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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

Avengers 122

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 – November 1973 Defenders #10

Steve Engleart, Author * Sal Buscema, Artist * Frank Bolle, Inker * Tom Orzechowski , Letterer/ P. Goldberg, Colorist * Roy Thomas, Editor
Breakthrough! The Incredible Hulk Vs. The Mighty Thor!
Chapter 9″

Defenders 10

Over the past few issues of The Avengers and The Defenders, various members of the teams have been squaring off in battle. Now at last it is time for the main event: Thor vs. The Hulk. This has been long time coming, after their previous fight back in issue #112 proved inconclusive.

This battle also proves inconclusive.

 

Days of Thunder – October 1973 Avengers #116

Ten Years ago this month, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created… The Mighty Avengers! Today, Steve Englehard and Bob Brown continue the standard of excellence that has always marked Marvel’s mightiest, most exciting group–/Mike Esposito, inker/ John Costanza, letterer/ Petra Goldberg, colorist/ Johnny Romita, art director/ Roy Thomas, editor
“Chapter 2: Betrayal!”

Avengers 116

Dormammu and Loki have tricked the Defenders (currently consisting of Doctor Strange, Namor, the Hulk, Valkyrie, the Silver Surfer, and Hawkeye) into believing that the Evil Eye is the key to releasing the Black Knight from the stone prison that the Enchantress left him in. Now they search for the six scattered parts, guided by Strange’s magic.

Loki is having second thoughts about this plan. He has realized that if Dormammu would succeed in conqueroring Earth’s dimension, he would have the power and the vantage to launch an attack on Asgard. While Loki has no respect for his father’s rule, he does not wish to see his home conquered by an outsider and so he leaves the Dark Dimension in order to warn Thor of the threat to Earth. This is the very first time a Marvel comic has depicted Loki thinking or doing anything that was not entirely selfish and craven.

However, Loki cannot bring himself to be honest and admit culpability for this threat. Instead, he paints the Defenders as villains, seeking the Evil Eye for their own nefarious ends. Given that five of the six Defenders have track records as villains, this is plausible enough. And so the Avengers split up to fight the Defenders and keep them from re-assembling the Evil Eye.

This issue makes it clear that Earth and Asgard are in separate dimensions. The nature of what exactly a dimension is, remains shaky.

Clearly, this entire Avengers/Defenders crossover takes place either before or after Thor’s recent trip into space.