Appearing in "The Power of the Thunder God!"Edit
- Hardol The Healer (Only Appearance)
- other unnamed Asgardians
- unnamed mortal woman (Only in flashback)
- United States of America
- Sword of Balder
Synopsis for "The Power of the Thunder God!"Edit
Continuing the story from last issue, Thor battles Mister Hyde and the Cobra who have him and a mortally wounded Jane Foster trapped. Thor's time is running out as he cannot maintain the Time Warp that he created to prolong Foster's life, and he must defeat the two foes who have had their strength doubled by Loki.
Thor manages to escape from his two foes with the unconscious Foster, and breaking through the many traps in the house, he finds a safe place to keep Jane's body until he can defeat his foes.
Meanwhile, the whole display is being watched by Odin, who feels that he should not interfere. Balder, hearing this offers to play a ballad for the troubled Odin, and sings a song about Odin's own rebellious youth and a forbidden romance. The song is stopped by Loki.
Back on Earth, Thor finds Mister Hyde and the Cobra and battles them again. During the battle, Thor redirects some of the Cobra's poison pellets at him causing him to seek refuge in the air ducts, and smashes Mister Hyde through a wall.
While in Asgard, Odin is moved enough by Thor's battle to get involved and instructs Loki to go see Hardol the Healer who can create a potion that would cure Jane Foster. Knowing that Loki will not do this, the warriors of Asgard stop him and Balder takes Odin's written request and travels to find Hardol. On his way he travels across the Swamps of Endless Flame and is confronted by the Phantom of Asgard.
Returning to Earth, we find Mister Hyde and Thor still duking it out. Thor manages to push Mister Hyde into one of his own traps, a ray-beam that knocks Hyde out. Thor then sends an electrical surge through the house causing the Cobra to be shocked out of the vents and weakened enough for Thor to tie him up. Thor then returns to Jane's unconscious body knowing that he cannot maintain the Time Warp and laments over his situation.
Meanwhile back in Asgard, Balder manages to destroy the Phantom with his sword, travel across Forest of the Eternal Nightmare Plants, cross the Valley of Swords and survive the Valley of Avalanches to finally get to the home of Hardol the Healer and give him Odin's request for a potion.
On Earth, Thor finally decides to face the impending death of his love and dissipates the Time Warp. At that moment Balder's sword falls from the sky and lands in the room with the potion for Jane attached. Thor gives the potion to her, curing her of her fatal injuries. Balder's sword then returns to its owner.
With Jane healed and revived, Thor thanks Odin for his aid and carries the sleeping girl away from the house.
Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: The Secret of Sigurd!"Edit
Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: The Secret of Sigurd!"Edit
While returning from a special mission for Odin, Loki convinces Thor and Balder to follow him through a short cut that travels through the Forests of the Mysterious Sigurd, which eventually leads them to a confrontation with Sigurd himself who challenges the young gods to a duel claiming he can defeat them all with his secret power.
Thor attacks Sigurd, smashing his opponents' battle ax with his hammer; however every time Thor manages to knock Sigurd down he gets back up stronger than ever. Eventually, Balder remembers the key to Sigurd's constantly increasing strength: Sigurd is the son of the Earth Sprites, and his strength is increased every time he touches the ground.
Knowing the secret to Sigurd's power, Thor then catches his hammer under Sigurd's belt and then flings his opponent into the sky where he will then be stranded on a deserted asteroid.
With their foe defeated, the three gods continue their trek home, Loki disappointed that Thor was not defeated.
- The identity of the mortal woman, with whom Odin apparently was in love once, is unknown, as she does not appear again in Marvel publications and there is no apparent mythological antetype for her.
- credits for Story 1:
- Special Location: The Wall
- Written With The Mastery of Stan Lee
- Illustrated With The Genius of Jack Kirby
- Delineated With The Delicacy of Chic Stone
- Lettered With The India Ink of Artie Simek
- credits for Story 2:
- Superbly Written by Stan Lee
- Supremely Drawn by Jack Kirby
- Savagely Inked by Vince Colletta
- Sagatiously Lettered by Artie Simek
- No trivia.
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