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Days of Thunder – June 1978 The Mighty Thor #272

“The Day the Thunder Failed!”
A Trio of Titans– Re-Teamed!
Roy Thomas, Writer/Editor * John Buscema & Tom Palmer, Illustrators/ George Roussos, Colorist/ Joe Rosen, Letterer/ Jim Shooter, Consulting Editor

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On the streets of Midgard, Thor stumbles upon some kids and ends up telling them a story of his youth. He tells a tale of Asgard, one that takes place some time after he has earned his hammer.

Young Thor and Loki were lost in a forest, far from Asgard, when they stumble upon a giant, large enough to hold both Asgardians in the palm of his hand. The giant’s name is Skyrmir, and he tells the brothers that they are in the kingdom of Utgard.

Skyrmir is returning to the the Hall of Utgard, and Thor and Loki decide to follow him out of the forest. That night, the Giant offers his tiny companions food from his bag and then promptly falls asleep. To Thor and Loki’s frustration, they discover that they cannot open the giant sack. Frustrated, Thor lashes out at Skyrmir, striking him with a thunderbolt. The giant wakes only briefly, having barely felt anything.

Later, they arrive in Utgardhall, a city scaled for people the size of Skyrmir. Thor and Loki quickly earn the attention of Utgard, the ruler of Utgardhall. He challenges the gods to a series of five challenges. If they win, he will give them directions to their home, if they fail, they will be banished to the dungeons.

In turn they fail each challenge: First there is an eating contest, a race, and a drinking contest. Then the challenges get more insulting as Thor is challenged to lift a simple housecat, and when he fails that one, is asked to defeat an old crone at wrestling. This too he fails.

At this time, Utgard reveals that they have been tricked all along. That each step of the way, they were the victims of illusions and enchantments. Thor was not lifting a cat, but the Midgard Serpent. The crone was actually Elli, the very personification of Aging.

Having revealed the deception, Utgard commends the Asgardians for not surrendering, declaring them worthy to rule the cosmos. He then departs, and strips away the illusion that was Utgardhall itself.

The kids thank Thor for the story and depart.  As they go, one says to Thor, “The Force be with you”.  To this, Thor replies,  “And with thee, lad… whate’er thou dost mean.”

It is at this point that Harris Hobbs runs up to Thor and declares his intent to create a TV special about the Norse Gods, filmed on location in Asgard.

First Appearance: Utgard, Skyrmir, Elli

 

Days of Thunder – October 1976 The Mighty Thor #252: Part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
“The Weapon and the Warrior”
David Kraft, author/ Pablo Marcos, artist/ J. Costanza, letterer/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Len Wein, editor proudly present a two-part tribute to the most widely-acclaimed mythological mini-series of all time!!

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After an absence of more than 100 issues, the Tales of Asgard feature has made a return, temporary though it may be. This story takes place immediately after the events of issue #102.

Young Thor, having newly obtained Mjolnir, stumbles upon an unnamed young Storm Giant, fresh from an apprenticeship in the mines and workshops of the Trolls. The two get into a fight over nothing. The Giant throws a rock at Thor’s horse, killing it. Thor falls to the ground, drops his hammer, and the Giant captures Thor with Troll magic, before preparing to kill the young Godling with a boulder.

Days of Thunder – October 1967 The Mighty Thor #145 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The End!”
Know Ye All.. Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby have for thee alone, created yonder masterwork!/ Aided, most ably, by: Vincent Colletta, Embellisher/ Artie Simek, Letterer/ Thus Speaketh Forbush!

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After Alibar gives Hogun the flag of his still-as-of-yet-unnamed people, finally do the heroes seize the palace of Mogul, only to discover that the villain has fled. They use Mogul’s mystic paraphanalia to discover the truth: he intends to use his vial of Spotted Plague to wipe out ever living person in Hogun’s unnamed Asiatic land.

By combining Hogun and Alibar’s respective mystic arts and channeling it through Mogul’s scrying crystal, the heroes are able to slay Mogul with a shattering bolt of Temporal Force. Apparently all this time, grim mace-wielding Hogun knew magic spells.

Thor, Hogun, Volstagg, and Fandral leave Zanadu as Alibar assumes the throne. As this story comes to a close, so too does this feature.

This is the last installment of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Tales of Asgard, a feature so good that over time the main Thor feature began to resemble it more and more, eventually making Tales redundant.

One installment shy of fifty, we leave Tales of Asgard with the mystery of the cracked Odinsword sadly unresolved.  It will briefly be replaced by a Inhumans feature, which while outside the purview of Days of Thunder, is largely delightful.

First Appearance: Temporal Force

Days of Thunder – September 1967 The Mighty Thor #144 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Beginning of the End!”
By the Flaming Fury of Forbush, here by Grandeur, Freely Given… As Conceived and Created by: Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby/ Embellished by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by Sam Rosen

Thor and his friends continue to fight the unkillable hordes of Satan. As the demon riders regroup, the Asgardians are joined by Alibar the Vagabond. As the four heroes turn to face the horsemen they bellow “For Asgard!”, only to be met by an even louder reply of “For Satan!”

The two forces charge at each other but before they meet, all forty of Satan’s horsemen are taken out by a single blast of returning Volstagg’s recently acquired enchanted rod.

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Days of Thunder – July 1967 The Mighty Thor #142 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “We Who are About to Die…!”

Face it, faithful one.. Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby have done it again!  Aided by– Vince Colletta, Inker/ Artie Simek, Letterer

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Nothing really happens in this issue.  Mogul is delivered a vial of poison before he gets on his techno-magic carpet.  The act of serializing Tales of Asgard, has given the feature serious pacing issues.

Days of Thunder – June 1967 The Mighty Thor #141 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Alibar and the Forty Demons!”
Hail Ye All, This Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Commodious Creation! Inking: Vince Colletta/ Lettering Art Simek

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The nature of the geography of Asgard has always been a little vague. Asgard is a city that connects to Earth via a rainbow bridge. The Aesir that live in Asgard can travel by foot or by horse to other lands. The implication is that Asgard is one city in a larger world that has a direct portal to our world. Somehow it doesn’t seem quite right or accurate to think of this world as a “planet”. At any rate, the unnamed section of the larger world of Asgard that Thor and his friends have found themselves in is weirdly Arabic except for where it is weirdly Mongolian.

Hogun and his friends have smashed their way into Xanadu, fighting off guards left and right as they search for Mogul. As they close in, Mogul uses his power of enchantment to turn one of his enemies, Alibar the Thief, into an elite guardsman.  Alibar is then forced to fight Hogun and friends.

Here’s the kicker, Mogul also summons Satan’s Forty Horsemen! Apparently Satan has a regiment of demonic riders of undead horses and Mogul has access to those dragoons. This naturally raises all sorts of questions about Satan. Also, while Vince Colletta is typically the weak link in these Thor stories, he inks the hell out of Satan’s Horsemen Forty.  Er, so to speak.

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First Appearance: Alibar the Thief, Satan’s Forty Horsemen

Days of Thunder – May 1967 The Mighty Thor #140 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Battle Begins!”
A Glory-Drenched Masterwork by Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King Kirby) Inking: Vince Collettta/ Lettering: Sam Rosen

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The boys fight the Jinni. The fight goes on for so long that the sun begins to set.  Sunsets just happen to be the one fatal weakness that has killed all the other Jinni before this one, the last of it’s kind. When the shadows strike the Jinni, it is turned to smoke and carried away never to return. Thor and his friends have successfully fought a creature into extinction.

Days of Thunder – April 1967 The Mighty Thor #139 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Secret of the Mystic Mountain!”
A Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Rhapsodic Rabelasian Romp/ Inked by Vince Colletta/ Lettered by Art Simek

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Hogun and the gang go to where Wazir’s magic stick told them they would find the Mystic Mountain but are confounded to find nothing but desolate plains. Finally, Thor figures it out. They were looking for a normal sky-mountain, but not all mountains reach upward. Mogul’s mountain city of Zanadu is inside a reverse-mountain.

Zanadu is a city built in a giant hollow crystal stalactite over top of an even more giant underground cave. Thor and company are standing above this whole thing but now that they’ve figured it out they can start smashing their way downward with hammer and mace, which they do.

Once they have created an opening, they are met by Mogul’s genie slave, named Jinni Devil. Jinni is ready for a fight.

First Appearance: Zanadu

Days of Thunder – March 1967: The Mighty Thor #138 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Quest for the Mystic Mountain!”
A Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Super-Spectacular/ Inking: Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Sam Rosen

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Hogun and his friends head to the land of Hindi, seeking revenge on Mogul who resides on The Magic Mountain of Mogul. Their first step is to visit Wazir the Prophet, but guarding the prophet’s cave is a Cyclops named Ogur. To the Asgardian’s credit, they do try to talk their way past the mute monster but Ogur will have none of it.

After they beat Ogur into submission they get their audience with Wazir. Wazir gives them the knowledge they seek, not by using his words but by making them telepathically learn it by touching his magic staff.   After touching the staff, they now know the location of the Mystic Mountain

First Appearance: Ogur, Wazir

Days of Thunder – February 1967: The Mighty Thor #137 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods Beginning: “The Tragedy of Hogun!”
Fabulously Presented at its Full Flavor Peak by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby/ Inked by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie Simek

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As they travel toward Asgard, Thor and his three warrior friends find a man savagely injured and tied prostrate, left to die. Hogun recognizes this man as Saguta, a warrior from his unnamed homeland. With his dying breath, Saguta names his killer as Mogul, the dread tyrant.

Upon the death of Saguta, Mogul appears in a blazing surge of shadow and smoke.  He taunts the young heroes before challenging them to meet him in his stronghold in the Mystic Mountain.  Then he is spirited away by his Jinni slave.

Hogun swears revenge.  Mogul has claimed the freedom of his people, and the life of his father and brothers.  His friends pledge to stay at his side as he searches for the secret location of the Mystic Mountain.

First Appearance:  Saguta, Mogul, Jinni Devil

Days of Thunder – January 1967: The Mighty Thor #136 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “There Shall Come a Miracle!”

Garnished with Glory in the Marvel Tradition by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby/ Delineated by: Vince Colletta * Lettered by: Sam Rosen

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Thor defeats Fafnir and rescues Volstagg. Upon the dragon’s death a miracle occurs. Rain comes to Nastrond, which in time will lead to the return of life.

 

 

Days of Thunder – November 1966: The Mighty Thor #134 part 2

Days of Thunder – November 1966: The Mighty Thor #134 part 2
Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “When Speaks the Dragon!”
A Stan Lee * Jack Kirby Pictorial Presentation/ Delineation by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie Simek

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Has the crack in the Oversword been forgotten? The threat of Ragnarok keeps getting more and more abstract. Thor and his three friends have now been dispatched to Nastrond, a land that was made completely uninhabitable to all life by the time Odin finished waging war on its people. In his wrath, he destroyed the people, the land, the water. The four heroes are to survey the land, determine if it is still desolate, and report back to Odin.

As the others sleep, voluminous Volstagg is visited by a stranger. This seeming hermit beckons Volstagg to visit the nearby Cave of The Ancients, where he will find knowledge fit only for the finest of warriors. Volstagg is flattered at being chosen for this side-adventure and eagerly follows his host.

Inside the cave, Volstagg learns the truth of the matter. This cave was the last refuge of the last survivor of Nastrond, its king. Within the cave is a pool of magic radiation. Over the years this pool’s rays have turned the king into a giant fearsome dragon. And now it is that dragon, Fafnir, that holds Volstagg in his clutches.

First Appearance: Fafnir

Days of Thunder – September 1966: The Mighty Thor #132 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Dark Horse of Death!”
Script Writing: Stan Lee/ Picture Drawing: Jack Kirby/ Panel Inking: Vince Colletta/ Word Lettering: Sam Rosen/ Armor Polishing: Irving Forbush

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Having defeated Harokin and secured the Warlock’s Eye, Thor and his compatriots free the people of Muspelheim. Soon they hear the Drumbeat of Mourning. This  percussion means that the death of a mighty warrior is at hand, for the drumbeat will draw the Black Stallion of Doom.

Soon the dark horse arrives. It is drawn to Harokin, graceful in defeat and near death. It stops outside of Harokin’s room, as Thor reflects upon the respect he has gained for the man he has mortally wounded.

First Appearance:  The Drumbeat of Mourning, The Black Stallion of Doom

Days of Thunder – August 1966: The Mighty Thor #131 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Warlock’s Eye!”
Lee wrote it! Kirby Drew it! Colletta inked it! Simek lettered it! No wonder it’s another magnificent Marvel Masterwork!

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Thor’s plan to impersonate Harokin works and two guards eagerly rush to retrieve the Eye. Unfortunately, voluminous Volstagg was not let in on the plan, and he fights those guards and many others before claiming the eye and turning it against his remaining foes.

Days of Thunder – June 1966: The Mighty Thor #129 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Hordes of Harokin!”
Fabulously Written by… Stan Lee/ Fantastically Drawn by… Jack Kirby/ Fastidiously Inked by… V. Colletta/ Finally Lettered by… Artie Simek

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After the revelations of Ragnarok, Loki is dragged away to the Well of Eternal Sleep by guards even as he wails protests of innocence. It seems Odin is punishing his son for his future crimes that have yet to be perpetrated. He is dumped into a hole, where he is suspended in a state of Kirby Crackle.

This whole quest to discover who cracked the Oversword seems to have lost focus. After accomplishing nothing at sea, Odin now charges Thor, Hogun, Volstagg, and Fandral to visit Musphelheim to collect a powerful magic helmet known as the Warlock’s Eye. Odin wishes to keep this artifact out of the hands of the forces of evil in the face of the coming Ragnarok.

However, a warlord named Harokin has already claimed the Warlock’s eye as his own.  Its mighty power is enabling him to  conquer Muspelheim. With the Eye, he can unleash a deadly beam from his eye-shaped helmet, decimating any forces before him.

First Appearance: Kirby Crackle, Harokin, Muspelheim, The Warlock’s Eye

Days of Thunder – April 1966: The Mighty Thor #127 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Gods The Meaning of… “Ragnarok!”
Script: Stan Lee/ Pencilling: Jack Kirby/ Delineation: Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek/ We have spoken!!

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The crew of the Odinship have returned home to Asgard.  They listen to Volla the Prophetess foretell Ragnarok that is to come.

Here is what will happen:

1. An everlasting frost storm will cover the land.
2. As imminent doom approaches, brother turns against brother.
3. Some Asgardians buckle under the pressure and join the forces of evil in an ultimate act of betrayal. They will be led by Loki.
4. To defend Asgard from this assault, the Asgardians will shatter Bifrost, forever destroying the road to Earth.
5. Heimdell will be felled as he sounds the alarm one final time.
6. Odin will lead the final charge.  Amongst his followers include Thor and Fandral.
7. Thor and Loki battle one final time as their world is consumed.
8. At last shall appear the Midgard Serpent, the ultimate destroyer.

First Appearance: Volla the Prophetess, The Midgard Serpent

Days of Thunder – March 1966: The Mighty Thor #126 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “Summons!”
Script: Stan Lee/ Art: Jack Kirby/ Inking: V. Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek/ So be it!!

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Queen Ula holds Loki captive in her hive kingdom of Thryheim. Thor seeks her out, demanding the return of his brother. She wishes to make a trade: Loki’s freedom for Thor’s hand in marriage.

Before Thor can make a decision, there is an unexpected burst of anti-energy, filling the room and knocking out all the flying trolls, while the two Asgardians remain fine. This was the hand of all-powerful Odin at work, and once the brothers return the ship, a giant image of Odin fills the sky, commanding that the crew to return home at once. The danger is in Asgard!

First appearance: Anti-energy

Days of Thunder – February 1966: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #125 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Queen Commands”

None but Marvel’s Stan Lee could tell such a tale! None but Marvel’s Jack Kirby could draw such a tale! None but Marvel’s Vince Coletta could ink such a tale! None but Marvel’s Artie Simek could be such a pussycat!

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The Argonauts of the Odinship find themselves surrounded by flying trolls. It is a standoff, one which Thor tries to defuse. He is making headway in this tense situation when Loki bombards the trolls with a blast of poison vapor.

Thor yells at Loki while the knave claims victory. As the poison fog disperses, the trolls come back for a second pass, seizing Loki with grappling rings. The trolls take the villain back to their hive while Thor and the crew of the Odinship pursue.

Days of Thunder – January 1966: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #124 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Closer Comes the Swarm”
How gallant, this script by: Stan Lee/ How glorious, this artwork by: Jack Kirby/ How gracious, this inking by: Vince Colletta/ How come? This lettering by: Artie Simek

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After the Utgard incident, Balder drinks Hogun’s Elixir of Healing, while Loki schemes with his confederates. The voyage continues, the mutiny seemingly forgotten, but this is a ship divided. It is during this period of regrouping that the Odinship finds itself under attack by a swarm of flying trolls from the legendary Stone Nest of Thryheim! Led by the bizarrely beautiful Queen Ula, the flying trolls wish to claim the Odinship as their prize!

First Appearance: Queen Ula, The flying trolls of Thryheim

Days of Thunder – December 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #123 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Jaws of the Dragon!”
An experience in matchless spectacle, as only Stan Lee, Writer, Jack Kirby, Penciller, Vince Colletta, Inker, Artie Simek, Letterer, could create it!

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As Thor and Loki’s ship approaches the Pillars of Utgard, the truth is revealed: the pillars are, in fact, the arms of a giant stone dragon now awakened. With the ship heading straight toward the open mouth of the mighty dragon Utgar all seems lost. However, Balder blows his horn, playing strange notes over the shrieking of the storm, culminating in one final blast that causes Utgard to explode.

Meanwhile, Odin stands on the tallest peak in the universe and gazes at the portentous oncoming storm that shouts that Ragnarok is coming.

Days of Thunder – November 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #122 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Grim Specter of Mutiny!”

A Stan Lee Story Spectacular!  A Jack Kirby Penciling Panorama!  A Vince Colletta Delineation Drama!  An Artie Simek Lettering Landmark!

tales 122Loki leads a group of the crew in a mutiny but several Asgardians come to Thor’s defense, including Hogun, Fandril, and Volstagg. The loyalists kill enough mutineers to maintain control, but while this fighting goes on, the ship is pulled between the Pillars of Utgar.

Days of Thunder – October 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #121 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Malestrom!”
A saga steeped in grandeur by: Stan Lee, Writer & Jack Kirby, Illustrator/ Delineated by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie Simek

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The young god’s ship approaches the deadly Pillars of Utgard, of which it has been said to pass between means instant destruction. There is a fierce storm and some of the men wish to turn back, fearing the pillars. Thor refuses, insisting they push forward.

Meanwhile brave Balder drags a giant horn to the top of the ship’s figurehead for unknown reasons.

First Appearance: The Pillars of Utgard

Days of Thunder – September 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor Special King Size Annual #1

“When Titans Clash!” Thor vs. Hercules!
Mighty story by: Stan Lee/ Majestic art by: Jack Kirby/ Masterful inking by: Vince Colletta/ Mostly lettered by: Sam Rosen

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This is a book published in what is known as the “Annual” format,  an oversized magazine largely consisting of reprints of now out of print Thor stories. However, it does include one new story, featuring Young Thor.

Young Thor is in Jottunheim looking to start a fight with some Storm Giants when he falls into a hole. That hole is the secret entrance to Olympus, home of the Greek pantheon of gods. While trying to find his way out, he reaches a bridge just as Hercules approaches on the other side.

Thor, of course, has met a time-displaced Hercules in the modern era. (Avengers #10) Hercules appears nothing like he did in that encounter, but he is immortal and presumably changes his look from time to time. Since Enchantress messed with the time stream, preventing the previous Thor/Hercules encounter from actually transpiring, this meeting can still be considered the first time the two meet regardless of whether the time-displaced Hercules was from a point in time before or after this story.

At any rate, the two young gods are both cocky jocks who refuse to wield right of way on the bridge and end up beating on each other for several pages. They both come off as jerks. Thor has his hammer, so we know he is a grown up in this story and he should really know better.

The fight only stops when Zeus shows up and tells the kids to knock it off. He tells them that they both acquitted themselves honorably which says a lot about how gods live their lives. Satisfied with a draw-by-decision, Thor and Hercules shake hands in the name of friendship, before Zeus sends Thor back to Jottunheim.

But wait! The annual also contains a bonus two page spread showing the sights of Asgard. They include: The Temple of Titans, Warlock’s Haven, Warrior’s Walk, a monument to Yggasdral, a giant bust of Odin, the Museum of Weaponry, a giant monument to the Unknown Warrior, the Dome of Combat, and the Shopping Center. It is pretty spectacular.

First Appearance: Zeus, Jottunheim

Days of Thunder – September 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #120 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Set Sail!”
Truly a Marvel Masterwork! Told by: Stan Lee/ Drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Inked by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie Simek

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At long last, Thor and Loki actually set sail on their quest. Thor and Loki are immediately at each other’s throats. Meanwhile Magrat is predictably scheming, trying to convince Kroda, who appears to have a sweet cyborg eye, to assassinate Thor. Before he can strike, Hogun steps in and warns Kroda off. This all happens without being witnessed by Thor or Loki.

As the ship flies away, Odin soaks his feet and asks the Master of Prophesy if he made the right decision. The Master assures him that he has.

First Appearance:  The Master of Prophesy

Days of Thunder – August 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #119 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “Gather, Warriors!”
Written with Gallantry by Stan Lee/ Drawn with Greatness by Jack Kirby/ Inked with Grandeur by Vince Colletta/ Lettered with a Straight Face by Artie Simek.

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In this issue we meet Young Thor and Young Loki’s crew as they prepare to depart on their quest. There is, of course, Balder the Brave, but there are several volunteers brought on by Loki. They are: Hogun,the Grim; Fandral the Dashing; Kroda, the Duelist; Magrat, the Schemer; and Volstagg, the Enormous.

Apart from Balder, Thor seems to trust boastful Volstagg the most out of this lot. He seems eager for adventure and just as eager to spend some time away from his wife and fifteen children.

While the young men sail away on their ship, Odin reveals to his advisers three fearsome words that have been etched deep onto the walls of the imperial palace in giant letters. The simple message is this: “RAGNAROK IS COMING”.

Ragnarok is the end of the world itself. That which is to transpire upon the drawing of the Oversword. The time for which Surtur is always waiting. The day of the last battle.

First appearance: Hogun the Grim, Fandral the Dashing, Volstagg the Enormous, Kroda the Duellist, Magrat the Schemer

Days of Thunder – July 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #118 part 2

Tale of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Crimson Hand!”
Story by: Stan Lee The Legend Teller! Art by: Jack Kirby The Legend Maker! Inking by: Vince Colletta The Legend Portrayer! Lettering by: Sam Rosen The Letterer!

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Young Thor and Young Loki prepare for their quest to determine who cracked the Oversword of Asgard. Morduk, an Asgardian sage, has prepared a map for the brothers to follow on their journey. Morduk also gives Thor an enchanted crimson glove. When the wearer of the glove clasps the hand of another, neither party may speak anything but the full truth.

Thor meets up with Loki.  His brother is in the company of Braggi, chosen by Loki to be the overseer of the crew on their trip. Thor uses his new mystic Hand of Truth to shake the hand of Braggi who tells the godling that “I wish thee naught but harm, unsuspecting one! Once we have set sail, I shall smite thee from behind and slay thee!”

Thor beats on Braggi enough for the would-be assassin to flee in terror. Thor tries to use the glove on his brother, but Loki sees right through that blunt ruse and leaves his brother hanging. As Agnar blows the Dragon Horn of Asgard, the brothers prepare to depart on their voyage.

First Appearance: Morduk, Braggi, the Hand of Truth

Days of Thunder – June 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #117 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Gods! “The Sword in the Scabbard!”
Beginning: One of the greatest sagas of all time!! By: Stan Lee & Jack Kirby/ Inking: Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek

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Young Thor and Young Loki are fighting due to Loki’s misdeeds when Odin summons them both to the room containing the Oversword of Asgard. The Oversword (also known as the Odinsword) is an absurdly large sheathed sword. Legend has it that if it ever leaves its sheath, the universe will come to an end.

Odin has brought his sons to the sword to show them a grim portent: There is a crack in the sheathed sword. Odin fears the worst, that some great malevolent force has created the crack, and will continue to do more damage to the sword, eventually bringing about the end of the universe. Odin commands his sons to seek out the cause of this crack and crush it utterly, whatever it may be.

First Appearance: The Oversword of Asgard

Days of Thunder – May 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #116 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Challenge”
Story: Stan Lee/ Pencilling: Jack Kirby/ Inking; Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek

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Young Loki wants to make more secret allies after his success with Ghan. His second choice is King Hymir, an amazing looking dude with a fantastic hat. Young Loki and Young Thor are visiting the king on a diplomatic mission. Loki suggests to Hymir that Thor would be honor bound to accept any challenge posed to him by Hymir, who is famous for his evil challenges.

Hymir gives Thor two challenges, the penalty for failure being enslavement. First, Thor is tasked with catching a fish from the Sea of Eternal Darkness. Thor kills a giant sea monster with his giant hammer and calls the challenge completed.

The fish is just prelude for the main event. Thor is given two minutes to break a particular drinking goblet. It turns out that this goblet is enchanted so to protect it from harm. Thor’s solution is hurl the cup at Hymir so hard that it kills the king. Instead it strikes Hymir’s beautiful, beautiful hat and shatters against it, because the hat was the catalyst for the enchantment.

Thor has won the challenge and Loki has lost the favor of Hymir.  Hymir, nay, the world, has lost the greatest hat of all time.

First Appearance:  King Hymir, King Hymir’s hat

Days of Thunder – April 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #115 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “A Viper in Our Midst!”
Once Again, The Art of Illo-Drama Reaches The Pinnacle of Classic Perfection Under the Talented Hands of – Stan Lee, Writer/ Jack Kirby, Illustrator/ Vince Colletta, Delineator/ Artie Simek, Letter

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Young Thor leads a force of Asgardians to battle Ghan, most deadly of the Storm Giants. The Asgardians are winning the fight but before they can capture the Giant, he disappears. The warriors head home in defeat.

After the other Asgardians depart, Loki stays behind as  Ghan is revealed once more. A timely spell at the hands of the trickster was the reason for the Giant’s disappearance. Ghan thanks Loki for his aid and departs. Loki has made his brother look bad while winning himself a secret ally.

First Appearance: Ghan