> Thor Masterworks Volume 3

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"I knew that here in the great blast furnaces of Pittsburgh I would find a giant forge to mend my hammer!"

- - Thor, page 1

And now, the third of the Warriors Three: Volstagg!


Thor and Tales of Asgard
from Journey Into Mystery #120

September 1965 • 21 pages

Publication Date: July 1, 1965

Letters Page: No letters page was published in this issue

I: Feature Story: "With My Hammer In Hand!"

Pages: 16

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

First Appearance: Norma Thaxton

Villain: Loki, Absorbing Man

Guest Appearance: Odin, Ularic, Norma Thaxton, Jane Foster, Avengers: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Hawkeye

Cameo: Brigitte Bardot

Settings: Asgard, Pittsburgh

Marvel Milestones: Thor meets the "New Avengers" Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Quicksilver for the first time

Synopsis: Thor spends some time in the blast furnaces of Pittsburgh repairing his uru hammer, impressing the steelmen there. Afterwards, he heads back to Asgard with his Norn Stones safely tucked into a small pouch, but as he leaps up into the sky, one tiny stone falls out to the ground!

Back in Asgard, Odin congratulates Thor on his win over Loki in the trial of the gods. Meanwhile, Loki toils in the service of Ularic, but decides enough is enough. He gasses Ularic into a state of sleep and then hides him in a chamber that he lowers down into the ground. It is time for Loki to strike again!

Thor heads back to Earth to check in on his life as Dr. Don Blake and finds his office deserted and Jane Foster nowhere to be found! Collectors are arriving to collect on unpaid bills and former patients stroll by Blake on their way to new doctors. Don Blake is so flummoxed by the disarray of his mortal life that he accidentally turns himself back into Thor! He heads to the Avengers Mansion to get help from his compatriots, but he meets Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye - who he does not know and also does not seem to like - and heads away frustrated, unable to determine what has happened to Jane and if perhaps she has finally deserted him. At that very moment, though, Jane Foster seems to be in duress in the captivity of an unknown figure at some remote location....

As for Loki, he is seeking a source of energy floating out in the free expanse of space. He finds it, locks in on it and pulls it back to Earth in a "translucent spheroid". While Thor is lost in thought about how to reach Jane, the spheroid lands on Earth and from inside bursts one of Thor's greatest foes - Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man!

II: Tales of Asgard: "Set Sail!"

Pages: 5

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

Featured Characters: Odin, Thor, Loki, Hogun, Volstagg, Kroda, Magrat

Synopsis: As the ship sets sail, all of Asgard are there to bid bon voyage to the crew. While Thor and Loki have a confrontation, Kroda considers drawing his sword on Thor in the service of Loki, but Hogun intimidates him into sheathing his sword.

--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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