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Days of Thunder – February 1970 The Mighty Thor #173

“Ulik Unleashed!”
Produced by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby/ Inking: Bill Everett/ Lettering: Artie Simek

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Loki has gathered an assemblage of malcontents, trying to turn folk against Thor and build himself a power base. Ulik the Troll likes Loki’s message of “kill Thor” but is not one for politics. He just wants to kill Thor. Loki agrees to teleport the Troll to Thor’s whereabouts on Earth.

Thor has gone undercover, posing as a member of the Circus of Crime who has, in turn been posing as Thor.  It’s a real mind-twist. It is not entirely clear why Thor is engaging in this subterfuge, but is in the midst of this operation that Ulik appears. Thor fights Ulik for a brief while before using his hammer to teleport the villain back where he came.

The power to teleport enemies away is a power that Mjolnir has never been known to have, however it is, of course, established that Loki and the hammer share some strange link. Perhaps the hammer detected Loki’s magic as the cause of Ulik’s appearance, and could then use that as-of-yet unexplained link to reverse the spell, sending Ulik back.

With Ulik out of the picture, Thor makes short work of the circus criminals. After their previous encounter, Princess Python feels betrayed. She genuinely likes Thor and cannot imagine why he wouldn’t want to be a real member of the Circus of Crime. Thor merely scolds and lectures her as the police arrest her.

The police on scene seem to be unaware that Thor is out on bail, pending trial for the acts he committed last time his path crossed with the Circus of Crime. Actually, as it has been over two years since that happened, Thor is most likely guilty of bail-jumping.

Days of Thunder – December 1967 The Mighty Thor #147

“The Wrath of Odin!”
Another smashing super-spectacular by: Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby/ Embellishment: Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek

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Thor saves Princess Python and returns the Bull to its rightful place before turning himself over to the police. Princess Python, moved by Thor’s act of heroism, tells the police that Thor is an innocent dupe before escaping arrest with the rest of the Circus of Crime.

While Thor is being arrested and placed in lock up, his brother is being granted parole. Odin has decided that the time is right to release Loki from his imprisonment in Limbo.  Loki, now back in his original big horned helmet outfit, wastes no time, immediately heading straight to Earth to bail out his brother.  Er, in a villainous way.

Loki has disguised himself before freeing Thor, but it is not long before Thor sees through his brother’s deception, at which point Loki proceeds to beat the crap out of Thor. With Thor’s godly power removed, Loki is more than a match for him. Loki can, at long last, just wale on his hated brother. Just beat on him and beat on him and beat on him.

Loki has battered his brother into submission and it about to issue the death blow when Sif and Balder arrive to save Thor from Loki, despite Odin’s command that they leave Earth for Asgard.

None of this goes unwitnessed by Odin, who is apoplectic with rage. He can barely choke out his angry words: “What monumental kingly defiance is this??! First Thor– Then Lok– Now– I behold Balder– And fair Sif! Disobedience breeds anarchy– yet, they have chosen to disobey! No matter their motives– my punishment must be swift– and terrible! And by the power of yon bolt I hurl, so shall it be!”