THOR #136-139 (1967): 1st Sif and Ulik

Thor kicks of the new year in high gear, with four issues that kick ass.

It starts with Ulik.

Thor brings Jane to Asgard and instead of accepting his son and the mortal bride-to-be, Odin convinces Thor to try to make Jane a Goddess, but she fails the tests presented to her by Odin, who then memory-wipes her and returns her to Earth, where she meets a handsome new doctor and is immediately stricken.  All this after Thor just got Odin to accept that Thor could marry a mortal.

Thor, naturally, gets pissed.  But not that pissed.  In her first appearance, Sif takes Thor’s breath away, and the two of them go hunting for trolls and fighting for Asgard together.

Jane who?

You can say it’s a cop-out to erase years of storytelling with a memory wipe and a new chick for Thor, but it also kind of makes sense.  These are immortal Gods, who rarely show respect for each other—let alone anyone else—and this kind of resolution appeals to their narcissism.

Also, apparently this is the first time we learn Thor’s hammer is named Mjolnir—only it’s spelled with an “e” instead of an “i”.

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
First appearances: Lady Sif and Ulik, mightiest of rock trolls.
Grade: B+

For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.

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