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Appearing in "If This Be Doomsday!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #49.

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Synopsis for "If This Be Doomsday!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #49.

Brief Summary:
Galactus has come to eat the Earth. The Watcher unsuccessfully tries to reason with him. The Fantastic Four cannot physically defeat him. However, the Watcher has a plan and sends the Human Torch on a secret mission. The Silver Surfer meets Alicia Masters and she convinces him that the Earth is worth saving. The Surfer races to stop Galactus.

Fantastic Four Vol 1 49 001

Detailed Summary:
With Galactus on Earth, the Watcher tries to appeal to the planet eater to leave Earth alone, when diplomacy doesn't work Johnny and Thing try to attack Galactus to no effect. the Watcher tells them to return to their base and he will contact them shortly.

Meanwhile, the Silver Surfer slowly gains consciousness from the Thing's punch and falls through the skylight of Alicia Master's apartment. Sensing a wounded and lonely being, Alicia offers the Silver Surfer her sympathy and assistance. Galactus continues to assemble his planet devouring device and the Watcher explains to the Fantastic Four what will happen to the Earth if Galactus succeeds. The Watcher explains that there is a device aboard Galactus' ship that he will need the Human Torch to collect. While back at Alicia's apartment, Alicia learns of the Surfer's mission on Earth and appeals to him to turn against his master and help save the Earth. He is hesitant at first, but is starting to feel pity for the humans.

When the Fantastic Four begin attacking Galactus' almost completed device, the planet eater sends his cyborg Punisher to keep them out of his way while he repairs the device. With this distraction and delay, the Watcher uses a device to boost Johnny's powers to a degree that will allow him to travel to Galactus' ship and retrieve the weapon they need to defeat him. Finally, Alicia convinces the Surfer to help save the Earth and, to the surprise of the Watcher, sets off to confront Galactus.

Appearing in "And Now...Galactus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #160.

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Synopsis for "And Now...Galactus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #160.

Thor notices something landing from space on a nearby rooftop and decides to go and investigate. He finds that it is a Rigellian ship piloted by Tana Nile, who has come seeking out the Thunder God for help to stop a powerful force that threatens many galaxies in the universe. Thor agrees to join Tana and the two depart for the stars at once.

While in far off Asgard, Odin has an audience with the Recorder, whom he allows to remain in Asgard as a friend of Thor. Sif then enters the room and asks Odin to allow her to join Thor; she becomes even more insistent when the Recorder receives word on Thor's mission in space and departs to record it for his Rigellian masters. Odin declines Sif's request and the Recorder departs to document the events for its controllers. Sif screams after the robot asking it to tell her what danger Thor is to face, the Recorder doesn't tell the goddess as not to distress her, but even the robot grimly considers the fact that Thor is going off to face the greatest power in the universe: Galactus.

While elsewhere in space, Tana Nile explains to Thor that they are going into space to stop Galactus when their ship is attacked and boarded by an alien creature. Tana explains that the alien is a Taurian, a surviving member of a race totally decimated when Galactus ate their world. They manage to fight the creature into submission, when its rage subsides it apologizes for its actions having been totally distraught after its world was destroyed. Resuming their travels, Tana takes Thor to a location where Galactus has previously fed, an area full of space debris created from the destruction of a planet at the hands of Galactus. Horrified by the sight, Thor vows to stop Galactus.

Meanwhile, Galactus continues his travels through space, the world devourer pauses when he detects the thoughts of a powerful creature and decides to seek out its source as his hunger is mounting once more. Taking a smaller craft, Galactus flies into the Black Galaxy and finds himself before Ego the Living Planet.

While aboard the Rigellian flagship, Thor meets with the Rigellian commander and the Recorder to determine their plan of attack against Galactus. With their course set, Thor and the Recorder travel off in a ship to confront Galactus himself. The Recorder detects that Galactus is within the Black Galaxy and the two speed off to meet their foe there. They are spied by a group called the Wanderers, a group of aliens that have survived the destruction of their worlds at the hands of Galactus and seek revenge against the world destroyer and they decide to follow after Thor and the Recorder.

Finally, back in the Black Galaxy, Galactus and Ego boast about their mutual power and Galactus demands to consume Ego's energies. Ego tries to stop this by unleashing a furious blast at Galactus, the force of which reaches Thor and the Recorder's ship destroying it and seemingly killing its passengers.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Galactus is Born!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #162.

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Synopsis for "Galactus is Born!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #162.

Following their battle against Galactus, Thor and the Recorder return to the Regillan homeworld where the Recorder downloads the information he collected during the battle. With his mission completed, the Regillan leader tells the Recorder to prepare for deactivation, however having seen the Recorder display emotions and act beyond it's programming, Thor manages to convince them to keep the Recorder active, convincing them that it is more than just a mere machine. Thor then departs, using his enchanted hammer to teleport back to Asgard.

There Thor is greeted by Heimdall and the Warriors Three who carry Thor back to the palace where they go before Odin. There they learn that Odin had been watching Thor's battle against Galactus and found himself wondering where the creature had come from. Showing them the Illuma Screen they learn of Galactus' origins, however they see Galactus as he is today as the world devourer consumes another world to replenish his strength.

Looking into the origins of Galactus, Odin manages to call up an image of the first world that Galactus ever devoured and find it a dead world. It's image horrifies Thor, who mistakenly believes that this world is the world of Galactus' birth. Looking further into the past, Odin brings up an image of how Galactus was found in an incuba-cell in space by an army of conquerors who unwittingly unleashed Galactus who quickly destroyed them all, consumed the world he was on and then would travel out into the stars to begin sating his centuries old hunger.

With the visions of the past over, Odin retires to ponder on the power of Galactus. Thor is then visited by Torger who tells Thor that there is danger on Earth and that in his absence Sif had gone to the mortal world to investigate. As Thor heads toward Earth to help his beloved, Balder has a restless night with thoughts of Karnilla in his head. He is struggling with conflicting emotions he has over the Norn Queen and decides that he should seek out the Thunder God's help in sorting out his feelings.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "This World Renounced!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #167.

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Synopsis for "This World Renounced!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #167.

Following a battle where he gave into the Warriors Madness, Thor goes to Odin to receive his punishment. Although Sif pleads Thor's case, because he gave into the madness to save her, Odin refuses to grant Thor mercy and tells all gathered that the Thunder God must pay a sacrifice for his crimes. Balder decides that while Thor is on his penance, that he will go to Earth and defend it in the Thunder God's absence and leaves for the Bifrost Bridge. Odin comes to a decision and sentences Thor to go and seek out Galactus to find and learn his secrets.

Meanwhile, Loki is once more in the company of Karnilla once more and the two are plotting once again against Asgard. However, Loki is at a loss to understand why Karnilla is wasting her time on trying to win Balder's affections. When Balder arrives on Earth, Haag presents Karnilla the enchanted doll of the warrior to the two mischief makers. Loki grabs the doll and strikes it as hard as he can, causing Balder to collapse just as he arrives on Earth, the hero is then rushed off to a hospital.

Back in Asgard, Thor is brought to the ship that he will pilot in his quest to find Galactus, with the ships construction revealed, Odin sends Thor back to Earth to wait for him to be called upon to embark on his mission. Arriving on Earth, Thor decides to tie up matters in his civilian guise of Donald Blake before departing. Arriving at the hospital where he works as Blake, Thor learns of Balder's condition and decides that he must save his friends life in his mortal guise, completely unaware that he is being watched by Loki.

When Thor changes back into Donald Blake, he is attacked by Loki who wrests Blake's walking stick from his hands and easily over-powers the lame physician, knocking him out. However, the battle is ended when Odin intervenes, banishing Loki back to Asgard, leaving Blake to recover his walking stick, unaware of Odin's intervention but glad that Loki is gone none the less.

As Donald goes to perform surgery on Balder, in deep space Galactus consumes another world, giving alarm on Asgard prompting those watching Galactus to report the sighting to Odin. Back on Earth, Blake completes his surgery on Balder who is expected to recover fully. With his job done, Blake resumes his Thor identity and flies off, wondering how long it will be before he sees the Earth again.

Appearing in "The Awesome Answer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #169.

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Synopsis for "The Awesome Answer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #169.

Continued from last issue....

Deciding that Thor is worthy, Galactus tells the Thunder God of his origins starting from the very beginning. Galactus continues with his tale from where he left off, how he was aboard a ship that crashed before a member of the Watchers. How that Watcher found that the entire crew had been slain by some strange plague, all except for one, a strange being that was glowing with energy, one whom would soon become Galactus. Thor deduces this and this sends Galactus into a brief fury, however he calms enough to explain how he came to that point...

Galactus explains that he originated from a utopian world known as Taa, an advanced civilization that knew peace for many years. However, the planet would soon become doomed as it's people began succumbing to the Creeping Plague, a sickness that was killing countless alien worlds, and was now infecting the people of Taa. With the people dying en mass, a group of lone survivors decided to leave their world and fly their ship into the heart of the largest star they could find, so that they would die in a blaze of glory.

Things would not happen exactly as planned, as the ship would be bombarded by a burst of radiation that would engulf the ship. While most of the crew died, the being who would one day become Galactus would find himself absorbing the energies that would cause him to change into something different. It was this being which the Watcher would find when the ship would finally crash land on some distant world.

The Watcher would analyze the creature and learn that it would soon need to consume worlds to survive, however as part of the Watchers code, all the Watcher could do is bear witness as this new being would repair the ship and the uniform of Galactus and then fly off into space. There the newly born Galactus would reshape the space ship of his rebirth into the incubation device that would be seen during Galactus' first recorded appearance.

With the story done, Thor decides that Galactus is too much of a menace and prepares to attack even though Galactus has no desire to fight. However, before Thor can strike a single blow, Odin arrives and tells Thor that his penance is done and that he is needed on Earth, and teleports Thor there, telling the Thunder God that now is not the time for Galactus' destruction.

On Earth, Balder and the Warriors Three confront the Thermal Man who is raging across New York City unchallenged and find themselves easily defeated by the robots limitless strength. However, as all seems bleak, Thor arrives, witnessing the destruction he prepares to fight the Thermal Man himself.

This story is continued next issue...

Notes

  • Reprinted from Fantastic Four #49, Thor #160, 162, 167, 169 by Lee, Kirby, Colletta and Klein, with new material by Gruenwald, Byrne, and Wilson, and entirely coloured by Yanchus and lettered by Morelli.

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