> Thor Masterworks Volume 2

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"Thor, to you this is probably just another one of a thousand victories - - but to those of us living in this century, you have done something which we shall never forget!"

- - representative of the World Coucil, 23rd Century, page 13

Check out this Krazy Kirby Kontraption! A "C-Bomb", short for "Cell Bomb!" An "actual instant-prison", don'tcha know!!!!


Thor and Tales of Asgard
from Journey Into Mystery #102

March 1964 • 18 pages

Publication Date: January 3, 1964

Letters Page: No letters page was published in this issue

I: Feature Story: "Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man!"

Pages: 13

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Chic Stone
Letters: Artie Simek

First Appearance: Techni-Guards, 23rd Century World Council

Villain: Zarrko

Cameo Appearance: Odin, Loki, Techni-Guards

Flashback Cameo: Mining Robot

Gadgets & Technology: Master Machine, Octi-Robot, "C-Bomb" (aka Cell Bomb), Refrigerato-Beam

Synopsis: (continued from JiM #101)

Zarrko and Thor arrive in the 23rd century. His first order of business is to get Thor to start destroying the world's power infrastructure. All over the world, devices and machines quit working and chaos ensues. The citizens see Zarrko and realize that his memory has returned, and he is back for plans of world domination. Techni-guards- the men who guard the machines and keep them working- fan out to take on Zarrko, but the Tomorrow Man sics Thor on them, and they are easily defeated. Thor is reluctant to hurt anybody, but he cannot break his word to Zarrko.

They go before the World Council and Zarrko makes his demands: he wants control of the Master Machine, the device which gives them their orders. They defy Zarrko, and he walks away, giving them one hour to change their mind. Unseen by Zarrko, Thor slips a note to a member of the World Council. On their way out, Thor is attacked by an Octi-Robot, a device which mimics the octopus with long tentacles and an inky cloud of vapors. Thor quickly destroys the robot, and the leader of the World Council comes out and says he has no choice but to tell Zarrko where the Master Machine is.

They fly out to a remote island where the Master Machine is stored. Thor smashes open the door to the facility, and a "C-Bomb" flashes out to protect the Master Machine. The "Cell" Bomb pops out and sets up a confining jail cell around both Thor and Zarrko. Thor is able to break through it and free them, and they make their way into the control room. From the inside of the Master Machine, Zarrko has total control over the world's cities. Now that he has gained control of the world, Thor tells Zarrko he is now released from his obligation. He helped Zarrko return to the 23rd century and take over the world, and now he is free to do what he wishes. And what he wishes is to stop Zarrko!

Zarrko grabs his Refrigerato-Beam and fires it at Thor, causing thick trails of ice to cover Thor's hammer. But Thor fights him off and chases him into the control room, where Zarrko threatens to pull a lever that will destroy the world through the Master Machine. Thor has been biding his time, though, until he can send an energy current through the machine to shock Zarrko, and then enclosing him inside an solid ball of energy matter.

He turns Zarrko over to authorities, who pledge to jail him permanently this time. Thor returns back to the past, where Odin is proud that his son beat Zarrko after all, and Loki is angry that his plan has once again fallen apart.

II: Tales of Asgard: "'Death' Comes to Thor"

Pages: 5

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Paul Reinman
Letters: Artie Simek

First Appearance: Three Fates, Balder, King Rugga, Hela, Sif

Featured Characters: Thor, Three Fates, Balder, King Rugga, Storm Giants, Hela, Sif

Marvel Milestones: Depicts Thor's first use of his hammer

Synopsis: Young 18-year old Thor is told by the Three Fates that in order to get Odin's hammer, he must first meet Death. Thor is not deterred by this fateful prophecy. As he tries once again to lift the hammer, he is told by Balder the Brave that Lady Sif has been kidnaped by storm giants. He goes to face the storm giants and makes his way past all the guards to the king of the storm giants, Rugga, who tells him he was offered immortality by Hela, goddess of Death, if he turned Sif over to her. Thor goes to Hela, to offer his life for Sif's. Hela cannot bring herself to take such a noble and brave young man, so she allows him to take Sif back to Asgard.

--synopsis by Gormuu

Issues Reprinted
Thor and Tales of Asgard from
Journey Into Mystery #101-110

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.

JiM #101 JiM #102 JiM #103 JiM #104 JiM #105
JiM #106 JiM #107 JiM #108 JiM #109 JiM #110


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