- "Possibly one of the ten all-time epics you will never forget!!"
- -- Stan Lee
Appearing in "Giants Walk the Earth"
- Executioner (Skurge)
- Skagg (Storm Giant) (Only appearance)
- Surtur the Fire Demon
Races and Species:
- United States of America
Synopsis for "Giants Walk the Earth"
This story starts out with Loki berating his underlings, the Enchantress and the Executioner, for not defeating Thor, claiming that his plan was "perfect." After he dismisses them, he talks to Odin, who is feeling troubled about his son Thor, who has fallen in love with a mortal, Jane Foster. Loki's advice to the Allfather is to go to Midgard and "assert your authority in person." This idea appeals to him, so he instills a little of the Odin Power into Loki, leaves him in charge of Asgard, and leaves for Earth.
On Earth, Dr. Blake sends his nurse Jane Foster home, to rest, because she is very tired after the encounter with the Enchantress and Executioner. After she leaves, Blake notices that is too quiet, and does a quick patrol of the city, for any more "telltale signs of danger."
In Asgard, Loki is relishing in his new power and vowing that he will never give up Odin's throne. In an effort to keep Odin from returning to Asgard, he uses his new power to free Odin's two most fearsome enemies ("they shall defeat Odin for me!"), Skagg (Storm Giant), and Surtur the Fire Demon. The loyal Heimdall hears the incantations, but since he cannot and will not leave his post, guarding the Rainbow Bridge, he sends for Balder the Brave, to go to Earth and alert Odin.
Balder quickly reaches Earth and finds Thor, giving him the message about Odin. Thor realizes that the only reason for his visit is to see his mortal, alter-ego of Dr. Don Blake. Thor enters Blake's office through the window and alerts his father to the danger that Loki has set loose. "Then, at a gesture from the monarch of Asgard's hand, the very fabric of time itself stands still, as the entire human race, under an irresistible spell is instantly transported to a dimension beyond the ken of the human mind!"
At the next moment, the foes that Loki summoned appear on Earth. Balder the Brave is the first to charge forth on his winged steed at the Storm Giant, and makes quick work of the ten-ton club with his Asgardian sword. Just as Thor is about to help, a firebolt strikes his hammer, throwing him off balance, and out of the fight for a moment. Odin steps in, saying, "no longer can I remain merely a witness . . . ", and causes the seabed beneath the Storm Giant's feet to soften, and Skagg starts to sink, calling on Surtur for help.
Once Skagg is saved from sinking, Surtur moves to destroy the deserted Earth by melting the polar ice caps, while Skagg creates a storm to distract the heroes. Thor begins the battle with Skagg while Odin, on his winged Battle Steed, places a protective barrier over the deserted city. Thor's attack weakens and stuns the Storm Giant, allowing Odin to use the magic of his "Shining Sword" to drain the evil power from him. Even though Loki tries to support Skagg from Asgard by replenishing his power, Odin is finally defeats him.
This effort weakens the Wise One, leaving Thor and Balder to take care of Surtur. Thor realizes that they "cannot reach him in time, [and] there are other ways to stop him!!" Since Surtur is an older immortal than Thor, and his hammer Mjolnir "might not prevail", he takes his father's magic sword, since "it is older than all" and "only his son can wield it!" Using the Odinpower, he draws Surtur away from the ice caps and Earth itself, toward a special asteroid made of "magnetic particles!" This holds Surtur in a magnetic pull "which will last for ages to come!"
With the threats to Earth neutralized, Odin leaves for Asgard once again, bidding Balder and Thor to join him for a well deserved rest. Thor declines, saying that Earth is his home now, and he shall remain there always. Once back in Asgard, Odin punishes the tricky Loki, sending him to "serve the trolls" until Odin sets him free. Odin muses over a foreboding of the future, that his son is the most worthy and brave in the universe, yet "his heart weakened by love!"
Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Heimdall the Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge!"
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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Heimdall the Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge!"
- Too long has the Rainbow Bridge remained unguarded! Too many times have our enemies attacked Asgard by crosing its shimmering brilliance! The bridge needs a sentry! And that is why I have decided to appoint a guardian of the Rainbow Bridge! I have selected three warriors--and now I shall choose one of you!
This is the story of how Heimdall came to be the guardian of Bifrost the rainbow bridge. Odin holds a sort of try-out, summoning Heimdall and two other worthy candidates. Agnar the Fierce is the first, and offers himself as having the mightiest chest, the strongest lungs, and that none but he has the power to sound the horn warning, Gjallahorn. As he demonstrates this ability, the "roar reaches to infinity." The second is Gotron the Agile, who claims that his deeds speak for themselves, and that he wass nimble enough to defeat seven frost giants at once, when they attacked Asgard "only last year."
The last is Heimdall The Faithful, who shows that he has useful abilities other than strength "that is a match for any." He proves this by stepping out into Odin's garden and, by placing his ear on the grass, hears the tiniest plant growing in the heart of a place known as the "Hidden Hills," which was scorched by the fiery breath of a dragon. After Odin dispatches his gardener to verify the tiny new plant just blossoming into life, Heimdall proves himself further. He says that his eyesight is so keen that he "can see across time as well as space!!" He then informs Odin of a "savage band of Storm Giants" marching towards the rainbow bridge, still two days away. Odin then dispatches a heavily-armed war party to meet the Storm Giants. The war party returns in days, with the King of the Storm Giants as prisoner. These demonstrations of abilities and noble character earn Heimdall the position of "Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge - - FOREVER!"
Odin should be referring to 'Frost giants', instead of 'Storm giants.
- Reprinted in Essential Thor 1, Marvel Masterworks: Mighty Thor 1,
- The Tales of Asgard story is reprinted in Thor:Tales of Asgard #1.
- credits for Story 1
- This is a tale so powerful in concept, so dramatic in scope, that only the inspired talent of Stan Lee could have written it...
- Only the gifted hand of Jack Kirby could have illustrated it!!
- Inked by: Chic Stone
- Lettered by: S. Rosen
- credits for Story 2
- A Tale told in Splendor by: Stan Lee
- A Drama drawn in Glory by: Jack Kirby
- Inked by: Don Heck
- Lettering by: Art Simek
- Journey into Mystery #103
- First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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