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Thor #325: Review

Nov 1982
Doug Moench, Alan Kupperberg

Story Name:

A Deal With Darkoth

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Thor #325 Review by (June 2, 2020)

Review: More than a little unrealistic in judging the amount of goodness that exists in a human heart but the take is a nice if simplistic story of redemption, showing that a turn to the light side is possible even for a guy named Darkoth the Death-Demon.

Comments: Darkoth the Death-Demon was introduced in FANTASTIC FOUR #142-144 and returned in FF #193-194; this is his third appearance; despite his death he returns in EXCALIBUR #38-39. First appearance of Brenda Barclay, receptionist, who will show up in the next two issues and finally in issue #354. Story 2: Part two of four parts.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #325 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Mephisto still holds a grudge against Thor so he looks in on the life of Dr Donald Blake to seek out a weakness. Don is counseling his patient Brenda Barclay who has just learned she cannot bear children and he offers her the position of receptionist for his practice. Mephisto calls up Darkoth the Death-Demon, formerly Desmond Pitt who was transformed into a monster by Doctor Doom and decides to use his orphaned son against him. The villain tells Darkoth that if he delivers the soul of Don Blake to him, Darkoth can have Blake’s body to be restored to life and be reunited with his son. Darkoth reluctantly agrees and is transported to Don’s bedroom; Don awakens and transforms into Thor but Darkoth flees rather than kill Don. Thor follows and learns that Darkoth is fighting with Mephisto as an unwilling pawn. Thor intercedes just as Mephisto gains control over Darkoth so the two fight but Darkoth recovers his mind and pleads with Thor to cleanse him of Mephisto’s evil, which Thor does, allowing the already dead Darkoth to lie in peace. Mephisto is miffed and Thor fights off a horde of demons as Darkoth/Pitt’s soul goes to heaven….

Epilogue: Don arranges for Tom and Brenda Barclay to adopt Desmond Pitt’s son….

“The Golden Apples of Immortality”

Writer: Doug Moench. Pencils: Alan Kupperberg. Inks: Jack Abel. Colors: Christie Scheele.

Synopsis: The bad guys led by Loki and Tyr take the goddess Idunn captive and seize her store of golden apples; they hide a supply sufficient for themselves in the bole of Yggdrasil and feed the rest to the Midgard Serpent. Soon, Odin learns from the Warriors Three that the Golden Apples are gone and the gods of Asgard face mortality. The baddies gather to besiege Asgard and Loki discovers that Queen Jolena is outside the city as Odin has abandoned her. Meanwhile Tyr challenges Odin….

Preview Pages
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Alan Kupperberg
Jim Mooney
George Roussos
Ed Hannigan (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Loki Laufeyson)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Darkoth the Death-Demon (Desmond Pitt), Idunn, Jolena.

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