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Days of Thunder – March 1974 The Mighty Thor #221

“Hercules Enraged!”
Gerry Conway, scripter/ John Buscema, artist/ Mike Esposito, inker/ John Costanza, letterer/ G. Roussos, colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Having neutralized the threat of the Black Stars, Thor and his friends return to Asgard. However, this is a farewell, as Tana Nile has been at long last returned home. Silas Grant also chooses to stay with her, his closest friend.

When Thor, Sif, and Balder return to Asgard, they are rushed to Odin’s chambers. There, the All-Father shows them what he and Hildegarde have seen:   Krista chained in the Underworld of Olympus leered at by Pluto and Hercules, side-by-side.

Thor is enraged by this sight, considering this to be a betrayal on the part of Hercules. Sif tries to tell him that he should give his friend the benefit of the doubt, but Thor refuses to listen. By Odin’s leave, Thor storms off to Olympus, alone. Odin does not want to start a war against Olympus, so he refuses to allow Thor’s friends to accompany him, not even Hildegarde. The period of exile has clearly ended, and all parties have slipped back into their old roles as if nothing had ever transpired.

Thor travels to Olympus, beating up all who cross his path, including Hercules’ friend Krato, before challenging Hercules himself.   Hercules is confused by this hostility, but he has never been one to turn down a fight. They fight for a good long time until Zeus intercedes and provides an alibi for Hercules.  Although Thor extended absolutely no trust to Hercules, he gives his “friend”’s father the benefit of the doubt.

Meanwhile, Ares is back in Zeus’s good graces, mere months after conquering Olympus. Unsurprisingly, he has not reformed: he and an underling named Snatos scheme to start a war, although the specifics are not yet clear.

First Appearance: Krato, Snatos

 

Days of Thunder – February 1974 The Mighty Thor #220

“Behold! the Land of Doom!”

Gerry Conway, scripter/ John Buscema, artist/ Mike Esposito, embellisher/ John Costanza, letterer/ Gynis Wein, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor

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Facing a world of people with fingernails larger than his entire body,  Thor immediately attacks the first giant he sees, only to be swatted like an insect, stunning the relatively tiny Thunder God.

The massive-scale planet they are on is Rhun. The people of Rhun measure time in “klarns”.  One klarn is roughly equivalent to ten Earth-years. During this Klarn-Cycle, the planet is ruled by a man named Lord Kragonn. The people of Rhun believe the five planets of the Black Stars to be the only inhabited planets in the universe.

Kragonn has a scheming servant named Dracus, who created the Protector and Avalon’s people many klarns ago. Dracus has discovered Thor and his friends, and he believes that the tiny people  he did not create must have come from one of the other four planets, with whom the people of Rhun have not spoken with in the past two-thousand klarns.

The Rigelian mutants spy on the people of Rhun and learn most of this. As always, language is no barrier, presumably the mutants possess some manner of Universal Translator. Dracus wishes to turn Kragonn against the tiny visitors to spark a war, but Jukka is able to explain to Kragonn who they are and also reveals that the other four races on the other four Black Star worlds have all gone extinct.

Having learned that most of what their civilization believes to be true is a lie, the people of Rhun bid farewell to Thor and his friends, as the Black Star departs, no longer a threat to the larger universe. The fates of Avalon and his people is unclear.

Meanwhile, on Asgard, Hildegarde fights her way past Odin’s guards in order to seek his counsel regarding her sister. Odin uses his power to reveal her sister’s location. Upon discovering it, he cries out “good woman– thy sister is doomed!”

First Appearance: Lord Kragon, Dracus

 

Days of Thunder – January 1974 The Mighty Thor #219

“A Galaxy Consumed!”

Gerry Conway, scripter/ John Buscema, artist/ M. Esposito, Inker/ Gaspar Saladino, letterer (Credited as L. P. Gregory) , Glynis Wein colorist/ Roy Thomas Editor/ Odin All-Father

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Sif rallies her friends who are shaken in the face of the Black Stars, and together they travel to the surface of one of the five worlds. As they head toward their destination, Balder wonders why the majority of the Collectors do nothing to fight the Black Stars. Thor explains that they are mortal and that “Honor can mean nothing to such creatures.”

The heroes get sucked into one of the Space-Scoops, where they soon encounter a benign race of 50-foot-tall synthetic creatures, created to be caretakers of the Space-Scoops on behalf of the unseen lords of the Black Stars. These people, led by a man named Avalon, yearn to be free, but cannot live without the nourishment provided directly by the Scoops.

As Avalon and Thor discuss what can be done, they are attacked by the Protector, a being created to be a guard. In the course of defeating the Protector, a path is opened to the surface of one of the Black Stars. They follow it, only to discover an assemblage of people scaled so large that Thor and the Avalon would barely be detectable to their eyes.

Meanwhile, Hildegarde has gone to visit her family. Her parents tell her that Krista has been acting strangely the past three days, ever since she found the mysterious charmstone, and has holed up in her room. When Hildegarde goes to check on Krista, her sister disappears in a flash of light.

First Appearance: Avalon, The Protector

Days of Thunder – December 1973 The Mighty Thor #218

“Where Pass the Black Stars Also Pass Death!”
Gerry Conway, writer * John Buscema, artist * Jim Mooney, inker * Artie Simek, letterer, G. Roussos, colorist * Roy Thomas, editor

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Odin has learned of the great threat known as the Black Stars, a threat that is currently menacing the Collectors of Rigel, a threat that if left unchecked could threatened Asgard. He sends Thor to investigate, along with Tana Nile, Silas Grant, Sif, and Balder. As the heroes depart, Odin wonders if the rift between father and son is truly mended.

The heroes arrive on Rigel, only to discover that the planet has been evacuated. Left behind are a small band of mutants: Jukka, Bolaa, Tryx, and a fourth as-of-yet-unnamed one are part of an all-male caste of failed genetic experiments. The mutants were not permitted to live alongside the citizens of Rigel, and were not permitted to evacuate the planet. Thor invites them to come along on the Starjammer, as they race to catch up with the Rigellian fleet. It is unclear how Tana Nile feels about this.

Shortly after they depart, Rigel is destroyed by the Black Stars.

When the Starjammer catches up with the Rigelian fleet, all of its crew, save the mutants of Rigel, are granted an audience with the Grand Commissioner. The Commissioner tells them of the Black Stars (not to be confused with the Black Galaxy.) The so-called Black Stars are five giant planets, each three times the size of Jupiter, orbiting a star that seems to be mobile. This solar system seems to be artificially created, and at least somewhat aware. It have traveled from galaxy to galaxy for an untold amount of time, using energy blasts to destroy planets, and giant machines to scoop up the remains of the planet, which seems to be these strange planets’ fuel source. The driving force of this cosmic mass currently seems to be intent on destroying the entire galaxy.

Elsewhere, Krista returns home to her parents. It is revealed that she is the sister of Hildegarde, and that she is willing to kill in order to keep her charmstone.

First Appearance: Colonizer 12, The Black Stars, The Mutant Class of Rigel

 

Days of Thunder – November 1973 The Mighty Thor #217

“All Swords Against them!”
Gerry Conway, Scripter/ John Buscema & Sal Buscema, Artists Exemplar/ J. Costanza, Letterer, P. Goldberg, Colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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The crew of the Starjammer, including those who have theoretically been exiled from Asgard and those who are not Asgard natives, all return to Asgard only to discover doppelgangers in their place! After a good deal of fighting, it is revealed that these duplicates are the creations of Igron!

It seems that the earlier confusion can now be settled: it was Igron, that Loki sent to the Troll dungeons in issue #179, and not Toag, although Igron still wears Toag’s hat.

Igron had escaped from his Trollish prison in the midst of Thor’s battle against Ulik.  Upon his escape, he headed to Asgard, only to find it abandoned. When the Asgardians returned without Odin or any of the Asgardian nobles, Igron crafted an elaborate illusion, allowing him to disguise himself as Balder while controlling a false Odin and thus indirectly ruling Asgard.

The true Asgardian nobles defeat Igron’s illusions with little difficulty and they imprison the dark wizard. They also reunite with Balder and Volstagg and while it is left unsaid, it seems Odin just wants to quietly undo his banishment of those he had banished to Earth.

Apparently, Karnilla quietly departs in the chaos.

Meanwhile, while fleeing from the conflict in the city, an Asgardian named Krista finds a strange stone in the woods marked with a scary monster face that seems to radiate power.

Elsewhere, the Colonizers of Rigel find themselves fleeing Rigel in a mass evacuation.

This is the first time it is suggested that the Asgardian friends of Thor: Balder, Sif, Hildegarde, and Heimdal, are more than just friends, but nobles, members of a codified social station above those of the common Asgardian.

First Appearance: Krista

 

Days of Thunder – October 1973 The Mighty Thor #216

“Where Chaos Rules!”
Gerry Conway, Scripter/ John Buscema & Jim Mooney, Artists Extraordinaire/ John Costanza, letterer/ George Roussos, colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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The crystalline group consciousness that is known as Xorr has transformed itself into a giant humanoid being intent on absorbing the universe and remaking the cosmos as Xorr sees fit. Out of love for Sif who remains trapped within the Xorr, Thor is not only prepared to allow the being to do this, but he stands before the creature as its protector.

When Xorr speaks, there are quotation marks around his dialogue, a detail traditionally omitted from comic book storytelling. It serves to makes Xorr more offputting.

While Thor’s allies are prepared to stand back and not interfere, Mercurio and the Gramosians are not so accommodating. They attack Thor so that they might stop Xorr from his rampage, and also so they might harness Xorr’s power to save their world.

Xorr absorbs energy from a variety of cosmic sources as Thor and Mercurio battle. Eventually, Mercurio convinces Thor to stop being a jerk and they combine their powers in order to free Sif and Karnilla. While Thor and Mercurio work things out, Odin nudges Xorr into a supernova, which shatters the crystal form of the creature. Mercurio collects the shards of Xorr, with which he can somehow save his world from vaguely defined doom.  He and Thor part as friends.

Meanwhile on Earth, Balder has regained his sanity. It is unclear what lifted that cloud from his mind, just as it remains unclear precisely what he had been doing on Asgard, and what it was that  drove him mad. Seeking to face that which caused him harm, Balder takes Volstagg with him as he swings his magic sword to return them to Asgard, never mind that they are both banished from that land.

 

Days of Thunder – September 1973 The Mighty Thor #215

“The God in the Jewel”
Gerry Conway, Scripter * John Buscema & Jim Mooney, Artists Exemplar * John Costanza, letterer/ Stan G., colorist * Roy Thomas, Editor

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Six million years ago, there was a world named Xorr. The inhabitants of that planet were the progenitors of many other humanoid races, including the Humans, Skrulls, and Kree. The people of Xorr, when faced with their sun going nova, created a shield of nuclear force around their planet. In the millions of years that have followed, the force shield has shrunk and the planet, its inhabitants and the nuclear shield have fused to become the crimson crystal that now houses Sif and Karnilla.

The people of Xorr hold the miners of the Dark Nebula in their thrall and are now absorbing the immense power possessed by Sif, the Asgardian and Karnilla, the sorceress. When Thor’s people and Mercurio’s people agree to team up against this new threat, the miners Quellor, Rothgar and Kagg combine the crystal with their mining colony to create an ad hoc spaceship. Thor and company gives chase in the Asgardian starjammer, along with their Gramosian allies.

They catch up with the ship and form a boarding party. They overpower the miners but the giant crystal, once a planet, now a spaceship, transforms itself again, becoming a giant crystalline person, roughly human in shape, with Sif and Karnilla still trapped within.

As the people of Xorr become a single crystalline entity, it warns Thor that if it is to be in any way harmed, that harm will mean the death of Sif!

 

Days of Thunder – August 1973 The Mighty Thor #214

“Into the Dark Nebula!”
Gerry Conway, scripter/ Sal Buscema, artist/ Jim Mooney, inker/ John Costanza, letterer/ P. Goldberg, colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Before heading into the Dark Nebula, Thor swings by Asgard to  drop off most of the population.  A few stay on the ship:  In addition to to his exiled friends, Heimdall and Odin accompany Thor on this quest. The previous matter of Thor and his friends defying Odin and being exiled from Asgard is not addressed.

Thor and company soon stumble into a violent conflict where the stakes and and motivations are unclear. One of the combatants in this fracas is Mercurio, the Four-Dimensional Man. Previously believed to have been killed by Thor in issue #208, it is revealed that  Mercurio did not die, but instead exploded into another dimension. In that dimension, he passed through a giant red crystal which returned him to his people on planet Gramos.

That enormous jewel was a Dimensional Transporter, existing simultaneously in many dimensions all at once. Now, raiders from Gramos have come to the mines of the Dark Nebula seeking to harness the power of the jewel in an attempt to save their dimension from the still-unexplained threat that may destroy it.

Also in the mix are three humanoid miners from Orion Base, Quellor, Rothgar, and Kagg. It is unclear what their role is at the moment, but they seem to be untrustworthy, and also seem to know more about the jewel then they have revealed.

In the midst of this melee between miners, Gramosians, and Asgardians there is an eruption as the massive jewel breaks through the surface of the ground. Trapped within it are Sif and Karnilla. Before any action can be taken, an unseen voice claims that it will use the life force of Sif and Karnilla to “dominate this portion of the cosmic all”!

First Appearance: Quellor, Rothgar, Kagg

 

Days of Thunder – July 1973 The Mighty Thor #213

“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

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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.

 

Days of Thunder – June 1973 The Mighty Thor #212

“Journey to the Golden Star!”
Gerry Conway, Scripter/ John Buscema and Don Perlin Artists/ Vinnie Colletta, Inker/ D. Vladimer, Letterer/ S. Goldberg, Colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor is so concerned over Balder’s well-being that he rips the doors of his friend’s room in Avengers Mansion off of the hinges to get to him. He finds Balder babbling incoherently, beset by madman’s visions. The subject of his ranting is “Asgard” which is enough evidence to convince Thor that this must be the work of Odin and that the only course of action is to return to Asgard en masse, and fight Odin.

Thor decides that one of their group must stay behind in Avengers Mansion to care for their friend. He means for it to be Hildegarde because she is a woman but she lets him know “’Tis not this woman’s work.” Volstagg agrees to stay behind. All the others, including the powerless mortal Silas Grant travel with Thor to Asgard.

They arrive in Asgard only to find it empty and unguarded. They soon are ambushed by a band of lizard men. Hildegarde kills the first one but they soon find themselves in a dialogue with the lizard men’s leader, Sssthgar.

Sssthgar tells them a tale. According to him, Asgard was beset by insectoid alien slavers known as Vrellnexians, who captured and enslaved the whole of Asgard. Sssthgar’s people are, according to him, escaped slaves, and they will happily lead Thor’s contingent to the Golden Star, a planet that apparently is the heart of the galactic slave trade.

Thor’s people and Sssthgar’s people fly through space on a magic flying longship (perhaps the same Odinship of Thor’s youth?), and soon arrive at the Golden Sun. They arrive just in time to see Odin, cowed, in chains, on the auction block. Thus do they begin to fight the slavers.

As they fight, Odin is in a daze, begging Thor to retreat.  Also,  Ssthgard reveals he and his people to in actuality be the former partners of the slavers, abandoned on Asgard, and now staging a coup.

First appearance: Sssthgar, Vrellnexians, the Golden Star, lizard men

 

Days of Thunder – May 1973 The Mighty Thor #211

“The End of the Battle!”
Gery Conway, Scripter * John Buscema and Don Perlin, Artists * Vinnie Colletta, Inker * Artie Simek, Letterer * P. Goldberg, Colorist * Roy Thomas, Editor

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Thor retrieves his mallet from the pit into which it has been hurled. By the time he can crawl out of the furnace, the Trolls have all vanished. All, save for Ulla, their queen. Ulik has made a power play against Gerrodur, seizing control of the Troll army, and now Ulla sends Thor to stop Ulik.

Ulik is leading his Trolls upward, digging a path to the surface: The surface of planet Earth. This is all a bit unclear, but it is explicit that the unnamed realm of the Trolls is not on the planet Earth. From this realm Trolls can traverse upward and arrive on Earth.  They can also traverse upward to Asgard, and it seems possible that they could dig upward to other realms as well. It is magic geography.

The Troll army unleashes an attack against New York City, meeting the NYPD in battle. Hogun, Fandal, Volstagg, Tana Nile, and Silas Grant all rush to the scene upon learning of it, despite the fact that Grant has no powers nor martial prowess to speak of.

Thor and his friends fight the Trolls and together, Thor and Tana Nile easily defeat Ulik. With their leader vanquished, the remaining Trolls have no will to fight. They slink back to Geirrodur, giving Ulik over to him. Ulik is “consigned to the darkest pits for the duration of eternity.”

After the battle, Thor’s friends tell him that Balder has returned… but that he has gone mad!

 

Days of Thunder – November 1972 The Mighty Thor #205

“A World Gone Mad!”
Stan Lee Presents: Gerry Conway, scripter & John Buscema, artist/ Vinnie Colletta, Inker/ John Costanza, Letterer/ Roy Thomas, editor

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Thor fights Mephisto. Mephisto calls upon evil dead people, including Blackbeard, Attilla the Hun, and Adolph Hitler. Thor defeats all comers.

 

Days of Thunder – October 1972 The Mighty Thor #204

“Exiled on Earth!”
Stan Lee presents: Gerry Conway, scripter/ John Buscema, penciler/ Jim Mooney, finished art/ Shelly Leferman, letterer/ Roy Thomas, editor

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Thor is super-pissed at Odin for manipulating him like a chesspiece. When Thor expresses his outrage, Odin responds by exiling his son to Earth. In response, all of the assembled Asgardians choose to stand with Thor. And so Sif, Balder, Fandral, Hogun, and Hildegarde share in Thor’s exile. Tana Nile and Silas Grant aren’t banished, but they are trapped on Earth. Volstagg is missing in action. Heimdall and Kamorr miss the drama, and return home unaware of what has transpired.

Thor takes his displaced companions to Avengers Mansion, where the Avengers are headquartered. Thor offers them temporary residency in the Mansion, until something more permanent can be arranged.

Sif and Thor, or rather Sif and Blake, go to check in on Blake’s practice, only to discover that the door has been barred. They meet with the new owner of the building, Karl Sarron. Blake explains to his new landlord that he has paid the rent months in advance, and Sarron tells him that he has no record of any such arrangement. However, if Blake can provide proof of his rent arrangement, it will, of course, be honored.

While Blake deals with his rent dispute, his friends attempt to unwind and to familiarize themselves with their new environs. As they go off in separate groups, one by one, they are captured by unknown dark forces.

After it has claimed their friends, Thor and Sif find themselves swallowed by malevolent darkness. They follow the path that lies before them, and eventually they discover themselves to be in the presence of Mephisto, surrounded by their blank-faced comrades!

First Appearance: Karl Sarron

 

Days of Thunder – September 1972 The Mighty Thor #203

“They Walk Like Gods!”
Stan Lee presents: Gerry Conway, scripter John Buscema, Artist/ Vince Colletta: inker/ John Costanza: Letterer/ Roy Thomas: editor

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While Thor and friends continue to fight Ego-Prime. Heimdal and Kamorr collect two more seemingly random humans: Chi Lo, a Japanese farmer, and Carter Dyam, an Israeli soldier. Also, the man named “Jackson Kimbal” in the previous issue is now being called “Jason Kimbal”. Perhaps, Heimdal got his name wrong initially, and has been corrected off-panel.

Karnilla barges in on Odin, demanding to know what is going on with Balder. The Vizier trails behind her, stopping in horror when he discovers that Odin has been playing “the Game”. It is unclear what the significance of “the Game” is.

On Earth, all of the fighting against Ego-Prime has been ineffectual. He unleashes his power upon the planet, ready to create his Planetary Flesh Mound. However, at the last moment, all of his power is siphoned away until he fades into nothingness. While Thor and his friends were powerless to stop the villain, the power of Ego-Prime has been captured by the three mortals assembled by Heimdal. They stand before our heroes, newly transformed into gods.

Odin reveals himself before Thor and the others, revealing that all of his actions as of late have all been part of a byzantine, seemingly stupid plan designed to culminate with the creation of these three new gods, the start of a new race of gods that will “breathe fresh fire into the furnace of the cosmic all!”

Also, in this issue Ego-Prime calls Thor’s hammer “trice-dammed”. Setting aside the fact that he surely meant “thrice-damned,” this is stronger language than one would expect to be permissible by the Comics Code Authority.

First Appearance: Chi Lo, Carter Dyam

 

Days of Thunder – August 1972 The Mighty Thor #202

“–And None Dare Stand ‘Gainst Ego-Prime!”
Stan Lee Presents: A Gerry Conway, John Buscema Mini-Marvel Masterpiece! Aided and Abetted by: Vinnie Colletta, inker and Artie Simek, Letterer

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The combined force of Sif, Tana Nile, Hildegarde, Silas Grant, Thor, Balder, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg stand together against Ego-Prime as it transforms from a crystalline rock monster into a hundred-foot-tall, purple-bearded humanoid. Ego-Prime, in his new form, reveals his ultimate intent: He wants to use his power of growth and change to cause humanity to multiply so rapidly that they blanket the earth in a swarming pile of flesh. He will then fuse those wriggling mountains of humanity into a single peaceful entity. The combined heroes stand in opposition to this scheme.

Elsewhere on Earth, Heimdall and Kamorr seek and find a young black man named Jackson Kimbal and help him get out of some trouble with some loan sharks.

Meanwhile, Karnilla appears to have reached an uneasy peace with Odin after all of the events of recent days.  She and the Vizir discuss their fears that Odin has sent their friends to their deaths.  Elsewhere, Odin literally plays chess with himself using a chessboard full of pieces sculpted like our cast.

Thor Chess

It has not been made clear how those who were on Blackworld ended up on Earth. Perhaps the most likely explanation would be that it was an act of Odin,  and that somehow moving his pieces on his chessboard mystically moved the flesh-and-blood analogues to another location.

First Appearance: Jackson Kimbal

 

Days of Thunder – July 1972 The Mighty Thor #201

“Resurrection!”
Stan Lee editor presents: A Gerry Conway (script) * John Buscema (Layouts) Marvel Masterwork! Jim Mooney (finished art) * Artie Simek (lettering)

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The third Norn’s name is, indeed, Atropos.

The implication has been there since their introduction, but now that they have been given the names of the Greek Fates, it is all but established that within the Marvel cosmology, the Norse Norn and the Greek Fates are one and the same.

The Norn continue to watch what the various Asgardians are up to, and continue to watch the proceeds non-linearly. One week prior to Pluto’s invasion of Asgard, A longship arrives in Brooklyn, carrying Heimdall, along with a diminutive ally named Kamorr the Small. Apparently between Heimdall’s fight with Thor in issue #193 and Asgard’s departure from the universe, Odin sent Heimdall to Earth on a quest alongside this dwarf. Heimdall weaves an enchantment that gives them the appearance of local garb.

While the battle between The Asgardians and the Underworlders rages on, Karnilla does what she can to stop this fighting, for the sake of her beloved Balder. However, it is not she who saves the day, but rather Hela, who chooses to end the stalemate between herself and Pluto by restoring life to Odin.

With Odin’s life restored, Pluto retreats from Asgard, but not before seemingly sending Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg to the Netherworld. However, Odin redirected Pluto’s action, and sent the warriors to Earth, a land that is very strange to these three.

Upon hearing of the dislocation of his friends, Thor asks his father for leave to retrieve them from Earth. Balder asks Karnilla for permission to accompany his friend to Earth, which she icily grants: “It appears I’ve no hold on thee… if ever I had.” As soon as Balder and Thor leaves, she begins to cry.

Odin begins to hint at a plan that the lettercolumn has been hinting at for some time. Apparently, sending the trio to Earth and Sif to Blackworld, and who knows what other random Odin bullshit, has all been part of of some overly complicated plot on his part, but at this time he can say no more.

On Blackworld, as our heroes retreat from Ego-Prime, Tana Nile reveals how Ego-Prime came to be. It seems that the Colonizers were in dire need of a planet “of the Earth type” for some unspecified reason, but none were available to them.

The Grand Comissioner’s solution was elegant in its simplicity: Tana Nile went to the Black Galaxy where she harvested a small chunk of Ego, the Living Planet.  She dumped this chunk on Blackworld, which at the time was a world of cavepeople. She pumped a bunch of energy into the Ego sample to see what would happen. The hope was that the unique properties of a living bio-verse would terraform the planet. Instead, she accidentally created a monster obsessed with sculpting Blackworld into a mirror image of Earth for some reason.

Now, Blackworld superficially resembles modern day 1972 Earth, but its inhabitants are modified cavepeople, unable to control their violent and destructive urges. And so it comes to pass that the city that Sif and company have found themselves in gets nuked off of the map.

An instant later, Sif, Hildegarde, Tana Nile, Silas Grant, and Ego Prime all materialize on Earth, right before Thor and Balder, who have just caught up with Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg. No explanation is given how or why.

First Appearance: Kamorr the Small

 

Days of Thunder – May 1972 The Mighty Thor #199

“If this be Death..!”

Stan Lee, editor/ Gerry Conway, writer/ John Buscema, artist/ Vinnie Colletta, inker/ Sam Rosen, letterer

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While Asgard hurtles back toward the universe, Kartag takes his leave, returning to the World’s End. Soon after he departs, Hela arrives. Thor refuses to release Odin to her custody, and before the matter can be settled, Pluto, lord of the Netherworld arrives in a longboat full of what appear to be Mutates. He also wants to claim Odin as a prize. This leads to a battle, with Hela joining the forces of Asgard against Pluto and his minions.

Balder, who has apparently been in Asgard along with Karnilla ever since it left the universe, cannot help but join the fray. He is badly wounded for his troubles, and Karnilla once again uses magic to save Balder. As he rises, he prepares to re-enter the battlefield.

Karnilla forbids him to fight and risk death. When he speaks of the dishonor it would be to stay his hand, she releases him, commanding him never to return to her. Such is the depth of her love of Balder.

On Blackworld, “he” has been revealed to be some sort of crystalline hulk, and so Tana Nile at last fills in Sif and company on the nature of “him.” This powerful fiend, who keeps shifting the nature of Blackworld, is Ego Prime, a small offshoot of Ego, the Living Planet. It is unclear why he is named “Prime” when the Living Planet is the primary Ego. He seems to be shaping Blackworld to resemble present-day 1972 Earth. Why he is doing this, remains to be seen.

On Asgard, Pluto fights Thor one-on-one and he bests the thunder god. He stand over Thor, prepared to kill the Asgardian with a final blow of his Axe!

First Appearance (full): Ego Prime

 

Days of Thunder – April 1972 The Mighty Thor #198

“–and Odin Dies!”
Stan Lee, editor/ Gerry Conway, Scripter/ John Buscema, Artist/ Vince Colletta, Inker/ John Costanza, Letterer

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Thor and Hogun manage to free Odin from the Mangog’s grasp.   Thor then retreats to protect his father’s body.

Volstagg takes the Twilight water to the Vizier.  Lacking clear direction, the Vizier decides to try mixing the water into the Cosmic Well.

The Cosmic Well explodes, causing a geyser of raw power to shoot outward. Weary Odin finds his way to this geyser and is showered by these waters of power. The mystic shower gives him strength  enough to battle the Mangog one last time.

Meanwhile, the Mangog finds the Odinsword and he unsheathes it!

Fortunately, Ragnarok is averted thanks to Asgard’s absence from the Enthropic Universe. Odin with the power of the Twilight Well and the Mangog with the power of the Odinsword fight one final battle. Odin severs the Mangog’s connection to rage that fuels the beast, causing it to dwindle into non-existence. However, Odin dies in the conflict.

On Blackworld, Sif and Hildegarde try to uncover the mystery of the unnamed force that is toying with the lives of the people who live there. Suddenly, Tana Nile of the Collectors arrives on the scene, frantically warning the Asgardians to join her within her Force Bubble. As they do, they at last see the off-panel face of “him!”

During Odin’s funeral, a thought occurs to Thor. With Asgard outside of the universe, Hela has been unable to claim his father. Until she does, he is not truly dead. As Asgard makes the journey back into the universe, Thor will use his power to freeze time (as he once did to save Jane Foster so that he might keep Odin from Death. As we know, this is incredibly dangerous.

Also, we learn that Odin’s previously unnamed friend is named “Bulwar”.

Days of Thunder – March 1969 The Mighty Thor #162

“Galactus is Born!”
A Smilin’ Stan Lee and Jolly Jack Kirby Production/ Embellishment: Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Sam Rosen

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Now safe from Galactus, a grateful Ego hurls Thor and the Recorder through the vacuum of space back to Rigel. As they travel, the Recorder points out that while Galactus might spare Ego, he is still out in space, free to destroy worlds. It’s a real muddy trousers situation for Thor.

Back on Rigel, the High Commissioner wants to deactivate the Recorder to more easily access his memory banks. Thor comes to his friend’s defense, persuading the High Commissioner that the Recorder has a soul and cannot be so easily decommissioned.

After saying his farewells to his Rigelian comrades, Thor returns to Asgard.  He meets Odin in his Astro-Chamber along with other Asgardians, including Hogun, Volstagg and Fandral. They discuss the present threat that Galactus poses and they research the devourer’s origins.

They learn that Galactus was birthed in an Icuba-Cell at the climax of a terrible space war. The losing side released him out of desperation, but Galactus turned against them and began feeding off of all living energy, destroying the planet.

After this conference, one of Odin’s counselors pulls aside Thor with news. In Thor’s absence, Sif left for Earth before disappearing ominously.  Upon hearing this, Thor travels to Earth to find his mate and fight by her side.

Meanwhile, Balder has found himself plagued by visions of Karnilla the Norn Queen. He has fallen under the spell of love, although with Karnilla that is probably literally true. For one as pure as Balder to feel this way about a sworn enemy of Asgard is pure agony. His only hope for distraction is to seek out Thor and fight him.

 

Days of Thunder – January 1969 The Mighty Thor #160

“And Now… Galactus!”
So starts a staggering new saga by: Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby/ Embellishment: Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Sam Rosen

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Tana Nile of the Collectors has come to Earth seeking Thor. She begs his help with a threat that, if left unchecked, could cause the universe itself to crumble. This threat is none other than Galactus, a threat that has  claimed countless worlds, snuffing out untold numbers of civilizations. The Collectors have been able to hide from Galactus with a planetary shield, but for some unexplored reason, this technology is now failing. After hearing Nile’s tale, Thor agrees to fight this destroyer.

Meanwhile on Asgard, the Recorder has been hanging out with Odin, but now finds itself called back to Rigel and so departs. As it leaves, Sif begs leave of Odin to go to Thor’s side. Odin denies her request, as he senses grave danger. Sif is a fearless warrior who has never in these pages flinched at danger or turned her back on a soul in need. Yet at every turn the men in her life, Thor, Balder, Odin, try to shield her from danger. To her credit, she pushes back and calls them out in every instance, but still these assholes refuse to treat her as an equal.

Thor leaves Tana Nile behind as he meets up with his old companion the Recorder. Together, they seek Galactus, traveling in some sort of space hot rod. The path to Galactus is easy enough to navigate. They simply follow the grim trail created by the staggering number of refugee ships that radiate outward from the remains of the destroyed worlds left in the devourer’s wake.

One such ship begins following the hot rod. This ship belongs to the Wanderers, a race of people claiming to be Galactus’ original victims. They follow Thor on a hunch, hoping his ship may lead to sanctuary… or revenge.

Thor finds Galactus just as the devourer has finally found Ego, the Living Planet. For one such as Galactus, what could be a a more tempting prize than to consume a living bio-verse? However, Ego does not not intend to go without a fight, the opening salvos of which destroy Thor and the Recorder’s space hot rod.

First Appearance: The Wanderers

 

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,