Ok, how about this for an idea. We take it in turns to post a favourite (British spelling) comic cover every day. This went really well on the comic fan website that I used to frequent. What we tried to do was find a theme or subject and follow that, until we all got bored with that theme. I'd like to propose a theme of letters of the alphabet. So, for the remainder of October (only 5 days) and all of November, we post comic cover pictures associated with the letter "A". Then in December, we post covers pertaining to the letter "B". The association to the letter can be as tenuous as you want it to be. For example I could post a cover from "Adventure Comics" or "Amazing Spider Man". However Spider Man covers can also be posted when we're on the letter "S". Adventure Comic covers could also be posted when we're on the letter "L" if they depict the Legion of Super Heroes. So, no real hard, fast rules - in fact the cleverer the interpretation of the letter, the better, as far as I'm concerned.
And it's not written in stone that we have to post a cover every day. There may be some days when no cover gets posted. There's nothing wrong with this, it just demonstrates that we all have lives to lead.
If everyone's in agreement I'd like to kick this off with one of my favourite Action Comic covers, from January 1967. Curt Swan really excelled himself here.
JD DeLuzio said:
The All-Father looks like he's cheering on a sporting event.
I don't remember Loki being a physical powerhouse.
The Mighty Thor issue 147 is part of a long multi-epic story-line in which Thor ticked off big daddy Odin yet again and was punished for the upteenth time by having his powers significantly reduced. As Loki still had his own godly strength, in this instance at least he was probably about physically equal to Thor. Loki, arousing Odin's ire in this issue, would also be de-powered, and while attempting to get himself amped up again with Karnilla's magic, the Wrecker stumbled onto the scene, got the godly powers intended for Loki and subsequently nearly killed Thor. Of course, Thor did get better and got his powers back just in time to face the Mangog. Beginning with the introduction of the Enchanters in 143, there was little let up for Thor until the conclusion of the Mangog story in 157.
The Daredevil/Spider-Man/Thor story in Fantastic Four #73 was contemporaneous with the Wrecker issues - when Spider-Man finds Thor he's recovering from one of their bouts - which is why Ben was able to match Thor when they fought there.
Loki appeared almost constantly up to Journey into Mystery #123, where he sought to seize control of Asgard with the Absorbing Man and they were banished to space. He didn't vanish completely after that - he appeared in "Tales of Asgard" up to Thor #129, and caused trouble through proxies (as he'd often done in the earlier period) in Thor Annual #2 and Thor #142 - but Thor #147 was something of a return for him.