Appearing in "And Soon Shall Come the Enchanters!"
- The Enchanters (First appearance)
Synopsis for "And Soon Shall Come the Enchanters!"
Our story beings with Thor taking some R & R time to visit a New York soda shop where he entertains the local teen set by answering their questions about the far off realm of Asgard. Thor explains where it's located and that it's ruled over by his father, the all-powerful Odin. After this story, Thor takes leave to return to the doctors office where he operates in his mortal guise of Donald Blake. There, in his guise of Blake, Thor is visited by his patient Mr. Markham who is worried about the results of recent x-rays he had taken. Blake puts the man's mind at ease by telling him that he has a clean bill of health.
Meanwhile, in the realm of Asgard, Balder and Sif are well into their quest to learn the plans of the beings known as the Enchanters. Along the way they are attacked by the Living Talisman, a mystical force that serves the Enchanters. Taking on physical form the Living Talisman attacks the two Asgardians, who after a brief battle manage to fight off and seemingly destroy the Living Talisman. With the Talisman's defeat the Enchanters reveal themselves: They are Magnir, Forsung and Brona. The trio explain to Balder and Sif that while they were content to rule their own realm, they now seek to overthrow Odin and rule the entire realm of Asgard. They attempt to dispatch Balder and Sif by mystically transmuting the ground into quicksand. With no means of escape, Balder and Sif use their mystical powers to teleport themselves to Earth.
On Earth, they pay a visit to Donald Blake's office where they seek Thor's help in stopping the Enchanters from carrying out their coup in Asgard. They have a little trouble at first, being unaccustomed to New York City, but eventually find their way to Blake's office. As they explain to Blake what is happening, back in Asgard, the Enchanters believe that an intervention by Thor would put their plan at risk. As such, they decide to make a two pronged attack: Magnir and Brona travelling to Earth to battle Thor, Balder and Sif, while Forsung continues on to Asgard to battle Odin.
Transforming back into his godly form, Thor learns the full story and is shocked by the news and agrees to go into battle to stop the Enchanters from taking over Asgard. As the three Gods plan their next move, Magnir and Brona arrive on Earth to carry out their mission to destroy the Earthbound Asgardians.
This story is continued next issue....
Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: To the Death!"
Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: To the Death!"
Continued from last issue...
As Thor, Fandral and Balder prepare to battle Satan's Forty Horsemen, demonic warriors under Mogul's rule, Volstagg has met Mogul's sister the seductive Shezada. The cowardly Volstagg attempts to charm Shezada into allowing him to speak with Mogul, however the evil Shezada has other ideas and attempt to send Volstagg down a pit, however at the last moment Volstagg grabs the girl taking her down with him.
They find themselves in the underworld realm of the bull like Mutaurus who stalks the two intruders. Knowing how to defeat Mutaurus, Shezada leads Volstagg to the creatures throne room where they secure the Rod of Wonderous Wizard Power, a magical weapon which Volstagg uses to seemingly slay the beast.
While elsewhere in Xandu, Thor, Fandral and Hogun continue their fight against the Forty Horsemen, accepting no quarter and battling on.
This story is continued next issue...
This issue is reprinted in Origins of Marvel Comics.