> Thor Masterworks Volume 3

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"Enough of this senseless fleeing! I am no scared rabbit, to run from danger at every turn! Though death itself be my reward, I am Thor, son of Odin!! I shall stand and fight!!"

- - Thor, page 5

Meet Hogun and Fandral, Warriors Two!


Thor and Tales of Asgard
from Journey Into Mystery #119

August 1965 • 21 pages

Publication Date: June 1, 1965

Letters Page: No letters page was published in this issue

I: Feature Story: "The Day of the Destroyer!"

Pages: 16

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

Villain: The Destroyer, Loki, Karnilla, the Hunter

Guest Appearance: Ularic, Odin

Synopsis: Thor finds himself in fierce battle with the Destroyer, but all of a sudden, he begins phasing into an immaterial form, so that none of the Destroyer's blows land on him. He phases through the floor and is able to escape the wrath of the Destroyer, giving him valuable time to figure out what to do next...even though he doesn't know the exact reason he's able to phase! Of course, the answer is that Loki is trying his best to help Thor stay alive against the Destroyer, though he has been taxed to the limit in projecting phasing power to Thor all the way from Asgard and can no longer extend that power to his half-brother. He decides to call upon the Norn Queen to help.

Meanwhile, Thor realizes that - faced with death or not - he must confront the Destroyer head on and face the challenge. His attempts at physical confrontation are for naught, and then Thor shifts tactics and heads straight for the chamber where the physical body of the hunter stands. Thor grabs hold of the hunter and keeps him away from the Destroyer, holding him up as a shield so that if the Destroyer - who is controlled by the mind of the hunter - shoots a bolt of energy at Thor, he will destroy his human form. This gives the Destroyer pause...

The Norn Queen agrees to help Loki, and their only option at this point is to awaken Odin from his Odinsleep. Odin is startled awake by a vision sent by the Norn Queen of Thor at the mercy of the Destroyer. He sends a mental message to Thor, but his son tells him to stay his hand so that he alone can defeat the Destroyer. As it stands, the Destroyer gives up, not wanting to cause the death of his corporeal body. But when Thor lets the hunter go, he races towards the Destroyer so that he can be free of Thor and once again attack! But Thor unleashes a tremor throughout the temple, causing the hunter to fall down and not reach his goal. The temple begins to fall apart all around them, burying the Destroyer inside, while Thor carries the hunter to safety.

Thor sets the hunter free, and Odin hails Thor's heroic defeat of the Destroyer. He castigates Loki for getting Thor into this predicament in the first place and consigns him to the servitude of Ularik, Odin's royal warlock.

Down on Earth, Thor realizes his uru hammer is broken and he must fix it before he returns to Asgard, and he sets out on a mission to do just that. Meanwhile, Loki begins his next scheme to defeat his brother....

II: Tales of Asgard: "Gather, Warriors!"

Pages: 5

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Vince Colletta
Letters: Sam Rosen

First Appearance: Hogun, Fandral, Volstagg, Kroda, Magrat

Featured Characters: Thor, Balder, Hogun, Fandral, Volstagg, Kroda, Magrat

Synopsis: Thor prepares the ship for sailing as they set out to solve the mystery of the crack found on the Odinsword. New recruits for the voyage include Hogun, Fandral and Volstagg, as well as two recruits that Loki has scroundung up - Kroda and Magrat. Odin reveals an ominous message etched into the royal wall: "Ragnarok is Coming!"

--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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