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Appearing in "The Menace of the Molten Man!"Edit

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Amazing Spider-Man #28.

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Synopsis for "The Menace of the Molten Man!"Edit

This story is reprinted from Amazing Spider-Man #28.

As the school year comes to a close, Peter Parker is getting the cold shoulder from Liz Allan, but so is Flash Thompson without any explanation. Graduation day is coming soon, so Peter is let out of school early and he pays a visit to Spencer Smythe, creator of the robot. Even though the robot grabs Peter, he talks his way out of it and quickly exchanges Spider-Man outfits to get his real one back. Just as he finishes, he notices a commotion between Smythe and Mark Raxton over a liquid metal alloy. Raxton intends to sell it and Smythe fights back saying more testing needed to be done. As Peter goes to help, the robot grabs him and he watches as Smythe is struck down and the jar of liquid metal alloy spills onto Raxton.

Raxton leaves for a hospital and, lost in thought, is almost hit by a car. When he lashes out, he realizes his strength and decides on a life of crime. Spider-Man confronts Raxton and begins to battle him, taking extremely hard blows due to Raxton’s new body of metal. Spider-Man knocks the lights out, and in the dark ties up Raxton’s hands and feet with super-thick webbing and leaves him for the police. Peter Parker attends his graduation and unfortunately J. Jonah Jameson is the guest speaker.

After a tedious speech, Peter decides to catch up with Liz Allan as Jameson butters up Aunt May to retain Parker’s photographic skills. Liz professes her feelings to Peter and says she felt she was seen as a ditzy blonde and that she never had a chance with Betty or Mary Jane around. Liz says it’s time for that part of her to graduate and leave behind and leaves before Pete can say a thing.

Appearing in "Giants Walk the Earth"Edit

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #104.

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Synopsis for "Giants Walk the Earth"Edit

This story is reprinted from Journey into Mystery #104.

This story starts out with Loki berating his underlings, the Enchantress and the Executioner, for not defeating Thor, claiming that his plan was "perfect." After he dismisses them, he talks to Odin, who is feeling troubled about his son Thor, who has fallen in love with a mortal, Jane Foster. Loki's advice to the Allfather is to go to Midgard and "assert your authority in person." This idea appeals to him, so he instills a little of the Odin Power into Loki, leaves him in charge of Asgard, and leaves for Earth.

On Earth, Dr. Blake sends his nurse Jane Foster home, to rest, because she is very tired after the encounter with the Enchantress and Executioner[2]. After she leaves, Blake notices that is too quiet, and does a quick patrol of the city, for any more "telltale signs of danger."

In Asgard, Loki is relishing in his new power and vowing that he will never give up Odin's throne. In an effort to keep Odin from returning to Asgard, he uses his new power to free Odin's two most fearsome enemies ("they shall defeat Odin for me!"), Skagg (Storm Giant), and Surtur the Fire Demon. The loyal Heimdall hears the incantations, but since he cannot and will not leave his post, guarding the Rainbow Bridge, he sends for Balder the Brave, to go to Earth and alert Odin.

Balder quickly reaches Earth and finds Thor, giving him the message about Odin. Thor realizes that the only reason for his visit is to see his mortal, alter-ego of Dr. Don Blake. Thor enters Blake's office through the window and alerts his father to the danger that Loki has set loose. "Then, at a gesture from the monarch of Asgard's hand, the very fabric of time itself stands still, as the entire human race, under an irresistible spell is instantly transported to a dimension beyond the ken of the human mind!"

At the next moment, the foes that Loki summoned appear on Earth. Balder the Brave is the first to charge forth on his winged steed at the Storm Giant, and makes quick work of the ten-ton club with his Asgardian sword. Just as Thor is about to help, a firebolt strikes his hammer, throwing him off balance, and out of the fight for a moment. Odin steps in, saying, "no longer can I remain merely a witness . . . ", and causes the seabed beneath the Storm Giant's feet to soften, and Skagg starts to sink, calling on Surtur for help.

Once Skagg is saved from sinking, Surtur moves to destroy the deserted Earth by melting the polar ice caps, while Skagg creates a storm to distract the heroes. Thor begins the battle with Skagg while Odin, on his winged Battle Steed, places a protective barrier over the deserted city. Thor's attack weakens and stuns the Storm Giant, allowing Odin to use the magic of his "Shining Sword" to drain the evil power from him. Even though Loki tries to support Skagg from Asgard by replenishing his power, Odin is finally defeats him.

This effort weakens the Wise One, leaving Thor and Balder to take care of Surtur. Thor realizes that they "cannot reach him in time, [and] there are other ways to stop him!!" Since Surtur is an older immortal than Thor, and his hammer Mjolnir "might not prevail", he takes his father's magic sword, since "it is older than all" and "only his son can wield it!" Using the Odinpower, he draws Surtur away from the ice caps and Earth itself, toward a special asteroid made of "magnetic particles!" This holds Surtur in a magnetic pull "which will last for ages to come!"

With the threats to Earth neutralized, Odin leaves for Asgard once again, bidding Balder and Thor to join him for a well deserved rest. Thor declines, saying that Earth is his home now, and he shall remain there always. Once back in Asgard, Odin punishes the tricky Loki, sending him to "serve the trolls" until Odin sets him free. Odin muses over a foreboding of the future, that his son is the most worthy and brave in the universe, yet "his heart weakened by love!"

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Journey into Mystery #103



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