(May 1965)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Atlas Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

"The Trial of the Gods!" (Table of Contents)

Thor / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Thor; Loki; Odin
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

"The Trial of the Gods!" (Table of Contents: 2)

Thor / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby; Carl Hubbell (see notes)
Inks
Vince Colletta; Carl Hubbell (see notes)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At last, Thor and his evil arch-enemy Loki, are about to undergo the most dangerous test of all time, to determine which of them has lied to regal Odin, immortal monarch of Asgard!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Thor; Odin; Balder; Jane Foster; VILLAINS: Loki; Enchantress; Executioner; Yagg (introduction, death); CAMEOS: The Avengers [Captain America [Steve Rogers; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Giant-Man [Henry Pym]; Wasp]; Rick Jones; Daredevil; Frightful Four [Wizard; Medusa; Trapster; Sandman]
Synopsis
Odin sends Thor and Loki to Skornheim to endure the Trial of the Gods which will show which one of his sons is lying to him. Against Odin's decree, Loki uses magic to escape the traps of the enchanted land while Thor has to rely on brawn and sheer will. Meanwhile, the Enchantress and the Executioner set about tormenting Jane Foster in a bid to influence the outcome of the trial. Odin sends Balder to deal with them.
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Indexer Notes

This story takes place at the same time as Daredevil #7 and Fantastic Four #38. First appearance of the land of Skornheim. Nick Caputo suspects that Carl Hubbell provided alterations on the figures of the Executioner, the Enchantress and Daredevil on pages 11-13, per his blog:

http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-unknown-art-of-carl-hubbell....

"The Challenge!" (Table of Contents: 3)

Tales of Asgard / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In Thor #63, we saw how Loki won himself an ally in preparation for his eventual battle with the thunder god! (see notes)
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
FEATURE: Thor; GUEST: Princess Rinda (I); VILLAINS: King Hymir (I); Loki
Synopsis
On a diplomatic mission, Loki convinces King Hymir to put Thor to a deadly test where failure means slavery to the evil king. Thor, of course, passes the test, much to the annoyance of Hymir who strikes Loki and accuses him of betrayal.
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Keywords
Sea of Eternal Darkness

Indexer Notes

First appearance of Princess Rinda and King Hymir.

The "first line" sequence mentions Thor #63, but it is likely meant to refer to Journey Into Mystery #115 when Loki made an alliance with Ghan, the storm giant.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

The Merry Marvel Marching Society / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Hammer Strikes (Table of Contents: 5)

The Hammer Strikes / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Letters
Typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So! Thor never loses, eh?
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Indexer Notes

letters page includes The Mighty Marvel Checklist.

Letters from John Ellsworth, Gordon Fitzgerald, Judy Pope and Terry Levin.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Famous Artists Schools / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. "The Trial of the Gods!"
    Thor
  2. 1. ["Exclusive fun products by mail"]
  3. 2. "The Trial of the Gods!"
    Thor
  4. 3. "The Challenge!"
    Tales of Asgard
  5. 4. ["Big news for all you merry Marvel marchers--and all of you who are about to join!"]
    The Merry Marvel Marching Society
  6. 5. The Hammer Strikes
    The Hammer Strikes
  7. 6. ["Make $5.00 to $20.00 a week extra operating this "Saturday morning shoe store""]
  8. 7. ["Boys! Men! I'll help you master Yubiwaza"]
  9. 8. ["He's looking for people who like to draw"]
    Famous Artists Schools
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Frank Plowright
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • David Bruce
  • Katie
  • Darrel McCann
  • Del Gruber
  • Kelly Langston-Smith
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Heer
  • Bob Klein
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Darrel McCann