Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Bridge)

For your edification, a few pages of Thor from August 1968. Thor_TETU1

That beastie is called the Mangog. The Mangog is very kind and friendly. It wants hugs.


The ads on the left page are truly special:

Scientific Wonder XRAY GLASSES. It can't be true, but look for yourself. Girls will never trust you with these, but let them look for themselves and apparently see legs right thru your pants. Amaze and embarrass everyone! Only .95.

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MAMMOTH 9 FOOT HOT AIR BALLOON. AND 9-FOOT FLYING SAUCER. Ideal for July 4th celebrations, science clubs, or just real fun.

I can only imagine what the parents said when their son got a nine foot flying saucer in the mail.


Left page is a comic about Pete Duncan the Highschool Dropout and the importance of getting a GED. Great stuff!

Right page: Thor visits a hospital to heal Sif with his hammer's "strange rays." Apparently Mjolnir can create trans-dimensional vortexes, because Thor zaps himself and Sif to the Rainbow Bridge. Sif is no longer in her hospital gown, but wearing the latest in miniskirt armor.


Meanwhile, Loki has staged his weekly takeover of Asgard.

Left page: Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg are smashing things because they're bored. Right page: Loki shows up and asks (very reasonably) that they stop vandalizing the palace. Or, as the writer puts it:

But suddenly, the shrill, piercing, raucous voice of Loki rents the air like a banshee's wail--!


Mythology 101: Loki is known to the Norse as the Silvertongue.  His words can charm the birds out of the trees and soothe a savage Thor.   It's probably a safe bet that he was never imagined as having a shrill voice.

Anyway, Loki sends Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg off to fight the Mangog.


Thor and Sif arrive at the palace.   He and Loki turn on Yon Mystic Visi-Crystal (THAT'S REALLY WHAT IT'S CALLED) and watch the Mangog stomping his way towards Asgard in search of hugs.

And that's it.  There are a few more pages, but the issue ends before Thor ever reaches the Mangog.  So I have no idea how that fight ended.  It's a safe bet that Thor won.

Funky Norse Hats

The bad news: my hard drive died this past weekend.  I'm thinking about holding a funeral.  I had lots of documents and image files that were not backed up, so my best hope is that the data recovery autopsy people can somehow get them back. So take warning from my mistake: ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR WORK.

The good news: a friend loaned me some old Thor comics.  They are utterly hilarious.  I don't think they were intended to be hilarious, but...


This issue is from July 1971.


The ads seem targeted towards skinny adolescent boys who want to look Thor-ly.


Now Odin gets blasphemous.  Also, Odin's hat.  ODIN'S HAT.  I can't call it a helmet.   And why does the One-Eyed god have two eyes?


So eventually Thor and Company return to Asgard, only to find that Loki's taken over by seizing the all-powerful Odin-Ring, which Odin just happened to leave lying around before he went off to rescue Thor.  (Honestly.  Odin just leaves stuff lying around, like the Blue Cube of Doom.)  I think Loki takes over Asgard on a weekly basis.  He doesn't seem to do any lasting harm.  He just cackles and stalks around and banishes people.

Odin's not the only one with a funky hat.  It looks like Loki stole one of the Queen's hats and stuck some horns on it.   And it's pink.  Loki, no one will take you seriously as an evil tyrant if you're wearing a pink hat.