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Days of Thunder – March 1976 The Mighty Thor #245

“The Temple at the End of Time!”

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Len Wein, writer/editor / John Buscema * Joe Sinnott, illustrators/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Joe Rosen, letterer

In the grim aftermath of the Time Twister’s passing, Thor has a theory toward how he and his friends survived. He suspects that the part of Sif that dwells within Jane Foster gave Jane the ability to bypass time and space that was once possessed by Sif and that she subconsciously used that ability to phase herself and her friends so that the holocaust passed around them.

Before they can explore this theory, Zarrko returns in his Time Cube. The survivors of Earth discuss the pending threat to the 20th Century, eventually hatching a scheme. Rather than face the Time Twisters in the 20th Century, they decide to travel to their point of origin at the End of Time.

They push the limits of the Time Cube and arrive just before the Primal Sun goes nova. They determine that the last remaining life in the universe can be found on a temple on a floating asteroid. After fighting some Protectroids, they find He Who Remains, the last person in the universe. He is tending to the gestating Time Twisters.

He Who Remains tells his visitors that the beings who become the Time Twisters were created to survive until a new Universe is born again, so that they can provide the new universe with the gift of knowledge gathered from the sum history of this universe. Jane tells He Who Remains that the plan will fail, that his charges’ mission will become garbled, and that they will not emerge in a new universe, but will travel backwards through this universe, slaughtering untold lives in the process.

Faced with this terrible news, He Who Remains sends his visitors away, back to their own time, while he stays behind to terminate the birth of those who had been his final hope.

This bleak finale changes the timestream. As a result, Zarrko never seeks the aid of Thor and his friends. Also, through the butterflied mechanics of time travel, the 50th Century is no longer a wasteland and Zarrko is no longer in charge, some guy named Derek is.

First Appearance: The Protectroids

Days of Thunder – January 1976 The Mighty Thor #243

“Turmoil in the Time-Stream”
Len Wein, writer/editor * John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, illustrators * Glynis Oliver Wein, colorist * Joe Rosen, letterer

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In the 23rd Century, some time after Zarrko was arrested for coercing Thor into overthrowing the planet, Zarrko found himself a free man. He created the Servitor and then traveled not into the past, but forward into the 50th Century, where he was able to seize leadership of the crumbling remains of human society.

However, his time period came to be threatened by pan-dimensional beings known as Time-Twisters. Spiraling their way through time, they keep moving backwards through time in 30 century intervals. Each time they appear on Earth, they burn it to a cinder. Most, er, recently they have destroyed the 80th century, and now they threaten the 50th century. If they are not stopped then and there, they will move on to the 20th.

Zarrko warns Thor and his friends about the Time Twisters and they all agree to come with him to fight this threat. Jane insists on coming along and when Thor argues against, she plays the “you wouldn’t pull that shit on Sif” card, which works even though Thor tried to pull that shit on Sif all of the time.

Meanwhile on Asgard, the Vizier gently chastises Odin for disowning Thor once more, but the snarling Allfather will not hear it, leading to the best panel of Thor in many a year:

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The Thor contingent joins Zarrko in his Time Cube to travel to the 50th Century. Along the way, they are halted by an unknown presence. Between time, Thor steps out into “a billowing miasma of stifling mists that swirl in from oblivion and swirl away into despair.” He finds and beats up a dinosaur and some Mongols. Afterward, they are able to finish their journey to the 50th Century where they come face-to-face with the Time Twisters

First Appearance: The Time Twisters

Days of Thunder – December 1975 The Mighty Thor #242

“When the Servitor Commands!”

Pomp and Pageantry on a Cosmic Scale With: Len Wein, Spanking-New Scripter/Editor/ John Buscema & Joe Sinnott, Same Old Illustrators/ Glynis Wein, Colorist/ John Costanza, Letterer/ Honorary Asgardians All!

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Thor, Jane, and Odin depart from the pyramid, and Thor creates a vortex around the pyramid with his hammer, a vortex which causes the pyramid to vanish, and all damage to be undone. It is unclear what new application of Mjolnir’s power over time and space is at work here.

Upon returning to Midgard, Odin’s memory of who he was returns as well. And with that return to form, he wastes no time in belittling Jane and castigating Thor: “Again thou dost keep company with that mortal wench– despite my royal decree? Then so be it! Odin doth be All-Father once more– but thou be not his son! Not till you have forsworn Jane Foster forever!”

Odin follows up that outburst with a farewell to his friend Judith, thanking her for teaching him about what humanity has to offer and helping him gain humility. He then returns to Asgard.

Thor and Jane return to Jane’s apartment, only to discover that Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun have found it and made themselves at home. It is not clear how they found the place, but they have come because they were bored and thought that hanging with Thor would lead to adventure.

Jane is a very gracious host, given the circumstances, but before they can get comfortable, a giant arm smashes a hole into Jane’s apartment, grabbing the nurse.

A giant humanoid form, seemingly a robot of sorts, holds Jane Foster and commands Thor to swear loyalty to his unnamed master in exchange for Foster’s safety. Instead of agreeing, Thor and his friends attack the giant, eventually freeing Jane from its grasp. Jane wastes no time before grabbing a lead pipe, prepared to jump into the fray, but Thor and Volstagg beg her to stay out of it. The men from Asgard defeat the Servitor, and it is at that time that his master reveals himself to be Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man, begging for Thor’s help.

First Appearance: The Servitor

 

Days of Thunder – March 1964: Journey Into Mystery #102

The Mighty Thor! “Slave of Zarrko, The Tomorrow Man”

Cunningly Conceived by: Stan Lee/ Daringly Drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Ingeniously Inked by: Chic Stone/ Lovingly Lettered by: Art Simek

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As per his agreement last issue, Thor follows Zarrko into the future, as his willing slave. Now that Zarrko has defeated Thor with his robot and has made the thunder god his pawn, he no longer has any need for his robot. He commands Thor to sow chaos throughout the 23rd century. Unwilling to break his oath, Thor does.

They are beset by Techni-Guards who sure appear to be armed with ray guys, despite the one thing that everyone know about the 23rd century is that there are no weapons of any sort. Stan Lee earns himself a pre-emptive No-Prize by having Zarkko helpfully cover for Kirby, explaining that “Those instruments you hold are not really weapons! They are meant only to control defective machines!”

Thor is ordered to subdue the guards. His solution is to hold his hammer in just the right way to catch the sun’s rays, thus putting the guards in a hypnotic trance. Zarrko is mollified.

Soon, Zarrko and Thor stand before the powerful, all-male World Council, the men who make the laws which the machines carry out. They demand to be shown the Master Machine, the single AI that controls all the world’s devices. The weaponless men of the World Council attack Thor with a giant Robot Octopus.

After Thor defeats the robot, a councilman tells them where to find the Master Machine. Thor helps Zarrko defeat the Master Machine’s defenses and gain control of all the world’s technology. Thor just single-handedly conquered Earth on behalf of a supervillain.

Once control of the entire planet actually is actually gained by Zarrko, Thor is released from the terms of his oath. Thor turns on Zarrko, but Zarrko has control of the Master Machine, and threatens to use that power to kill millions of humans. Thor defeats Zarrko by gently rubbing his hammer head along the ground, picking up vast amounts of natural energy, which he directs toward the Master Machine, who uses that energy to turn on its new would-be master.

Zarrko is arrested, and Thor uses his hammer to return to the 20th century by swinging it at exactly twice the speed of light, which he can do while still at half-strength. When he returns, hopefully, he will be smart enough to tell no one that he has overthrown a planet.

First Appearance: The World Council, The Master Machine

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

The Mighty Thor “The Return of Zarrko, The Tomorrow Man!”

Written by: Stan Lee/ Drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Inked by: G. Bell/ Lettered by S. Rosen

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After last issue, Thor is pissed! Stomping through the streets of New York, oblivious to damage he is causing, he is so angry, he has let the facade of hero drop. “Mortals! How like chattering Monkeys you are!!… Thor has had enough of you! I have lost interest in your puny, petty lives!”

The Avengers arrive, concerned that one of their own is rampaging through the city like a monster, just as Thor smashes a random motorist’s truck with his hammer. Thor yells at them, telling them to go mind their business. Iron Man convinces the others that Thor should be left alone, because I guess if you are an Avenger you get to smash whatever you want with a hammer, and Tony Stark will buy off the victims.

Meanwhile in Asgard, Loki convinces Odin that Thor being pissed, despite being ordered to forget Nurse Foster counts as disobedience. Odin angrily halves Thor’s power and banishes him from Asgard until such time as he gives up all thoughts of Jane.

Having successfully weakened his brother, Loki seeks the Norn Hag, commanding her to show him the Well of Centuries. He uses the Well to restore the memory of Zarrko, The Tomorrow Man.

Renewed, Zarrko uses his future technology to create an unstoppable robot. His plan is to take his powerful robot back to the 20th century, use it to steal weapons so that he can return to the 23rd century and use those weapons to take over the world.

Upon arriving in the past, the giant robot causes a ruckus, eventually attracting the attention of Doctor Don Blake who is just happy to have something to fight. However, with his powers halved, the robot kicks Thor’s butt.

Zarrko tells Thor that unless the thunder god agrees to come to the 23rd century and do Zarrko’s bidding, the robot will raze the 20th century planet of all life. Thor agrees to those terms. Odin, who has been watching from Asgard is disgusted with this act of surrender.

To be continued.

First Appearance: The Norn Hag, The Well of Centuries