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Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: When Heimdall Failed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #105.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: When Heimdall Failed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #105.
Quote1 Never have I felt this way before!! Never so uncertain—so troubled!! Have I been at my post too long?? Can it be that I am no longer worthy of guarding the all-important Rainbow Bridge?? Quote2
--Heimdall

The Storm Giant Brimer complains to his queen Nedra that he can not invade Asgard because the ever-vigilant Heimdall guards their Rainbow Bridge. So Nedra summons a Vanna, an invisible, super fast air sprite that she sends to spy on Asgard and disgrace Heimdall.

Being invisible, the creature slips past Heimdall, who even through he cannot see or hear it, still senses something and swings toward the creature, missing.

The Vanna spies out Asgard, going even into Odin's Royal Chamber. Upon warning sent by Heimdall, Odin reaches out and captures the sprite. Heimdall is summoned to Odin's chamber, where the guardian apologizes for failing in his duty. But rather then punish Heimdall, Odin praises him. He was so loyal that he sensed the Vanna and reported it, even though it made him look foolish to report "nothing". He is returned to his post with Odin's assurance that he is second only to Thor in Odin's heart.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Balder the Brave"

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Journey into Mystery #106.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Balder the Brave"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #106.
Quote1 You shall face the test of mortal death! Quote2
--Odin

This flashback tale of the early days of Asgard focuses on Balder the Brave. In this story, he is brought to the court of Odin to answer for the fact that during a recent battle against the Storm Giants, Balder deserted his comrades. Balder explains that during combat, he saw a bird fall from its nest, so he had left the battle to return the bird to its mother.

Furious that Balder would abandon a battle for such a deed, Odin orders Balder to face the test of mortal death, which Balder agrees to take in spite of the other warriors of Asgard's protests.

The test requires that Balder stand in front of a line of soldiers who would attempt to kill him without his resistance. First Odin orders Tyr, master archer of Asgard, to fire an arrow at Balder. The unflinching Balder is saved at the last minute when a hawk swoops out of the sky and stops the arrow from hitting Balder.

Odin orders Honir to throw a spear at Balder, which is stopped by a sudden sprouting of vines from the ground, and again Balder does not flinch. Then Odin orders Thor to strike down Balder with his hammer. As Thor approaches to strike Balder down, the warrior still does not move, prompting Odin to stop Thor.

Odin reveals that he summoned the hawk and the plant to save Balder at the last minute of each attack to test his bravery. Having passed Odin's test, Odin rewards Balder with the gift of invincibility, and has him hailed as Balder the Brave.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Balder Must Die"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #107.

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  • Haag (First appearance) (Unnamed)
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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Balder Must Die"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #107.
Norn Queen
You are the embodiment of all that is evil--all that is sinister!
Conversation Tail
Loki
I deeply appreciate your compliment!
Conversation Tail

Jealous of Balder being in favor of Odin next to Thor, Loki decides that he will kill Balder. Knowing that Odin gifted Balder with invincibility, Loki surmises that Balder must have some sort of weakness. He seeks out the Norn Queen in his attempt to find Balder's weakness.

At first the Norn Queen refuses to aid Loki, but eventually gives into Loki's demands and tells him that the only item in all of Asgard that did not pledge to protect Balder was mistletoe. With this knowledge in hand, Loki travels out and obtains a small amount of mistletoe and has one of his slave trolls fashion it into a dart and construct a blow gun.

The next day Loki spies Balder jousting in the combat practice fields and waits for the right moment to strike. Balder trips in an attempt to avoid stepping on a caterpillar and Loki uses it as an opportunity to fire the dart at him. Just as he is about to fire the dart, the blow gun bursts into flames in his hands. The Norn Queen contacts Loki via her crystal ball and informs him that although mistletoe did not pledge to protect Balder, she did, and thus thwarts his attempt to kill Balder. Loki pledges revenge, but the Norn Queen has her aide prepare witches's brew against any such attempt.

Balder, meanwhile regains his feet, little knowing how close he was to losing his life.

Appearing in "Tales from Asgard: Trapped by the Trolls"

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Journey into Mystery #108.

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Synopsis for "Tales from Asgard: Trapped by the Trolls"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #108.
Quote1 Do not despair, man of Asgard! While life remains, hope can truly never perish! Quote2
--Thor

Seeking cover from a raging storm, Thor asks King Sindri of the Dwarfs to provide him shelter. The Dwarfs, required to provide another slave to the Trolls as payment to avoid their kingdom being attacked, drop Thor down into the pit of the Trolls. There he is made their prisoner and is shackled to a wall. However, Thor frees himself with the aid of his hammer and sets the slaves free and single handedly defeats all the Trolls. Freeing everyone, Thor leads them to the surface and uses his hammer to seal the entrance to the Troll caverns.

Appearing in "Tales from Asgard: Banished from Asgard!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #109.

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Synopsis for "Tales from Asgard: Banished from Asgard!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #109.
Quote1 Even the son of Odin may not disobey an imperial command! And so I order you to be...banished from Asgard! Quote2
--Odin

For being involved in a duel against Odin's wishes, Thor is banished from Asgard, much to the protest of the warriors of Asgard, who need Thor's strength in their continuing battle against the Mountain Giants. Learning this, Arkin the Weak, cousin of Loki, travels to a mountain ridge to inform Queen Knorda of the Mountain Giants (in an attempt to win her favor). Knorda and Arkin plan to attack Thor while in his exile from Asgard.

Later, while traveling in the mountains, Thor is attacked by the army of the Mountain Giants, led by Knorda and Arkin. Thor tricks them into traveling into a box canyon and escapes through a cave which the Giants cannot fit in. Traveling up to the top of the canyon, Thor is reunited with Odin and the warriors of Asgard. As it turns out, Odin banishing Thor from Asgard was all part of a plan to ferret out the traitor leaking information to the Mountain Giants, and trap their foes. Arkin finally gets his wish to be with Knorda for the rest of time, only trapped in the canyon. Meanwhile the warriors of Asgard ride back home, victorious.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: The Defeat of Odin!"

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Journey into Mystery #110.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: The Defeat of Odin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #110.
Quote1 Trumpeter!! For the first time since the dawn of man--sound the retreat!! Quote2
--Odin

Following the death of the defiant Rampok the Rebel, his son Prince Rivvak has taken up his kingdom's rebellion against Asgard, and this has caused Odin and his Asgardian warriors to mount a battle against the insubordinate kingdom.

While the Asgardians prepare for battle, Rivvak's men lack confidence that their new leader has the strength to carry them into battle. When the Asgardians make the first move, the battlefield's flaming geysers erupt, threatening their steeds. Odin calls for his troops to retreat as Rivvak's army charges into battle. Odin's retreat causes Rivvak's men to hail him a fearless leader.

Later, Thor asks why Odin called his troops to retreat. Odin explains that rebellion is always good for the blood of his people, and so he wanted to give Rivvak the credibility he needed to maintain the status quo.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: The Secret of Sigurd!"

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Journey into Mystery #111.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: The Secret of Sigurd!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #111.
Quote1 Methinks The Man Is Bereft Of His Senses! Quote2
--Thor

While returning from a special mission for Odin, Loki convinces Thor and Balder to follow him through a short cut that travels through the Forests of the Mysterious Sigurd, which eventually leads them to a confrontation with Sigurd himself, who challenges the young gods to a duel, claiming he can defeat them all with his secret power.

Thor attacks Sigurd, smashing his opponent's battle ax with his hammer; however, every time Thor manages to knock Sigurd down he gets back up stronger than ever. Eventually, Balder remembers the key to Sigurd's constantly increasing strength: Sigurd is the son of the Earth Sprites, and his strength is increased every time he touches the ground.

Knowing the secret to Sigurd's power, Thor catches his hammer under Sigurd's belt and then flings his opponent into the sky where he will then be stranded on a deserted asteroid.

With their foe defeated, the three gods continue their trek home, Loki disappointed that Thor was not defeated.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: The Coming of Loki!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #112.

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  • Frost Giants
    • Laufey (First appearance) (Death)
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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: The Coming of Loki!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #112.
Quote1 Hear Me, Legions of Asgard! From This Moment Hence, I Proclaim Loki: Son of Odin, Half-Brother To My Well-Beloved Thor! For Better Or For Worse, Loki Is Forever-More An Immortal Of Asgard! This Have I Proclaimed! So Be It! Quote2
--Odin

Odin and his army battle the warriors of Jotunheim, where he kills their leader Laufey and adopts Laufey's son Loki as one of his own, following their victory in battle.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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