THOR #196-201 (1972): Ragnarok

These issues end the three storylines for the year that were established in issue #195.  It’s kind of interesting-you can see how there was a pitch to editorial, which was basically issue #195, and now what’s left is to move forward with the details.  It is starting to look like Odin intentionally sent his son away from Asgard to avoid the big confrontation with ManGog-like maybe Odin fears that Thor would die in the battle.

Indeed, we get Kirbyesque panels like the one above showing exactly how much ass Man-Gog can singlehandedly kick.  Answer: All of it.

And Asgardians die.

There’s been a lot of Ragnaroks in future Thor stories.

Also, lots of Midguard Serpent references.

This is one of them. One of the better ones.

Eventually, we learn that Thor’s quest was to draw water out of the Well of Twilight, which Thor puts on his hammer and uses it to protect the rest of the universe from Man-Gog. 

Then, Thor and his pals return to Asgard and defeat the beast by shrinking him.

That’s hilarious and cool at the same time.

But Odin was killed in the battle, which leads to Thor’s journey to Hel to bring his father back.

Hela and Pluto fight for the right to Odin’s soul, following his death in the Man-Gog battle from last issue.

Great idea.  Wish it hadn’t been resolved so quickly.

In the end, it turns out Odin’s not dead, he’s just sleeping.  Because he sleeps a lot.

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