- Somehow, a victory has more meaning when it is won by the force of your own arms, the ingenuity of your own brain! This battle I shall remember for many years to come!
- -- Thor
Appearing in "The Day of the Destroyer!"
Synopsis for "The Day of the Destroyer!"
Continued from last issue....
Thor is spared from a death dealing bolt of mystic energy fired by the Destroyer when he suddenly becomes briefly immaterial, allowing the God of Thunder to escape his attacker. Thor is completely unaware that this has been done by his step-brother Loki, who although imprisoned in a cell in Asgard, has entered into a mystical trance to save Thor from destruction in order to prevent the discovery of his cheating in the "Trial of the Gods." Reviving from his coma when being checked upon by his guards, Loki seeks additional help and channels his mystical powers to try and contact the kingdom of the Norns.
Back on Earth meanwhile, Thor continues his escape from the Destroyer, which relentlessly continues its attempts to destroy Thor. Thor gains an advantage when he doubles back to the room where the body of the man who's soul inhabits the Destroyer and takes hold of it. The Destroyer is about to use it's disintegration ray but hesitates, knowing that if he was to destroy his human body he would be trapped in the Destroyer armour forever.
Back in Asgard, Loki manages to communicate with Karnilla the Norn Queen whom he asks to aid him in rousing Odin from the Odinsleep. Karnilla is convinced and she uses her mystical powers to rise Odin from his rest, and the All-Father instantly knows that Thor is in trouble and contacts him to tell him that he will return the Destroyer's soul back to his body. Caught in a stalemate, the Destroyer complies and his soul is returned to his body. However, the man knowing full well that Thor cannot harm a human being makes another attempt to possess the Destroyer armour. However, Thor causes the temple to collapse and carries his would-be killer to safety. With the temple destroyed, Thor presumes that he Destroyer armour is lost to anyone who might exploit it's destructive power.
With the threat of the Destroyer ended, Odin correctly suspects Loki's treachery and punishes him to work under Ularic, the royal Warlock until further notice. Although Loki complies with this command, he vows to get revenge and begins thinking of new schemes to get revenge against Thor.
While back on Earth, Thor lets the explorer who nearly killed him go free, and tries to use his hammer to fly back to America but finds that his hammer has been damaged in the battle. Needing to access a forge to fix his damaged weapon, Thor uses one of the Norn Stones that he had collected to levitate himself back to the States. While back on Asgard, Loki is working under Ularic, where he quietly feels nothing but indignation for being treated as a mere wizards apprentice and continues to plot his revenge.
This story is continued next issue....
Appearing in "Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!: Gather, Warriors!"
- Warriors Three (First appearance)
- Odinship (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!: Gather, Warriors!"
Continued from last issue...
With all the preparations met, Thor and Loki begin to sail on their quest to learn and stop whatever is causing the Oversword to crack. Among the crew are Balder, as well as the "Warriors Three": The grim warrior Hogun, the dashing Fandral, and the voluminous Volstagg.
Volstagg's braggart nature causes the other ships crew members to attack him, leaving Thor to come to the rescue of the fat ones aid. After the fight is broken up, the obviously outmatched and cowardly Volstagg compensates for his poor fighting skills by bragging about his apparent battle prowess.
Back in Asgard things are much grimmer, as Odin calls forth his most trusted advisors to show them a message that has appeared on the Royal Wall. Removing a curtain, Odin reveals the message which reads "Ragnarok is Coming" and tells all present to begin praying, otherwise Asgard is doomed.
This story is continued next issue...
- credits for Story 1:
- Who But Stan Lee Could Have Written This Tale?
- Who But Jack Kirby Could Have Drawn It?
- Who But Vince Colletta Could Have Inked It?
- Who But Artie Simek Could Be Called Artie Simek?
- credits for Story 2:
- 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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