In my continuing effort to re-read the Thor canon, I come to Marvel Masterworks #80, or Mighty Thor #6. This particular tome includes #141-152, and each story is a Stan Lee/Jack Kirby production.
Our villains include Replicus, the Super-Skrull, a trio of Enchanters, the Ringmasters and his Circus of Evil, Karnilla the Norn Queen, and as always, Loki.
We get to see Thor ride a motorcycle, using Mjolnir as a turbocharger. We get to see him sip a soda in a malt shop. See? He's just like us!
Odin wigs out yet again, because Thor seems to like Earth a wee bit too much, and banishes him there, powerless except for his strength. Odin yells a lot in these books, waving his scepter around. He's a bit bossy. Kinda judgmental too. For being all-powerful, I'm just sayin'.
Loki turns up, to kick Thor around while he's weakened; Balder and Sif show up to help. With four of his people now on Earth, Odin really loses it...taking EVERYBODY'S power away.
Most of Odin's meltdowns get full-page Kirby splashes...they're kinda cool.
So now that everybody's godly power is gone, the Wrecker shows up, natch. He pummels Thor around for an ish or two, killing him.
Cue Hela, Goddess of Death, in her Cher-Bob Mackie-on-LSD outfit.
Meanwhile, Odin (not as smart as he thinks, methinks) scratches his head, saying "Loki? Really? He's behind all of this? Again?"
Then it gets REALLY wacky. While Hela's not looking, Thor's soul sneaks back into his body. The Destroyer reappears, to clobber the Wrecker, but you'll never guess who's inside the Destroyer.
Odin then says, "OK, I took his powers, but he's still cool, so presto-change-o, he's a God again."
Just in time for Thor to return to Asgard to save their butts from Ulik the Still Ugly.
The book ends with a cliffhanger, with Thor patting his belt, saying, "Heeeyyyy....waitaminnit....where's my hammer? LOKI!"
On to volume 7!