Wait!”
Val in Valhalla Part Three
Story by David Kraft & Ed Hannigan/ Pencils by Herb Trimpe/ Inks by Pablo Marcos/ Letters by E. Heinl/ Colors by B. Sharen/ Edited by Al Milgrom/ Editor-In-Chief, Jim Shooter

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Mortal-Body Valkyrie and Harokin catch up with Hela and her army. Meanwhile the Defenders agree to help Ollerus at the behest of Immortal-Body Valkyrie. Soon the two sides are joined in battle.

While her army fights, Hela visits Odin to take his political temperature. After the recent near-Ragnarok, Odin has no warmth for Hela. He intends to use this conflict as an opportunity to retake Valhalla. “Should Ollerus win– so be it! If not, the legions of Asgard shall drive you back to Niffleheim!”

Meanwhile, the two Valkyries end up fighting in front of the Defenders. Hulk gets confused and throws a big rock at the good guy one. As soon as her counterpart is clobbered, the remaining one reveals her madness. The Defenders realize that this Valkyrie is the personality of Barbara Norriss!

The side fighting for Hela point the Hulk at Ollerus’ shark-finned mountain and he smashes the hell out of it. This turns the tide of battle and Ollerus surrenders. Hela announces that her forces, as well as the vanquished forces of Ollerus are retreating to Niffleheim, that she is ceding the territory of Valhalla to the “most noble”. She leaves Harokin in charge of Valhalla. The mortals that Olerrus had prematurely recruited, such as the Defenders, are returned to Earth. Brunhilde/Valkyrie returns with them, embracing Harokin before she departs. Norriss/Valkyrie stays, banished to Niffleheim as the Fates had prophesied.

 

Days of Thunder – January 1979 The Defenders #67

“Val in Valhalla Part Two”
“We, The Unliving”
“Featuring The Deaths of the Defenders!”

Story by David Kraft & Ed Hannigan/ Pencils by Herb Trimpe/ Inks by Bruce Patterson/ Letters by E. Heinl/ Colors by B. Sharen/ Edited by Al Milgrom/ Editor-In-Chief, Jim Shooter

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The Incredible Hulk dies. Slightly later, Valkyrie’s other teammates in the Defenders, Hellcat and Nighthawk also die. One of the two Valkyrie/Barbara Norriss/Brunhildes arrives in Midgard to escort her teammates to Valhalla.

It turns out that Ollerus has gained the power to make mortals die simply by willing it so. He has used this power to kill the Defenders with the goal of recruiting them into his army. He now intends to kill some humans basically at random toward the same end.

Meanwhile, Valkyrie wakes up in Ollerus’s dungeon, which is inside a giant magic mobile shark-finned mountain.. This Val is certain that she is in the body of Barbara Norriss and holds no love for Ollerus. Who, then, is the other? It is unclear.

She soon manages to escape, and joins up with Harokin on the outside to fight some pterodactyls that they refer to as “dragons.” They then depart to prepare their forces for an assault against Ollerus.

 

Days of Thunder – January 1979 The Mighty Thor #279

“A Hammer in Hades!”
Roy Thomas, Editor * Don Glut, Guest Writer * Alan Kupperberg & Pablo Marcos, Illustrators * Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer * Jim Shooter, Consulting Editor

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Thor, back on Midgard, is reminded of Jane Foster, and thinks back to a time in his past. Once, during the time that Jane was hypnotized into not being in love with Blake, she was abducted by Hades. This happened in front of Thor’s eyes, as a weird mystical energy emanating from his walking-stick/hammer drew him to Foster, only to see her pulled down into the earth by strange tentacles.

He follows Jane’s captor into the Netherworld of Olympus. When he catches up with Jane, she is chained above a pool of fire. Pluto wants revenge against Thor’s involvement in thwarting his mutates on Earth. To that end he has sought the help of Loki. Loki does not join them in the Netherworld, but instead sends Ulik the Troll there.

Hades wants the two of them to duel.  The winner will claim the horribly objectified nurse as a prize “to do with as he will…”. The loser shall remain Hades’ eternal prisoner.

The two warriors fight until Ulik realizes that Pluto is using him as a tool of revenge. As much as he hates Thor, Ulik hates being manipulated even more. He turns his aggression toward Hades long enough for Thor to free Jane. Ulik’s assault catches Pluto so off guard, that the Troll almost kills Hades with Enchanted Flames that could consume even the Lord of the Netherworld. Thor intervenes, because he needs Hades to release him and Jane from the Netherworld.

Thor uses Mjolnir to teleport Ulik to Loki’s location. Chagrined, Pluto sends Thor and Jane back to Earth. Jane leaves Thor behind, to eat dinner with her boyfriend.

The events of this story take place after Thor fought Hades in issue #164. The first issue with downtime on Earth following that is issue #167. Furthermore, it takes place during the time that Jane was dating Dr. Kincaid, before she moved on to Dr. North, which means it must have taken place before issue #172. That all places the story squarely in the second half of 1969.

Days of Thunder – December 1978 The Defenders #66

“War of the Dead!”
“Val in Valhalla Part One”
A “Journey Into Mystery” by Dave Kraft, Story/ Ed Hannigan, Art/ Bruce Patterson, Inks/ Elaine Heinl, Letters/ Bob Sharen, Colors/ Bob Hall, Editor/ Jim Shooter, Editor-In-Chief

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Valkryie has been a member of the Defenders for several years now. Their roster currently consists of Valkryie, Nighthawk, Hulk, and Hellcat.

Valkryie has now been summoned to Valhalla by Hela. On her way there, she passes through Asgard, greeting Heimdall as she passes. The warrior known as Valkryie that possesses the body of the mortal woman Barbara Norris has never been to Asgard before, and yet it seems that this is a return. It is most strange.

As she continues to Valhalla, she encounters the Three Fates, which seem to be distinct beings separate from the Norns, despite similarities. The Three Fates, Skuld, Verandi, and Urdur, refer to Valkyrie as being the long-lost leader of the Valkryior.   They then  show Val what her future offers.

Val peers into the Spring of Mimir at the base of Yggdrasil. She sees herself in Valhalla, caught in the middle of a civil war. She sees herself struck down by an unknown foe. She sees a challenger to Hela’s rule, one who threatens to bring a reign of hopelessness upon all he touches. Finally she sees herself banished to Niffleheim, realm of the Thrice-Damned, plunging into unceasing Witch-Fire.

Afterward she resumes her trip, soon arriving  in Valhalla. There, she is greeted not only by Hela, but by her allies Harokin and Tyr.

It seems that Valkyrie is not actually a false persona created by the Enchantress. In truth, she is Brunhilde, the leader of the Valkryior, an army of warriors who fight to protect Valhalla.  It is they alone who decide who may dwell in Valhalla. Apparently, the Enchantress either mistakenly captured Brunhilde when she created the Valkyrie persona, or was previously lying about it.

Hela, ruler of Valhalla, who has just finished leading an army against Asgard, now leads a different army in the underworld. She is facing a challenge to her rule by one named Ollerus the Unmerciful. For this battle, she needs of Brunhilde as a general.

Brunhilde’s memories seem to have fully returned. She speaks  with Svava, one of her Valkryies, about how Valhalla has fallen into desolation under Hela’s rule. They both lament this change, but both acknowledge Hela’s authority.

Ollerus has two lieutenants in Casiolena and Poppo the Cunning. Of course, Casiolena was killed by the Enchantress in issue #4 of the Defenders, which presumably is why she is now an inhabitant of Hel. Poppo, is presumably similarly deceased. Both are sorcerers.  Poppo is also a thief. The three of them plan a trap for Valkryie.

In the Pass of Peril, the army of Hela meets the army of Ollerus. The battle is savage, but eventually Val is lured away to a dungeon. Inside the dungeon, she is shocked to find the immortal body of Brunhilde, who’s appearance is identical to that of the mortal body of Barbara Norriss! Taken aback, Val touches the body and there is a loud crack and a flash of light. When it clears, one Valkyrie is unconscious and the other stands, claiming to be the madwoman Barbara Norriss. She stands alongside Ollerus and his allies.

First Appearance: Ollerus the Unmerciful, Poppo the Cunning, Svava, Skuld, Verandi, Urdur

 

Days of Thunder – December 1978 The Mighty Thor #278

“At Long Last– Ragnarok?!”
Roy Thomas Writer/Editor * John Buscema & Chic Stone, Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer/ Jim Shooter, Consulting Editor

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The combined forces of Asgard face Hela and her army.  As they fight, Loki enters the fray, without explanation of how he escaped his chains. He soon falls, and afterward, the Midgard Serpent appears.

While the rest of the Asgardians fight for Asgard, Sif convinces Norvell to take her back to Asgard so that he and she might join the fight. They do, although the Midgard Serpent soon claims Norvell’s life. The Odinson reclaims his hammer and uses it to kill the Midard Serpent, which is not supposed to happen.

Having no idea what the hell is going on at this point, Hela calls for a retreat. Her army departs, leaving the Asgardians to marshal their forces and take stock. Norvell is dead, Joey is dead, but now that the danger has passed, there is a flare, and Balder is restored to a state resembling the Odinsleep.

Odin, seemingly back to full strength explains: He knew that Loki and Hela were determined to kick-start Ragnarok and that they had knowledge of Volla’s prophesies. His plan was to confuse them to the point where they could no longer use the prophesies as a road map. Most of the recent battle was an illusion brought forth by Odin, including the presence of Loki and the Midgard serpent, as well as all of the Asgardian fatalities.

Thor, as usual, is angered at the manipulation on the part of his father and prepares to storm off to Midgard. Odin is sick of Thor dividing his time between the two world.  He commands Thor to stay in Asgard. Thor defies his father and gets himself banished again. He begs Sif to come with him, reminding her that Jane Foster is trapped inside her, but Sif does not have it in her to defy her king.

Thor returns to Earth with Hobbs and his dead camera crew towed in a big net. Upon his arrival, he says his goodbye to Hobbs and tells the reporter that he has to deal with the Celestials.

 

Days of Thunder – November 1978 The Mighty Thor #277

“Time of the Trolls!”
Roy Thomas, Writer/Editor * John Buscema & Tom Palmer, Illustrators/Imaginers * Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer * Jim Shooter, Consulting Editor

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In the aftermath of “Red” Norvell’s attack, the trial of Loki concludes with a sentencing phase. Loki is chained to a rock, where a viper will drip mystic venom on his face until Ragnarok, soon as that may be. Sigyn is granted permission to do what she can to ease her husband’s suffering.

Meanwhile, Novell has taken Sif to Alfheim, home of the Ljo’s-Alfar, also known as the Bright Elves. The Bright Elves seem to be a a bunch of diminutive friendly folk. Norvell batters them around as if they were less than nothing.

While Norvell tries to convince Sif to be in love with him, she explains to him how he was able to obtain the power of Thor. Some time ago, Odin became concerned that his son might be on Midgard at a time when Asgard was in danger. So he had a back-up copy of Thor’s essence made and stored in his gloves and belt. Loki gave unwitting Norvell the instructions to unlock Thor and imprint the Thunder God’s essence o’ertop of himself.

Hela’s army attacks Asgard.

 

Days of Thunder – October 1978 The Invaders #33

“A Time of Titans!”
Roy Thomas, Writer/Editor * Alan Kupperberg & Frank Springer, Illustrators/Innovators * Joe Rosen, Letterer/ G. Roussos, Colorist * Jim Shooter, Consulting Editor

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Thor fights the Invaders. The combined might of the Invaders are not enough to go toe-to-toe with Thor, but they do what they can to keep Stalin safe.

In Germany, Dr. Olsen has a heart attack and dies. Hans, who is actually Doctor Doom operating under an assumed name, secretly transmits the ravings of Hitler to Thor. Hitler is sufficiently hateful and murderous that Thor abandons his mission, but not before accidentally giving lightning powers to Union Jack. Thor heads back to Asgard, but for some reason decides to wipe the memories of the Invaders before he does so.

 

Days of Thunder – September 1978 The Avengers #175

“The End… and the Beginning!”
James Shooter, Plotter/Editor-In-Chief * D. Michelinie, Scripter * D. Wenzel, Pencils * P. Marcos, Inker * D. Wohl, Letters * P. Rache, Colors * R. Stern, Editor

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A large assemblage of Avengers, both  former and current, have been caught up in a complicated war of wills between Korvac and a cosmic entity known as “The Collector.” Korvac has killed the Collector, but these Avengers, Thor among their number, remain aboard his spaceship, currently orbiting Earth.

Investigating the environs of their now-deceased foe, the Avengers discover that the Collector owned a time machine, and had been using it to snatch Thor out of the time-stream so that he could assist the Avengers, despite his being preoccupied with Asgardian matters. The reasons for this were complicated and opaque, but after each adventure, Thor would be returned to his own point in the time stream with his memory removed.

 

Days of Thunder – September 1978 The Invaders #32

“Thunder in the East!”
Roy Thomas, Writer/Editor * Alan Kupperberg & Frank Springer Illustrators/Storytellers * J. Rosen Letterer/ Carl Gafford, Colorist * Jim Shooter, Consulting Editor

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During World War II, Adolf Hitler tasks a pair of scientists with creating a a device capable of teleporting Thor from Asgard to Germany. The scientists, Dr. Olsen, and his assistant Hans, who’s face is entirely covered in bandages do what Hitler asks.

Hitler convinces Thor to fight for the Nazis, who he presents as the descendants of the Vikings. “Side by side, Son of Odin and Son of Schickelgruber stride from the chamber–”. Hitler ask Thor to assassinate Joseph Stalin. Thor agrees.

During this time, there was a team of American, British, and Atlantean heroes that fought for the Allies known as the Invaders. Their number included Captain America, Namor, an android called “the Human Torch”, Spitfire, and Union Jack. This group of heroes  happen to be delivering an experimental armored tank directly to Stalin when Thor attacks!

This issue also makes clear that Thor speaks in Asgardian, not English, and that some manner of magic provides translation between he and whomever he is speaking with.

First Appearance: Dr. Olsen, Hans

 

Days of Thunder – August September 1978 What If Jan Foster Had Found the Hammer of Thor? #10

“What if Jane Foster Had Found The Hammer of Thor?
Don Glut, Writer/ Rick Hoberg, Artist/ Dave Hunt, Inker/ C. Gafford, Colorist/ Carol Lay, Letterer/ Roy Thomas, Editor/ J. Shooter, Consulting Editor

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“What If?” is a comic book magazine that reveals how events would have played out for the superheroes of Marvel, if major events had unfolded differently. This issue examines what would have happened if it Doctor Donald Blake had brought along Nurse Jane Foster on the fateful vacation where Blake originally found Mjolnir.

In this version of events, Blake and Foster are together when the Stone Men From Saturn attack, and after Blake drops his walking stick, it is Foster and not Blake who ends up trapped in a cave with the gnarled stick that is actually Mjolnir in disguise. She picks it up and taps it on the ground, initiating the transformation into Thor that was intended for Blake. Evidently, despite the elaborate scheming of Odin designed to turn Blake into Thor, Jane Foster is herself worthy of the mantle of Thor and so she transforms into a female incarnation of Thor.

Jane, much like Blake in his early days as Thor, has none of the memories or knowledge of Thor. She decides to call herself by the arguably more feminine name of “Thordis.” Thordis makes short work of the Stone Men from Saturn, rescuing Blake.

In the weeks to come, Thordis fights the same threats that Thor had faced in his early crimefighting career and handles herself as well, if not better than Thor had in the default timeline. Not needing a walking-stick, she has carved the stick into a wooden hair-brush that she keeps in her purse.

Eventually, Thordis is summoned to Asgard. Odin is shocked and appalled to discover that it is a mortal woman that has come to wield Mjolnir, and there is enough wiggle room in the text to say that his concern is not over her gender, but over the fact that she is a random non-Blake mortal. Odin banishes Thordis from Asgard.

Sif takes this turn of events poorly. She loves Thor and is now worried that he will never return to Asgard.  She travels to Midgard and proceeds to seduce Doctor Donald Blake, who has drifted apart from Nurse Foster ever since she began her career as a superhero. Over time, Blake and Sif fall in love. Sif uses magic to heal Blake’s leg.

Eventually, the Mangog attempts to unsheath the Odinsword. In the face of Ragnarok both Sif and Thordis return to Asgard. Sif allows Blake to accompany her. Thordis fights the Mangog before waking Odin from his Odinsleep with Mjolnir, allowing the All-Father to undo the Mangog.

In the aftermath, Odin forces Thordis to give Blake her mystic hammer, restoring the doctor to his natural state as Thor. However, Jane has won the respect of Odin and he gifts her with the godhead. He then starts putting the moves on her, and eventually the two are wed. It’s pretty damn weird.

 

Days of Thunder – July 1978 Captain Marvel #57

“Star Burst”
The Beginning of the End, as recorded by: Roger McKenzie, script * Pat Broderick & Bob Wiacek, art * John Costanza, letterer * Don Warfield, colorist * Jim Shooter, Editor

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Captain Marvel is the formal name of Mar-Vell, a Kree warrior with cosmic super powers not unlike those of Warlock. He posesses the Nega-Bands, two bracelets that give him a connection with the Negative Zone

Mar-Vell has come to make the Earth his home, and is a sometime ally of the Avengers, and a friend of Rick Jones. Recently, Captain Marvel combined forces with the Avengers and Warlock to defeat the mad Titan Thanos, preventing him from killing countless lives. Both Warlock and Thanos died in the battle.

Mar-Vell has become feverish, and Rick has taken him to see Doctor Donald Blake. Blake can do nothing for him, and in mid-examination the Kree bursts out of Blake’s office. Blake transforms into Thor and gives pursuit.

When Thor catches up with Mar-Vell, the delirious hero begs Thor to kill him. Before Thor is willing to take that step, he demands an explanation. Mar-Vell explains that before he died, Thanos tampered with the Sun of Earth and the other planets in the Solar System. It is causing the cosmic physiology of Mar-Vell to overload , which will cause a chain reaction leading to the destruction of the entire universe.

Thor has a hunch and hurls Mjolnir at Marvel’s Nega Bands. It strikes both of them, opening a portal to the Negative Zone. Such are the strange properties of the Negative Zone, that Marvel’s excess energy is sucked into the Negative Zone, creating a new star. Afterward, both Mar-Vell and the Sun seem to be fine.

 

Days of Thunder – June 1978 Marvel Team-Up Starring Spider-Man and Thor #70

“Whom Gods Destroy!”
Chris Claremont, Author * John Byrne, Penciler * Tony DeZuniga, Inker * Annette Kawecki, Letterer/ Andy Yanchus, Colorist * Jim Shooter, Editor

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Thor stumbles upon Spider-Man and an X-Man by the name of Havok fighting a giant calling himself the Living Monolith. Thor helps the heroes beat the villain.  As he departs, he tells Spider-Man to “know that the son of Odin shall e’er count thee among those he calls his friends.”

Days of Thunder – May 1978 The Avengers #171

 “…Where Angels Fear to Tread”

Jim Shooter, Writer/Editor /George Perez, Penciler/ Pablo Marcos, Inker/ Denise Wohl, Letterer/ Phil Rachelson, Colorist

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Thor, that is to say, the real Thor, is helping his comrades in the Avengers fight Ultron. The nature of the seemingly false Thor remains unknown.

Joining the Avengers is Ms. Marvel. Ms. Marvel is a human who’s DNA has been merged with that of a member of the alien race known as the Kree. This fusion has granted her superhuman abilities. Ms. Marvel is both a a superhero and a liberated woman. One of her abilities is precognitive visions,  and she has recently had a vision that compels her to help the Avengers in their fight against Ultron.

The conflict against Ultron leads the Avengers to a church. Thor is uncomfortable entering the church. He explains that some Christians consider his very existence to be an affront to their belief in a single supreme deity.

This church has for some reason been chosen as Ultron’s lair. Ultron wishes to murder his father, and imprint a robot with the personality of his father’s wife and then to fuck that robot. Ultron, not one for subtlety, names his would-be robot bride “Jocasta.”

Jocasta awakens and finds herself deeply conflicted between her programmed love for Ultron, and how deeply skeeved out she is by him.  Confused, she tries to murder him. She fails, but this distracts Ultron long enough for the Scarlet Witch to crack open his armor. Once this happens, Thor uses Mjolnir to suck out all of Ultron’s life force before ejecting it into the cosmos.

Days of Thunder – May 1978 The Mighty Thor #271

“…Like a Diamond in the Sky!”
“Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Walt Simonson & Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/ Storytellers * Glynis Wein, Colorist * Joe Rosen, Letterer

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After conferring with the Avengers and with an intelligence operative named Nick Fury, Thor uses Mjolnir to teleport himself and Iron Man inside of F.A.U.S.T., now in orbit around Earth. The two of them destroy it.

Last Appearance: Len Wein

 

Days of Thunder – April 1978 The Mighty Thor #270

“Minute of Madness– Dark Day of Doom!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Walt Simonson & Tony DeZuniga Artists/Storytellers * Glynis Wein, Colorist * Joe Rosen, Letterer

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Thor finds himself unable to retrieve his hammer before his time runs out.  Fortunately, his transformation back to Blake happens unseen. As Blake, he tells Blastaar that Thor went thattaway, and Blastaar departs. However, by the time Blake makes his way back to his reverted walking stick, it has been snatched up by a youth proclaiming himself to be the President of a group of toughs known as the Street Kings.

Blake politely asks for his stick back, and gets hit upside the head for his trouble. He grabs the stick and, without tapping it against anything at all, is transformed back into Thor. Perhaps the contact against his head closed the circuit of transformation.

Upon witnessing this transformation, the Street Kings take off.  Blastaar has already made himself scarce, but Stilt-Man remains, and he tells Thor what he knows.

Thor visits his teammate in the Avengers, Tony Stark. Thor tells Tony what he knows about Blastaar’s activities, and Stark uses a computer to cross-reference the clues and determine that Blastaar’s master is F.A.U.S.T., the living factory.

Blastaar has become convinced that F.A.U.S.T. is a being of enough power to be worth serving. His master has promised to make him King of the Negative Zone in exchange for his service. He gives F.A.U.S.T. the isotopes that Stilt-Man stole.

Thor heads straight to the factory and fights Blastaar. When it becomes clear that he will not win the fight, Blastaar retreats to a portal to the Negative Zone created by F.A.U.S.T. However, he has been double crossed, and Blastaar is disintegrated instead of teleported.

Meanwhile, F.A.U.S.T. has reconfigured itself into a orbiting death satellite and launched itself into orbit.

First Appearance: The Street Kings

 

Days of Thunder – April 1978 The Avengers #170

“…Though Hell Should Bar the Way!”

James Shooter, Writer/Colorist /George Perez, Artist/Co-Plotter / Pablo Marcos, Inker/ Denise Wohl, Letterer/ Archie Goodwin, Editor

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After Thor’s recent realization that that he was slumming by participating in the Avengers, he reduced his role to that of an associate member, to be called upon only in times of emergency. There have been some other membership shakeups, and the current full-time Avengers roster now consists of Iron Man, Captain America, The Wasp, The Scarlet Witch, The Vision, and the Beast (formerly of the X-Men).

Wonder Man, a reformed villain with a brief former stint as an Avenger who is also the human template for the Vision, has been returned from the dead via vague arcane means. He now serves as a member of the Avengers although he has not been officially made an active member.

Since taking his leave of absence, Thor has seemingly dropped by to assist the Avengers on three separate occasions. However, he now arrives at the Avengers Mansion, claiming to have never done any such thing. He is very confused. It seems that the Thor that has been fighting alongside the Avengers as of late has been an Impostor.

Days of Thunder – March 1978 The Mighty Thor #269

“A Walk on the Wild Side!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * Walt Simonson & Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/Storytellers * Glynis Wein: Colorist/ Joe Rosen: Letterer

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Thor has visited a newsstand where he helps himself to a newspaper and proceeds to leaf through it, although he explains to the news vendor, “Lacking suitable coin of the realm, I cannot repay thee for the use of thy…”

Almost immediately after he finishes his paper, Thor changes into Blake.  Blake  immediately gives a homeless woman a dollar. Thor reads newspapers as a god so that he doesn’t have to pay for them.

Blastaar is a brutish warrior with the power to make things explode by pointing at them. He was once accidentally released from the Negative Zone of Sub-Space by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four an let loose on Earth. Sometime later he was killed by the X-Men before being resurrected by two years of steady dosage of Gamma Rays administered by a mad scientist named Professor Preston Pentecost who wanted Blastaar to kill a sentient factory named “F.A.U.S.T.”.  Before Blastaar could kill the factory, the Incredible Hulk wrapped him in an unbreakable metal known as “adamantium” and threw him in the ocean.

The Stilt-Man is a costumed criminal who uses a suit of armor containing hydraulic telescoping legs to commit crimes. Recently in a battle with a hero named Black Goliath, his armor was destroyed, and he was imprisoned. Now he has been broken out of prison by Blastaar and provided a brand new suit of stilt-armor, this new one made of adamantium. It is unclear how Blastaar came to leave the bottom of the ocean, but he is now working for an unseen master.

As payment for his freedom and for his new armor, Stilt-Man is tasked with stealing a package containing unknown contents out of a helicopter in mid-flight. Stilt-Man finds that reasonable, and so he agrees to the job. When he grabs the goods, he uses stupifying gas to knock out the helicopter pilots. As the helicopter plummets, it gains the attention of Dr. Blake, who becomes Thor once again, and catches the helicopter.

Thor then finds defeats Stilt-Man. As he approaches his fallen foe, Blastaar suckerpunches Thor with an explosive burst, causing Thor to drop his hammer and start the sixty-second clock.

Meanwhile, on Asgard, the Warriors Three have captured the team of Snaykar, Magrat and Kroda.

 

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.