“The Demon Brigade!!”
Gerry Conway, Story/ Len Wein, Scripter/ J. Buscema/ D. Perlin, Artists/ Vince Colletta, Inker/ C. Jetter Letterer/ G. Wein Corlorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor
After the reptilian alien Ssthgard reveals himself and his men to be slavers, the the tide quickly turns against Thor and his friends. As Thor fights the lizards, Odin begs his son to stop fighting, in a low-lidded stupor. The Asgardians fight on against Odin’s wishes, but are soon overpowered and thrown into prison cells.
It does not take Thor long to discover that that there is a drug in the food that is being fed to the prisoners. This drug induces passivity and non-violence in those who consume it. While Thor avoids its effects, many of his friends fall prey to it. It is only Thor, Hildegarde, and Tana Nile who break free, clear-headed.
Although it isn’t actually shown outright, it now seems safe to assume that amongst Ssthgard’s omissions in the story that he told Thor, was a part wherein the slavers visited Asgard under false pretenses long enough to drug enough of the Asgardian food supply.
Thor and his friends discover the Golden Star’s Resistance Army. They work these guerrillas to destroy Ssthgard’s supply of the drug and to free the Asgardian slaves. Before they leave, Thor asks Ssthgard about the whereabouts of Sif and Karnilla. Despite the fact that Thor should have had no reason to believe that exiled Sif and non-Asgardian Karnilla would have been in Asgard when the slavers came, it appears that this was nonetheless the case. Ssthgard tells Thor that the two women were sold to miners located in the Dark Nebula (not to be confused with the Black Galaxy) shortly before they arrived. All the Asgardians enter the flying longship (suggesting that the ship’s hold possesses a bigger-on-the-inside nature) and they depart.