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Days of Thunder – January 1977 Marvel Two-in-One Presents The Thing and The Mighty Thor #23

“Death on the Bridge to Heaven!”
Writers: Bil Mantlo, pgs. 1-6, Jim Shooter, pgs. 7-31/ Artist: Ron Wilson with an assist from Marie Severin/ Inker: Pablo Marcos/ Letterer: John Costanza/ Colorist: Hugh Paley/ Editor: Archie Goodwin

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Seth takes Thor and the Thing to the Golden Path where Horus, Isis and Osiris are held prisoner and unleashes a monster called the Devourer on them all. Thor and Thing free the prisoners and send the Devourer plunging into the void. They then return home, trusting that Horus has matters in hand.
First Appearance: The Devourer

Days of Thunder – December 1976 Marvel Two-in-One Presents The Thing and The Mighty Thor #22

“Touch Not the Hand of Seth!”
Boisterous Bill Mantlo, Story/ Rampagin’ Ron Wilson, Art/ Prolific Pablo Marcos, Inks/ Karefree Karen Mantlo, Letters/ Dashing Don Warfield, Colors/ Artful Archie Goodwin, Editor

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Don Blake, described by a fellow doctor as “One of the ten most gifted surgeons in the world! He is strangely absent for long periods– but brilliant when he chooses to practice!”, is performing a surgery. The evil Egyptian God Seth has been drawn to Blake, seeking revenge against Thor. Perhaps he can sense the free-flowing aura of electrons that emanate from him.

Seth kills multiple people at the hospital who get in his way, but finally he makes his way to Blake and gestures to the Doctor, indicating that he should take his cane and switch forms.  He does, and they fight.  Partway through the battle, the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing joins in.

Seth claims that, Horus and the whole of Heliopolis have already fallen to his might. At this point he opens a portal, unleashing a skeleton army of the dead upon Thor and the Thing.

 

Days of Thunder – October 1974 Marvel Team-Up Featuring The Human Torch and Thor #26

“The Fire This Time…!”
Len Wein, writer/ Jim Mooney, artist/ Frank Giacoia & Dave Hunt, letterer/ Roy Thomas, editor

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Johnny Storm, the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four stumbles upon Molto, the Lava Man, who has come to the surface world, searching for Thor.

The Torch writes a message made of flame in sky, addressed to Thor,  asking that the Thunder God meet him at the top of the Statue of Liberty, which is the Torch’s normal place to meet with Spider-Man.

Doctor Donald Blake, on the way to the hospital, presumably to perform brain surgery, sees the message and blows off his plans for the evening, transforming into Thor. Upon Thor’s arrival, Molto explains to the thunder god that the subterranean Lava Men have been at war with the mole people who also live beneath the surface. The leader of the Lava Men, Jinku plans to use a machine stolen from the mole folk to simultaneously erupt every volcano on the surface. Horrified, Molto has escape to warn Thor, and now, having relayed his warning, Molto perishes.

Thor and the Torch travel to the homeland of the Lava Men, only to discover that they have been expected. Jinku needs a power source for his volcano machine, and he believes Mjolnir suitable. Both Thor and Johnny are debilitated,  and afterward Jinku uses a lava-based construct to lift Mjolnir, correctly guessing that while living beings cannot lift Mjolnir, machines can.

Jinku places Mjolnir in the volcano machine, which begins to work. However after 60 seconds, it stops, as Mjolnir has been replaced by a simple wooden stick. In the confusion, the now-transformed Blake is able to snatch the stick and become Thor once more. Meanwhile the Torch has also rallied, but he has gone and recruited a large force of Mole People.

In the ensuing battle, Jinku and the Lava Men are defeated and chastened.

First appearance: Jinku