Appearing in "Trapped in Doomsland"
- Midgard (Earth)
Synopsis for "Trapped in Doomsland"
Thor is in Latveria with a missile on his tail that threatens to not only destroy him, but a village full of innocent people below him as well. However, Thor comes up with a solution: Using his hammer to create a vortex, Thor throws it high into the sky, causing it to suck the missile out of harms way. However, without his hammer, Thor slams into the ground and watches as the missile explodes harmlessly.
When his hammer doesn't come back, Thor must find it, but the 60 second limit he can spend away from his hammer elapses and he changes back into Donald Blake. Meanwhile, Dr. Doom has tracked the location of Thor's hammer, but when he is unable to lift or destroy it, he instead encases it in a force field and puts guards on watch to destroy anyone who might come for it. Turning his attentions to the missing Donald Blake (and not having made a connection between Blake and Thor) he also unleashes a silent stalker robot to hunt him down.
While in far off Asgard, Odin, Sif and Balder watch on Thor's progress. However, Odin is confident that his son will be able to overcome this challenge and defeat Dr. Doom, however Sif cannot help but being upset and fear for the worst.
Back in Latveria, Donald Blake has found the lab of Professor Lafarge, hoping that the professor can help him find his hammer. However, he finds that Lafarge is a paranoid who thinks that Blake is only a test by Doom to check on his prisoners loyalty. Finding the situation hopeless, Blake leaves and decides to go looking for his hammer on his own. Blake does indeed find it, and the force field around it. He then begins digging a hole, but abandons it when he hears foot steps and finds a hiding spot.
When Doom's soldiers find Blake's jacket in the hole they assume that he is in there and fire their ray blasters into the hole and depart when they are satisfied that Blake is dead. Blake comes out of his hiding spot and finds that the guards had achieved what he had hopped: namely, blasting deep enough into the ground for Blake to dig under where his hammer is trapped and freeing it. Regaining his hammer, he is transformed back into Thor and is praised by Odin for proving worthy during this trying challenge.
Thor then charges to Doom's castle where he fights the Latverian monarch one-on-one. Thor almost loses the fight when Doom manages to knock away his hammer and the 60 second limit almost passes, however Thor manages to regain his hammer at the last minute and fight off Doom. With Doom staggered, Thor flies off to the site of all Doom's specially built missiles and destroys them. With the threat of Doom over for now, Odin calls Thor to come back to Asgard to travel to the World Beyond.
However, before he goes, Thor returns to Professor Lafarge's lab to tie up loose ends. Instead of rescuing Lafarge for his daughter Cossette, he finds that Lafarge wasn't forced to create the weapons -- that he did so willingly for money. The crazed professor then turns a gun on Thor. Thor uses his hammer to block the bullets, however one of the shots ricochets back and hits the professor, who's dying words curse his daughter for sending Thor. Thor then leaves Latveria, with Doom calling him a coward.
Thor returns to New York where he tells Cossette that he father had died. Instead of tarnishing the girls memories of her father, he misleads her into thinking that he died fighting the tyranny of Dr. Doom, without lying:
- He didst perish while Fighting-- for that which he Believed! and the final words he Spoke were of Thee!
With his mission complete Thor returns to Asgard to travel into the World Beyond.
The Thunder God locked in battle against the powers of Dr. Doom! And, wait'll you read the most unexpected ending of the month!
- As seen on page one, this issue is Story#459-Z.
- This issue contains a letters page, The Hammer Strikes. Letters are published from Heilan Yvettte Grimes, John L. van den Berg, Dale Schenffer, and D.S. WEstgaar.
- The letters page contains and advertisement for this issue, but has a cover color reproduction of last issue.