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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 – 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 1976 The Mighty Thor #249

“The Throne and the Fury!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor/ John Buscema, Illustrator/ Tony DeZuniga, Embellisher/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer/ Marv Wolfman, Face in the Crowd

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Those who would stand against Odin make their plans.  While they do, the Vizier has a gift for Jane Foster. He passes the sword that once belonged to Lady Sif. However, when Jane takes hold of it, she finds it seething with power. In pain, she slams the hilt of it against the wall, and finds herself bathed in light. hen it fades, it is not Nurse Jane Foster of Earth that stands before the Vizier, but Lady Sif herself!

The Vizier theorizes that both women now exist within a single form and that in Asgard, Sif is the dominant person. Unfortunately, they have more pressing matters that preclude exploring this matter at the moment.  Thor, the Vizier and a reluctant Balder will venture to the Forest of the Norns to parlay with Karnilla the Norn Queen, while the rest of their band try to rally support for their cause.

Balder does not want to see the Norn Queen, for he loves her still although their love can never be. Nonetheless, they need petition her for aid, for her power may be the only power in the Realm Eternal strong enough to breach Odin’s mystic defenses. Upon reaching the Norn Queen, she is cruel and distant. Balder begs her not to hold her anger toward him against his people. In response she strikes him, decrying “Thou dost presume too much, Asgardian to even think the omnipotent Norn queen would ever deign to feel affection for one such as thee!” After that bit of theater, she is convinced to reluctantly join their cause.

Returning to Asgard, Thor and his allies head straight to Odin’s throne room. Karnilla alone does not have strength enough to break Odin’s barrier, but by combining her power with the power of Thor harnessed through Mjolnir, they rip open the doors.

Thor enters alone to find Odin on his throne, which is, in turn, on top of the Odinsword, which has been moved, safe within its hilt, to his throne room. His intent is clear: If anyone challenges his rule, he will unsheathe the sword and bring about the end of the world!  Having played his trump card, the All-Father reveals the truth: He is not Odin at all, but in actuality the fearsome Mangog!

 

Days of Thunder – June 1976 The Mighty Thor #248

“There Shall Come… Revolution!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor * John Buscema, Illustrator * Tony DeZuniga, Guest Embellisher * Glynis Wein, Colorist * Joe Rosen, Letterer * Marv Wolfman, General Insurgent

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Starting with this issue, issues of the Mighty Thor begin with the following introduction:

“When lame Dr. DONALD BLAKE strikes his wooden walking stick upon the ground, it becomes the mystic mallet MJOLNIR – and Blake is transformed into the Norse God of Thunder, Master of the Storm and the Lightning, Heir to the Throne of Immortal Asgard… Stan Lee Presents: The Mighty Thor!”

Thor and Jane return to New York in the midst of a mighty thunderstorm. Thor halts the storm, but strangely, he has real difficulty with the task. They reunite with their three guests and soon thereafter find a ragged Balder, who has escaped to Midgard to tell Thor of what has transpired in his homeland.

They must return to Asgard, so say them all, including Jane, who argues that possessing the spirit of Sif gives her the right to enter the city, despite the ban on mortals. Thor agrees, and when they arrive they find themselves halted by Heimdall and a troop of guards. This soon leads to a full-on battle, brutal and excellently rendered. Thor and his compatriots come out on top.

Balder takes his friends to his allies: Hildegarde and Krista, as well as some new faces: Brodag the Black, Holvar of the Single Eye, Cosak the Crimson-Haired, and Skoval the Shaggy One. Jane, who has clearly established herself as the brains of the group, reasons that if they are to move against Odin, they need the input of the Vizier and so they mount an assault on the Tower of Solitude and free him.

First Appearance: Brodag the Black, Holvar of the Single Eye, Cosak the Crimson-Haired, Skoval the Shaggy One

 

Days of Thunder – May 1976 The Mighty Thor #247

“The Flame and the Hammer!”
Len Wein, Writer*Editor/ John Buscema& Joe Sinnott, Illustrators/ G. Wein, Colorist/ J. Rosen, Letterer/ Marv Wolfman, Token Gringo

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Thor and Firelord lead El Lobo’s troops forward into battle. When they break for the evening, Jane beats up a guard, steals his machine gun, and gets the drop on El Lobo and Gypsy at which point she challenges Gypsy to a duel.

Jane and Gypsy do that thing where they have a knife fight while holding onto opposite ends of a length of cloth. After an epic battle, Jane eventually overpowers Gypsy and pins her to the ground, barking, “Surrender and release Thor from your spell– or I will gladly slit your slimy throat!”

Despite the knife at her throat, Gypsy doesn’t honor the duel, instead she commands her men to rush Jane. When Thor sees Jane imperiled, it momentarily breaks Gypsy’s hold on him. At this point Gypsy lets slip that it is the Mind Jewel on her headband that enthralls Thor and Firelord and so Jane grabs it and throws it into the fire, freeing them from Gypsy’s grasp.

Thor and Firelord make short work of El Lobo’s men and turn them over to the open arms of President Elmirez. Afterward, Firelord leaves Earth.

Meanwhile, Balder has been brought before Odin, accused of plotting insurrection. Balder makes his anti-Igron case and Odin condemns him to the dungeons. Balder does not go quietly, instead he fights his way out of Odin’s chambers and makes a break for freedom.

Days of Thunder – April 1976 The Mighty Thor #246

“The Fury of Firelord!”
Len Wein, writer/editor * John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, illustrators * Glynis Wein, colorist * John Costanza, letterer * Marv Wolfman, rebel with a lost cause

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Firelord has returned to Earth and decided to throw his lot in with a group of rebels in the war-torn Central American country of Costa Verde. The rebels are led by a man named El Lobo, while the government is led by President Juan Elmirez.

Thor is the one who freed Firelord from Galactus, and so he feels responsible for Firelord’s actions. He and Jane head to Costa Verde, leaving their three friends behind in Jane’s apartment to enjoy television and McDonald’s Hamburgers. When they catch up with Firelord, Thor speaks his mind. “When I see such as thee, who once soared thru space as faithful Herald to the world-devouring Galactus, reduced to usurping a pitiful little nation such as this – the righteous anger of the God of Thunder doth know no bounds!”

After a little bit of fighting, they meet Firelord’s companion: a woman named Gypsy. She has a jewel on her headband that she uses to hypnotize Thor to do her bidding, as it turns out she has previously done with Firelord.

Meanwhile, Odin has become even more harsh than normal, and has been punishing those that Igron accuses of disloyalty. Balder believes that Odin has gone insane and may have to be deposed. He discusses his concerns with Hildegarde in an out-of-the-way Meadhall, but unbeknownst to the two of them, their conversation is overheard by Snaykar the Skulker, who intends to report what he has heard to to Igron.

First Appearance: Costa Verde, El Lobo, President Juan Elmirez, Gypsy, Snaykar the Skulker

 

Days of Thunder – March 1976 The Mighty Thor #245

“The Temple at the End of Time!”

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Len Wein, writer/editor / John Buscema * Joe Sinnott, illustrators/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Joe Rosen, letterer

In the grim aftermath of the Time Twister’s passing, Thor has a theory toward how he and his friends survived. He suspects that the part of Sif that dwells within Jane Foster gave Jane the ability to bypass time and space that was once possessed by Sif and that she subconsciously used that ability to phase herself and her friends so that the holocaust passed around them.

Before they can explore this theory, Zarrko returns in his Time Cube. The survivors of Earth discuss the pending threat to the 20th Century, eventually hatching a scheme. Rather than face the Time Twisters in the 20th Century, they decide to travel to their point of origin at the End of Time.

They push the limits of the Time Cube and arrive just before the Primal Sun goes nova. They determine that the last remaining life in the universe can be found on a temple on a floating asteroid. After fighting some Protectroids, they find He Who Remains, the last person in the universe. He is tending to the gestating Time Twisters.

He Who Remains tells his visitors that the beings who become the Time Twisters were created to survive until a new Universe is born again, so that they can provide the new universe with the gift of knowledge gathered from the sum history of this universe. Jane tells He Who Remains that the plan will fail, that his charges’ mission will become garbled, and that they will not emerge in a new universe, but will travel backwards through this universe, slaughtering untold lives in the process.

Faced with this terrible news, He Who Remains sends his visitors away, back to their own time, while he stays behind to terminate the birth of those who had been his final hope.

This bleak finale changes the timestream. As a result, Zarrko never seeks the aid of Thor and his friends. Also, through the butterflied mechanics of time travel, the 50th Century is no longer a wasteland and Zarrko is no longer in charge, some guy named Derek is.

First Appearance: The Protectroids

Days of Thunder – January 1976 The Mighty Thor #243

“Turmoil in the Time-Stream”
Len Wein, writer/editor * John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, illustrators * Glynis Oliver Wein, colorist * Joe Rosen, letterer

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In the 23rd Century, some time after Zarrko was arrested for coercing Thor into overthrowing the planet, Zarrko found himself a free man. He created the Servitor and then traveled not into the past, but forward into the 50th Century, where he was able to seize leadership of the crumbling remains of human society.

However, his time period came to be threatened by pan-dimensional beings known as Time-Twisters. Spiraling their way through time, they keep moving backwards through time in 30 century intervals. Each time they appear on Earth, they burn it to a cinder. Most, er, recently they have destroyed the 80th century, and now they threaten the 50th century. If they are not stopped then and there, they will move on to the 20th.

Zarrko warns Thor and his friends about the Time Twisters and they all agree to come with him to fight this threat. Jane insists on coming along and when Thor argues against, she plays the “you wouldn’t pull that shit on Sif” card, which works even though Thor tried to pull that shit on Sif all of the time.

Meanwhile on Asgard, the Vizier gently chastises Odin for disowning Thor once more, but the snarling Allfather will not hear it, leading to the best panel of Thor in many a year:

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The Thor contingent joins Zarrko in his Time Cube to travel to the 50th Century. Along the way, they are halted by an unknown presence. Between time, Thor steps out into “a billowing miasma of stifling mists that swirl in from oblivion and swirl away into despair.” He finds and beats up a dinosaur and some Mongols. Afterward, they are able to finish their journey to the 50th Century where they come face-to-face with the Time Twisters

First Appearance: The Time Twisters

Days of Thunder – December 1975 The Mighty Thor #242

“When the Servitor Commands!”

Pomp and Pageantry on a Cosmic Scale With: Len Wein, Spanking-New Scripter/Editor/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, Same Old Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ John Costanza, Letterer/ Honorary Asgardians All!

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Thor, Jane, and Odin depart from the pyramid, and Thor creates a vortex around the pyramid with his hammer, a vortex which causes the pyramid to vanish, and all damage to be undone. It is unclear what new application of Mjolnir’s power over time and space is at work here.

Upon returning to Midgard, Odin’s memory of who he was returns as well. And with that return to form, he wastes no time in belittling Jane and castigating Thor: “Again thou dost keep company with that mortal wench– despite my royal decree? Then so be it! Odin doth be All-Father once more– but thou be not his son! Not till you have forsworn Jane Foster forever!”

Odin follows up that outburst with a farewell to his friend Judith, thanking her for teaching him about what humanity has to offer and helping him gain humility. He then returns to Asgard.

Thor and Jane return to Jane’s apartment, only to discover that Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun have found it and made themselves at home. It is not clear how they found the place, but they have come because they were bored and thought that hanging with Thor would lead to adventure.

Jane is a very gracious host, given the circumstances, but before they can get comfortable, a giant arm smashes a hole into Jane’s apartment, grabbing the nurse.

A giant humanoid form, seemingly a robot of sorts, holds Jane Foster and commands Thor to swear loyalty to his unnamed master in exchange for Foster’s safety. Instead of agreeing, Thor and his friends attack the giant, eventually freeing Jane from its grasp. Jane wastes no time before grabbing a lead pipe, prepared to jump into the fray, but Thor and Volstagg beg her to stay out of it. The men from Asgard defeat the Servitor, and it is at that time that his master reveals himself to be Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man, begging for Thor’s help.

First Appearance: The Servitor

 

Days of Thunder – November 1975 The Mighty Thor #241

“The Death Ship Sails the Stars”
Bill Mantlo, author/ John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, artists/ John Costanza, letterer/ Phil Rache, colorist/ Marv Wolfman Editor

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Odin, now calling himself Atum-Re, has no memory of Thor, as he is still suffering from self-inflicted amnesia. In addition, the Egyptian gods have added the Atum Force to his being. After some posturing and some exposition, a deal is struck, Thor Jane and Odin/Orrin/Atum-Re will help the Egyptians battle their nemesis Seth, god of death, and after the battle, the Egyptians will release Odin from the Atum Force.

The party travels within the pyramid, which holds a giant, gleaming, golden Path of the Gods which winds through a cosmic landscape much grander and larger than the pyramid exterior that had smashed through to California would have suggested.

Together they find and encounter Seth and his army of skeletons riding skeleton horses. They fight and defeat Seth.

 

Days of Thunder – October 1975 The Mighty Thor #240

“When The Gods Make War!”
  Hearken ye, Believers, to a tale that only Rascally Roy Thomas could have plotted, Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson could have drawn, John Costanza could have lettered, Phil Rachelson could have colored… …And somewhere along the line embattled Bill Mantlo got handed the job to script. So be it! Edited by: Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman & Len Wein, Triumvirate of Tamperers

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Thor returns to Asgard, only to discover that all of its inhabitants have become weak and lethargic. The Vizier has already returned, and it is unclear if he has relayed the news of Sif’s passing. Thor cannot bear to bring up that bit of sad news at this time.

At the dawn of time as it is poorly understood by the inhabitants of Asgard, Odin knelt before the Mimisbrunnen, the Well of Wisdom, and bartered with Mimir, the Well’s guardian, for knowledge. Odin was granted knowledge, but at a secret price. Now, the Vizier summons a vision of Mimir, so that they might track down Odin.

Mimir tells Thor where Odin has gone, seemingly gratis. He also relays to Thor some Egyptian mythology wherein Horus is the Hero god and Seth is the villain god.

Thor returns to Midgard to find his father. At the site of the pyramid, he finds Jane Foster, who took the first plane out after catching the news.

Thor strikes at the base of the pyramid with Mjolnir until Horus reveals himself. Neither god is much for open communication, and the two soon find themselves fighting. They fight until a figure emerges from the pyramid. It is Odin, now going by the name Atum-Re!

The Egyptian Gods claim that Odin was not merely the All Father to the Norse, but that he was the Old One that sired the Gods of Egypt. Whether that is true or not, right now he does not recognize Thor and is prepared to fight him.

First appearance: Seth, Atum-Re, Mimir

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 – August 1975 The Mighty Thor #238

“Night of the Troll!”
Gerry Conway, author * John Buscema, artist * Joe Sinnott, finished art * John Costanza, letterer/ Don Warfield, colorist * Len Wein, editor

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In California, Orrin and Judith happen upon some strike breakers, led by a man named Conners, who in turn is receiving orders from a man named Mr.Combach. These hired thugs are causing trouble for a picket line. Orrin starts tossing the troublemakers around, and when they don’t back down, he prepares to drop a station wagon on them. Judith intervenes, telling Orrin that while he should use his strength to help people,  he should not if it leads to violence. Orrin thinks that is dumb but doesn’t really seem to care about helping people, so he agrees to back off.

Some months ago, after being consigned to the darkest pits by King Geirrodur, Ulik managed to overpower a guard and escape. He fled even deeper into the Earth, far below the domain of Geirrodur. It was there that he discovered a lost tribe of Trolls, one that accepted him as their leader after he killed their chief.

Ulik now seeks revenge on Geirrodur. He has captured Jane Foster as leverage against Thor, so that his blondhaired enemy will fight Geirrodur’s new lieutenant, a troll by the name of Zoltarr, the Troll Supreme, while Ulik takes the battle to the Troll King himself.

Thor and Jane Foster thus accompany this army of Trolls through the underground, traversing a long subterranean river. At one point Thor and Ulik do battle with a Sea-Demon. Eventually, they meet Geirrodur, who has assembled an army to meet the invaders head on. At his side is Zoltarr, a massive, fully-armored brute of troll.

Thor and Ulik work together to savagely defeat Zoltarr, who is revealed to be an android. The act of fighting side-by-side endears Thor to Ulik. He forgives the Asgardian for what has gone before. Thor has gained Ulik’s admiration.

In the midst of this melee, Jane clobbers her Ulik-factioned guard, obtains a spear and manages to get the drop on Geirrodur, capturing the king of the Trolls singlehandedly. The implication seems to be that much of who Sif was now resides within Jane. It seems as if Thor is getting to date both of his girlfriends at once!

First Appearance: Zoltarr the Troll Supreme, Conners, Mr. Combach

Final Issue: Gerry Conway

 

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 – June 1975 The Mighty Thor #236

“One Life to Give!”
Gerry Conway, author/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, artists/ Artie Simek, letterer/ Phil Rache, colorist/ Len Wein, editor

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As Thor and the Absorbing Man continue to fight, Creel reveals that he survived falling into water by touching a rock. This gives Thor an idea. He runs into a toy store and tricks Creel into grabbing a cardboard facsimile of Mjolnir. This turns the Absorbing Man into cardboard and Thor is able to defeat him. Further inspired, he traps his enemy inside a cardboard box, thus forcing Creel to remain cardboard.

Meanwhile, in California, some punks start hassling the man currently going by the name Orrin, and Orrin accidentally murders one of them.

Back in New York, Sif completes her ritual but at a price. She saves the life of Nurse Jane Foster, but the goddess is gone. Her entire life force has been absorbed into the mortal woman, which consumes Sif’s physical body as well.

As Thor returns to the hospital, he discovers what has transpired while he fought his enemy. The newly invigorated Jane calls Thor “my darling” as she explains what happened. It seems something has returned her memories. Perhaps it was the magic of the Spell of Revival, or perhaps it was Odin’s renouncing his godhead. Whatever the case, Thor holds Jane tight, his eyes closed.

Days of Thunder – May 1975 The Mighty Thor #235

“Who Lurks Beyond the Labyrinth!”
Gerry Conway, author/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, artists/ John Costanza, letterer/ Petra Goldberg, colorist/ Len Wein, editor

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Sif and Hercules enter the domain of Kamo Tharrin. Much of Kamo Tharrin’s nature is unclear. He is a blind being of immense power, wielding a silly looking staff with a giant lion head on one end, known as the Runestaff.

Sif and Hercules trespass upon Kamo Tharrin’s home despite his protests. When he refuses to give them his staff, they beat him up and steal it from him.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Thor is so angry about Nurse Jane Foster’s condition that he smashes the roof of a building to rubble, which rains down upon a crowd of passerby. Thor manages to destroy the falling stonework before it hits anyone, but it was a close thing.

Later, the Absorbing Man sneaks into Foster’s hospital room, where a pensive Thor waits with the Vizier. It is unclear how Creel survived his previous encounter with Thor, but he wants revenge and he has decided that absorbing Thor’s hammer, is the key to victory. Touch it, he does, kicking off a fight that Thor directs into the street, away from Nurse Foster.

Sif and Hercules teleport back to Jane’s room, assuming that Kamo Tharrin will be hot on their heels. Sif commands the Vizier to immediately begin the Spell of Revival!

First Appearance: Kamo Tharrin, the Runestaff

 

Days of Thunder – February 1975 The Mighty Thor #232

“Lo, the Raging Battle!”

Gerry Conway, Author/ John Buscema & Dick Giordano, Artists/ J. Costanza, letterer/ P. Goldberg, colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor has obtained experimental government drugs that may be able to heal Jane Foster from her non-specific injuries. This proves fruitless.

While Thor broods, Firestorm approaches the Thunder God, leading to a big stupid fight over nothing. This does immense property damage, to buildings, to the streets, to cars. The two eventually cool off and prepare to head to Avengers Mansion when Detective Sgt. Blumkenn arrives, attempting to hold them accountable for their destructive behavior. Thor talks his way out of trouble off-panel, presumably with an explanation along the lines of “send a bill to Tony Stark.”

Meanwhile, at Avengers Mansion, Iron Man receives a video phone call from Tom Fagan, who checks in with the Avengers from time to time, in his role as Loki’s warden. Apparently, Loki cast a spell causing a teenager named Bunker to appear to be Loki, and that it was this child that has been Fagan’s prisoner all this time.

Clearly this story takes place some time after the events of Avengers #118. Within the pages of The Mighty Thor, there has been no down time on Earth since Thor fought Ulik in issue #210. Therefore, all of Thor’s involvement with the Avengers up until at least that point must have taken place before that issue.

Thor and Firelord arrive at Avengers Mansion, apparently in the free and clear, law-wise. Firelord explains to Thor, Iron Man, Krista and Jarvis that the former-herald had been lured to a twisted dimension by Loki. Loki seemed to have gone mad with power and explained to Firelord that he had gained the spirit of Dormammu’s mystic being, and thus he gained the Dark One’s power. Faced with this news, Thor returns to Jane Foster’s side.

Meanwhile on Asgard, Sif does not know what to do about Jane Foster, with Odin missing. Hildegarde suggests that there may be hope in the Runestaff of Kamo Tharnn, an artifact that holds the power of life and death. Sif heads out on a quest to retrieve it, returning briefly to Earth in order to recruit Hercules to her cause.  It is unclear why Hildegarde does not accompany her.

Days of Thunder – January 1975 The Mighty Thor #231

“A Spectre from the Past!”
Gerry Conway, Author/ John Buscema & Dick Giordano, Artists Extraodinair/ John Costanza, letterer/ P. Goldberg, colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor and Hercules emerge from the caverns under New York and are immediately flagged down by Detective Sergeant Blumkenn, who informs them that all the suicidal people around the city have snapped out of their condition. Apparently, when Hercules and Thor conquered Fear, they broke a malevolent spirit’s hold on all these many people.

Also, one of the victims has been asking for Thor by name. That person is Nurse Jane Foster! Thor rushed to the hospital only to find Jane unconscious. The prognosis is grim but vague. Apparently Thor’s onetime love has but weeks to live. Thor’s old feelings for Jane have come flooding back upon seeing her in this condition and he refuses to leave her side.

Sif, who has switched back to her old hat, sees the love that Thor feels for Jane and she is determined to save the mortal. She leaves Thor and Krista on Earth as she uses her innate powers as a goddess to teleport back to Asgard. She has come to petition Odin, only to be told by Hildegarde that Odin is missing.

Meanwhile a spirit named Armak, claiming to be the very first man, has possessed the body of a phony psychic named Arnold Nicolson, changing the man’s body into a beastly form. Armak grabs a girl with intent to mate, before running through the streets demanding men to fight with. Hercules and a reluctant Thor step in to oblige him. Ultimately, Thor shoves him off of a tall building, causing the human host to plummet to his death.

First Appearance: Armak

 

Days of Thunder – January 1970 The Mighty Thor #172

“The Immortal and the Mind-Slave!”
Written & Drawn by: Stan Lee & Jack Kirby/ Bill Everett Embellisher/ Art Simek Letterer

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Thor notices a man waiting inside Doctor Blake’s office, forcing him to become Blake once again. This man turns out to be Doctor Jim North, who Blake describes as the Doctor that Jane went to work for after leaving his employ. We all know that Jane went to work for a Doctor named Kincaid, but perhaps she works at a practice with more than one physician. This doesn’t quite square the fact that she was romantically linked with Kincaid and now she is linked with North but her love life is her business.

At any rate, North has come to Blake because it is known that Blake is the only mortal who can contact Thor.  It turns out Jane has been once again kidnapped in order to force her employer whom she is dating into a compromised position. This is third employer that this has happened with in these pages.

This time Kronin Krask, a ruthless militant billionaire is using Jane to blackmail North into finishing work on a mind-transplant machine. This is not a surgical device, but a device performing some matter of psychic swap. Krask wishes to use it to avoid dying in is his old crappy mortal body.

Per Blake’s instructions, North does as Krask commands. Jane quite sensibly tells North that he shouldn’t cooperate, as obviously Krask will have them both killed afterward.  Unbeknownst to her, North has an Asgardian ace-in-the-hole.

Meanwhile Thor, allows himself to be captured by Krask’s men and ends up on the other side of the Mind Transfer device. Krask has gambled that Jane’s previous association with Thor would lead to his arrival and capture this night.  Meanwhile, Thor assumed that this was Krask’s plan and walked willingly into the trap because he could not resist the opportunity to fight someone directly upon the mental plane.

Indeed, that is what happens.  Thor and Krask’s minds transform into visible Electro-Waves, battling for supremacy. Ultimately, Thor’s ego consumes Krask’s, causing the villain’s body to fall to the floor, dead.

With Krask dead and Thor ambulatory, the remaining henchmen flee, leaving Jane and North free from danger. Thor departs, without any warmth or recognition passing between him and the woman with whom he was once betrothed.

First Appearance: Kronin Krask, Doctor Jim North, The Mind Transfer Device

Days of Thunder – November 1967 The Mighty Thor #146

“–If The Thunder Be Gone!”
A Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby festival of fabulous Fantasy! Delineation: Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek

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Thor makes his circus debut, wearing a cheap knockoff Thor costume supplied by the Ringmaster. They perform their show and Thor does okay. In the Audience, Thor spies Jane Foster on a date and he is gladdened to see that she has moved on.

After the show, the heist begins. It is like Ocean’s 11 but with a clown and a snake and a former Thunder God. The goal of the heist is a massive 20-ton statue of a golden bull, showcased in a local museum. Thor’s job is to lift it.

As the gang makes their getaway, some guards catch up with the crew and attempt to shoot the fleeing criminals. The gunshots somehow lift the hypnosis from Thor’s mind, but in his disorientation, he drops the bull, pinning Princess Python! As Thor wonders what do to, the guards charge into the room, guns blazing!

Days of Thunder – January 1967: The Mighty Thor #136

The Mighty Thor! “To Become an Immortal!”
A Proud Phantasmagoria of Pageantry, Presented by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby/ Delineated by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by Artie Simek

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This is it! This is what the series has been building to from the beginning! Thor has taken Jane Foster to Asgard to become an immortal so that they two might wed!

And it all goes bad. Jane Foster freaks out over the hyper-aggressive weirdness that is Asgard, a city at war with Trolls. The violence, the monsters, the helmets, she pretty much finds everything about Asgard to be a point of anxiety. This isn’t the life she wanted.

Odin, wearing his largest helmet yet, gifts Jane the power of flight but her rational mind cannot handle the impossibility of flight-by-thought. Her doubt in Odin’s gift causes the gift to fail and for her to fail in the eyes of Odin.

Off to a bad start, Jane is given a test to prove her worth of being granted immortality. She is locked in a room with the Unknown, a dreaded monster of shadowy form. As Jane is a nurse and not an Asgardian warrior, she breaks down in abject fear, crying to Thor for help.

Thor rescues her, which is the final straw. Odin tells Thor that she has failed the test, that she is unfit to be an immortal. As Thor tries to argue her case, Jane interrupts,telling Thor off. “I won’t be a goddess! I won’t stay in Asgard! It is too horrible! Too unendurable! Don’t you realize how mad it is?!!” And with that final outburst, Odin teleports Jane far away from Asgard.

Before Thor can fully process the finality of what just happened, he is forced to deal with the fact that he accidentally let loose the Unknown. Odin sends him to Gundershelm, the only point where the Unknown can re-enter Asgard.

Indeed the Unknown appears. Thor fights the creature, but his heart is not in it. The creature is about to kill the god of Thunder when another warrior appears.

This newcomer’s blade turns the fight and together they defeat the monster. Thor greets his savior. It is Sif, last seen in issue #102’s Tales of Asgard. Since we last saw her, she has become a stern raven-haired warrior. Also, she is now apparently Heimdal’s sister, not Balder’s. Presumably, when Balder called her his sister in the past, he meant “like a sister” or possibly “sister-in-arms.”

Thor has not seen Sif since his youth, while Sif tells him plainly that she has loved him from afar. And Thor, who was earlier that day trying his damnedest to marry the mortal Jane Foster, is now apparently over that phase of his life. He tells Sif that he was a fool to turn his blind eye to her and the two walk off, hand-in-hand.

This is appallingly callous of Thor, but it really makes sense. Doctor Blake is the man that fell in love with Jane Foster, and very little of Doctor Blake remains in Thor. In fact, with Jane gone, there seems to be no reason left for Thor to ever revert to Blake.

And what of Jane? She finds herself in a hospital on the west coast, disoriented. After a moment she “remembers” that she is the new resident nurse at this hospital. She meets a Doctor named Kincaid who looks strikingly like Doctor Blake and it seems clear that Jane Foster, who fell in love with a shy doctor named Blake, not a bold warrior named Thor, has found herself in a new, better life, albeit one still defined by her relationship to a man. Goodbye Nurse Jane Foster.

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Days of Thunder – December 1966: The Mighty Thor #135

The Mighty Thor! “The Maddening Menace of the Super-Beast!”
A Stan Lee * Jack Kirby Feature Fantasy! Delineation by: Vince Colletta/ Lettering by Artie Simek

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Consider the Man-Beast: Combining of the intelligence of humanity in one million years time with the power of the wolves of a thousand millennia hence,  he has advance knowledge of future science and martial arts, psionic abilities, raw physical strength, and a hate of all life. He can destroy an adversary’s time sense, he possesses a field of mental repulsion so strong that Thor’s hammer cannot pierce it, and he can create anti-matter barriers.  The Man-Beast is a pretty serious threat.

The High Evolutionary tries to get the drop on the Man-Beast with his Discordion, a horn that is a gun, producing sounds scaled to bring instant death to wolves. The Man-Beast is injured by this sonic assault, but he retreats to the High Evolutionary’s genetic laboratory. Sealing himself in, he uses the equipment found in the lab to build himself his own army of evil New Men.

There is an epic battle between the noble Knights of Wundagore with Thor fighting on their side, against the New-Men of the Man-Beast. It all comes down to a mano-a-mano fight between Thor and the Man-Beast, which Thor wins by punching really hard.

Having defeated the New-Men, the Knights of Wundagore corral their fallen foes into the Star Chamber, a space-pod that they shoot into the uninhabited Dromisana galaxy, where they can form their own society, free from the need to destroy all life on Earth.

Once the villains have been dispatched, the High Evolutionary decides that his mad science, how ever well intentioned, is too dangerous for Earth and so he reveals to Thor and Jane that Wundagore is in fact a giant rocket ship.  As he bids Thor and Jane Foster farewell, he and his Knights depart to the unknown reaches of the universe.

First Appearance: The Discordian

Days of Thunder – November 1966: The Mighty Thor #134

 The Mighty Thor! “The People-Breeders!”
A Stan Lee * Jack Kirby Fantasti-Classic! Inked by Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Sam Rosen/ We have spoken!

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Several months prior to this story, in the pages of Stan and Jack’s other fantasti-classic series, Fantastic Four, a character named Galactus was introduced. Galactus is a giant cosmic presence beyond good and evil from the other side of the center of the universe. This being travels from world to world, feeding on the energy of planets, reducing them to lifeless husks. Galactus had intended to feed upon Earth in this manner, but Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four threatened to destroy the universe if Galactus tried, and so the cosmic devourer agreed to forever leave Earth in peace.

Thor and his buddy the Recorder return to Rigel, where the Collectors honor their agreement to mark the Earth as off-limits. As they leave the Black Galaxy, they unwittingly pass Galactus as he heads into the Black Galaxy, intending to feed upon Ego.

Thor returns to Earth as Tana Nile departs it. She may have lost the Earth, but she returns to Rigel, where she has been chosen by the High Commissioner to be his wife. Thor, meanwhile, has been left with a Psyche-Search Gauge with which to find his hypnotized beloved.

He finds her in a bizarre compound in Europe known as Wundagore, which is guarded by animal-people riding rocket sleds. The leader of these people is known as the High Evolutionary, a man who has developed a technique to re-write the genes of animals, advancing their evolution one million centuries, which turns them into humanoids with animal heads. Since this is not remotely how evolution actually works,  I would suggest that that this explanation is meant as a metaphor for the actual process at work.   A lie-to-idiots, if you will.

The Knights of Wundagore attempt to restrain Thor from barging into their compound, but the God of Thunder will not be restrained.  Thor finds Jane,  who has taken a job teaching the animal-folk created by this weird science. Thor mistrusts this science stuff, but Jane is a woman of science, and assures him that there is nothing inherently evil about experimenting on animals to create a race of New-Men. Good on her.

Thor’s breaking and entering and shouting and fighting has distracted the High Evolutionary at a critical moment,  and he has accidentally over-evolved a wolf! This combination of supreme man and supreme beast has created a hate-fuled Man-Beast, enemy of all that is living!

First Appearance: The High Evolutionary, Wundagore, the New-Men, The Man-Beast, Psyche-Search Gauge

Days of Thunder – October 1966: The Mighty Thor #133

The Mighty Thor! “Behold… The Living Planet!”
Star-Studded Script: Stan Lee/ Planet-Pounding Pencilling: Jack Kirby/ Real Rigellian Rendering: Vince Colletta/ Lots of Little Lettering: Artie Simek

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This one’s strange. Thor and his new android buddy land on a sentient planet and fight it. It is a visual spectacle in full-on Kirby weirdness mode.

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Ego is a planet who had decided to leave the Black Galaxy and conquer the outside universe. However, after Thor unleashes the full power of the storm upon him, Ego has second thoughts and  decides never to leave his little secluded corner.

While Thor fights an entire planet, Jane Foster has found herself in Europe, compelled to send herself there by her ne’er do well roommate. She ends up  in the company of two men named Porgia and Tagar. They ask her to be part of some larger scheme to solve the eternal secret of life itself, at which point she realizes that these guys might be nuts.

Meanwhile Tana Nile is notified that her claim on Earth has been revoked.

First Appearance: Mr. Porgia, Tagar

Days of Thunder – September 1966: The Mighty Thor #132

The Mighty Thor! Rigel “Where Gods May Fear to Tread!”
Astonishing Script: Stan Lee/ Awesome Artwork: Jack Kirby/ Artful Delineation: Vince Coletta/ Amazing Lettering: Sam Rosen/ Alien Translations: Irving Forbush

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Thor arrives on Rigel where he makes short work of the Colonizers. Their mental powers and their robots are no match for his Asgardian might. He demands that their claim to the Earth be dropped and that the Space Lock, which is slowly pulling the Earth from its natural orbit, be released.

The Grand Commissioner of the Colonizers makes a deal with Thor. There exists an area of space known as the Black Galaxy. None can see what lies within it and all attempts to enter it end in failure. The Rigelians for some unexplored reason believe that there is a powerful evil that lies within it that will soon grow powerful enough to enter our area of space, threatening all it encounters. If Thor will neutralize the threat within the Black Galaxy, the Colonizers will leave Earth in peace.

Thor approaches the Black Galaxy in a spaceship with a robot called a “recorder” as his sole companion. As they enter, they discover that the Black Galaxy is actually a Bio-verse, a giant, bizarre biological entity. Before they can get their bearings they are greeted by a giant, cosmic photomosaic face who says “I have been waiting for you! I am Ego!”

First Appearance: The Grand Commissioner, The Black Galaxy, Ego, the recorder

Days of Thunder – August 1966: The Mighty Thor #131

The Mighty Thor! “They Strike From Space!”

Script.. Smilin’ Stan Lee/ Art… Jolly Jack Kirby/Inks… Vivacious V. Colletta/ Lettering… Affable Artie Simek/ Celestial Guided Tours… Honest Irving Forbush

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Thor returns from Greece and one last time asks his father to be allowed to marry Jane Foster. To his astonishment, Odin at last gives him permission. Odin has observed the depths of love that the two share and he now gives Thor his blessing. Overjoyed, Thor leaves to tell Jane the good news, unaware that she is on a cross-country bus headed for parts unknown.

It turns out Tana Nile is a space alien. A member of a race of beings known as the Colonizers, Tana has identified Earth as a plum pick for conquest. She has been posing as a human long enough to do some scouting and has now formally registered a claim with home office. An inspection team has been dispatched to finalize things.

When Thor finds Nile at the apartment that she and Jane shared, now in her natural giant-headed, tv-screen-on-chest state, she drops the pretense. She, along with the inspection team, capture Thor in a cage of proton coagulation, to be taken back to Rigel for study. The inspectors leave with Thor, eager to avoid unpaid overtime. After they leave, Nile activates the Space Lock, enveloping the Earth in Astral energy from the Rigel constellation.

Thor busts loose from his proton cage and knocks out his captors. Alone in the autopiloted space ship, he awaits arrival in Rigel.

First Appearance: The Colonizers, the Space Lock, Irving Forbush

Days of Thunder – July 1966: The Mighty Thor #130

The Mighty Thor! Thunder in the Netherworld!
Let us proclaim a proud pean of praise for Marvel’s most prolific purveyors of peerless pageantry– Stan The Man Lee, Writer/ Jack King Kirby, Artist/ Vince the Prince Colletta, Delineator/ Artie Pussycat Simek, Letter

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On behalf of Hercules, Thor beats on the teeming hordes of the Netherworld. He does untold damage to the Underworld itself as he fights, which drives Pluto crazy.  Finally,   Pluto can no longer handle watching that which he has carefully tended be smashed, and he agrees to let the Lion of Olympus out of the contract that he legally signed.  I don’t think Pluto is the bad guy in this story.  Thor and Hercules part as friends.

Meanwhile, Jane Foster’s roommate Tana Nile decides that Jane is too dangerous of a wild card and could disrupt her as-of-yet unrevealed plans.  For this reason she hypnotizes the young nurse to hide so that Thor may never find her. To Tana Nile, Jane Foster is merely “a pawn in a far greater game of celestial chess.”

Days of Thunder – June 1966: The Mighty Thor #129

The Mighty Thor! “The Verdicts of Zeus!”

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Harken, ye!  Stan Lee, Writer/ Jack Kirby, Penciller/ Vince Colletta, Inker/ Arite Simek, Lettere/ Yea, Verily!

This issue begins with Thor taking a taxi to Jane Foster’s apartment. Not Don Blake, but Thor. Thor hasn’t reverted to Blake since he told Jane about his dual identity.  For some time now, Thor has become more and more dominant, and now that Jane knows the truth, it is as if he has no further use for Blake.

Thor and his cabbie spend some time bantering. The hack’s theory is that Thor is basically just an ordinary guy, same as anybody. Thor likes what the cabbie has to say and shakes the man’s hand as he departs. What he does not do is pay the man. Thor is not a good person.

Thor greets Jane and also her new roommate, Tana Nile, who seems nonplussed that she is sharing a room with Thor’s secret girlfriend. In fact, there is something weird about the lady: Thor cannot help but kneel before Ms. Nile, compelled as if she were royalty.  Obviously Nile is going to turn out to be a supervillain or something but it is nice to see Jane have a life outside of Thor.

Thor and and Jane catch up. He is no longer avoiding her because the reason he was avoiding her was dumb. He tells her that if they are to wed he will have to renounce Thor and become Blake permanently. Jane wisely says that this is a big step and that Thor should not make it lightly. Thor is god of action and so he shrugs off that advice and leaves to Asgard to tell Odin his decision.

However, once he arrives, Balder reminds him that it is the Day of the Three Worlds, a day prophesied in the Book of Enchanters.  On this day, Thor must enter limbo to await a noble cause to champion at the risk of his own life.  He must do this because it was prophesied that he would do this.

Meanwhile, Hercules has been trying in vain to find someone willing to champion his cause at the risk of their own life. The only way he can get out of his bargain with Pluto is if another hero would fight on Hercules’s behalf but nobody likes him enough to do that. As Pluto taunts, he has only made enemies, never friends. Or has he found a friend… in Thor?

First Appearance: Tana Nile, Ares, Hermes, Dionysus,

Days of Thunder – April 1966: The Mighty Thor #127

The Mighty Thor! “The Hammer and the Holocaust”
Possibly the most magnificent chronicle of Thor ever presented, by… Stan Lee, writer/ Jack Kirby, artist/ Vince Colletta, delineator/ Sam Rosen, Letterer

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Spurred forward by Odin, Jane tries to be there for Thor, to let him know that she loves him no matter what. Thor will have none of it. He will not allow a woman to feel sympathy for him, let alone pity. Thor is a total jerk.

Thor storms off a second time, but before Jane can go after him again, she sees a man get hit by a car. She has no choice but to set aside the  pursuit of the man she loves, so that she may  use her medical training to help this man. Her choice to help this stranger at the cost of losing the man she loves is a more heroic act than any Thor has performed in this book to date.

Thor returns to Asgard, ready to turn himself in for his actions in the previous issues. When he arrives he finds Heimdall frozen in place by ethereal energy, a type of energy that only Odin can control. He soon finds Balder and many others in a similar state. When Odin gave his Odin-power to Seidring the Merciless, Seidring found he could not bear to return it. Seidring is now mad with power, trying to establish himself as the new king of Asgard.

Seidring tries to recruit Thor to his side, but the thunder god will not have it. Half-powered Thor throws himself into battle against Odin-powered Seidring. Thor knows he cannot win, and indeed is battered badly by Seidring, but he has a plan. He makes his way to the Odinsword and hugs it tightly. He tells Seidring that he would rather see it all end than bow before Seidring and that he will pull the sword if the Odin-power is not returned to the rightful owner.

Seidring gives up and it is a sad defeat. Odin lets him wander away, perhaps out of deference to their past friendship, perhaps out of worry for his son who has passed out from the fight.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Stardust studios is preparing for the arrival of Hercules. They are preparing to make a movie about his legendary exploits and have hired a special producer for the film. That producer is Pluto, lord of the underworld. Pluto hates being ruler of the netherworld but he has a plan to free him of his obligations. That plan seems to be to get Hercules to sign a Hollywood contract with a “also you have to rule the underworld” clause in it. He also has installed a strange Kirby gizmo in the studio and enlisted the aid of the as-of-yet unnamed queen of the Amazons, so there may be more to this plan..

First appearance: Pluto, The Queen of the Amazons

Days of Thunder – March 1966: The Mighty Thor #126

The Mighty Thor! “Whom the Gods Would Destroy!”
They said it couldn’t be done! And these are the guys who almost couldn’t do it– Stan Lee, the literary lion! Jack Kirby, the pencilling pussycat! V. Colletta, the delineating dragon! Artie Simek, the lettering looks it!

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After 42 issues, of Thor starring in the lead feature of Journey Into Mystery, and eight issues of being the clear star of the backup feature, this book finally sheds the old title and is now simply called “The Mighty Thor”, although it keeps the established numbering.

This issue starts with the following note of recap: “Hercules has come to Earth! He’s got the big eye for Thor’s chick! Goldilocks is bugged, but good! So, they’re fighting it out!” And indeed, they fight.
It is an epic slobberknocker, starting in the diner, moving to the street, smashing into the subway, and ending in a construction site.

As the two brutes beat the tar out of each other for no real reason whatsoever, they do epic property damage, and send civilians running in fear as they smash small businesses, vehicles, and the streets themselves in the name of their petty vendetta.

There have been many Thor stories that are little more than Thor and some other foe beating the crap out of each other, and this is another one of those, but damn, it is a gorgeous one of those.  This is my favorite era of Kirby and he draws the hell out of this fight.

Remember how in issue #101 Thor’s strength was halved and that there was never an indicator that it had returned? Well, apparently, at some point it was returned because at the height of this battle, Odin, who is still super-mad at Thor,  decides that Thor’s punishment is to now have his power halved. He cannot bear to enact the punishment himself, knowing that Hercules might kill Thor, and so he gives the Odin-power to his most trusted adviser, Seidring the Merciless so that Seidring can perform the deed.  It is made clear that this reverts his power to the level it was when he conquered the 23rd century, not halving it a second time to one-quarter strength.

At this power level, Thor is no match for Hercules and the Greek hero beats the shit out of him all while begging Thor to yield. Thor will not stay his hand, but eventually is battered into submission.

A crowd forms around the victorious Hercules, celebrating his win. A Hollywood agent is part of the crowd, and he offers Herc the chance to be a movie star, which appeals mightily to the god’s ego. He departs for Hollywood, Jane Foster seemingly forgotten.

As Thor staggers to his feet, Jane rushes toward him, trying to assure him that Hercules meant nothing; that she only wanted to make Thor jealous. Thor cares not. Thor tells Jane that having been bested in combat, he is no longer worthy of her love. He departs, telling his love that they cannot meet again until he has regained his honor.

But as he leaves, Jane hears a voice inside her head from her most powerful enemy, Odin. He tells her that Thor’s defeat is his fault and that now more than ever his son needs Jane Foster. Odin commands the mortal to go be with his son and she proclaims that she will.

First appearance: Seidring the Merciless