Characters Appearing: Clown, Ernesto Gambonno, Human Cannonball, Loki, Luigi Gambonno, Princess Python, Ringmaster, Thor, Ulik
Issue(s): Thor #173
And yeah, not only did the Circus get away last time, but they also started mocking Thor in their show. So no wonder Thor is back on their case.
Things get complicated when Loki, who continues to plan for something big, convinces Ulik the troll to go to Earth to kill Thor (actually, it doesn't require much convincing).
Ulik gets hypnotized by the Ringmaster first...
...but it ultimately doesn't matter since he and Thor fight anyway...
...and Thor literally blasts his ass back to Asgard (or whichever of the Nine Realms he's from).
With Ulik out of the way, the rest of the Circus of Crime is barely worth fighting...
...and the hardest part is resisting Princess Python's seduction.
At this point Marvel was trying out single-issue stories, and things seem ultra-compressed here, with Ulik being taken care of way too easily even not considering the added menace (relatively speaking) of the Circus of Crime.
As Jeff notes in the comments, one panel shows someone dressed as Johnny Storm during the Circus of Crime's act.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Official Marvel Avengers Index places Thor's appearance in Avengers #76 after this issue and has Thor next appearing in Avengers #79.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
please do you have a page that has snake coiling girl
Posted by: Michael Grant | November 18, 2013 1:31 PM
This issue has either a guy in the circus dressed as Johnny Storm or Johnny himself... The CoC wasn't also appearing in FF this month, were they?
Posted by: Jeff | June 13, 2015 11:13 AM
Thanks for pointing that out, Jeff. I've added a scan. I am sure it was just meant to be an Easter egg. The CoC wasn't also appearing in FF and Johnny hadn't run away to join the circus or anything at this point.
Posted by: fnord12 | June 13, 2015 12:33 PM
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