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Days of Thunder – January 1968 The Mighty Thor #148

 “Let there Be… Chaos!”
Is there no limit to the thrills so lavishly bestowed upon us by… Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby or to the awesome assistance of Vince Colletta, Inker, and Sam Rosen, Letterer?

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With his bolt, Odin’s has stripped Loki, Sif and Balder of their godly power just as he had previously done to Thor. After Odin chastises them, Loki scampers off. Sif wants to kick Loki’s ass but Thor doesn’t think it would be sporting.

Thor and his friends retreat to Doctor Blake’s office to discuss what to do next. They order some take out. Thor actually pays for his food with Blake’s money. The secret identity thing really isn’t working for Thor.

Meanwhile, Loki rents a seedy room, takes off his coat and helmet and tries to contact his old ally, the Norn Queen. He telepathically petitions her to grant him “power enow to vanquish all who oppose my will!”.  It is at this moment that a crowbar-wielding villain named the Wrecker bursts into Loki’s room.

The Wrecker is a talented criminal who prides himself on his ability to use a crowbar like a scalpel. He had spotted Loki in the window and judged him by his clothes to be a supervillain, and thus to probably have some loot.  As far as he is concerned, that is a compelling reason to knowck out Loki with his crowbar, before putting on Loki’s helmet, because who wouldn’t try on that helmet if it was just sitting there?

This is how the Norn Queen comes to imbue the Wrecker with great Asgardian power.  She mistakes the helmeted figure to be Loki.

When Loki comes to, the Wrecker returns the helmet before using his new power to zap the evil one back to Asgard.

Later, as Thor is trying to explain television to his friends, they catch a news bulletin showing that the Wrecker is rampaging through the city. The three warriors track him down but the villain uses his power to zap Sif and Balder back to Asgard as he did Loki. He wants to fight Thor one-on-one.

First Appearance: The Wrecker

Days of Thunder – August 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #119

“The Day of the Destroyer!”
Who but Stan Lee could have written this tale? Who but Jack Kirby could have drawn it? Who but Vince Colletta could have Inked it? Who but Artie Simek could be called Artie Simek?

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Oddly, this issue has no real cover art, merely four images from within the story, recycled.

Before the Destroyer can, er, destroy Thor, Loki uses a Force of Thought from his prison cell to turn Thor into an unsolid state. This allows Thor to momentarily escape from his foe, even as Loki passes out from the exertion.

When Loki’s jailers wake him, he sends a Mental Wave Image to the kingdom of the Norns begging the Norn Queen to go to Odin and wake him. The Norn Queen agrees to help her evil ally and contacts Odin. The Asgardian king wakes with a start and immediately takes action to helpThor.

While all this has been happening, Thor has been fighting a losing battle with the Destroyer on Earth. However when Odin finally makes contact with his son, Thor tells him to stay out of it. Despite all the times when Odin has saved the day for Thor in the past, he now realizes that “The god of thunder must wage his own battle no matter what the cost!”

With Odin staying his hand, Thor grabs the body of the hunter who’s mind inhabits the Destroyer. Thor uses the body as a human shield against the strength of the Destroyer. The Destroyer threatens to call the god’s bluff, proclaiming that Thor has pledged never to take a mortal life and that he must release the body, lest it be destroyed. However when Thor doesn’t back down, the Destroyer blinks first, transferring the still-unnamed hunter back into his body.

Thor takes the hunter away from the temple as he destroys it utterly, burying the Destroyer in the rubble. He then thanks his father for allowing him to do things his way.

Odin reasons that Loki must be to blame for this fight and he is ready to kill his son. However his guards tell him that Loki was desperate to help Thor in this battle. At this news, Odin calms slightly and gives Loki a reduced sentence, binding him to the service of Ularic, Odin’s Royal Warlock.

Thor still needs to bring the Norn Stones back to Asgard, but there is the matter of his broken hammer to be dealt with. He delays returning to Asgard, instead heading to America, where he seeks the mightiest forge in all the land.

First Appearance: Ularic Odin’s Royal Warlock

Days of Thunder – June 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #117

The Mighty Thor “Into the Blaze of Battle”

Regally Written by: Stan Lee/ Dazzlingly Drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Invincibly Inked by: Vince Colletta/ Lonesomely Lettered by: Artie Simek

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Loki has won the trial but he did it by secretly using the Norn Stones.   He hides the stones on Earth, and  taunts Thor with his victory. Thor punches him in the head.

In the great hall of Valhalla, (the ceremonial chamber of Odin), Thor makes the case that Loki is a big fat cheater.  He asks that Odin allow him to travel to Earth to find the stones.  Odin agrees to give Thor twenty four hours to find the stones and prove his innocence.  Odin loves time limits.

Meanwhile, Balder has been fighting the Enchantress and the Executioner to protect Jane Foster.  Thor arrives to help Balder before beginning his search for the Norn Stones.  The villains flee as soon as Thor arrives. Balder casts a spell of forgetfulness on Jane just to make things easier. Thor makes it clear that he considers Balder a dear friend.

Thor then uses the Uru metal in his hammer to find the enchanted stones, discovering that Loki has hidden them somewhere in Viet Nam. This gives Thor an opportunity to fight some communists while he searches for the stones.

While Thor searches for the Norn Stones on Earth,  the Norn Queen visits Loki on Asgard, demanding the return of her stones. Loki promises to return them soon.

Thor gets caught in the middle of some Vietnamese family melodrama but the cool part is when the communists use Doctor Blake’s cane to bind his arms and he has to throw himself at the ground at an angle so that the cane strikes the ground before he does. Then he fights more Commies and finds the Norn Stones.

Days of Thunder – August 1964: Journey Into Mystery With The Mighty Thor #107 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Balder Must Die!”

Written and drawn by the prize-winning team of Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby/ Inked by Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Art Simek

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Watching as Balder sings to the woodland creatures like he’s fucking Snow White, Young Loki vows to find a way to destroy the jerk.   To do so, he seeks the help of the Norn Queen, a powerful sorceress. She is repulsed by Loki’s evil, but is compelled to obey the Asgardian prince.

Odin has made every living thing pledge to protect Balder but the Norn Queen reveals to Loki that Odin has overlooked one thing:  Balder has no protection from the mistletoe. Giddy with this knowledge, Loki visits one of his Troll slaves, commanding him to fashion a blowgun and dart out of mistletoe.

The next day, armed with his new weapon, Loki watches Baldur spar, waiting for him to fall.  The villain wishes to hide his misdeed, so when Baldur takes a hit, that is when Loki will strike with his dart.

Eventually, Baldur stumbles, trying to avoid stepping on a caterpillar, and Loki makes his move. It is a that moment that the Norn Queen uses her magic to burn the mistletoe to ash. The mistletoe may not have pledged to protect Baldur, but Loki forgot that the Norn Queen herself took that solemn pledge.

First Appearance: The Norn Queen

Days of Thunder – February 1964: Journey Into Mystery #101 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Invasion of Asgard!”
Written By: Stan Lee/ Drawn By: Jack Kirby/ Inked By: G. Bell/ Lettered By: Art Simek

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One day, when Thor was a boy, all the forces of evil combine forces to attack Asgard.   Young Thor wants to fight them, in order to prove his worth and thus earn the ability to lift Odin’s mighty Uru hammer, but Heimdall, guardian of the rainbow bridge to Asgard, shoos him away.

However, Loki has “found” a hole in one of the walls defending Asgard.  He leaves Thor to defend it, earning his brother’s thanks. Of course, Loki himself has created the hole, and he hopes that all the forces of evil combined would be enough to kill Thor.

Thor ends up fighting one big group including The Norn Hag riding Ulfrin the Dragon, Skoll and Hati, the Wolf Gods, The merciless Rime Giants, the last of the Ice Giants, and Geirrodur the Troll. This proves to be too much for Thor to handle, and he is soon overwhelmed and it seems he is to be turned into a tree.

Before he can be fully treed, the combined forces of Asgard arrive and enter the fight. The evil ones are so disheartened by the fury of their foes, they retreat. Thor is bummed by his failure to defeat all the forces of evil single-handedly, but the gods reassure him that he did enough. Thor can now lift his father’s hammer slightly higher than he could before.

First Appearance: Ulfrin the Dragon, Skoll and Hati, the Wolf Gods, Geirrodur the Troll, The Rime Giants