> Thor Masterworks Volume 2

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"Jane, darling...Did anyone ever tell you that sarcasm doesn't become you? Lips like yours were meant only to whisper sweet nothings!!"

- - Dr. Don Blake, finally getting somewhere, page 18

Magneto faces off against Thor.


Thor and Tales of Asgard
from Journey Into Mystery #109

October 1964 • 23 pages

Publication Date: August 4, 1964

Letters Page: Currently not in inventory.

I: Feature Story: "When Magneto Strikes!"

Pages: 18

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

Villain: Magneto & The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: Toad, Mastermind, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver

Guest Appearance: Jane Foster

Cameo Appearance: Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Iceman; "Hall of Heroes" Sculptures: Thing, Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm, Captain America, Iron Man, Giant-Man, Wasp

Gadgets & Technology: Magneto's Camouflaged Submersible Fort, Magni-Sub, Proton Bomb

Synopsis: Thor attends a museum exhibit featuring sculptures of the Marvel Age of Heroes, complimenting the artist who crafted the awesome figures. In the ocean overlooking New York City, Magneto- the leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants- pilots his submersible. He has detected the X-Men within a 50 mile radius, and sends his brotherhood out to track them down. The Toad, Mastermind, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver all climb into a sub craft and head into New York to scour the city for them. Meanwhile, Magneto stays behind to practice his powers of magnetism.

While in his office, Dr. Don Blake sees all his metal instruments begin floating through the air. Outside, havoc is in the streets as everything that is metal floats up in the sky, then settles back down to normal, with everyone involved thinking it was some kind of mass hallucination. Unfortunately for Blake, he must break a date with Jane Foster and go check it out, and as Thor his investigation takes him to a peace of driftwood floating in the harbor. He inspects in and finds it to be fixed to a submarine below. He climbs inside and meets Magneto for the first time!

Thor fights back against Magneto's defense, but quickly, Magneto realizes that Thor must be a super-powered mutant and offers him membership in the Brotherhood. Thor refuses and the fight is on! Magneto wraps Thor up inside a blanket of steel, but Thor's immense power busts him free. He tosses his hammer at Magneto, but the mutant is able to suspend it in mid-air. Thor tries to punch Magneto out, but he is repelled back behind a steel wall, which Magneto tries to crush him behind.

Sealed off behind the wall, separated from Magneto and his hammer, he turns into Don Blake. Wondering what the heck a wooden cane is doing in his submarine, Magneto turns his attention to Thor sealed behind the steel wall, pushing metal rivets out at him with lethal force. Don Blake ducks the rivets and races through a crack in the wall to escape. Magneto mans a control panel that allows him to track Thor's presence in the sub and antagonizes him with his powers.

But on a prompter screen, he gets word from his Brotherhood that they are under assault by the X-Men. Magneto gets their location and tells them he will be there to aid them, but in the meantime, Blake has managed to get his cane back and turn to Thor. The Thunder God bashes at Magneto, who is surrounded by his force field, and keeps him off balance. Magneto is on the run, and decides to set off a proton bomb to destroy Thor. But the X-Men have arrived, and Magneto realizes he must escape. Iceman uses his powers to defuse the bomb, and when Magneto flees in a mini-sub, the X-Men chase after him in a sub of their own.

Thor has missed all the action, and barely knows what has happened to him this day. He destroys the empty submarine and returns back to his normal life as Don Blake. He heads back to Jane's apartment and finds her a very willing romantic partner for the night!

II: Tales of Asgard: "Banished From Asgard!"

Pages: 5

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Vince Colletta
Letters: Sam Rosen

First Appearance: Arkin the Weak; Knorda, Queen of the Mountain Giants

Featured Characters: Thor, Odin, Arkin the Weak, Knorda

Synopsis: In an an astonishing event, Odin banishes Thor from the kingdom of Asgard, even though his advisors warn him the Mountain Giants are prepared to strike. Hearing this news, the cousin of Loki- Arkin the Weak- takes his news to Queen Knorda of the Mountain Giants. He betrays Asgard by spilling the news of Thor's banishment. Sensing opportunity, she decides to track down Thor and kill him while he is seperated, then destroy Asgard. She leads a posse of Mountain Giants after Thor, who rides on horseback through a canyon. They chase him into a ravine, but he escapes through a small cave entry and climbs to the top of the crevasse, where waits Odin and the rest of the warriors of Asgard.

The whole banishment was a ruse, to flush out the suspected traitor Arkin and to catch Knorda's forces in a compromising position. Knorda recognizes her defeat and surrenders, begging for Odin's mercy.

--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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