Appearing in "Abandoned on Earth!"
- Circus of Crime
- a Strong Man candidate
- Olson, a janitor
Synopsis for "Abandoned on Earth!"
Continued from last issue...
Thor, Sif and Balder have defeated the now powerless Enchanters Magnir and Brona and turn them over to police custody. While in Asgard, Odin has emerged from his duel with Forsung as the victor and vows the death to all foes of Asgard. He is furious over this attack on him, and so he teleports Magnir and Brona away from Earth where he might punish all three of the Enchanters himself.
Back on Earth, Thor, Balder and Sif are contacted by Odin, who tells them of the Enchanters' defeat and orders them to return to Asgard. Balder and Sif comply, however Thor refuses and the furious Odin decides to punish his son once more, by stripping him of his all his powers except for his strength. Thor is found afterwards and revived by Donald Blake's janitor who suggests that Thor seek Blake's help. This is a notion which Thor refuses and leaves Blake's office. He decides to start a new life.
Elsewhere, the Circus of Crime is back in operation, however they have hit a snag in their performance when Bruto is laid out due to the fact that he over-strained himself trying to lift and elephant. Needing a strong man for their act, the Ringmaster begins auditions for a temporary replacement while Bruto recovers from his injuries.
The tryouts are less than successful until Princess Python's prized snake gets out of it's cage and attacks Thor (who has assumed street clothing and just happened by.) Horrified by seeing Thor fight off her snake, Princess Python attacks, gathering the other members of the Circus of Crime. The Ring Master is impressed by Thor's strength and asks him to prove that he can pull off other feats of amazing strength. Thor proves that he has super-strength, and when the Ringmaster is convinced that Thor is an asset to their act, he uses the hypno-disc on his hat to put Thor into his thrall so that they can exploit the Thunder God in their crime capers. The Circus of Crime however believes that Thor is an imitator and not the genuine article.
Deciding the put the entranced Thor on one final test: Planning to steal a statue of a bull made out of gold, the Ringmaster orders Thor to lift a lead mock-up that weighs exactly the same as the statue they intend to steal. Impressed that Thor is actually able to lift the tremendous weight, the Ringmaster decides to use Thor for his current plot, and takes Thor out of the trace (commanding him to remember nothing of what happened) and informs Thor that he has the job.
This story is continued next issue...
Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: The End!"
- Mogul (Death)
Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: The End!"
Continued from last issue...
Thor, the Warriors Three and Alibar the Thief have succeeded in defeating Mogul's demonic warriors Satan's Forty Horsemen, and briefly celebrate their victory. Alibar then gives Hogun a stolen Battle Stadard that Mogul wanted Alibar to use in battle to taunt Hogun, and the five warriors charge toward Mogul's castle.
However, Mogul is far away, travelling to the land of Hogun to commit the ultimate revenge: Unleashing the Spotted Plague in the hopes of killing all of Hogun's people. However, Mogul never gets the chance to unleash the plague, because at that moment Alibar has led Thor and the others into Mogul's room full of mystical artifacts. There Alibar smashes a crystal that seemingly slays Mogul from afar, eliminating his threat.
With Mogul destroyed, Alibar takes his place as ruler of Xandu and thanks Thor and the Warriors Three for their aid in liberating his people. With their mission ended, Thor and the Warriors Three return to Asgard.
- This is the final "Tales from Asgard" back-up story to appear in the pages of Thor for a while. It's replaced with a regular feature about the Inhumans.
- Although Forsung dies in this issue, he is reanimated with other dead beings for a battle in Thor Vol 1 486.