“A Hitch in Time!”
Gerry Conway, Scripter/ Ross Andru, Artist/ Jim Mooney, Inker/ Artie Simek, Letterer/ Roy Thomas, Editor
Thor has randomly wandered into an encounter with Peter Parker, the civilian identity of the young superhero known as Spider-Man. The two start bickering when Thor warns Peter that he is not showing Thor the respect due to a god. Before they can get properly mad at each other, the sky turns weird and in response Thor spins his hammer to create a protective vortex.
After Thor stops his spinning, the duo discovers that the world appears to have become a negative image of itself and has also frozen still. At this point, Peter changes into his Spider-Man costume, catching Thor off-guard.
Before they can discuss matters further, they stumble upon a force of invading Trolls, very much unfrozen and un-negative imaged. As they battle the Trolls, Thor senses the presences of a Troll named Kyrllk, who soon appears before the heroes.
Kryllk is a Troll who has once before attempted to invade Asgard. Some time after that failed attempt, he discoved the Dark Crystal, a powerful artifact capable of freezing time, hidden under Asgard by the cosmic being known as the Watcher. This crystal either psychically gifted Kryllk with visions of power, or the power it emanated drove him utterly mad, it is not clear. Either way, Kryllk has decided to use it to destroy Asgard.
Also, Kryllk refers to Odin as Woden, just as the Demon Druid had.
After freezing all time in the universe, Kryllk feared that Asgard might be defended by heroes from Earth, and so he used the Crystal to send astral forms of himself to Earth to secure his flank. It was there that he encountered Thor and Spidey, only to retreat in the face of their combined power.
Thor and Spider-Man determine that Kryllk has retreated to Asgard. Thor tells Spider-Man that he cannot go to Asgard due to his exile, but he uses Mjolnir to create a portal into Asgard for Spider-Man, nevermind the ban on mortal visitors. Once Spider-Man arrives, he fights his way to Kryllk and defeats him.
Afterward, the Watcher arrives to reclaim his property. He also takes custody of Kryllk and his forces. What he intends to do with them is left unrevealed.
First Appearance: Kryllk, The Dark Crystal