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Appearing in "Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!: "The Boyhood of Loki!""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #113.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!: "The Boyhood of Loki!""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #113.
Quote1 If They Would Bow To Me As They Do To Thor, I'd Find A Way To Gain Complete Control Over Them! For I Was Born To Be Served--To Give Commands! Quote2
--Loki

A ten-year old Thor watches a tournament with Loki when Thor predicts the winner. This incenses Loki as Thor is always right. Loki purposely wagers on the poorer fighter and then casts a spell he learned from the Norn witch women to make the more skillful combatant's quarterstaff shatter when Loki's behind Thor's back. The fighters realize they've been hexed and accost young Loki. Thor demands why do they only address themselves to his brother and they answer that they know Thor would never stoop to such a deed. Nevertheless, Thor insists, I was at Loki's side during the tourney and any punishment meted out ought to be shared by the two of us. Impressed by Thor's nobility, the fighters let the youths go on their way, although with ill forebodings about the destiny of Loki. When they're alone, Thor reveals that he was aware of Loki's trickery and admonishes him that it was foolish of him to interfere in the tournament. But the matter is quickly forgotten by Thor as the two of them take up riding practice and Thor offers to race Loki to the bridge. "Why should I?" Loki responds, "You've got the faster horse." To which Thor replies "The speed of the horse is not the only factor, but also the skill of the rider." Thor stays close to his brother to give him an even chance, but Loki broods darkly over the day's events. He wants the power that will force others to bow and scrape before him as they do before his "beloved" brother, Thor, and he realizes that some day Thor will have to be destroyed.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard - The Golden Apples"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #114.

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  • Iduna (First appearance)

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  • Odin (Behind the scenes)

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard - The Golden Apples"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #114.
Quote1 A Frail Stranger -- Alone Upon The Winding Trail To Asgard! I Offer You My Protection, Helpless One! Quote2
--Fenris Wolf

The goddess Iduna walks the forests of Asgard carrying a bundle of golden apples. These "Golden Apples of Immortality" are for All-Father Odin, and Iduna brings them to him every year. Along her journey she meets Haakun the Hunter. Haakun greets her warmly and tells her to go in peace.

As Iduna continues further down the path, she next comes upon "a frail stranger". The stranger offers Iduna protection along her journey, but she declines the offer. The stranger takes a strong interest in Iduna's basket and begins asking her questions. She quickly grows suspicious until she discovers that the stranger is actually Fenris the Wolf God in disguise. Fenris shape shifts into his true form and attacks her. Haakun the Hunter arrives and drives Fenris away with his enchanted battle axe. The axe strikes Fenris, spiriting him off to the shadowy land of Varinheim.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard - A Viper in Our Midst"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #115.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard - A Viper in Our Midst"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #115.
Quote1 Loki! You Have Saved Me From The Vengeance of Thor! I Know Not What Motives Caused You To Betray Your Own Kind, But That Is of No Concern of Mine! Know You, Loki, That Ghan Is In Your Debt! Quote2
--Ghan

Thor was leading a band of Asgardian warriors, who were riding out to stop Ghan, "the most deadly of Storm Giants", on his way to attack Asgard. Loki was, of course, resentful of Thor, thinking that he should be leading the warriors. As the battle begins, Ghan hurls a boulder at Thor, who blocks it with his hammer, causing it to shatter. Loki does not enter the battle, claiming that "the cunning Loki is far too clever to take needless chances!" and stays back in safety to plot the defeat of Thor. He then uses his magic sword to weave a spell to give Ghan the final victory. Before the spell can work, Ghan is driven back by the Asgardian's arrows. As the Storm Giant is being driven further back, they let loose their catapult, using a missile containing sleep fumes, to incapacitate him. The Asgardian task force go to where the giant should be sleeping, but find nothing. The rest of the party leaves, but Loki remains behind, saying he wanted to search more. He then "makes a mystic gesture" causing an eagle soaring nearby to return to the its natural form of the giant Ghan, saving him from the wrath of Thor. The giant then pledges his debt to Loki, and in return the Trickster reminds him not to forget it, "the day will come when I order you to repay this debt!" This was the first of many alliances with the forces of evil for Loki, as he plans and schemes to overthrow Asgard and destroy Thor.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard - The Challenge"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #116.

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  • Mjolnir
  • An enchanted goblet
  • King Hymir's Crown

Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard - The Challenge"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #116.
Quote1 Show Me A Way To Make A Slave of Thor, And I Will Be Your Willing Ally! Quote2
--King Hymir

Loki has convinced King Hymir to help him in his eternal feud with Thor, by having the King give Thor a series of very difficult challenges. Thor is unable to refuse them, or he is dishonored, and if he fails, he becomes a slave for the cruel king. The first challenge, is to catch a fish from the dreaded Sea of Eternal Darkness. The fish in this sea are "not mere fish - but undersea monsters! No fishing line could capture such a creature! But the Mighty Hammer of Thor CAN!"

This challenge done, the King give him the main task, to break a drinking goblet in only two minutes. He realizes that his time is short, so without delay throws the goblet at a rock wall, shattering the wall. He then tries to use his mighty hammer, to no effect. Thor knows that if he should slay the king, even if he didn't complete the challenge, he would not be a slave, except he would "break the heart of fair princess Rinda!" Rinda was not worried about herself, and urged the Thunder God to do what he must, since he has been deceived. With that, he hurls the goblet, at full force at the crown of King Hymir. The goblet then shattered, revealing the source of the enchantment, the "magic catalyst". This inspired a fit of paranoid anger in the King, directed at the Trickster for supposedly betraying the King, and revealing the secret to Thor, and ordered Loki gone from his kingdom. As he left, Loki vowed "eternity is endless, I shall never stop scheming!"

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!: The Sword in the Scabbard!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #117.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!: The Sword in the Scabbard!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #117.
Quote1 Thus, I Order The Two of You On An Expedition--Find Your Enemy, And Then--Destroy Him! You Dare Not Fail, For--If You Do, The Crack In The Sword May Grow Larger, And A Universe Will Perish!! Quote2
--Odin

In this tale from Asgard's past, Odin walks in on a battle between the warriors of Asgard and breaks it up. After the fight is over, Odin asks where his sons Thor and Loki are and are told that they are in the jousting room. There he finds that Thor and Loki are fighting, as Loki had enticed the battle outside.

Odin breaks up the battle and brings his two children to the room where the Oversword is stored. He pulls the gigantic sword partially from it's scabbard and shows them that some unknown force has caused it to begin cracking. The sword's destruction would also bring upon Ragnarok, and so Odin asks the two young warriors to go out and find the one causing this destruction and stop them.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!: The Crimson Hand!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #118.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!: The Crimson Hand!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #118.
Quote1 When The Enchanted Discs On Yon Glove's Palm Make Contact With Another's Hand, Neither You Nor He Can Mouth Any Words Unless They Be The Solemn Truth! Quote2
--Morduk

Continued from last issue....

Preparing for their quest to stop the person responsible for causing the Oversword from crumbling, Thor visits with Morduk who not only charts Thor a course to follow, but gives him a special glove that compels those who shake hands with Thor to tell the truth.

This glove proves advantageous when Thor meets someone that Loki wishes to hire as their ships overseer. When Thor shakes his hand, the man admits that he intended to kill Thor while on their voyage, leading to a fight between the two which Thor easily wins and sends running, much to Loki's chagrin.

With all their preparations set, Thor and Loki set sail on their adventure.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!: Gather, Warriors!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #119.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!: Gather, Warriors!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #119.
Quote1 Ahhh, Blustering Volstagg! Methinks You Mostly Wish A Brief Vacation From Your Wife And Fifteen Offspring! Quote2
--Thor

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...

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods: Set Sail!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #120.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods: Set Sail!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #120.
Unnamed Warrior
I Thought Thou Feared Neither Man Nor Beast!!
Conversation Tail

Volstagg
In Truth, I Do Not--!! But That Is Neither Man Nor Beast--It Is--My Wife!!
Conversation Tail

Continued from last issue...

As Thor and Loki's quest to learn who is responsible for causing the Oversword to crack sets sail, Volstagg bids farewell to the maidens that cheer their quest on, but quickly tries to hide when his equally fat wife disdainfully looks down upon his infidelity. When Loki takes out his frustrations on Volstagg, Thor stops him.

When Magrat and Kroda attempt to assassinate Thor, they are stopped by Hogun who witnesses their attempt on his leader.

While back in Asgard, Odin consults with his Grand Vizier to make some grim decisions, of which will be told as this story is continued in Journey into Mystery #121....

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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