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Days of Thunder – January 1979 The Mighty Thor #279

“A Hammer in Hades!”
Roy Thomas, Editor * Don Glut, Guest Writer * Alan Kupperberg & Pablo Marcos, Illustrators * Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer * Jim Shooter, Consulting Editor

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Thor, back on Midgard, is reminded of Jane Foster, and thinks back to a time in his past. Once, during the time that Jane was hypnotized into not being in love with Blake, she was abducted by Hades. This happened in front of Thor’s eyes, as a weird mystical energy emanating from his walking-stick/hammer drew him to Foster, only to see her pulled down into the earth by strange tentacles.

He follows Jane’s captor into the Netherworld of Olympus. When he catches up with Jane, she is chained above a pool of fire. Pluto wants revenge against Thor’s involvement in thwarting his mutates on Earth. To that end he has sought the help of Loki. Loki does not join them in the Netherworld, but instead sends Ulik the Troll there.

Hades wants the two of them to duel.  The winner will claim the horribly objectified nurse as a prize “to do with as he will…”. The loser shall remain Hades’ eternal prisoner.

The two warriors fight until Ulik realizes that Pluto is using him as a tool of revenge. As much as he hates Thor, Ulik hates being manipulated even more. He turns his aggression toward Hades long enough for Thor to free Jane. Ulik’s assault catches Pluto so off guard, that the Troll almost kills Hades with Enchanted Flames that could consume even the Lord of the Netherworld. Thor intervenes, because he needs Hades to release him and Jane from the Netherworld.

Thor uses Mjolnir to teleport Ulik to Loki’s location. Chagrined, Pluto sends Thor and Jane back to Earth. Jane leaves Thor behind, to eat dinner with her boyfriend.

The events of this story take place after Thor fought Hades in issue #164. The first issue with downtime on Earth following that is issue #167. Furthermore, it takes place during the time that Jane was dating Dr. Kincaid, before she moved on to Dr. North, which means it must have taken place before issue #172. That all places the story squarely in the second half of 1969.

Days of Thunder – November 1976 The Mighty Thor #253

“Chaos in the Kingdom of the Trolls”
Experience Boundless Wonderment at the Side of These Stalwarts! Len Wein, Writer/Editor / John Buscema/Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/ M. Severin * Colorist/ Condoy * Letterer/ We Promise you won’t be Disappointed!

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After being tossed into a lake of fire, falling Thor flings his hammer upward, which in defiance of all physics, pulls him upwards, so that he can resume his fight with Ulik.

Ulik slays the dragon and claims the ruby as his prize. He explains to Thor that the Trolls have accidentally released a powerful beast known as Trogg, who has gone on to slaughter countless Trolls. The only way to stop the beast is by using the power of the Ruby Eye to seal the portal from whence Trogg came.

Thor makes a deal with Ulik: He will slay Trogg in exchange for the Ruby Eye. Ulik reluctantly agrees. Thor follows Ulik into the heart of the Troll kingdom, where he discovers that King Geirrodur still lives.

Thor does not dally with the king, however.  He quickly enters battle with Trogg, a giant creature who seems to have a grudge against the Trolls. He will not parlay with Thor and Thor is not strong enough to defeat him.

When fighting fails, Ulik pressures Thor into using the Ruby Eye to lock away Trogg. Thor reluctantly agrees, sacrificing his need so that he might save the Trolls. As Thor departs, Ulik mocks Thor savagely for being foolish enough to help an enemy.

First Appearance: Trogg

Days of Thunder – October 1976 The Mighty Thor #252

“A Dragon at the Gates!”
Len Wein, Writer/Editor/ John Bsucema & Tony DeZuniga, Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer

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Thor tries to find his father by again seeking the aid of Mimir. Unlike last time,  Mimir now demands very specific payment for his services: The Cyclopean Ruby Eye of the Dragon Guardian of of Realm Below.

Thor finds the task dishonorable, but decides he has little choice. He journeys down into the Realm Below, adjacent to the territory of the Trolls and eventually finds the Dragon of the Ruby Eye. However, before he can fight the dragon, he discovers that his old foe Ulik has come here at the exact same time, seeking the exact same item.

Ulik claims that the survival of the Troll Empire itself depends on the procurement of the eye. Neither warrior is willing to forfeit the Eye, and so they fight each other for it. Ulik wins the fight, tossing Thor off a cliff into a lake of fire!

Days of Thunder – August 1975 The Mighty Thor #238

“Night of the Troll!”
Gerry Conway, author * John Buscema, artist * Joe Sinnott, finished art * John Costanza, letterer/ Don Warfield, colorist * Len Wein, editor

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In California, Orrin and Judith happen upon some strike breakers, led by a man named Conners, who in turn is receiving orders from a man named Mr.Combach. These hired thugs are causing trouble for a picket line. Orrin starts tossing the troublemakers around, and when they don’t back down, he prepares to drop a station wagon on them. Judith intervenes, telling Orrin that while he should use his strength to help people,  he should not if it leads to violence. Orrin thinks that is dumb but doesn’t really seem to care about helping people, so he agrees to back off.

Some months ago, after being consigned to the darkest pits by King Geirrodur, Ulik managed to overpower a guard and escape. He fled even deeper into the Earth, far below the domain of Geirrodur. It was there that he discovered a lost tribe of Trolls, one that accepted him as their leader after he killed their chief.

Ulik now seeks revenge on Geirrodur. He has captured Jane Foster as leverage against Thor, so that his blondhaired enemy will fight Geirrodur’s new lieutenant, a troll by the name of Zoltarr, the Troll Supreme, while Ulik takes the battle to the Troll King himself.

Thor and Jane Foster thus accompany this army of Trolls through the underground, traversing a long subterranean river. At one point Thor and Ulik do battle with a Sea-Demon. Eventually, they meet Geirrodur, who has assembled an army to meet the invaders head on. At his side is Zoltarr, a massive, fully-armored brute of troll.

Thor and Ulik work together to savagely defeat Zoltarr, who is revealed to be an android. The act of fighting side-by-side endears Thor to Ulik. He forgives the Asgardian for what has gone before. Thor has gained Ulik’s admiration.

In the midst of this melee, Jane clobbers her Ulik-factioned guard, obtains a spear and manages to get the drop on Geirrodur, capturing the king of the Trolls singlehandedly. The implication seems to be that much of who Sif was now resides within Jane. It seems as if Thor is getting to date both of his girlfriends at once!

First Appearance: Zoltarr the Troll Supreme, Conners, Mr. Combach

Final Issue: Gerry Conway

 

Days of Thunder – July 1975 The Mighty Thor #237

“Ulik Unchained”
Gerry Conway, author/ John Buscema, artist/ Joe Sinnott, embellisher/ John Costanza, letterer/ Petra Goldberg, colorist/ Len Wein, editor

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Doctor Blake and Nurse Foster are on a date, but they sit in contemplative silence, while the specters of Thor and Sif hang over them. It is the most interesting this moment this book has had in years. Then the waiter comes by and disturbs their reverie. They banter, full of affection for each other.

Some amount of time has passed since Sif made her sacrifice. Presumably everything that Thor has done in the pages of the Avengers and other titles for the past two and a half years has happened in this gap, or are at the least beginning to catch up to the events of book. Blake and Jane are again dating. Jane retains the knowledge of Blake’s alter ego and seems happy to make time with either version.   It is unknown what became of Doctor North.  Sif is vaguely referred to a still living within Jane. Kamo Tharinn never showed up.

With Odin missing, one would think Thor would be obligated to rule Asgard in his absence, but instead he seems to have permanently relocated to Earth to be with Jane. He has again reopened his practice. Balder, Hildegarde, Krista, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg all presumably have settled back into life on Asgard. Karnilla simply disappeared after their encounter with Xorr.

In California, Orrin’s friends feel that he is obligated to use his superhuman strength for the betterment of mankind, while Orrin seem uninterested.

Hercules and the Vizier hang out in Coney Island.

Meanwhile Ulik, last seen “consigned to the darkest pits for the duration of eternity”,  is again lurking about New York. His Trolls are spotted in Central Park and Thor attacks. He and Ulik trade blows until some Trolls working for Ulik capture Jane Foster and hold her hostage, forcing Thor to stay his hand.

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 – April 1973 The Mighty Thor #210

“The Hammer and the Hellfire!”
Gerry Conway, Scripter// John Buscema, Layouts// Don Perlin, Finished Art// V. Colletta, Inker// J. Costanza, Letterer/ Glynis Wein, Colorist// Roy Thomas, Editor

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Ulik and Gierrodur have been studying Thor and decided that the key to his defeat is to separate him from his magic hammer. Gierrodur’s adviser Muthos suggests that the king be wary of Ulik’s ambitions.

Thor is in Asia for some reason when he gets sucker punched in his sleep by a group of Trolls. They teleport him to the underground lair of Gierrodur. Once he awakens he is challenged to a fight by Ulik. Ulik uses Thor’s sense of honor to goad the Thunder God into not using his hammer against an unarmed opponent.

Watching the proceedings is Ulla, queen of the Trolls and wife of Gierrodur. She seems to be uncomfortable with Ulik’s use of guile and in the heat of the battle, she cannot help but shout a warning as Ulik moves in against Thor.

While none may lift Mjolnir directly, devices may lift the hammer, and apparently using magnetic Uru metal is fair game. While Thor and Ulik slug it out, a team of Trolls use such a magnet to snatch the hammer away from Thor.

When Thor realizes what has happened, he chases after his hammer but is too late to prevent it from being thrown into a fire pit. Desperately, Thor jumps in after it.

First Appearance: Ulla, Muthos

 

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 – July1968 The Mighty Thor #154

“…To Wake the Mangog!”
Produced by: Smilin’ Stan Lee and Jolly Jack Kirby/ Vince Colletta Inker/ Artie Simek Letterer

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While Thor is visiting Sif while she recuperates, he is visited by Hela, who believes that she has a claim to Thor after his fight with the Wrecker. Thor’s old frenemy, Harokin pops in to speak on Hela’s behalf, asking him to come lead the army of the undead in Valhalla. Thor is tempted, but declines, stating “The son of Odin fights for purpose– never pleasure!” This is a much bigger lie than anything Loki has ever said in this book. Having made her pitch, Hela departs.

Meanwhile, Ulik has discovered the long-lost Odin-Cave, also known as the Cave of Ages. This legendary site is filled with Enchanti-Stones, the seeds of Odin’s peerless power. It is also the prison of Mangog,the last member of an alien race so powerful that they once nearly destroyed Asgard. It says a lot about Ulik that rather than collect the stones, he frees the alien.

The Mangog, once freed has no interest in an alliance with Ulik and no notion of gratitude for his freedom. The Mangog is the enemy of all who live, with the sole goal of destroying Odin. Ulik escapes from the Mangog as soon as he is able.

Thor, unaware of the threat to Asgard is wandering around New York looking for Loki. He stops a team of thugs calling themselves Muggers Incorporated and exchanges strong words with a pack of hippies. The friendly counterculture youth take Thor’s long hair as a sign of kinship, a notion Thor rejects hard.

“’Tis not by dropping out– but by plunging in– into the maelstrom of life itself– that thou shalt find wisdom! There be causes to espouse!! There be battles to be won! There be glory and grandeur all about thee– if thou wilt but see! Aye, there be time enow for thee to disavow thy heritage– yea, thou mayest drop out fore’er once Hela herself hath come for thee! But, so long as life endures– thou must live it to the full! Else, thou be unworthy of the title– man!” Thor does not like hippies.

Loki, forbidden from fighting his brother, returns to Asgard to see what trouble he can cause, only to discover that there is already trouble aplenty. When Ulik freed the Mangog, he set off the Eternity Alarm, and so the forces of Asgard are preparing for the conflict that is surely at hand. Toag, Elder of the Supreme Council fills Loki in  on all of this and of one other detail: Odin now rests in his Odinsleep (otherwise known as the Sleep of Life, last seen in issue #118). With Odin unavailable and Thor busy pestering hippies, Loki takes the throne!

First Appearance: The Mangog, Toag Elder of the Supreme Council, Muggers Incorporated, The Enchanti-Stones, The Cave of Ages

The Mangog, comics, Days of Thunder, Thor, Doctor Donald Blake, Sif, Odin, Loki, Karnilla the Norn Queen, Balder, Ulik, Toag Elder of the Supreme Council, Muggers Incorporated, Hela, Harokin

Days of Thunder – June 1968 The Mighty Thor #153

“–But Dr. Blake Can Die!”
Another Star-Studded Spectacular by: Stan (The Man) Lee & Jack (King) Kirby/ Embellished by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie Simek

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Starting with this issue, the Inhumans backup feature has been dropped, leaving a full 20 pages of Thor. Maybe the change threw Stan for a loop, because this issue is an utter mess, barely held together through a patchwork web of No-Prizes.

So, okay, Loki has stolen Thor’s hammer. Karnilla reveals that he has somehow stolen some of her Norn Power. This combined with Loki’s own sorcery apparently gives Loki enough power to bypass Odin’s enchantment that would otherwise bar him from lifting Mjolnir.

Thor panics, believing himself about to turn back into Blake. It has been some time since he was under the effect of the hammer’s enchantment, and he has apparently forgotten that the sixty second rule only applies to him when he is on Earth.

Thor commands Karnilla to transport him to Loki so that he might face his brother and take back that which is his. Sif demands to accompany him. Karnilla agrees, stating “Thus does Karnilla achieve two ends with but a single spell! I now repay my debt to Thor– And in doing, I send him to a most certain death!”

Thor and Sif are sent straight to Loki, who has returned to Earth for some reason. One could conject that Loki wanted to lure Thor back to Midgard in order to force the sixty second change.   If so, his plan works:  Thor turns into Blake and his hammer turns into his walking stick within Loki’s hands.

Sif attacks Loki. Both Sif and Loki seem to be at their full godly strength, despite having been depowered by Odin in issue #147. It would seem that since the depowering of Sif, Balder and Loki was a punishment for the leaving of Asgard, when they were returned to Asgard by the Wrecker their powers were returned to them.

At any rate, Loki now has the full power of a son of Odin, adopted though he be. Thus valiantly as Sif fights, she is no match for Loki. Thor begs her not to fight, while Loki respects her warrior prowess, although that does not stop him from removing her from the fight by knocking her out cold with a mystic Norn blast.

Thor-as-Blake lunges at Loki. While he is unable to harm the evil god, he grabs his walking stick and manages to turn back into his natural godly self. Even with Loki’s stolen Norn power, he is no match for Thor, who manages to restrain the evil one.

Thor then discovers that Sif has been injured badly enough that she needs to be operated upon by a doctor with both amazing surgical skills and working knowledge of Norn magic. Fortunately, Blake seems to be free to do whatever the hell he wants with complete support of his peers in the medical community and so he is allowed to just show up at the hospital and operate of Sif.

A freed Loki attacks Blake in the middle of the surgery during a delicate juncture but a doctor named Carson blasts Loki with ether, which will knock out an Asgardian the same as a human.  This buys Blake the time he needs.  After the surgery, Blake shoos out the doctors and nurses of the operating room (along with comatose Sif) as Loki wakes up.

The two brothers start fighting yet again, smashing through the wall of the hospital into the streets of New York. Odin watches this battle from his Chamber of Visions, lamenting the brothers’ enmity. Furthermore, he has become aware of a threat to Asgard that he feels must be fought by all who pay him homage, and so he uses an Odin-Bolt to tear the two brothers apart, after which Loki vanishes into the unknown.

Meanwhile, Ulik has stopped his fall by grabbing onto a ledge within the crevice into which he had been falling. After pulling himself up, he finds himself in a mystic canyon filled with shining rocks, confounded by the strangeness of his environs.

First Appearance: Doctor Carson

 

Days of Thunder – May 1968 The Mighty Thor #152

“The Dilemma of Dr. Blake!”
Let Marveldom rejoice! That which awaits us hath been garnished in grandeur by Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby/ Epically Embellished by: Vince Colletta/ Legibly Lettered by Sam Rosen

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Even with reconstituted godhood, Thor is not a match for the Destroyer. Fortunately, Karnilla withdraws Sif’s essence , and it falls to the ground, lifeless. Thor turns the Destroyer over to the custody of the local constabulary. It is not clear if the Wrecker was arrested. A short time later, Odin comes to Midgard in human raiment and steals the Destroyer back.

Meanwhile, in the Norn Queen’s lair, Balder fights Ulik one-on-one, apparently after each changed clothes between issues. Sif wants to help but resists the urge, implicitly due to it not being honorable to double-team an enemy. As Balder and Ulik fight, Karnilla uses her magic to teleport Thor to the scene.

Thor has prior beef with Ulik and therefore Balder tags out allowing Thor to take the fight to Ulik. Since Thor started fighting the Wrecker in issue #148, there has been no break in the action, but there has sure been a lot of enemy-swapping, as Thor has moved from the Wrecker to the Destroyer to Ulik.

As Ulik and Thor fight, there is some really good characterization on the part of the Troll. He clearly takes pride in his savagery and seems to find Thor’s honor to be obscene from his Trollen vantage. “Honor is an empty vessel… and none but weaklings sip of it!” All of a sudden brutish Ulik is cast in a new light and carries with him a sort of reverse-nobility.

Thor throws Ulik down the bottomless Abyss of Shadows.

While Thor fought Ulik, Loki snuck back into the fray and has seemingly stolen Thor’s hammer! It is unclear how he got around the hammer’s newly restored enchantment, which should bar him from lifting it, but the hammer is gone and so is Loki!

As for the Trolls, it is unclear if they stayed under the command of Karnilla or if they returned to king Geirrodur.

 

Days of Thunder – April 1968 The Mighty Thor #151

“–To Rise Again!”
Powerfully presented in pulse-pounding panoramascope by: Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby/ Embellished by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Sam Rosen./ Inspired by: Asgard Eternal!

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Thor rushes to attack the Sf-controlled Destroyer. Sif cannot verbally communicate through the Destroyer, which has apparently lost vocal functionality, perhaps through damage, perhaps through the Norn Queen’s meddling. She tries to mime pacifism but Thor does not trust the Destroyer to not destroy. In fact, at a certain point the savage nature of the Destroyer overrides Sif’s will, and it begins to attack Thor, who is, of course, still depowered.

Thor cannot hold his own against the Destroyer and is badly battered. He cries out to his father, begging to be restored on behalf of Earth and Humanity. In Asgard, Ularic, Odin’s Royal Warlock, has replaced the missing Crystal of Eternal View, allowing Odin to watch Thor’s battle on Earth. He looks upon this begging with favor, interpreting it as humility. Deciding that Thor has learned his lesson, he restores Thor’s godhood,  allowing the newly-restored thunder   god to begin his battle in earnest.

Meanwhile, Loki and Karnilla the Norn Queen gloat to captured Balder.  Karnilla attempts to coerce him into her service, but her attempt is interrupted by the arrival of Ulik. In the aftermath of their war against Asgard, the Trolls have seemingly scattered , as we now have separate groups of trolls being led by Karnilla, the Enchantress, Geirrodur, and also presumably Seidring.  Geirrodur has sent Ulik to the Forest of the Norn to reclaim the loyalty of the trolls currently serving Karnilla.

Ulik has been buffed with powerful enchantments by the Troll Wizards of Geirrodur and he is ready to slay the Norn Queen. In the face of such a threat, Balder presses Karnilla into an agreement to free him and Sif in exchange for defeating Ulik. She agrees, and Balder takes on Ulik. Loki seems to have slipped away in the midst of this conflict.

Days of Thunder – April 1967 The Mighty Thor #139

The Mighty Thor! “To Die Like a God!”
A Peerless, Pictorial Pageant, Painstakingly Produced with Perfectly Pardonable Pride by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby/ Inked with the Prowess of Vice Colletta/ Lettered with the Pen-Points of Sam Rosen

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Thor, separated from his hammer, is desperately afraid of becoming Don Blake with no way to turn back into Thor. His solution is to, as Blake, throw himself in front of a train and hope that he would maybe appear in Valhalla as Thor. However, Sif has a less psychologically revealing plan. She simply removes Thor from Earth’s orbit. The sixty second rule only applies on Earth and once they leave under the power of Sif’s vaguely defined Goddess Magic, Thor will stay Thor no matter how hammerless he may stay.

Soon, the two of them storm the stronghold of the Trolls. Thor tries to send Sif away due to her womanliness and she tells him nuts to that. At long last we get to see Sif kick some serious ass alongside Thor.

Meanwhile, Ulik the Troll has used Orikal’s technology to create a duplicate of Thor’s hammer. Not only can he lift it, but he can hold Thor’s hammer also, which is most likely also a result of Orikal’s power. He does not hold it for long before Thor summons it to his person and then the two enemies have a hammer-fight.

The fighting leads the two enemies to the pit of fire where Orikal is being held. Ulik follows them, but in a twist, instead of fighting the Asgardians, he tries to kill the prisoner from another universe, as he is jealous of the favor King Geirrodur gives it.

Thor defeats Ulik and frees Orikal, who immediately departs. After Ulik goes down, Sif retrieves the hammer that is theoretically as powerful as Mjolnir but without the can-only-be-held-by-Thor limitation.

With Ulik defeated and Orikal freed, Thor gets Geirrodur to agree to surrender.

First Appearance: Duplicate Mjolnir

Days of Thunder – March 1967: The Mighty Thor #138

The Mighty Thor! “The Flames of Battle!”
Garnished With Grandeur by Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby/ Inked by Vince (The Prince) Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie (The Smartie) Simek

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Thor has returned to Earth so that he might find the Lady Sif. Of course, all Immortals can detect each other due to their auras of free flowing electrons (last illustrated in issue #108), but once Thor is in the rough vicinity, he turns himself into Doctor Blake so as to travel in a less conspicuous fashion. Even in his human form, he can still detect Sif.

But as he approaches, The Trolls, who are hiding beneath the streets of New York, use their Molecular Disperser to pull Doctor Blake through the sidewalk into the ground, quickly separating him from his cane. However, Blake wastes no time in tricking a Troll into tapping it on the ground, initiating his Thor transformation.

Here, it is strongly implied that Blake needed to touch the cane as it hit the ground for the transformation to work, but of course no such contact was necessary in issue #105. Possibly this is enough of a corner case that Blake forgot the rules of transformation, especially plausible given how little he transforms these days. Or perhaps, once upon a time the transformation could be triggered by anyone but now that the wielder of the hammer has become truly more Thor than Blake, the switch can only be brought about by Thor/Blake’s own hand.

As Thor grabs his hammer he cries “To me, my enchanted mallet!! To thine avenging master, eternal Mjolnir!” This is the first time in these pages that Thor has referred to his hammer by name.

Meanwhile on Asgard, the Trolls are doing well in their war efforts, owed in no small part to the counsel of a mysterious advisor named Orikal. Orikal is a giant strange visitor from another universe held captive in volcanic flame by Geirrodur king of the trolls. Orikal posesses the Infinite Eye, which allows it to see all things in this world.  They pose such a threat that Odin fears for the fate of Asgard.

Thor beats on Ulik with Mjolnir. Thor is winning the fight but during a lull in the combat he sets down his hammer while he attempts to free Sif. This gives Ulik enough time to use a strange artifact called the Orb of Orikal.  The Orb ensnares Mjolnir, trapping it in within.

The strange sorcery of Orikal overrides the Uru magics of the hammer allowing Ulik and his troll bretheren to retreat via dimensional tunnel with Thor’s enchanted mallet. This leaves Thor on Earth with mere seconds before he will revert to Blake.

First appearance: Orikal, the Orb of Orikal, the name “Mjolnir”

Days of Thunder – February 1967: The Mighty Thor #137

The Mighty Thor “The Thunder God and The Troll!”
In all the unmeasurable universe, surely there be none, save Stan Lee and Jack Kirby who could create such wonderment! And, never again shall we see the like of Vince Colletta, Inker and Sam Rosen, Letterer

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Thor and his new girlfriend Sif are enjoying time with each other, tossing weapons, talking like Shakespeare, doing the things one does when in the early stages of limerence. All too soon their reverie is interrupted by an assault at the hands of a squad of trolls manning a giant Bludegon-Bow. Thor does okay in the fight, but Sif disappointingly is captured by the retreating trolls. So much for a new type of love interest.

Thor gives chase until he runs into Ulik, a massive rock troll wielding giant metal pounders, which are like a combination between brass knuckles and truncheons, capable of shattering a mountain. The madder Ulik gets, the stronger he becomes, and Ulik is quick to anger. Ulik is not an interesting character, he is a big dumb violent troll, but there is something neat about his concept, which is that he is Thor’s opposite Troll number. It elevates the Trolls and reflects interestingly upon big, dumb, violent Thor.

While Thor and Ulik prepare to fight, Sif is brought to Geirrodur, King of the Rock Trolls, last seen briefly in the Tale of Asgard presented in issue #101. The Troll King decides to use her against Thor and so she is gassed with the Vapors of Quietude and teleported away via the Tunnel of Wind Currents.

More alarming than this hostage-taking is the fact that Geirrodur has become aware that Thor has the mortal guise of Don Blake when he is on Earth. This increasingly irrelevant fact is nonetheless a rare secret. How could he know such a thing?

Thor and Ulik tussle, a roughly even match. Thor is actually losing the match when Ulik is teleported away. Thor is then met with a projected image of Geirrodur, who tells him that Sif is being held on Earth by Ulik, giving Thor a standard hero’s choice to stay and protect Asgard, or, leave and save Sif. Thor chooses the latter.

With Thor preoccupied, the Trolls open the Invasion Shaft, a path leading to the heart of Asgard, the culmination of hundreds of years of effort on the part of the Trolls. The invasion has begun!

By the way, in this war with the trolls, it appears that “Troll” is shorthand for “rock troll” but it may be that there is a single Troll state that includes multiple types of trolls. These trolls are not led by Seidring (made Troll King in issue #128), so either he reports to Geirrodur or there are multiple trollen nations. It is not clear.

First Appearance: The Vapors of Quietude, The Tunnel of Wind Currents, Ulik, Grak