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Thor #126: Review

Mar 1966
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Story Name:

Whom the Gods Would Destroy!

Review & Comments

Rating:
5 stars

Thor #126 Review by (May 7, 2013)
Review: With one of the most homaged (French for “ripped-off) covers in Marveldom, we finally get down to brass tack and see a slugging match between the strongest gods of their respective pantheons. Sadly it doesn’t go on very long, as Odin slaps down his naughty little boy allowing the bully to whup him. And as everyone was not waiting for, the tale ends with pure soap opera—Thor moping and Jane apologizing for everything in sight. We’ll see where this goes next time but, whoa, was that great while it lasted.

Comments: Series continues the numbering of JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY. “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad” is an anonymous ancient proverb. First appearance of Seidring the Merciless who will be the main villain from #126-128.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #126 Synopsis by Arcturus Jackson

The jealous misunderstanding between Thor and Hercules turns shatteringly violent in seconds, crashing though the soda shop window and onto the streets of New York. Herc is startled that Thor is his equal but the Thunder God, frustrated at being separated from his beloved Jane Foster for so many months is fired up with rage….

In Asgard, the Aesir debate what punishment would be fitting for Thor as he has violated his sacred trust and revealed his secret identity to a mortal (i.e. to Jane Foster in issue #124). The wrath of Odin burns hot….

In the streets of the city, the two divine combatants tear (lengthwise) through a tractor-trailer to get at one another and their struggles takes them atop a speeding train and onto a construction site. They rip apart pieces of huge machinery to hurl at one another—but then Odin decides upon a punishment fit for his son—at the prompting of his counselor Seidring the Merciless, he will strip Thor of half his power in the midst of this battle of gods. Unable to bring himself to dole out so harsh a penalty, the All-Father endows Seidring with the Odin Power and has him do the distasteful deed. The sentence is carried out and Thor is nearly crushed when Hercules topples an abandoned building on him, saved only by the leverage of his hammer Mjolnir. As the battle continues Herc senses that something is wrong with Thor and when the Thunder God is suddenly unable to life a tractor, Herc easily knocks him out. A jubilant crowd swarms around the Greek hero and he is again approached by the Hollywood agent but this time Hercules accepts the offer of a movie contract and prepares to depart for the West Coast. A stunned Thor is left to deal with a handful of mockers—and Jane Foster. His beloved assures him that he is the only one she loves and confesses she only wanted to make him jealous. The disgraced Thor rebuffs her, declaring he is no longer fit to wear the mantle of the Thunder God and walks off. Suddenly Jane hears the voice of Odin, revealing that Thor’s victory was stolen from him and compelling her to go to him as his penance has ended. The story ends with Jane following the dejected Thor into the distance….



Story #2

The Summons! (Tales of Asgard series)

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby. Inker: Vince Colletta. Letterer: Art Simek.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

An angry Thor arrives in Thryheim to rescue Loki who has been carried off by the Flying Trolls. The Thunder God confronts Queen Ula and demands that his brother be freed. Ula promises to free Loki only if Thor agrees to stay and rule by her side; if he refuses, she will destroy the Odinship. As the confrontation becomes tense, a sudden blast of anti-energy that could only have come from Odin himself fells all save the two Asgardians and Thor flies to safety with Loki in tow. Aboard the Odinship, Volstagg is annoying acting captain Balder with his incessant bragging, when the Thunder God arrives. A vision of the All-Father appears to them in the sky summoning them all back to Asgard—for the danger they have been seeking is there….

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Jack Kirby
Vince Colletta
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Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Vince Colletta (Cover Inker)
Stan Goldberg (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Art Simek.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Balder (Balder the Brave), Jane Foster, Queen Ula, Seidring.

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