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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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – April 1976 The Avengers #146

“The Assassin Never Fails!”
Tony Isabella, Guest Writer/ Keith Pollard (pages 1-3) & Don Heck (pages 6-32), Guest Pencillers/ John Tartag, Inker/ Dave H., Letterer/ Petra G., Colorist/ Marv Wolfman, Editor

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An assassin has critically wounded Captain America, poisoning him with an unknown form of radiation. Doctor Blake is performing surgery on his fallen friend, inserting counter-radiation capsules inside of Cap.

While Blake performs the surgery, the Avengers stand watch in the hospital. Iron Man has become concerned that it is too easy to form a connection between Doctor Blake and Thor, so he has created a lifelike android duplicate of Thor, known as a “Life Model Decoy” or “LMD” for short. The Android poses as Thor to cover for Blake.

The Assassin and her agents disable the Avengers guarding the operation, including the LMD. The Assassin discovers that “Thor” is a robot, confirming what her research has lead her to suspect: Thor and Blake are one and the same. She had poisoned Captain America in order to flush out the elusive doctor, who is much more susceptible to bullets than his godly alter ego.

However, the unconscious Avengers recover, causing the Assassin to flee, only to be accidentally killed by her own men.

Blake successfully completes the surgery, saving Captain America.

First Appearance: Thor LMD

Days of Thunder – January 1976 The Avengers #143

“Right Between the Eons!”
An Avengers Adventure, Believe it or not– Brewed up over an open fire by… Steve Englehart &eorge Perez, Words & Pictures/ Sam Grainger, Inker/ T. Orzechowski, Letterer/ G. Roussos, Colorist/ Marv Wolfman, Editor

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The Avengers and their cowboy friends assault Kang’s fortress. While the other heroes fight Kang’s forces, Doctor Donald Blake, dressed as a cowboy with a fake beard, sneaks past the fight to reach Kang himself, before transforming back into Thor.

Thor wales on Kang so badly that the would-be conqueror panics and unleashes so much power that he reduces himself to atoms. With Kang dead, Immortus discorporates.

 

Days of Thunder – September 1975 The Mighty Thor #239

“Time-Quake!”
We begin a new era of Ragnarokian wonderment with: Roy Thomas, writer/editor * Sal Buscema, artist * Joe Sinnott, embellisher/ Phil Rache, colorist * John Costanza, letterer

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With Thor at his side, and Geirrodur as their bound prisoner, Ulik feels unstoppable! He is so excited as he tells his plans to Thor “Let us make haste to combine the two troll armies, that the world of mortals shall fall to us all the sooner!” It is a big let-down for the Troll when Thor turns on him, still sore that Ulik had Jane captured.

Thor defeats Ulik and then uses the magic in Geirrodur’s stolen staff to start a blazing fire in order to disperse the assembled Trolls. Everyone scatters, while a bound, pitiable Geirrodur is left for dead.

Thor and Jane return to the surface world, through the hole created by Ulik’s forces. Hercules and the Vizier have been hanging around that spot along with the newly promoted Lieutenant Blumkenn. Thor and Hercules work together to close the hole by throwing rocks and lightning at it. Afterward, Herc accepts an invitation to visit California to give a university lecture on mythology.

Meanwhile, Orrin and Judith have been invited back to the union hall of the picketing grape-pickers. Their leader, Tomas Chamaro is whipping the strikers into a frenzy when Conners and his men arrive. Orrin, who has slipped back into an Asgardian speech pattern, starts in on the strikebreakers, which inspires the striking workers to join in the melee.

Having incited violence so that he need not fight himself, Orrin prepares to depart the union hall when a giant pyramid erupts out from the ground, displacing the city around it. Orrin becomes transfixed, walking straight toward it, ignoring the pleas of Judith.

Back in New York, Jane convinces a brooding Blake that he needs to return to Asgard, so that he might find his missing father. Spurred to action by Jane, Thor departs, while Jane must stay behind, as mortals are not welcome in Asgard.

As soon as Thor leaves, Jane discovers news coverage of the Pyramid in California. She is shocked to recognize Odin , who slowly walks toward the entrance of the pyramid, to meet three figures who appear to be the Egyptian gods Horus, Osiris, and Isis. He enters, and then the doors to the Pyramid slam shut.

First Appearance: Horus, Osiris, Isis

Days of Thunder – July 1975 The Mighty Thor #237

“Ulik Unchained”
Gerry Conway, author/ John Buscema, artist/ Joe Sinnott, embellisher/ John Costanza, letterer/ Petra Goldberg, colorist/ Len Wein, editor

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Doctor Blake and Nurse Foster are on a date, but they sit in contemplative silence, while the specters of Thor and Sif hang over them. It is the most interesting this moment this book has had in years. Then the waiter comes by and disturbs their reverie. They banter, full of affection for each other.

Some amount of time has passed since Sif made her sacrifice. Presumably everything that Thor has done in the pages of the Avengers and other titles for the past two and a half years has happened in this gap, or are at the least beginning to catch up to the events of book. Blake and Jane are again dating. Jane retains the knowledge of Blake’s alter ego and seems happy to make time with either version.   It is unknown what became of Doctor North.  Sif is vaguely referred to a still living within Jane. Kamo Tharinn never showed up.

With Odin missing, one would think Thor would be obligated to rule Asgard in his absence, but instead he seems to have permanently relocated to Earth to be with Jane. He has again reopened his practice. Balder, Hildegarde, Krista, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg all presumably have settled back into life on Asgard. Karnilla simply disappeared after their encounter with Xorr.

In California, Orrin’s friends feel that he is obligated to use his superhuman strength for the betterment of mankind, while Orrin seem uninterested.

Hercules and the Vizier hang out in Coney Island.

Meanwhile Ulik, last seen “consigned to the darkest pits for the duration of eternity”,  is again lurking about New York. His Trolls are spotted in Central Park and Thor attacks. He and Ulik trade blows until some Trolls working for Ulik capture Jane Foster and hold her hostage, forcing Thor to stay his hand.

Days of Thunder – May 1975 Marvel Two-in-One Presents The Thing and The Mighty Thor #9

When a God Goes Mad!”
Chris Claremont, script/ Steve Gerber, plot/ Herb Trimpe, artist/ Joe Giella, inker/ Janice Cohen, colorist/ Charlotte Jetter, letterer/ Len Wein, editor

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On his way back to Nurse Jane Foster’s side, Thor gets waylaid when he is brought under mind-control by a villain known as the Puppet Master.

The Puppet Master is a madman who has fought with the Fantastic Four on several occasions. He possesses a special radioactive clay that grants him the ability to control the mind of anyone that he sculpts the likeness of. Normally, a god such as Thor would be beyond the Puppet Master’s ability, but he has enlisted the aid of a strange being known as Radion, the Atomic Man. Radion boosts the radioactivity of the clay, which allows Thor to fall under the Puppet Master’s thrall.

While the Fantastic Four’s the Thing is out at a show with some friends, Thor attacks the remaining Fantastic Four, beating them to an inch of their life, before he is able to regain control of his mind. Realizing what he has done, he turns into Blake and begins administering care to the fallen heroes.

When the Thing returns home, Blake explains what has happened. The Thing recognizes the famous Dr. Blake and takes him at his word. Blake leaves, turns into Thor once more, and immediately falls under the control of the Puppet Master once again. He returns to fight the Thing.

As they fight, the Thing can tell that Thor is holding back, trying to resist. Before long The Puppet Master and Radion reveal themselves. This is a mistake as one of the Thing’s friends is a man named Wundarr who has the ability to absorb radiation. Wundarr absorbs the radiation in the Thor sculpture, which breaks the mind-control. Radion runs away and the Puppet Master is clobbered by Wundarr. Thor leaves, as Nurse Foster is still foremost on his mind..

First Appearance: Radion, the Atomic Man

Days of Thunder – October 1974 Marvel Team-Up Featuring The Human Torch and Thor #26

“The Fire This Time…!”
Len Wein, writer/ Jim Mooney, artist/ Frank Giacoia & Dave Hunt, letterer/ Roy Thomas, editor

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Johnny Storm, the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four stumbles upon Molto, the Lava Man, who has come to the surface world, searching for Thor.

The Torch writes a message made of flame in sky, addressed to Thor,  asking that the Thunder God meet him at the top of the Statue of Liberty, which is the Torch’s normal place to meet with Spider-Man.

Doctor Donald Blake, on the way to the hospital, presumably to perform brain surgery, sees the message and blows off his plans for the evening, transforming into Thor. Upon Thor’s arrival, Molto explains to the thunder god that the subterranean Lava Men have been at war with the mole people who also live beneath the surface. The leader of the Lava Men, Jinku plans to use a machine stolen from the mole folk to simultaneously erupt every volcano on the surface. Horrified, Molto has escape to warn Thor, and now, having relayed his warning, Molto perishes.

Thor and the Torch travel to the homeland of the Lava Men, only to discover that they have been expected. Jinku needs a power source for his volcano machine, and he believes Mjolnir suitable. Both Thor and Johnny are debilitated,  and afterward Jinku uses a lava-based construct to lift Mjolnir, correctly guessing that while living beings cannot lift Mjolnir, machines can.

Jinku places Mjolnir in the volcano machine, which begins to work. However after 60 seconds, it stops, as Mjolnir has been replaced by a simple wooden stick. In the confusion, the now-transformed Blake is able to snatch the stick and become Thor once more. Meanwhile the Torch has also rallied, but he has gone and recruited a large force of Mole People.

In the ensuing battle, Jinku and the Lava Men are defeated and chastened.

First appearance: Jinku

 

Days of Thunder – August 1974 The Mighty Thor #226

“The Battle Beyond”
Gerry Conway, writer * John Buscema, artist * Mike Esposito, embellisher * Artie Simek, letterer/ G. Roussos, colorist * Roy Thomas, editor

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Galactus returns to Earth in order that he might parlay with Thor.  It seems that recently Galactus made a scond attempt to feed upon Ego the Living Planet, only to be soundly defeated.

The Ego that Galactus describes is an insane creature of pure rage. Galactus asks Thor and Hercules to join him in an attack against Ego. Thor speculates that Tana Nile’s act of harvesting Ego Prime may have driven the Living Planet insane, and agrees to accompany Galactus to investigate his claims. Hercules decides to tag along.

The two gods, Firestorm, and Galactus together travel to the Black Galaxy. Ego senses Thor and immediately deems him a traitor, and begins attacking the ship. Thor and his allies fend off the assault and land on the surface of Ego.

 

Days of Thunder – July 1974 The Mighty Thor #225

“The Coming of the Firelord!”
Gerry Conway, writer/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, artists/ John Costanza, letterer/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor

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The Destroyer holds Mjolnir and Thor faces the threat of the 60 Second Rule. However, he is able to mentally will the hammer to return to his hand, an ability he never used to have. Another effect of re-enchantment?

Hercules somehow finds the empty body of Clement Holmes, the scientist who’s spirit possesses the Destroyer. He brings it back to the Destroyer and for some unclear reason, Holmes returns to his rightful body. Thor and Hercules depart, leaving the empty Destroyer lying in the middle of the street.

With the action over, Thor becomes Blake once again, so that he might tend to tend to Krista. When Hercules marvels that Thor would ever want to become a frail mortal, Blake comments “When I’m Blake, I don’t care about Thor. And when I’m Thor, Don Blake is just yesterday’s bad dream.”

Meanwhile, Firelord, the current servant of Galactus has come to Earth. Firelord is some sort of man that is on fire, wielding a staff that is also on fire. When he enters the hospital, he soon starts a fight with hot-tempered Hercules.

It is with extreme reluctance that Blake becomes Thor yet again, grimly bemoaning, “I never really had a choice, after all… I’ve never really been Don Blake…only Thor. On that somber note, Thor joins Hercules in fighting Firelord. When Thor arrives, Firelord simply gazes into the heavens and shoots cosmic fire from his eyes, in order to summon his master, Galactus.

First Appearance: Firelord

 

Days of Thunder – June 1974 The Mighty Thor #224

“No One Can Stop… The Destroyer!”

Gerry Conway, writer/ John Buscema, artist/ Mike Esposito, inker/ John Costanza, letterer/ G. Roussos, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor

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With Krista’s life in unspecified danger for unspecified reasons, Thor become Doctor Donald Blake once again so that he might save his friend’s sister. Blake winkingly lets Hercules know about his dual persona before suggesting that the Lion of Olympus go find something else to do.

Blake’s arrival in the hospital causes quite a stir. “Good Lord, man – we thought you were dead! Where have you been all these months?” Despite his long absence, Blake is given carte blanche to perform surgery on Krista.

Later, after saving Krista’s life, Dr. Lois Reddy introduces herself to Dr. Blake. She compliments his skill, but questions his long inexplicable absences, pointing out that many people surely died that would have lived if he had been there to operate.

This is the first time in a long time that Blake has been left in human form for any sort of protracted period, and he realizes he isn’t sure he likes his Thor half, musing that Thor “may have already destroyed most of what’s human and good in Don Blake!” This is hard to argue against.

After Thor’s last encounter with the Destroyer, way back in issue #152, Odin stole it from police custody before apparently hiding it in South America. Unfortunately, it has been discovered and brought to New York by a scientist named Clement Holmes.  Predictably, his consciousness gets accidentally sucked into the Destroyer.

The Destroyer heads back to the location of its most recent fight with Thor, intending to resume the battle with Thor it was unable to finish six years ago. Instead, it discovers Hercules and attacks him.

Blake gets word of the fight, turns into Thor and joins the fray. He sends Hercules on a quest to somehow find the body of the person powering the Destroyer, while he remains behind to hold the Destroyer at bay.   As they fight, the Destroyer wrenches Mjolnir from Thor’s hands. Thor now has sixty seconds to reverse that, or it will be Doctor Blake vs. the Destroyer!

First Appearance: Dr. Lois Reddy, Professor Clement Holmes

 

Days of Thunder – April 1974 The Avengers #122

Trapped in Outer Space!”
Steve Engelhart, story/ Bob Brown, pictures/ M. Esposito, lines/ John Costanza, letters/ George Roussos, colors/ Roy Thomas, editor

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While the Avengers fight a group of terrorists known as the Zodiac on their spaceship, Thor accidentally throws his hammer into the void of space and reverts to Blake. Iron Man heads out into the void of space to retrieve it for his friend.

Iron Man grabs the hammer, which he is able to lift because it is zero gravity. Apparently, anyone can lift Mjolnir if it in the void of space. However, as he flies close enough to Earth’s gravity, the enchantment kicks in.  Unable to resist, it pulls the Shellhead toward the Earth.

The hammer smashes into the Zodiac spaceship, now also falling back toward Earth, pinning Iron Man to the ship in the process. Fortunately, another Zodiac spaceship catches the first and Mjolnir comes to a rest within the artificial gravity created by the ship.  Iron Man is freed and Thor is able to retrieve his hammer.   The Avengers defeat Zodiac.

Days of Thunder – December 1973 The Avengers #118

“To the Death!”
Steve Englehart, Writer/ Bob Brown, Penciler/ Frank Giacoia, and Mike Esposito  Inkers/ Roy Thomas Editor

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The Avengers and the Defenders have discovered that they have been manipulated and are now teamed up. However, Dormammu has seized the completed Evil Eye and has begun to suck the Earth’s dimension into his own.

The combined teams attack Dormammu. During the battle, Dormammu defeats the heroes one-by-one. He transforms Thor into Donald Blake, revealing his identity to his comrades, and leaving him unable to revert to Thor. He does similar to Iron Man, stripping him of his armor, outing  him as Tony Stark.

Eventually, all that remain standing against Dormammu are the Scarlet Witch and Loki. Together, they wrench the Evil Eye from Dormammu. The Evil Eye discharges a terrible blast of energy into Loki’s face. This blast restores Loki’s sight, but also seems to drive him mad, leaving him with the mind of a child.

In the aftermath, Blake reverts to Thor. Without waiting to see how anyone felt about the matter, Doctor Strange uses magic to make all present forget Blake and Stark’s identities. It is unclear if this spell undid the knowledge  for those who already knew one or more of the other’s identities.

Loki is left in the care of Tom Fagan.

 

 

Days of Thunder – July 1973 The Avengers #113

“You Young Men Shall Slay Visions!”
Steve Englehart, Script/ Bob Brown, Art/ Frank Bolle, Inks/ John Costanza, Letterer/ David Hunt, Colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Since we last checked in with the Avengers, Hawkeye and Quicksilver have both quit the team. The Black Widow briefly joined only to quit almost immediately.   Also, the mutant Scarlet Witch and the android Vision have become openly involved with each other romantically.

When the paparazzi catches wind of a relationship between a human and a robot, most of the public seems heartwarmed by the revelation. However, there is a small group of people so blinded with hatred at the prospect of an Android thinking himself to have personhood that they form a group of suicide bombers dedicated to killing the Vision.

The so-called Living Bombs send a manifesto to Avengers mansion: “only the lord Jehova can create life! Androds are agents of the devil, and will Bring hellfire and Brimstone to america! Wize up befor its to late! Androds have no soles!”

Soon after that message is delivered, a bomber manages blow herself up near the Vision, badly damaging him. The Avengers quickly form a team to repair their fallen friend: Noted scientist King T’Challa, renowned engineer Tony Stark, and established android expert Dr. Donald Blake.

As the three men work to repair their friend, the Scarlet Witch and Captain America patrol the grounds, anticipating another attack. As they patrol, the two heroes wonder where Thor and Iron Man are, being unaware of their teammates’ civilian identities.

More bombers do attack. Tony Stark, not needed to repair the Vision at that particular moment, excuses himself to “search” for Iron Man. Iron Man fights for awhile, until Stark returns to the “surgery.” He returns suggesting that Blake (wink, wink) search for Thor just like he (wink, wink) had searched for Iron Man. Blake grins at Stark’s piercing of their mutual charade before slipping out and turning into Thor.

Thor creates a vortex that spins the hatemongers high into the air, who all detonate themselves rather than be captured. Stark and T’Challa complete the procedure. The Vision will pull through.

First Appearance: The Living Bombs

 

Days of Thunder – March 1973 The Mighty Thor #209

“Warriors in the Night!”
Gerry Conway, scripter// John Busema, artist// Vinnie Colletta, inker// John Constanza, letterer/ P. Goldberg, colorist// Roy Thomas, editor

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Thor, while searching for Sif, has for some reason come to London.  Upon his arrival, he runs into the Vizier, who is traveling incognito. Before the Vizier is able to tell Thor the reason for his visit, they are distracted by a warrior named the Demon Druid that Thor has accidentally released from hibernation. Naturally they start fighting.

During the fight, the Demon Druid says a lot of cryptic things. He suggests that Odin is dead, calls Thor an “imposter” and swears oaths to “Wodin,” which is, of course, an alternate name for Odin.

The two fight until an agent of Scotland Yard named Pritchard arrives and points out that the Demon Druid has given no one any reason to think that he is a bad guy and maybe Thor should stop hitting him. As Thor considers this, the Demon Druid teleports away, into outer space.

First Appearance: The Demon Druid, Pritchard

 

Days of Thunder – July 1972 The Avengers #101

“Five Dooms to Save Tomorrow!”
Stan Lee Presents: Wonderment anew by: Harlan Ellison (story/plot), Roy Thomas (adaptation/script), Rich Buckler (art)/ Dan Adkins (inker) * Jon Costa (letterer)/ (Based on an original story © 1964 by Harlan Ellison and used with permission.)

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Still no gap in The Mighty Thor’s narrative.

A Russian chess grandmaster becomes the poisoning victim of an assassin hiding inside a cutting-edge chess computer named “Nimrod.” He is rushed to the hospital, but the prognosis seems grim. One of the doctors can’t help but wish that they had some way of contacting the mysterious Doctor Donald Blake. “There’s something… uncanny about his diagnoses. Almost as if there were some spark of divine in him.”

The doors swing open dramatically! Standing in the doorway, seeming to radiate light and power is none other than Doctor Blake! He treats the patient and later uses his knowledge of rare toxins to help the Avengers find the assassin.

Doctor Blake has become a mythic super-doctor. Rarely seen, when he emerges, he saves the lives of magicians and gods. Seemingly without any Earthly ties, he is spoken of in hushed tones: “I heard his best friend is Thor from the Avengers.” “I heard he built an atomic-powered android!”

Days of Thunder – December 1971 The Mighty Thor #194

“This Fatal Fury!”
Stan Lee, Editor/ Gerry Conway, Writer/ John and Sal Buscema, Artists/ Artie Simek, Letterer

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While fighting Storm Giants, Thor drops his hammer for 60 seconds, at which point he turns into Blake and slips through one of the giant’s fingers, before grabbing the hammer and reverting. This is a puzzler,  since the sixty second rule was incontrovertibly established in issue #139 as not applying when Thor is not on Earth. It has been hinted at  in more recent issues (specifically in issues #159, #185, and #186) that the Earthbound clause no longer applies, and now it seems there is no wriggling out of it. Thor changed into Blake while on Asgard.

Clearly the enchantment that ties Thor and his Blake persona together has been altered. The most likely scenario seems to be that when Odin stripped Thor of his hammer’s enchantment in issue #145 and later re-enchanted it in issue #151 the re-enchanting was a fresh enchantment, subtly different than the initial one. A second theory would be that after Thor learned the truth of his relationship with Blake that this somehow changed the rules for turning into him.

At any rate, things come to a head. Thor fights some Storm Giants. Sif cries some more. The trio joins the fray. Balder and Karnilla kiss before Balder has to ruin the moment. And Loki’s hand is beginning to hurt.

Finally, Thor and Loki battle one-on-one. The Odin-Ring would seem to put Loki physically on par with his brother, but instead, as they fight, he begins to suffer so much pain that he pulls the ring off of his finger and tosses it away, shrieking “My soul– My soul burns!”

A freshly awakened Odin reclaims the ring, for only he can wear the ring for any length of time. He banishes Loki and all seems well in Asgard. However, the dust has not had time to settle before the Vizier rushes in, panicked.

The Vizier takes Odin to the Cosmic Well, which shows the All-Father the  exact location where he banished Loki, in his haste. Loki is laughing darkly for unknown reasons. Upon seeing where he sent his son, Odin proclaims that “when Loki wakes that buried foe… the foundations of a universe will crumble!… Odin hath damned Asgard – – Hath damned us all!”

Days of Thunder – September 1971 Amazing Adventures #8

“An Hour For Thunder!”
San Lee, Editor/ Roy Thomas Writer * Neal Adams Artist/ John Verpoorten, Inker/ Arite Simek, Letterer

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Lionel Dibbs, a patient of Doctor Blake’s, has contracted cancer.  Blake has diagnosed him as having less than two years to live. He decides to go out in a blaze of glory and destroy the slums in which he grew up.  To that end, he gets a gun for a hand and enlists the help of a man posing as Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans, husband of Medusa. Thor stops Dibbs and inadvertently kills the Black Bolt imposter.

Presumably, this story either takes place around issue #183 of The Mighty Thor or some time after the current Loki story.

Days of Thunder – June 1971 The Mighty Thor #189

“The Icy touch of Death!”
Scripted in sparkling splendor, by: Stan Lee/ Drawn in dazzling drama, by: John Buscema/ Embellished with exotic elan, by: Joe Sinnott/ Lettered with a scratchy penpoint by: Sam Rosen

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All of Thor’s friends freak out over the notion that Hela is going to come for him. Sif, who has become very emotional since Buscema took over, weeps openly. Odin tells Thor to hide on Earth in the guise of Blake while Odin thinks his Odinthoughts.

Balder returns once again to Karnilla, in order to beg her aid in protecting Thor against Hela. Karnilla cares nothing about Thor, he is a son of Asgard and Balder is the only Asgardian for whom she cares. Balder confesses that he loves her in turn, but that as long as she is Asgard’s foe, she remains his as well.

Karnilla, the Norn Queen, gives Balder a cold-hearted offer. If Balder will swear fealty to her, if he will renounce Odin, she will help Balder save Thor from the threat that is Hela. Balder, a swirling mass of conflicting emotions, agrees to the deal.

Balder at last swears his loyalty to Karnilla, who has loved him all these many months and so she honors their deal by immediately feeding Balder poison. This sends him to the Realm of Death, where he is able to confront Loki, who had been in the process of selling out his brother to Hela.

Not able to defeat Loki on his best day, Balder is no threat at all to the evil prince, for his Odin-Blade has lost its enchantment now that Balder has turned his back on his one-time liege. However, the fight between Balder and Loki bores Hela, and so so she teleports them back to Asgard.

In Asgard, Loki flees while Balder goes to Odin to tell him what has transpired. Odin already knows what Balder has done and he forgives him, for Balder acted out of love for the All-Father’s son.

Hela has learned from Loki that Thor is on Earth, and so she travels there in the coolest mortal garb any Asgardian has ever been depicted as wearing: A long green coat and a giant papakha. She searches for Thor, which of course should be no trouble for an Asgardian, but she is confounded by a series of illusions created by Odin.

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Finally, she strikes upon a solution: She will just murder a bunch of people until Thor shows himself. Sure enough, that does the trick. Thor comes to her and he has no choice but to yield.

First appearance: Odinthoughts

Days of Thunder – April 1971 The Mighty Thor #187

“The World is Lost!”

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A Saga to Stagger your Imagination!  By: Stan Lee, Author/ John Buscema, Illustrator/ Joe Sinnott, Embellisher/ Sam Rosen, Letterer

On Asgard, many mighty warriors use an amazing giant vise in an  attempt to put the Odin-Sword back into its scabbard, to no avail.

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Balder and Sif seek out Karnilla. They forge an alliance with her, and later do the same with Loki, as the end of the universe transcends petty politics. They ask Karnilla to use her magic to break the grip that has seized Hogun, Fandral and Volstagg but her vast power is not enough to break the spell. It takes the combined power of Karnilla and Loki to get the job done. Once more themselves, the warriors cannot shed any additional light on Infinity or the World Beyond.

Thor, meanwhile, has to fight his dad. He is no match for Odin, even when brainwashed, and so he retreats to Asgard.  A plan is needed in the face of this dire sequence of events, and so, in the heart of Asgard, Thor turns himself into Doctor Blake, hoping that the doctor’s mind can come up with something that he cannot.

It seems a strange notion that Blake would be smarter than Thor, since they share memories and Blake has no personality of his own, but Blake is an android-building neurosurgeon and Thor likes to solve problems by hitting them with a hammer so maybe it does make sense that Blake would be smarter.

Alone and off-panel, the Vizier shows Blake the truth about Infinity. Shortly afterward Thor emerges from the Chamber Imperial, shaken to his core. He knows Infinity’s secret and with a stricken look on his face, he tells his assembled friends and enemies that he now knows why Infinity must triumph!

 

Days of Thunder – March 1971 The Mighty Thor #186

“Worlds at War!”
Story: Stan Lee/ Illustration: John Buscema/ Embellishment: Joe Sinnott/ Lettering: Artie Simek

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As Doctor Blake is menaced by one of Infinity’s lackeys, Odin intervenes, blasting the lackey, giving Blake the time he needs for Mjolnir to return. Which it does, still in hammer form. One assumes as the hammer was in Asgard when the sixty-second mark passed, the enchantment did not trigger for it, despite the odd circumstances that caused Thor to Blake-revert.

Re-enThored, the thunder god dispatches Infinity’s guardian and then follows the Silent One’s motioning. The Silent One leads Thor to Hela, goddess of Death. Hela is scarier than ever as she now becomes the first character in this book to ever speak in sentences ending in a period instead of an exclamation point. For years, ever single statement and command has been issued as an exclamatory but she who represents cold, inevitable death need not exclaim.  It is a great, subtle thing.

Hela, who has wished to claim Thor for some time, no longer intends to give Thor a choice in the matter. She tells him that he is part of a larger mystical plan and must die.  She then drains life itself out of Thor, withering him into a frail husk. She leaves his spent shell to die.

The Silent One is moved by this encounter, and sheds a single tear before touching Thor. Instantly Thor is somehow restored, but the Silent One falls to the ground, dead. He has taken the death meant for Thor.

On Asgard, the sword-measuring device reveals that the Odin-Sword is continuing to slowly unsheathe. Sif and Balder guard it from Zombie Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun, still under Infinity’s control. Meanwhile planet Earth is ripping itself apart with floods earthquakes and fires. The end of the world seems inevitable.

Thor finally catches up with his father, only to find himself too late. Odin has met Infinity and Infinity has defeated him. Odin’s will now belongs to Infinity and as such, he intends to destroy his son!

 

Days of Thunder – February 1971 The Mighty Thor #185

“In the Grip of Infinity!”
Story: Stan Lee/ Illustration: John Buscema/ Delineation: Sam Grainger/ Lettering: Sam Rosen

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Thor follows his father to the World Beyond, a place of shadows and swirling mists. Thor battles a strange sentry, fighting on behalf of an unnamed master. Thor asks if that master’s name is “Infinity” and the sentry slumps to the ground, as if dead.

Thor senses the presence of Infinity, which seems to beyond physicality. It dismisses Thor as a non-entity and then crushes another planet in its hands to make a point. As Thor rages against this foe that he cannot hit, the Silent One, stern and mute, witnesses it all.

Thor, frustrated and out of his depth, tries to attack the Silent One for remaining as silent as one would expect. However, he finds himself unable to make physical contact with this watcher. Eventually, the Silent One points Thor toward the dark truth: Those who’s worlds are destroyed by Infinity are not killed, but end up joining the World Beyond, where they become sparkless servants of Infinity, without a will of their own.

Amongst the ranks of these mindless servants are Hogun, Fandral and Volstagg. They would attack Thor in the name of Infinity. Thor spins and flings Mjolnir to create a mighty vortex that pulls his friends through a warp in space back to Asgard.

The hammer does not return to Thor within the sixty-second window, and so bizarre are things that even though he is not on Earth, the hammer’s enchantment is still triggered and he reverts to Blake. He knows that the hammer will return to his current location, but as he waits, Infinity’s servant returns to life, ready to attack frail Doctor Blake!

Meanwhile, on Earth, there are unnatural storms and portents, while on Asgard, Sif and the Vizir use a special tool to measure how many inches the Odin-Sword has withdrawn from its sheathe. It is slowly but surely unsheathing and if Odin does not return, there will be no one who can re-sheathe it. Ragnarok looms large.