Tales to Astonish Issue 101- “Where Walks the Immortals!”
Published March 1968
Panoramically Produced by– Stan Lee & Marie Severin
Inking: Frank Giacoia
Lettering Artie Simek
I spoke too soon last night about NBC not airing the London Olympics 2012 opening live. It would’ve been cool to see it but they’ve decided to tape it and then slap a crapload of commercials on it. Thankfully I didn’t have to listen to Train singing that awful song this time, though Pizza Hut decided to do an old hat commercial rather than something I don’t know, related to the Olympics? Back to topic, I don’t really exactly know what kind of pitch Danny Boyle gave to the IOC, especially when there are better British Directors available, but all in all it was a weird opening. Fun at some spots, Wallander was quoting the Tempest, and sometimes a bit jumbled, just what I expect from a plate of Britain’s National Dish.
So, while the world’s greatest athletes attempt to reach a high level of greatness, in this issue the Hulk enters a higher plane of existence as he goes to Viking Heaven, Asgard.
Still lying prostate on the ground after his last battle with the Sub-Mariner, Bruce Banner is suddenly transformed into the Hulk by means of magic. Who could do such a thing but Loki, God of Mischief? While Thor is off doing his thing, the Trickster decides to summon the green giant to Asgard to wreck havoc on its inhabitants, distracting Odin and gaining power for himself. Ah, political intrigue!
The Hulk arrives on the Rainbow Bridge and its gatekeeper, Heimdall sees him approach. “By the Deadly Dread of Ragnarok!!” it’s time to fight! First the all-seeing guardian zaps him with his “sabre of sorcery” to push the Hulk away, but he retaliates by smashing the rainbow road. Heimdall falls off, leaving the mightiest misanthrope to go into Asgard. meanwhile Loki sits on his chair and gloats, as it will be a matter of time for him to overthrow his father. Odin has a strange feeling that something is going on, but thinks its heartburn.
The Hulk enters the forest and is challenged to battle by Hogun the Grim horserider. Being a gentleman, he throws Hulk a battle axe, but the brute does a thunderclap, sending him away. More Viking Warriors approach to see what’s the matter, and all they can do is watch as Hogun gets his butt kicked. Loki gloats some more, ugh. They fight a little bit, but the Hulk decides to stop the fighting and demand answers. Just as Fandral tries to talk with the brute, more warriors come to join the battle. He stops them, but Loki makes the situation worse by declaring that the Hulk must die!
While Fandral and his party go visit Oldar, the Oracle to see what to do with the Hulk. Loki takes the initiative and turns the Hulk back into Banner and throws in into a chasm. What was the point of bringing him here in the first place?