> Thor Masterworks Volume 3

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"Yes! There was much more! There was a battle between the Hulk and me....which no one else knew about!"”

- - Thor, regaling his young fans, page 3

Thor fans vs. Hulk fans: Who would win?


Thor and Tales of Asgard
from Journey Into Mystery #112

January 1965 • 21 pages

Publication Date: November 3, 1964

Letters Page: No letters page was published in this issue

I: Feature Story: "The Mighty Thor Battles the Incredible Hulk!"

Pages: 16

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Chic Stone
Letters: Sam Rosen

Guest Appearance: Odin, Hulk

Flashback Cameo: Avengers: Giant-Man, the Wasp, Iron Man; Sub-Mariner

Synopsis: Thor is flying across the skies of New York City when he comes across a gang of kids having a "Who would win?" argument. As they argue about who would win in a fight between Thor and the Hulk, the Thunder God decides to settle in and tell them the story of his first battle with the Hulk. He regales the kids with the opening moments of his fight alongside the Avengers against the Sub-Mariner and the Hulk (see AVENGERS #3). He tells them that there was a moment in the battle, seen by none of his compatriots, when he and the Hulk were struggling with each other.

Sensing that he must test the fullest extent of his mettle against such an incredibly strong foe, Thor sends a request to Odin in Asgard that he be able to retain his godly power without the hammer in his grasp, so that he may prove his power by taking down the Hulk with his bare hands. Odin grants his wish, giving him five minutes to prove himself. Thor puts down his hammer by hurling it at the Hulk, who grabs it in mid air but can't keep it in his grip. The two titans bash away at each other in a titanic struggle; Hulk finds a WWII era land mine and hurls it at Thor, dazing him after it explodes.

As Odin watches his son's valiant fight, Thor and Hulk continue to manhandle each other. The fight gets so fierce that the walls come crashing down around them. Thor tries desperately to clear away the rubble with his hammer so he can continue his fight, but to no avail- the Hulk is gone.

Thor returns to his teammates, and the Hulk arrives back on the scene to help out the Sub-Mariner, and the action resumes to its conclusion, with the Avengers winning the day. Thor finishes his story and tells the kids that he cares not to say who is strongest, as the only thing that matters is who fights for justice.

II: Tales of Asgard: "The Coming of Loki!"

Pages: 5

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Vince Colletta
Letters: Artie Simek

Featured Characters: King Laufey, Odin, Loki

Synopsis: Odin and his warriors take on the Giant Warrior King Laufey, defeating him and his army. After slaying him, he finds the infant Loki and claims him as his own son.

--synopsis by Gormuu

Issues Reprinted
Thor and Tales of Asgard from
Journey Into Mystery #111-120 and Annual #1

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.

JiM #111 JiM #112 JiM #113 JiM #114 JiM #115 JiM #116
JiM #117 JiM #118 JiM #119 JiM #120 Ann #1


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