> Thor Masterworks Volume 2

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"I believe I've developed an allergy, doctor! My hand seems to itch! Here...hold it!"

- - the Enchantress, to Dr. Don Blake, page 5

That is a helmet in Loki's hand AND he's happy to see her!


Thor and Tales of Asgard
from Journey Into Mystery #103

April 1964 • 18 pages

Publication Date: February 4, 1964

Letters Page: No letters page was published in this issue

I: Feature Story: "The Enchantress and the Executioner!"

Pages: 13

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Chic Stone
Letters: Sam Rosen

First Appearance: The Enchantress, the Executioner

Villain: Loki, Enchantress, Executioner

Guest Appearance: Jane Foster, Odin

Flashback Cameo: Zarrko, Mining Robot

Synopsis: Thor returns from the 23rd century and immediately heads to the office of his alter ego, Dr. Don Blake, where he falls asleep, exhausted from his recent trials. Jane Foster finds him slumped over on his lab table, and she affectionately moves him to his couch, where he rests again and has an uneasy sleep dreaming about his fight against Zarrko. Odin and Loki are watching from Asgard, and see that Thor has made no moves away from his mortal love, so Loki persuades Odin to send the Enchantress down to gain Thor's affections away from Midgard.

Loki travels to the home of the beautiful seductress, the Enchantress. He tells her of his plan, and she agrees, always wanting to attract Thor anyway. She heads to Midgard in an alluring red dress and furs, and traipses into Blake's office, right past Jane Foster. She sets Blake up for a scene in front of his nurse, suckering him into appearing to kiss her. Jane Foster runs away in a jealous fit, and Blake breaks her embrace and chases after his true love, Jane. The Enchantress is shocked that somebody has broken her embrace! She is determined to not be defeated, so she heads back to Asgard to enlist the aid of someone who can help her get rid of Jane Foster- the Executioner!

The beastly blacksmith is smitten- as all men are- with the lovely Enchantress, and is quite willing to do whatever she requests. He heads to Earth to find Jane Foster. Meanwhile, Don Blake is searching the city for Jane and coming up empty, so he changes to Thor for better luck. He hears through the grapevine that someone fitting the description of the Executioner is on the loose, and he knows he must act fast! At that same moment, the Executioner has tracked down Jane Foster in a crowd. He grabs her and throws her into a vortex he creates by spinning his battle axe, sending her to Limbo. Thor catches up to him and demands to know what he has done with Jane Foster. A terrible fight breaks out between the two, with their fisticuffs ending in a stalemate.

The Executioner brokers a deal where Thor will give him his hammer if he reveals where he sent Jane Foster. Thor agrees, as Jane is most important to him. The Executioner thinks possessing the hammer will win him the Enchantress, but not only can he not pick up the hammer, but the Enchantress is furious that he has double-crossed her and returned Jane Foster! She turns him into a tree and then turns her attention to Thor. She tries to depower his hammer with her spells, but the magical hammer resists. Her power and beauty cannot get Thor to capitulate, and the Thunder God whirls his hammer and sends them back to Asgard.

Later, Dr. Don Blake catches up to Jane, but she treats him with an icy glare after seeing him with his "new blonde girlfriend." As Blake tries to explain, Odin looks down and is furious his favorite son is still chasing after a mortal.

II: Tales of Asgard: "Thor's Mission to Mirmir"

Pages: 5

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

First Appearance: Sindri, Dwarfs, Skord the Dragon, Gullin the Boar, King Mirmir, Aske & Embla

Featured Characters: Thor, Sindri, Dwarfs, Skord the Dragon, Gullin the Boar, King Mirmir, Aske & Embla

Emblems of Asgard: The Land of Mirmir, the Ship Skipbladir

Synopsis: Thor travels to Mirmir by aid of a miniature boat built for him by Sindri the dward, which magically expands to massive size when Thor commands. Once he makes it to the shores of Mirmir, he is attacked by Skord the dragon and then Gullin, the boar god. He makes it past these foes and then follows the main stream to King Mirmir himself. Thor delivers his message from Odin, and Mirmir knows what he must do. Thor gives him a branch from Yggdrasill, and he dips it into the enchanted fountain, then sprinkles drops of water onto trees on Midgard which turn into Aske and Embla, the male and female who will start the new race in the image of immortal 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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