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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 – May 1975 Marvel Two-in-One Presents The Thing and The Mighty Thor #9

When a God Goes Mad!”
Chris Claremont, script/ Steve Gerber, plot/ Herb Trimpe, artist/ Joe Giella, inker/ Janice Cohen, colorist/ Charlotte Jetter, letterer/ Len Wein, editor

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On his way back to Nurse Jane Foster’s side, Thor gets waylaid when he is brought under mind-control by a villain known as the Puppet Master.

The Puppet Master is a madman who has fought with the Fantastic Four on several occasions. He possesses a special radioactive clay that grants him the ability to control the mind of anyone that he sculpts the likeness of. Normally, a god such as Thor would be beyond the Puppet Master’s ability, but he has enlisted the aid of a strange being known as Radion, the Atomic Man. Radion boosts the radioactivity of the clay, which allows Thor to fall under the Puppet Master’s thrall.

While the Fantastic Four’s the Thing is out at a show with some friends, Thor attacks the remaining Fantastic Four, beating them to an inch of their life, before he is able to regain control of his mind. Realizing what he has done, he turns into Blake and begins administering care to the fallen heroes.

When the Thing returns home, Blake explains what has happened. The Thing recognizes the famous Dr. Blake and takes him at his word. Blake leaves, turns into Thor once more, and immediately falls under the control of the Puppet Master once again. He returns to fight the Thing.

As they fight, the Thing can tell that Thor is holding back, trying to resist. Before long The Puppet Master and Radion reveal themselves. This is a mistake as one of the Thing’s friends is a man named Wundarr who has the ability to absorb radiation. Wundarr absorbs the radiation in the Thor sculpture, which breaks the mind-control. Radion runs away and the Puppet Master is clobbered by Wundarr. Thor leaves, as Nurse Foster is still foremost on his mind..

First Appearance: Radion, the Atomic Man

Days of Thunder – January 1975 Marvel Two-in-One Presents The Thing and Valkyrie #7

“Name that Doom!”

Steve Gerber, writer/ Sal Buscema, artist/ Mike Esposito, inker/ Joe Rosen, letterer/ Bill Mantlo, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor

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The Enchantress, magically disguised as Valkyrie, steals a magic cosmic harmonica named “Celestia” from Doctor Strange. Strange, who happens to be in the company of the ever-loving, blue-eyed Thing, asks the Thing to help him retrieve it.

Thing tracks down the woman he believes to be Valkyrie. Eventually, through a combination of the noble machinations of Dr. Strange and the evil machinations of the Enchantress, The Enchantress and the Executioner converge with not only the Thing, but the actual Valkyrie. Completing the encounter is Alvin Denton, the drunkard father of Barbara, the insane human host of Valkyrie.

Tricked into believing that the Harmonica could make Barbara a sane human once more, Alvin blows the cosmic harmonica, which unleashes a force that destroys the entire world, save for the four souls who hear Alvin’s cosmic toot.  They find themselves suspended in Un-Space, however Alvin’s heart stops from the shock of the event.

Valkyrie discovers that she cannot strike women, due to a mental block provided by the Enchantress, so she beats the crap out of the Executioner instead, leaving the Enchantress for the Thing to lay out. The Thing then gets his big orange mitts on the harmonic and manages to blow a note that reverses the end of the world.