(May 1965)

Marvel, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1965-03-04
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Atlas Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from 1965 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

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
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Loki; Odin; Thor [Thor Odinson]
Reprints

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

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
The Avengers [Captain America [Steve Rogers] (cameo); Giant-Man [Hank Pym] (cameo); Iron Man [Tony Stark] (cameo); Wasp [Janet Van Dyne] (cameo)]; Frightful Four [Medusa [Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon] (cameo); Paste-Pot Pete [Peter Petruski] (cameo); Sandman [Flint Marko] (cameo); Wizard [Bentley Wittman] (cameo)]; Balder (supporting); Daredevil [Matt Murdock] (cameo); Enchantress [Amora] (antagonist); The Executioner [Skurge] (antagonist); Jane Foster (supporting); Rick Jones (cameo); Loki (antagonist); Madam Medusa [Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon] (cameo); Odin (supporting); Thor [Thor Odinson] (featured); Yagg (death) (antagonist) (first appearance)
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.
Reprints

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.ht…

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Treasure Chest of Fun (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Honor House Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

4 More Marvel Masterpieces! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

The Avengers [superhero]; Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos; Spider-Man / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

U.S. Gov't Surplus (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Surplus Bargains / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Christy Trades School / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

More Triumphs for Marvel..! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

The Fantastic Four; X-Men / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Challenge! (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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

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)
Feature Logo
Tales of Asgard Home of the Mighty Norse Gods!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
King Hymir (antagonist); Loki (antagonist); Princess Rinda (guest); Thor [Thor Odinson] (featured)
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.
Reprints
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: 13) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16)

The Hammer Strikes [Thor] / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So! Thor never loses, eh?
Feature Logo
The Hammer Strikes
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from John Ellsworth, Gordon Fitzgerald, Judy Pope, and Terry Levin; includes The Mighty Marvel Checklist.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Mr. Victor Mason / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Yubiwaza System / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (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. ["Are you proud of your paycheck?"]
  5. 4. Treasure Chest of Fun
    Honor House Products
  6. 5. 4 More Marvel Masterpieces!
    The Avengers [superhero]; Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos; Spider-Man
  7. 6. U.S. Gov't Surplus
    Surplus Bargains
  8. 7. ["Start your own business!"]
    Christy Trades School
  9. 8. ["225 stamps for only 10¢"]
  10. 9. ["Look! Boys wanted to sell Grit"]
    Grit
  11. 10. ["Aim for the space team"]
  12. 11. More Triumphs for Marvel..!
    The Fantastic Four; X-Men
  13. 12. The Challenge!
    Tales of Asgard
  14. 13. ["Hatch and grow live sea-monkeys"]
  15. 14. ["Grow 2 living monsters in your own room"]
  16. 15. ["Big news for all you merry Marvel marchers — and all of your who are about to join!"]
    The Merry Marvel Marching Society
  17. 16. ["So! Thor never loses, eh?"]
    The Hammer Strikes [Thor]
  18. 17. ["Make $5.00 to $20.00 a week extra operating this "Saturday morning shoe store""]
    Mr. Victor Mason
  19. 18. ["Boys! Men! I'll help you master Yubiwaza"]
    Yubiwaza System
  20. 19. ["He's looking for people who like to draw"]
    Famous Artists Schools
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