IL MITICO THOR EDITORIALE CORNO
ALBO ORIGINALE DEL 1972
in questo numero : un divino tris di episodi di THOR, sempre affiancato dal forzuto dodecasfacchinatore anabolizzato ERCOLE , che tra una scazzottata ed una ingurgitata di intruglio altamente energetico, ha anche la bella pensata di mettersi a fare il cascamorto con Jane Foster
CONDIZIONI OTTIME , DI RESA
GRANDISSIMA DISPONIBILITA’ DI TUTTI I SUPEREROI CORNO E NON
“The Grandeur and the Glory” / L’ ONORE E LA GLORIA !
- Mister Wilkens, one of Donald Blake’s patients
- unnamed Olympians
Having returned to New York City, Thor reads newspaper reports about the being known as the Demon that has been amassing an army in the jungles of Asia. He is soon confronted by average citizens who wonder aloud if Thor will tackle the Demon in the future. Thor takes the time to cheer up a little girl who’s father has been injured in the Vietnam conflict and tells her to wish her father well before departing.
He travels to the hospital where Jane Foster is recovering from smoke inhilation, and listening from her window hears the doctors talk of her condition, and that she is not getting better, but worse.
Meanwhile, in Asia, the Demon continues to travel across the land, attacking cities with his ever growing army, regardless of the resistance the Norn Stone powered Demon manages to withstand all attacks made upon him and crush his foes. While back in the States, Thor has resumed his civilian guise of Donald Blake and entered into Jane Foster’s room. At first Jane figures that Blake is nothing more but an illusion, but realizes that it’s really him.
Don comes to learn that Jane is suffering a nervous breakdown due to Blake’s constant disappearances and decides that regardless of what may happen, he reveal to Jane that he is secretly the mighty Thor.
Changing into his Godly identity, Jane now knows Thor’s double identity, Thor changes back to his mortal guise and tells Jane that he has to go but will return the next day. While on Asgard, Odin witnesses Thor exposing his identity to Jane and is furious and begins contemplating a fitting punishment for this defile.
Back on Earth, Donald Blake tends to a patient who brings up the current news regarding the Demon’s invasion of Asia, after hearing radio reports later Blake finds himself torn between his promise not to abandon Jane and his duty as Thor and realizes that he cannot shirk his Godly duties and decides to fly to Asia to deal with the Demon, traveling across the Earth faster than ever before, causing a sonic boom of epic proportions.
This sound is hear all the way on Mount Olympus, where Zeus decides that it is time once again for the Olympian Gods turn their attentions back to Earth.
Going to his son Hercules who is sparring with Atlas, Zeus breaks up the fight and and charges Hercules with a mission to go to Earth and walk among mortal man.
And once more on Earth, the Demon’s forces attack yet another village, however this time they find that Thor is waiting inside for them.
Thor confronts the demon and recognizes the Norn Stone that he has tied around his neck. Thor then challenges the Demon to a battle and the two begin a fierce fight.
- The Atlas appearing in this issue should not be confused with the Titan Atlas, the one holding up the skies on his shoulders.
- Hercules and Zeus had each previously appeared in Journey Into Mystery Annual #1 (in Italy in THC # 21).
- When Thor stops at the newsstand, you can see three Marvel comics hanging behind him. These comics are Amazing Spider-Man #33, Fantastic Four #47 and Strange Tales #141. All three were released in February 1966.
“When Meet the Immortals!” / QUANDO SI INCONTRANO GLI IMMORTALI !
- An agent working for J.B. Stardust
Thor is in Asia trying to stop the conquest of the Demon, an Asian witch doctor who’s strength has been enhanced by a Norn Stone. As the two battle, it becomes clear that their strength is evenly matched, and wanting to avoid defeat, the Demon demands that his soldiers attack Thor with a captured cannon. Thor, noticing that their weapon is more powerful than they suspect, prepares to stop it before they can unleash it’s power.
Meanwhile in the United States, Hercules has awoken from his first evening on Earth to the sound of a train that cannot progress further down the line due to a fallen tree on the tracks. Hercules decides to use his great strength to toss the tree aside, and asks that the engineer take him to the city that the train is destined to.
While back in Asia, Thor plugs the enemy cannon with his hammer, causing it to backfire, causing an explosion powerful enough to knock everyone but Thor unconscious. Using this opportunity, Thor reclaims the Norn Stone from the Demon, stripping him of his enhanced powers and his army soon flees.
The angry Odin refuses to allow Thor to return to Earth unless he passes the Ritual of Steel where he must fight not only against his best friend Balder, but an army of Asgardians all ordered to slay him.
Back on Earth, Hercules has been taking in all that New York has to offer, eating a grand meal in a dinner club and attracting the attention of beautiful women. He has been spotted by a talent scout for for a movie studio who wants Hercules to take part in a movie being filmed in California. He takes up playing the guitar for all present when the club is suddenly attacked by masked robbers hoping to loot the place.
However, all present — who figured Hercules for an actor playing the role of the famous Demigod — soon realize that they are dealing with the genuine article when Hercules fights off the robbers and sends them packing.
Their getaway is short lived however, when Hercules immobilizes their vehicle by throwing a lamp post at it. Hearing the commotion from her hospital room just as she is being discharged, Jane Foster believes that it’s coming from Thor who has kept his promise to return to her the next day.
However, when she goes to the streets she finds that it is Hercules, who is taking the glory and praise for stopping the crooks. Finding Jane to be very striking, Hercules leaves with the girl, and when the talent scout tries to stop him to meet his contractual obligations, Hercules simply stuffs the man in a garbage can and leaves.
Back on Asgard, Thor has managed to fight off his fellows, even fighting past Heimdall and escaping across the Bifrost Bridge to Earth. When Balder throws himself at the mercy of Odin for failing to slay Thor, Odin forgives him and decides instead to watch what his son intends to do on Earth.
There, Thor finds Jane in a restaurant with Hercules and finds that Jane is upset at Thor for once again abandoning her. When Thor tries to explain himself he sees who she is out with and becomes jealous.
When Hercules tries to greet his old ally, Thor insults him which leads to the Prince of Power striking the Thunder God, and thus the first blow in a battle between Thor and Hercules is struck.
- This is the final issue of Journey into Mystery. The title changes its name to The Mighty Thor but keeps the numbering.
- Thor (Dr. Don Blake)
- Seidring (First appearance)
- Mjolnir – Thor’s Enchanted Hammer
Thor and Hercules are fighting over Jane Foster, both mens egos preventing an end to the fight, however the two appear to be evenly matched. While in Asgard, Odin is still furious over Thor’s disobedience in first revealing his double identity to Jane and returning to Earth against Odin’s wishes. The All-Father then begins thinking of a suitable punishment for his disobedient son.
Back on Earth, Thor and Hercules’ battle takes them across the city, as each man tries to out match the other, accomplishing nothing more but a lot of collateral damage to the city around them.
Their battle eventually leads them to a construction site.
As the battle rages, on Asgard, Odin has called forth Seidring the Merciless to exact a punishment on Thor: to gradually drain his strength to half power.
In spite of Seidring’s reservations, he complies with Odin’s wishes, striking Thor with a mystical bolt that will weaken the Thunder God just as Odin commanded.
This of course turns the tide of battle in Hercules’ favour who begins to beat Thor in combat. However, Hercules realizes that Thor has been weakened and no longer desire to fight an inferior foe. Angered by this, Thor continues his fight even though his strength is at a low ebb.
In trying to defeat Hercules, Thor lifts a heavy construction vehicle and finds that his strength is insufficient to keep the device aloft, prompting Hercules to kick it out of his hands, Thor then collapses to the ground.
With the battle over, Hercules is swarmed by spectators, including the talent agent trying to convince Hercules to go to Hollywood and star in a Hercules movie. This time Hercules accepts the offer and departs. When Thor revives he finds that the crowd has lost interest in him and mock his easy defeat at the Prince of Powers hands. Feeling the rejection, Thor is confronted by Jane Foster who says that she only went to lunch with Hercules to make Thor jealous and that she is true to the Thunder God. Feeling that he has lost honour in the face of this defeat, Thor leaves Jane telling him he will not return to her until he has restored it in his eyes.
Jane is upset, until she contacted telepathically by Odin, who tells her that Thor has fought like a true Asgardian and that he is remorseful toward his son and tells Jane to go to him. Heeding this command, Jane follows after the Thunder God.