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Appearing in "Thor the Mighty and the Stone Men from Saturn!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #83.

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Synopsis for "Thor the Mighty and the Stone Men from Saturn!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #83.

Donald Blake, a doctor from the United States, is visiting Norway. At the same time, a ship from Saturn lands nearby as advance scouts for a planned invasion. A local fisherman spots them and alerts the villagers, but they dismiss him. Blake overhears and goes to look for himself. When he steps on a twig, the aliens notice him. He flees into the hills, where he loses his cane. He runs into a cave, but the other entrance is blocked by a giant boulder. A secret door opens, revealing a chamber where Blake finds a walking stick. He tries to move the boulder with the stick but is unable to get leverage. Frustrated, he hits the boulder with the stick, and, in a flash of light, the stick transforms into a hammer, transforming Blake into Thor, the mythical Norse God of Thunder.

Part 2: The Power of Thor!

Thor Odinson (Earth-616) from Journey Into Mystery Vol 1 83 0001

First appearance of Thor

Thor easily lifts the boulder and leaves the cave. He verifies that the hammer has all the powers of Mjolnir, Thor's legendary weapon. He discovers it gives him the power to create storms and that the hammer is indestructible and will come back to him if thrown. Meanwhile, the alien armada shows up on Earth's radar screens. When fighter jets scramble to meet them, they project an image of a huge dragon and frighten away the pilots. When the ground forces fire missiles, they explode harmlessly against the ships' force fields. Thor speeds to the defense of the Earth.

Part 3: Thor the Mighty Strikes Back!

When Thor attacks the aliens, they drop a cage over him, but he tears the bars open. They aim their disintegration beams at him, but his hammer smashes their guns. They unleash their Mechano-Monster, but he smashes it to bits. The aliens return to their ships and give up their invasion. Thor changes back to Dr. Blake, whom the soldiers ignore when they come to look for the invaders.

Appearing in "The Mighty Thor vs. The Executioner"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #84.

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  • Dr. Blake's car
  • Communist jet fighters
  • an "American ship of mercy"
  • Communist tanks

Synopsis for "The Mighty Thor vs. The Executioner"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #84.

While Blake is in Europe, a revolution starts in San Diablo between a Communist faction and a democratic faction. Because of the fighting, there is a shortage of medical help in San Diablo, and several American doctors, including Dr. Donald Blake (with his trusty sidekick, nurse Jane Foster), agree to go there to help. However, the evil Executioner, leader of the Communist faction, does not want the peasants to be treated. He wants them to remain ill so that they will be too weak to oppose the Communists. He sends five fighter planes to blow up the ship carrying the doctors and medical supplies from America. Blake turns into Thor and destroys the planes, which prompts the Executioner to send the commander of the pilots to the firing squad.

The Executioner then sends his armed forces to hunt down and kill the doctors. Thor fights off all attackers, but the soldiers capture Jane Foster, forcing Thor to stop his attack. The Communists fawn over Jane, until Blake arrives, demanding her release. Angered over Blake's commands, The Executioner steals his walking stick and orders Blake in front of the firing squad. However, Blake goads the Executioner into fighting him man to man, snatches back his stick, and transforms into Thor. As Thor fights off the attacking communists, the army of the democratic faction arrives, causing the Communists to flee. Realizing his defeat is imminent, the Executioner steals the gold from the treasury and attempts to flee. The other Communists recognize him as a traitor and place him in front of their own firing squad. They then realize that the Americans were their friends all along, and the war comes to an end. Blake then treats and cures all of the sick peasants, and no one suspects any connection between he and Thor. Jane, however, wishes Donald could be as handsome and brave as the super-hero.

Appearing in "Trapped by Loki, The God of Mischief"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #85.

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  • Loki (First Modern Age appearance)

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  • a subway

Synopsis for "Trapped by Loki, The God of Mischief"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #85.

In the far off land of Asgard, home of the Asgardians, the trickster god Loki has spent time trapped in a tree, so put there by Odin until someone would shed a tear over him, thus freeing him from his prison. Having taken partial control over the tree, Loki causes a leaf to fall from its branches as the god Heimdall is walking past it. The leaf lands in Heimdall's eye causing him to shed a tear, unknowingly freeing Loki from his prison. Now free, Loki begins plotting revenge against his half-brother Thor, and uses his mystic link to Thor's hammer to track Thor to New York City on Earth.

Appearing on Earth, Loki takes on a mortal guise and goes to the hospital where Thor was putting on a show for sick children, but finds that Thor had just left. Unable to find Thor in the teeming millions of people, he decides to flush the Thunder God out by casting a spell that makes people in the streets turn into negative images thereby causing a panic. In his civilian guise of Donald Blake and out with his nurse Jane Foster, Thor spots the problem and slips away to transform himself into his godly form.

Using his Uru hammer's mystical properties, Thor manages to change the people back to normal. As he is being praised by the crowd, Thor is approached by his half-brother who reveals his true identity to him.

Part 2: The Vengeance of Loki

Seeking to take their battle to the sky, Loki is really setting up Thor for a trap, and easily hypnotizes his opponent. He commands Thor to hand over the hammer, which Thor refuses due to the will of his father Odin, try as he might Loki cannot get Thor to give up his hammer. Eventually Loki succeeds when he creates a mystical duplicate of Thor and tells his thrall to hand it over to the double, which Thor does willingly. Loki then commands that Thor go to the zoo and let all the animals loose.

What Loki doesn't account for is the fact that once Thor is away from his hammer for more than sixty seconds he reverts back into the form of Donald Blake. When this happens, Blake is free from Loki's control and manages to get past a group of people trying to lift Thor's hammer (unable to do so because they are unworthy of wielding it) changing himself back into Thor. With his plot foiled, Loki attempts to escape under the cover of a flock of birds, however Thor follows after the God of Mischief. This leads to a battle across the city where eventually Loki tries to escape on an animated statue of Pegasus.

Thor finally stops Loki when he manages to trap him in a pipe, knocking him off his horse and into the bay. Quickly capturing Loki, Thor takes him to the top of the Empire State Building where he uses his hammer to hurl Loki back to Asgard before Odin for punishment. After his hammer is returned to him, Thor reverts back to his Donald Blake guise and reunites with Jane Foster, who is once more gushing over Thor's exploits.

Appearing in "On The Trail of The Tomorrow Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #86.

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  • Mjolnir - Thor's Enchanted Hammer
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  • Zarrko's Time Macine

Synopsis for "On The Trail of The Tomorrow Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #86.

Three centuries in the future mankind knows peace and technological perfection, however one man is not happy with the state of the peaceful world. This man is the mad scientist known as Zarrko, who has built a time machine to travel into the past in the hopes of procuring humanity's powerful atomic weapons so that he might use them to conquer his future.

In the present day, Thor has agreed to aid the US Military in missile tests, flying along with test missiles to review their efficiency. Hoping to test the effects of their new Cobalt bomb on human beings by studying how it effects Thor, the army has the Thunder God strapped to measuring devices and have him stand in close proximity of this new experimental bomb. However, the test does not go as planned, as Zarrko appears in his time machine and pilfers the device and escapes into the future before Thor can stop him.

Part 2: Flight to the Future

Promising to recover the bomb, Thor summons his father Odin and asks how he might travel into the future. Odin guides him to using his hammer to time travel by tying a fragment of Zarrko's craft (broken off in the brief battle between Thor and Zarrko) and spinning his hammer faster than the speed of light and its magic will transport him to the future. The spell works and Thor is sent into the future year of 2262, where he finds that Zarrko has used the C-Bomb to take over the future Earth.

When Zarrko learns of Thor's arrival in his time, he sends his newly established guards after Thor. Thor quickly finds someone from the future to act as a decoy, putting on a costume like Thor, while Thor dons a black robe and the two storm Zarrko's citadel. Inside, the fake Thor is captured lulling Zarrko into a false sense of security when he is suddenly ambushed by the real Thor. When Zarrko's weapons fail he flees and sics an army of robots against Thor, who grab his hammer.

Using a water pipe to short circuit the robots, Thor manages to make them drop his hammer before the sixty second time limit would have him change back into Donald Blake.

Zarrko meanwhile has escaped in a ship and is planning to drop the C-Bomb on the city, however Thor summons up a storm which causes Zarrko's ship to fly erratically enough for Thor to recover the dropped bomb. When Zarrko's ship crashes, the villain survives but has suffered amnesia and is taken into custody. Praised as a hero, Thor then returns to the present where he returns the C-Bomb back to the military.

Later, back in his guise of Donald Blake, Thor returns to his office where he finds Jane Foster marveling over the stories about Thor's recent escapade.

Appearing in "Prisoner of the Reds"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #87.

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  • A Ship
  • A Soviet Plane
  • A Commercial Airplane

Synopsis for "Prisoner of the Reds"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #87.

Five scientists have apparently given up on the American way of life and have defected to Russia, causing the government to exercise grave concern. While in New York, Donald Blake decides to do something in his godly identity of Thor. As part of this plan, Blake travels to Washington, D.C. where he meets Colonel Edward Harrison of the US Army Intelligence and offers himself as bait for the Russians by reporting that he has come up with a new biological weapon. When asked why he wants to help, Blake makes up a story about how his lame leg prevented him from fighting in the Korean War and he wants to do something for his country to make up for it.

When the story about Blake's "discovery" hits the newswire, a Russian agent posing as a photographer for National Magazine visits Blake's office. As expected, the spy's camera is rigged to spray a will sapping gas that puts Donald in a hypnotic trance. The spy then has Blake write a similar defection letter and flies him to Russia where he is put in a cell with the other "defected" scientists.

When left alone in his cell, Donald taps his cane changing into Thor and easily breaks out of his cell. The Russian soldiers have rigged the dungeon with various traps, which Thor easily bypasses. However, the Russians get Thor at a stalemate when their commanding officer threatens to activate a self-destruct device that would destroy the dungeon and everyone in it, including the captured American scientists.

Forced to relinquish his hammer and be shackled in "electronically treated" chains that even Thor apparently cannot break out of, the Russian soldiers leave Thor unattended figuring that he is no longer a threat. As the 60 second time limit that Thor can be away from his hammer runs out, he changes back into Donald Blake, who is lithe enough to clamber out of the shackles and recover his hammer changing back into Thor.

The Thunder God then frees the captured American scientists and then gets the drop on his Russian captors and easily destroys their dungeon. Reverting back into Donald Blake, Thor joins the scientists as they smuggle themselves out of the country and are shipped back home to America. Later, Donald recounts the tale (while keeping his identity of Thor secret) to Jane, who once more moons over Thor, leaving Donald Blake to wonder if the woman he loved could ever love him as Donald Blake, and not Thor.

Appearing in "The Vengeance of Loki"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #88.

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  • Loki (Main story and flashback)

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  • a Soviet plane

Synopsis for "The Vengeance of Loki"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #88.

Following his defeat at the hands of Thor, Loki was sent back to Asgard where he was punished by Odin, who decreed that Loki would never be allowed to leave Asgard again. Still wishing to gain revenge on his cursed half-brother, Loki casts a spell to spy on Thor, and witnesses the Thunder God's previous adventure where he saved five American scientists from Russian captivity. Loki witnesses Thor changing into Donald Blake, and now having learned his foe's mortal guise has come up with an idea to defeat Thor once and for all.

In order to sneak out of Asgard, Loki transforms himself into a snake and slips past Heimdall and crosses the Bifrost Bridge to Earth. Taking on a human guise of an old man, Loki enters Donald Blake's office and hypnotizes Jane Foster and gives her secret commands and then enters Donald's office. when Don reports for work, he finds Loki waiting for him and changes into Thor. Loki poses the Thunder God a challenge in Central Park, a challenge that Thor accepts before Loki leaves. Changing back into Donald Blake he tells Jane that he is leaving for the afternoon, unaware that Jane is about to enact Loki's hypnotic suggestions upon his departure.

Arriving at Central Park as Thor, he begins to battle Loki unaware that Jane Foster (still under Loki's thrall) is wandering in the area. Loki then transforms a tree into a tiger and sets it upon Jane, and turns the Thunder God's attention to Jane's situation. Thor has two options: grab his returning hammer, or save Jane. With no choice, Thor chooses the latter, and after dealing with the mystical tiger he reverts back into Donald Blake because he has been away from his hammer for more than 60 seconds. When Donald attempts to recover his weapon, Loki puts a magical force field around it, preventing Blake from changing back into Thor. With his enemy apparently defeated, Loki transforms into a bird and flies away, planning to conquer the Earth.

Blake revives Jane and takes her back home while Loki uses his magics to terrorize the people of New York City, and make the counter attacking army's weapons useless. As this is happening, Blake comes up with a means of tricking Loki so that he can get his hammer back.

Planting a story in the papers stating that Thor promises to defeat Loki by the end of the week prompts the God of Mischief to check and see if Thor found a means to recover his hammer. To his surprise, he finds Thor (with hammer in hand) waiting for him at the location of the force field. Unable to see within the force field, the unbelieving Loki removes it to see if the hammer is truly gone. Suddenly, Donald Blake bursts out of the bushes and grabs the real hammer which was there all along. Changing back into Thor, he explains that he tricked Loki with nothing but a mannequin.

Loki attempts to escape by changing into a pigeon and hiding amongst a whole flock. However, with a bag of peanuts, Thor manages to cause all the real birds to break Loki's cover. Trying to escape, Loki meets a humiliating defeat when Thor uses a tennis net to ensnare the escaping villain. Forcing Loki to revert back to his human form and return him to Asgard for punishment.

Appearing in "The Thunder God and the Thug"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #89.

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  • Thug's car

Synopsis for "The Thunder God and the Thug"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #89.

Returning to the office of Donald Blake, Thor notices some of his alter ego's patients watching and in order to protect his secret identity enters another office where mannequins are stored and makes a mock up of himself which he throws out into the ocean, securing his secret identity. Changing back into Donald Blake, he begins his daily routine as the renowned doctor and surgeon. As he works, he laments over his apparent unrequited love for Jane Foster, unaware that she loves him to a degree -- as she loves his alter ego Thor, and fantasizes about being married to the Thunder God.

As fate would have it, captured criminal Thug Thatcher is being taken from a court house by the police when the paddy wagon is attacked by Thatcher's men. In his bold escape attempt Thatcher takes a bullet and needs instant medical attention. Spotting Blake's office, Thatcher and his men burst in and take Jane and Donald prisoner, threatening to harm Jane if Donald doesn't treat Thatcher.

Forced to treat the criminal, Donald attempts to contact his father Odin telepathically to get aid. Sympathetic of his son's plight, Odin causes a lightning strike to hit one of Thatcher's men causing enough confusion for Blake to recover his walking stick and strike it on the ground changing himself into Thor. Thor makes short work of Thug Thatcher's men, however Thug and his girlfriend Ruby (who is starting to reconsider her life of crime) make an escape and head straight to Donald Blake's office where he hopes to use Jane Foster as a hostage to escape recapture.

Thor arrives and is ordered to drop his hammer, as Thug is threatening to kill Jane. Thor complies but then kicks the hammer at Thatcher causing him to drop his gun. Thor then takes Jane to safety allowing for Thug and Ruby to once more flee the scene. Ruby however wishes to give up, but Thug has no such compunctions and escapes up the elevator of a sky scraper construction site. Thor's attempt to use lightning to stop Thatcher doesn't work out so well as the metal girders of the building attract the bolts of lightning, however the heat from the lightning strikes compromises the girders integrity, and when Thatcher tries to dump a bucket of hot rivets on the crowd below they give way and he falls.

Thor however captures the crook and turns him over to the authorities, and is granted the request to eliminate all Ruby's memories of her involvement with Thug Thatcher so that she might start a new life before returning to his civilian guise of Donald Blake.

Appearing in "Trapped by the Carbon-Copy Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #90.

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  • Xartan ship

Synopsis for "Trapped by the Carbon-Copy Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #90.

On the distant planet of Xarta, the alien warlords Ugarth and Zano wish to conquer the planet Earth and so they prepare an invasion fleet, believing that the planet will be an easy victory for their empire.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Donald Blake contemplates revealing his true identity as Thor to Jane Foster in the hopes of winning her love. However, right when he is about to tell her Odin contacts Thor telepathically and warns him against doing so. Donald then quickly departs to make his rounds at the nearby hospital. Exiting his office Blake is witness to a strange spectacle: police officers ordering pedestrians to walk in the gutter while drivers are allowed to drive their vehicles on sidewalks. He also sees other strange laws being enacted such as cigarette advertisements being plastered over the windows of an apartment, and the Brooklyn Bridge being painted with polka dots.

Returning to his office, Donald receives a mayoral notice advising him that treating charity patients free of charge has now been outlawed. Blake is further shocked when Jane agrees with this new law and calls Blake a weak willed quack and storms out on him. Finding this all very suspicious, Blake changes into Thor and pays a visit to the mayor's office. There the mayor denounces Thor and orders him to be arrested as a criminal, prompting the Thunder God to flee the scene. Thor comes to realize that the only logical explanation for everyone's sudden change in behavior must be that they are impostors.

Searching the city, Thor comes across an alien ship and sets his hammer down while he begins looking for an opening. He is suddenly struck with a magnetic bolt that immobilizes him against the hull of the ship. As the 60 second limit on his hammer runs out Thor changes back into Donald Blake and is found by two of the Xartans and taken aboard their ship. There he finds the real mayor and Jane Foster prisoner. The Xartan leaders explain that they are "carbon copy men" able to duplicate the appearance of anyone and are using this power to slowly subvert and take over the entire planet Earth.

When Jane and the mayor tell the aliens that Thor is powerful enough to stop them, they scoff at the idea until Blake tells them where they can find the Thunder God, which leads Foster and the mayor to think that Donald is a traitor to his people. Taken outside the ship, Blake distracts the aliens long enough to recover his hammer and change back into Thor. When he confronts the Xartans, they use their shape changing powers to their advantage.

After a battle with Zano, who tries to to freeze Thor in a block of ice and then fails to beat him in hand to hand combat, he battles their leader Ugarth. Ugarth gains the upper hand at first when he renders himself invisible, but Thor defeats the warlord by summoning a rain storm that betrays Ugarth's location. Thor easily defeats the Xartan leader and throws him into deep space, prompting his invasion fleet to go to the rescue of their leader. With their leader defeated and their invasion fleet gone the remaining Xartans are now trapped on Earth and Thor suggests taking them prisoner to prevent any invasion from happening again.

With the risk of the Xartans simply changing into anyone and escaping, Jane and the mayor are worried that these carbon copy men will cause Earth a lot of trouble. Thor offers a solution however, and orders the Xartans to change themselves into trees. The Xartans, figuring that they will simply change back to normal after the humans leave and escape comply, playing right into Thor's hands. Thor explains to Jane and the mayor that since the carbon copy men gain all the attributes of whatever they change into, and since trees don't think, they are trapped in the form of trees because they cannot think to change back to their normal forms. Thor then explains to Jane and the mayor that Donald Blake had aided him and was not a traitor.

Later, back at Blake's office, Jane recounts what Thor had told her to Donald, and wonders how Donald could have been a help. Blake just wryly dismisses the episode, telling her that not everyone can be as brave as the mighty Thor.

Appearing in "Sandu, Master of the Supernatural!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #91.

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  • Jet Fighters

Synopsis for "Sandu, Master of the Supernatural!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #91.

Opens with Odin in Asgard remarking that he is storing Thor's Belt of Strength, which increases his already incredible strength, for a time when Thor will need it.

At that very moment, Thor is flying through the air over New York City when he happens upon a building that is miraculously floating in the air and suddenly disappears. Realizing there is nothing more he can do as Thor, the Thunder God transforms back into Donald Blake, and walks among the crowd and is shocked to find all those who were in the bank before it disappeared suddenly appear in the street and hears to his astonishment that everyone present has lost all recollection of the disappearing building. Leaving the scene, Blake can only conclude that Loki is once more using his magic to menace the people of Earth.

Changing back into Thor once more, the God of Thunder contacts Odin and learns that Loki is still confined to Asgard and to the All-Father's better knowledge not up to anything. This prove to be far from the truth, as when at a local race track the winnings suddenly fly away, this spectacle is witnessed from Asgard by Loki who intimates that he is involved with these strange goings on. As it turns out a few days earlier, while spying on Thor in his human guise of Donald Blake, Loki is inspired to launch a new scheme when Blake had taken Jane Foster to the carnival where Sandu the mystic -- a renowned mind reader was performing. The Trickster God then would use his magics to increase Sandu's mental powers a thousand fold, and the mind reader, upon learning of his increased power, would begin using them to amass greater and greater wealth.

Becoming ever bolder, Sandu would begin stealing more buildings, transporting them to the moon for safe keeping, even going so far as stealing an eastern palace. He next sets his sights on stealing the entire island of Manhattan and easily defeats the Air Force before taking his first target from the city: The United Nations building, and raising it high in the air.

Hearing of the incident, Donald Blake rushes out of his office and changes into Thor to confront Sandu. While high above the city, Sandu demands all the UN delegates to turn over rule of the entire plant to him. Thor intervenes and is attacked by Sandu who bombards Thor with steel girders and traps the Thunder God under a building.

Odin, witnessing the battle from Asgard sends the Valkyries to help Thor out by bringing him his strength increasing belt, which gives the Thunder God the power to break free and resume his battle against Sandu. When he fails to strike Sandu with his hammer, the mystic attempts to lift Thor's hammer, and teleports to another dimension to attempt to do so. Unable to lift the hammer physically Sandu attempts to lift the hammer with his mind but finds he is unable to do so and the resulting surge of mental energy causes feedback that short circuits his powers and shunting him back to the Earth dimension.

With his powers destroyed, all that Sandu had stolen is returned to their rightful places and Thor turns him over to the police. While on Asgard, Loki curses Thor for foiling yet another one of his plans.

Appearing in "The Day Loki Stole Thor's Magic Hammer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #92.

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Synopsis for "The Day Loki Stole Thor's Magic Hammer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #92.

Neri, the hand-maid of Frigga, Queen of Asgard, passes Heimdall the guardian of the Rainbow Bridge that connects Asgard with Midgard (Earth). As he challenges her to identify himself, he remarks that she might be Loki trying to sneak past him. From nearby, Loki watches, chained to a tree by Odin, and snarls that he will yet get vengeance on Thor.

On Earth, as nurse Jane Foster leaves Dr Blake's office for an errand, she passes a wounded jewel thief and his two partners. They enter Blake's office and demand treatment. Distracting them, Blake taps his cane and transforms into Thor. Strapping the criminals to an operating table with surgical tape, he attaches it to his magic hammer and "throws" the criminals to the police station. He returns to the form of Blake just as Jane returns to the office.

One week later, Thor is helping with the filming of a Viking movie. He pretends to defeat a sea serpent while conjuring up a thunderstorm. Loki, watching from Asgard, uses his magic to magnetically attract Thor's flying hammer to his uru chains, breaking them and setting him free.

Thor turns to Odin for help in finding his hammer. Transported to Asgard, Thor sets off in search of his hammer. When Loki uses his magic to attack Thor with giant trees, Thor makes a wooden hammer and fights them back. Next Loki sends a dragon against Thor. The Thunder God uses his finger to etch an imitation of his hammer from a nearby stone and drives back the dragon.

Realizing that the stone from which he made his imitation hammer is uru, the same magical metal used to forge the original, Thor throws the hammer. He hopes the same magnetic forces which drew his real hammer will also draw the imitation. He follows the flying hammer to his own magic hammer, laying in the fragments of Loki's chains.

Informed by Thor of Loki's escape, Loki is quickly recaptured by Odin, Heimdall and Frigga.

Back on Earth, Dr Blake prepares to use a rubber hammer on a patient's knee. As Jane assures the patient Dr Blake is skilled with using a mallet, Blake thinks to himself that she does not know the half of it.

Appearing in "The Mysterious Radio-Active Man!"

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Synopsis for "The Mysterious Radio-Active Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #93.

Dr. Donald Blake has traveled to India to lend his medical expertise in a war torn region of the country. When the area he is in is bombarded with missile attacks, Blake runs for cover and changes into Thor to deal with the threat. Thor makes short work of the Chinese invaders, destroying their missiles and smashing up their tanks. With the humanitarian effort's vehicles destroyed in the attack, Thor rigs the enemy tanks for their use to get their patients out of the region. Thor then goes back and forces the Chinese army back with a raging thunder storm.

When word of Thor's involvement reaches the Communist Chinese leaders in Peking, China, they demand from their scientists to come up with a means to stop the Thunder God. Scientist Chen Lu steps up and offers his expertise in radiation to come up with a means of destroying Thor and crushing the United States and other democracies. Retiring to his private lab, Lu begins experimenting with bombarding himself with various doses of radiation and soon is transformed into the a radioactive power-house and rechristens himself the Radioactive Man. He then appears before his superiors who decide to secretly transport him into America to attack the United States.

Smuggled into US waters by submarine, the Radioactive Man is launched by specially prepared torpedo into New York, where he begins his attack on the people there. He proves too powerful for local law enforcement and announces his challenge to Thor. The Thunder God however is stuck in surgery in his civilian guise of Donald Blake and has to finish an operation before he can act in his godly identity.

Thor's powers prove ineffectual against the Radioactive Man, who uses his powers to hypnotize Thor. He then commands the Thunder God to throw his hammer away, and is furious when Thor throws it away really far. Seeking out the hammer for his own possession, the Radioactive Man leaves the hypnotized Thor unattended so that he is not around to see him revert back into Donald Blake after the 60 second time limit runs out. Like in the past, when Thor reverts back to Blake, any hypnosis he was under is broken. When the Radioactive Man returns, Don manages to send him off on a wild goose chase.

Returning to his office, Blake builds a device that allows him to track the location of his hammer, and finds that it has landed at the bottom of the Hudson River. Recovering his hammer, Blake transforms into Thor once more and tracks down the Radioactive Man. Catching his foe off guard, Thor creates a tornado that flings the Radioactive Man back to China where he crashes in the remote mountains and is seemingly destroyed in a nuclear explosion.

Appearing in "Thor and Loki Attack the Human Race!"

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Synopsis for "Thor and Loki Attack the Human Race!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #94.

When a US missile base in the Pacific launches a test missile, it goes out of control. When the self destruct will not work, the general decides to broadcast a emergency call for Thor. In his office, Dr Don Blake hears the broadcast, and taps his cane, transforming into the mighty Thor.

As he rockets from his office, the god of mischief, Loki, watches from Asgard where he is bound with uru chains. It is he who magically caused the missile to go off course. When Thor throws his hammer to destroy the missile, Loki casts a second spell which makes an illusion of a dragon appear behind Thor. Distracted for a moment by the illusion, Thor turns his head and is struck by his own returning hammer. Momentarily stunned, Loki is able to take mental control of Thor, and brings him to Asgard. After assaulting Heimdall on the Rainbow Bridge, Thor frees Loki from his chains.

Alerted by Heimdall, Odin arrives and confronts Thor, who strikes his father forcing him back. Loki informs Odin that he intends to take over the throne of Asgard, and returns to earth with Thor to make mischief until Odin surrenders the throne. As the two depart, Odin ponders what could have caused the change in Thor.

Arriving on earth, Loki has Thor create thunderstorms and earthquakes. Thor destroys such monuments as the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, pyramids, Golden Gate Bridge and Leaning Tower of Pisa. Meanwhile Loki through his magic creates a sea serpent, animates the Sphinx and the Empire State Building, and awakens prehistoric behemoths in museums.

Thor and Loki are finally approached by a UN delegation that asks why they are destroying everything. Thor and Loki accompany them back to the UN building, where Thor uses his hammer to destroy the emblem of the UN. But before his hammer can return to him, a trap door opens under Thor, and he falls through. His hammer hovers for a moment over the opening, and then falls onto the back of Thor's head. The second blow frees Thor from Loki's control. It is then that the UN delegation reveals that they are actually Odin and other Asgardian gods in disguise. Throwing his hammer, Thor stuns Loki and he is returned to his chains in Asgard.

Appearing in "The Demon Duplicators!"

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Journey into Mystery #95.

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Synopsis for "The Demon Duplicators!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #95.

Odin has summoned his son Thor to Asgard because they are having a drought. Using his enchanted hammer, Thor caused it to begin to rain, then promises to return in a week to stop the rain. He waves to Heimdall, guardian of the Rainbow Bridge between Asgard and Earth as he passes.

Back on earth, Thor heads for a scientist convention where Professor Zaxton is demonstrating an android that Thor's other Identity, Dr Don Blake, helped to invent. The large green android is designed to have double the intelligence of a normal human, with an IQ of 375. It demonstrates this ability by solving another professor's equation in seconds. Its plastic skin is resistant enough to withstand blows from Thor's hammer. Zaxton explains that an army of such androids would be invincible.

But a mistake at the controls by Zaxton cause the android to short-circuit. It is about to explode, turning its indestructible plastic skin into deadly shrapnel. Thor quickly attaches the android to his hammer, and flings him high into the sky where he can explode without endangering anyone.

Thor transforms to his identity as Dr Blake, and upon returning to office finds his nurse Jane Foster missing and Professor Zaxton waiting for him. Zaxton demonstrates a machine he has designed which duplicates anything it is aimed at. Zaxton wants Blake to help him adapt the machine to duplicate humans. When Blake refuses, Zaxton reveals that he is holding Jane hostage and threatens to harm her. Blake decides to play along until he can transform back to Thor.

Thor Odinson (Earth-616) and Thor Odinson (Demon Duplicate) (Earth-616) from Journey into Mystery Vol 1 95 0001

Zaxton's Duplicator creates an evil Demon Duplicate of Thor

Working through the night, Blake is able to adapt the duplicator to work on living beings. While the professor is testing it on an alley cat, Blake is able to learn that Jane is locked in the professor's basement, and manages to transform to Thor, planning to rescue her. But Zaxton has witnessed the transformation, and now uses the machine to duplicate Thor. Only he gives the duplicate Thor a second enchanted hammer, making him twice as strong as the real Thor.

Fleeing through the windows of Blake's office, Thor leads the duplicate outside where they have room to battle. As the duplicate closes on Thor, Thor uses his magic hammer to create a lightning bolt which strikes the duplicate's uru hammer, knocking him unconscious. But before Thor can finish off the duplicate with a hammer throw, Zaxton makes a temporary third Thor to block the hammer throw and saves the duplicate.

Realizing that his duplicate is in trouble, Zaxton blocks Thor by duplicating a dozen airplanes in between Thor and the duplicate, forcing Thor to chance his course and place him at the mercy of the duplicate.

The duplicate tosses both his hammers, striking Thor in the chest. But the blows have no effect. Looking at the hammers, and the inscription on them that says "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he is worthy, shall possess the power of Thor", Thor realizes the duplicate is not worthy of the power, and so does not possess any of it. While he looks like Thor, he has none of Thor's power. A single blow from Thor's hammer causes the duplicate to disappear.

Meanwhile Professor Zaxton panics, and tries to flee from Thor by making a duplicate of himself. But in the process, he drops the duplicator over the edge of the parapet on which he is standing. Reaching for the machine, Zaxton loses his balance and falls to this death. The duplicator is also destroyed by the fall. But the duplicate Zaxton, who has an opposite personality without a streak of villainy, still lives. He will take over Zaxton's work, only for good instead of evil. Thor then rescues Jane, explaining that Zaxton has reformed and is sorry for what he did.

With a week having passed, Thor returns to Asgard where he ends the rain that he created.

Appearing in "Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin!"

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Journey into Mystery #96.

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Synopsis for "Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #96.

Thor overhears a shore crew state that they are unloading the sarcophagus of the legendary Merlin. He wonders what it would be like if Merlin were alive today. Then entering his office window, Thor returns to his identity of Dr. Don Blake. He emerges from his office to be scolded by his nurse Jane Foster because he has been ignoring his patients for over an hour. He could not tell her he was busy saving a bus load of people who fell off a bridge into the river.

At the museum, Merlin's sarcophagus is opened to reveal his body still in perfect condition. As soon as the workers leave, Merlin awakens and recalls how he used to use his mutant powers of telepathy, levitation and teleportation to fake magic. Reading a newspaper he learns of a missile test at Cape D'or and uses his powers to send the missile off course.

Alerted by a radio broadcast, Thor arrives and corrects the missile's course. He then goes to Asgard to see if the imprisoned Loki is behind the mishap. Loki reveals that Merlin is the one responsible. Thor heads to the museum to check out Loki's claim.

But Merlin has teleported himself to Washington DC, where he enters the White House to try to take the country from President Kennedy. Thor arrives, and a battle follows with Merlin using the Washington Monument as a super-lance and animating the statue from the Lincoln Memorial.

Their powers evenly matched, Thor decides to take a gamble. He strikes his hammer, returning to the form of Blake. He then convinces Merlin that he is a shape shifter and able to became thousands of more powerful forms. He orders Merlin to return to his sarcophagus for another 1000 years.

Later, in the operating room, Jane comments that when it comes to the operating table, Dr Blake is a magician.

Appearing in "The Lava Man"

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Synopsis for "The Lava Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #97.

After saving a jet pilot, Thor returns to his office as Dr. Don Blake to speak to his nurse Jane Foster. He wants to confess his love for her, but realizes he can not unless he also reveals his identity as Thor. So he goes to Odin asking permission, and it is denied.

As news of the approaching Lava Man spreads through the city, Loki (watching from Asgard) laughs because it was he who released the volcanic creature.

Meanwhile, Jane informs Blake that she is leaving and taking a job elsewhere. She can not remain where her feelings are rejected. Forbidden by Odin, Blake is unable to stop her.

As the Lava Man finally reaches the city, he claims the city for his Lava Men tribe. But Thor appears ready to stop him. The Lava Man melts his way into the tunnels underground, and causes geyser eruptions all around Thor. But the Thunder God uses his thrown hammer to drive the Lava Man back above ground. The Lava Man encases Thor in lava, but he is able to break free by summoning a lightning blast from his hammer.

When the Lava Man converts himself to a pillar of stone to try to crush Thor, Thor conjures a whirlwind with his hammer and sweeps the Lava Man to a distanct volcano and drops him in. He then seals the top to imprison the Lava Man and end his threat.

Back at his office as Blake, he finds Jane and her new employer, Dr. Bruce Andrews, waiting for him. She is angry that while the Lava Man was menacing the area, Blake had not even bothered to check on her safety. She leaves with Dr. Andrews, as Blake laments that Thor must live out his days alone.

Appearing in "Challenged by the Human Cobra"

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Synopsis for "Challenged by the Human Cobra"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #98.

An angry Thor rampages through Blake's office, upset that his nurse Jane Foster (whom he loves) has left him for another doctor, Dr. Bruce Andrews. Suddenly he is summoned to Asgard by his father Odin who orders him to abandon his feelings for the mortal nurse, only to have Thor leave in anger. Back on earth, in his human form as Blake, he decides go to India where he can forget Jane.

In India, an old friend Professor Shecktor is working on a cure for snake bites. His assistant, Klaus Vorhees, decides to kill the professor and steal his discoveries. He plans to allow a cobra to bite them both, but only give himself the cure.

Blake hears about Shecktor's injury and, as Thor, rushes to his side. Too late to save the Professor, he learns that the snake which bit them was radioactive, and Klaus has been transformed into a human cobra. Creating a typhoon with his hammer, Thor carries himself back to the USA following the Cobra.

The Cobra has invaded a factory, and is trying to force the owners to mass produce his cobra serum. Thor arrives and they battle. The Cobra manages to escape the factory and breaks into Dr. Andrews' office. Andrews is afraid and refuses to stand up to the villain. After calling him a coward, Jane signals Thor. The Cobra seizes her and uses her as a hostage against Thor so he can escape out an office window.

As the Cobra flees, Thor uses his hammer to fly around the building and ambush the Cobra on the other side. The Cobra drops Jane, and as Thor rushes to her rescue, the Cobra makes his escape.

Returning to Dr. Andrews' office, Jane immediately resigns and goes back to Dr. Blake, who welcomes her back as his nurse. Meanwhile, the Cobra is already plotting new evil deeds.

Appearing in "The Mysterious Mister Hyde!"

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Synopsis for "The Mysterious Mister Hyde!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #99.

Thor flies by, leaving town. Watching him is a mysterious figure who states that it is time for Dr. Don Blake to receive an unexpected visit from Mister Hyde.

Meanwhile Thor has gone to Asgard, where he again pleads with his father Odin for permission to marry Jane Foster. And again Odin refuses.

Hyde arrives at Blake's office building, where he recalls how Blake had refused to employ him. So Hyde, real name Calvin Zabo, invented a formula which gives him the strength of 12 men. When he transforms, he becomes a huge, ugly creature.

In Asgard, Thor continues to plead with Odin, who when Thor raises his hammer towards him, blasts Thor with an Odin-blast and then orders him away.

Mr. Hyde breaks into Blake's office and threatens Jane. Thor arrives as Don Blake and confronts Hyde. Hyde tosses Blake out a window. Blake is able to tap his cane against a wall as he falls, and transforms to Thor. He returns to the office to find Hyde gone. After assuring himself Jane is unharmed, Thor sets out to find Hyde.

Across town, Hyde hears that Blake is still alive. He gloats that he can still defeat the unsuspecting Thor.

Next morning Thor bursts his way through a bank wall, tears off the safe door, and escapes with the money. As word of his crime spreads, the town has the feel of a city under siege...

Appearing in "The Master Plan of Mr. Hyde"

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Synopsis for "The Master Plan of Mr. Hyde"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #100.

As Thor walks through the city, he is jeered at by bypassers who call the police. Thor is unaware that he has been implicated in a bank robbery. As the police fire on him, Thor decides the safest thing to do is to become his alter ego Dr. Don Blake for a time. He recalls how his father Odin has forbidden him to marry the mortal woman Jane Foster, so he decides to ask Odin to make her immortal instead.

As Blake takes Jane out to dinner, they are interrupted by the villain Mister Hyde, who takes them prisoner at gun point. He leaves Blake tied next to a bomb, threatening Jane that he will kill Blake if she resist him. Heading to the East River Naval Yard, Hyde steals a Polaris submarine.

The bound Dr. Blake finally manages to reach his cane, and transform into Thor. Thor pursues Hyde in the submarine, and Odin watches from Asgard as Thor engages Hyde in battle. When Thor drops his hammer for a moment, Jane conceals it - fearful that even if Hyde is defeated, Thor will still be unable to keep Blake from being blown up.

Without his hammer, Thor only has 60 seconds before he will return to his Dr. Blake form. So the Thunder God uses his cape to create a tornado within the sub that conceals his transformation back to Blake and allows him to find his hammer. By the time he can transform back to Thor, Hyde has used the tornado as cover to escape. Before Thor can go searching for him, Jane informs him that Dr Blake is in danger. Thor has to pretend to go rescue his alter ego to keep Jane for learning his secret.

Suddenly Odin appears and angrily informs Thor that he will not make Jane immortal. Her actions in hiding the hammer and allowing the evil Hyde to escape showed that she was unworthy. Thor laments that he may never find happiness.

Appearing in "The Return of Zarrko the Tomorrow Man"

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Journey into Mystery #101.

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Synopsis for "The Return of Zarrko the Tomorrow Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #101.

An angry Thor stomps through the city, unintentionally damaging everything around him. He is upset by Odin's decision not to let him wed the mortal Jane Foster. Some ants see the rampage and relate the information to Dr. Henry Pym. Switching to Giant-Man, he alerts Iron Man of the danger. Then Pym, as Giant-Man, with his partner the Wasp, sets out to stop Thor. Iron Man joins them. But it quickly becomes apparent that they will not be able to stop Thor. So rather than fight him, they pull back.

From Asgard, Odin and Loki watch the Thunder God, and Odin decides Thor must be punished for his temper. He reduces Thor's strength in half.

Meanwhile, Thor crosses the Rainbow Bridge, seeking an audience with his father Odin. Heimdall, the guardian of the bridge, drives Thor back. He realizes then that his powers have been reduced, and turns back towards earth.

Loki watches, and gloats that this may finally be time he can defeat Thor. Using the Well of Centuries, Loki looks ahead in time to the 23rd century and finds the villain Zarrko, and restores his memory. Taking an indestructible Mining Robot, Zarrko returns to the 20th century. The Tomorrow Man orders the Robot to begin a rampage designed to attract Thor.

Dr. Blake hears about the Robot on the news, and transforms into Thor. He battles the Robot, but because of his reduced powers is unable to defeat it. Zarrko threatens to destroy Earth unless Thor agrees to become his slave in the 23rd century. To save Earth, Thor agrees.

From Asgard, Odin is thunderstruck as he watches Thor's surrender. Loki silently gloats that he has defeated his brother, as they watch the Tomorrow Man fade back into the future, taking Thor with him.

Appearing in "Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man"

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Synopsis for "Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #102.

Thor, his powers halved by an angry Odin, has agreed to travel to the 23rd century with the criminal scientist Artur Zarrko in order to prevent him from destroying 20th century Earth. The Thunder God has pledged to obey Zarrko until he has conquered his century.

Arriving in the future, the Tomorrow Man has Thor create havoc until the police of that time arrive to stop him. Thor uses his hammer to enthrall the officers, and orders them to take him and Zarrko to the ruling World Council. Zarrko orders them to give him directions to the Master Machine which runs the planet. When they refuse, Zarrko has Thor begin searching for the Master Machine. Thor leaves a note behind for the Council.

The Council activates a protector Octi-Robot, but Thor destroys it. A Councilman then gives them the location.

Flying to a lonely isle, Thor and Zarrko enter the Master Machine's chamber and are attacked by a C-Bomb (short for "Cell-Bomb" because it creates a prison to hold intruders). But Thor overcomes the increased gravity with the cell and destroys it. Zarrko takes possession of the Master Machine, making him the ruler of 23rd century Earth.

Having fulfilled his vow, Thor now turns on Zarrko, and they battle. Zarrko grabs control of the Master Machine and threatens to destroy the Earth if Thor does not halt. But before he can throw any switches, the Master Machine captures Zarrko in a ball of semi-energy, ending his threat.

An official scout ship arrives moments later and arrests Zarrko. Thor's note had asked the Council to let him handle Zarrko, and based on Thor's reputation they had decided to trust him.

Twirling his hammer, Thor creates a time warp and returns to the 20th century, while Loki and Odin watch from Asgard, and Loki muses that, sooner or later, he will defeat Thor forever.

Appearing in "The Enchantress and the Executioner!"

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Journey into Mystery #103.

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Synopsis for "The Enchantress and the Executioner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #103.

Thor arrives back in 20th century New York from his trip to the future. Exhausted, he returns to his medical office and transforms into Dr. Don Blake. Jane Foster, Blake's nurse, arrives for work moments later, and leads him to the couch for a nap. As he sleeps, he dreams of his recent battle with the Tomorrow Man.

In Asgard, Odin complains that he is unable to drive the love for Jane out of Thor's heart. Seeing an opportunity, Loki comes up with a plan to win Thor away with someone more desirable. He enlists the aid of the Asgardian goddess Amora, called the Enchantress.

Once on Earth, her great beauty captures any men who see her. Arriving at Blake's office, she tricks him into kissing her so that Jane will see it. Jane leaves, slamming the door behind her, and Blake follows.

Realizing she has failed to capture Thor's affection, Amora returns to Asgard and enlists the aid of the Executioner, Skurge. She orders the giant warrior, who is in love with her, to find and exile Jane.

Having gone to Jane's apartment and found her gone, Blake reverts to Thor and heads to the police commissioner's office. There he learns that the Executioner is rampaging through the city, and sets off to stop him. Meanwhile Skurge has found Jane, and uses his axe to open an inter-dimensional doorway and banish her to a misty, shadowy Limbo.

Thor arrives and the Executioner offers to return Jane to Earth in exchange for Thor's hammer. Thor agrees, and Jane is freed. But when Skurge attempts to lift the hammer, he cannot because of its enchantment. Suddenly his limbs transform into wooden branches.

Seeing his betrayal, the Enchantress turns the Executioner partially into a tree. She then tries to use her magic to transform Thor's hammer into a serpent. But her magic is unable to defeat the mystic protection Odin has placed on the hammer. Using the hammer, Thor creates a vortex which carries both Amora and Skurge back to Asgard.

Thor then sees Jane, and, as Blake, joins her. From Asgard, an angry Odin vows that Thor will no longer defy him, and that he must act now against his son.

Appearing in "Giants Walk the Earth"

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Synopsis for "Giants Walk the Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #104.

This story starts out with Loki berating his underlings, the Enchantress and the Executioner, for not defeating Thor, claiming that his plan was "perfect." After he dismisses them, he talks to Odin, who is feeling troubled about his son Thor, who has fallen in love with a mortal, Jane Foster. Loki's advice to the Allfather is to go to Midgard and "assert your authority in person." This idea appeals to him, so he instills a little of the Odin Power into Loki, leaves him in charge of Asgard, and leaves for Earth.

On Earth, Dr. Blake sends his nurse Jane Foster home, to rest, because she is very tired after the encounter with the Enchantress and Executioner.[2] After she leaves, Blake notices that is too quiet, and does a quick patrol of the city, for any more "telltale signs of danger."

In Asgard, Loki is relishing in his new power and vowing that he will never give up Odin's throne. In an effort to keep Odin from returning to Asgard, he uses his new power to free Odin's two most fearsome enemies ("they shall defeat Odin for me!"), Skagg (Storm Giant), and Surtur the Fire Demon. The loyal Heimdall hears the incantations, but since he cannot and will not leave his post, guarding the Rainbow Bridge, he sends for Balder the Brave, to go to Earth and alert Odin.

Balder quickly reaches Earth and finds Thor, giving him the message about Odin. Thor realizes that the only reason for his visit is to see his mortal, alter-ego of Dr. Don Blake. Thor enters Blake's office through the window and alerts his father to the danger that Loki has set loose. "Then, at a gesture from the monarch of Asgard's hand, the very fabric of time itself stands still, as the entire human race, under an irresistible spell is instantly transported to a dimension beyond the ken of the human mind!"

At the next moment, the foes that Loki summoned appear on Earth. Balder the Brave is the first to charge forth on his winged steed at the Storm Giant, and makes quick work of the ten-ton club with his Asgardian sword. Just as Thor is about to help, a firebolt strikes his hammer, throwing him off balance, and out of the fight for a moment. Odin steps in, saying, "no longer can I remain merely a witness . . . ", and causes the seabed beneath the Storm Giant's feet to soften, and Skagg starts to sink, calling on Surtur for help.

Once Skagg is saved from sinking, Surtur moves to destroy the deserted Earth by melting the polar ice caps, while Skagg creates a storm to distract the heroes. Thor begins the battle with Skagg while Odin, on his winged Battle Steed, places a protective barrier over the deserted city. Thor's attack weakens and stuns the Storm Giant, allowing Odin to use the magic of his "Shining Sword" to drain the evil power from him. Even though Loki tries to support Skagg from Asgard by replenishing his power, Odin is finally defeats him.

This effort weakens the Wise One, leaving Thor and Balder to take care of Surtur. Thor realizes that they "cannot reach him in time, [and] there are other ways to stop him!!" Since Surtur is an older immortal than Thor, and his hammer Mjolnir "might not prevail", he takes his father's magic sword, since "it is older than all" and "only his son can wield it!" Using the Odinpower, he draws Surtur away from the ice caps and Earth itself, toward a special asteroid made of "magnetic particles!" This holds Surtur in a magnetic pull "which will last for ages to come!"

With the threats to Earth neutralized, Odin leaves for Asgard once again, bidding Balder and Thor to join him for a well deserved rest. Thor declines, saying that Earth is his home now, and he shall remain there always. Once back in Asgard, Odin punishes the tricky Loki, sending him to "serve the trolls" until Odin sets him free. Odin muses over a foreboding of the future, that his son is the most worthy and brave in the universe, yet "his heart weakened by love!"

Appearing in "The Cobra and Mr. Hyde!"

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Synopsis for "The Cobra and Mr. Hyde!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #105.

The weekly meeting of The Avengers, chaired by Thor and attended by Captain America, Iron Man, Giant-Man and the Wasp, draws to a close. As the Wasp flirts with Giant-Man, Thor comments that Giant-Man is fortunate to be able to take the girl he loves with him. The Wasp attempts to question Thor about his love life, but Giant-Man cuts her off, reminding her that no personal life questions are allowed.

As Thor leaves the meeting, he sees the Cobra hiding nearby and attempts to capture him. The villain uses a "Cobra cable" to throw Thor off balance long enough to escape through a nearby window. The window belongs to the evil scientist Calvin Zabo, who hearing the Cobra, drinks the potion that converts him into Mr. Hyde. Following a brief battle, the two villains realize that they both hate Thor, and agree to work together to defeat the Thunder God.

Meanwhile, Thor reaches his office, where he reverts to his human form as Dr. Don Blake. His nurse, Jane Foster, tries to get Blake jealous by asking to leave early for a date. Pretending to not care, Blake wishes her a good time. Jane leaves, convinced that since Blake did not take the bait, he does not love her.

Mr. Hyde demonstrates a Time Reversal Ray, which displays a backward "movie" of the actions of anyone shot by the ray. He displays the Cobra's battle with himself backward. They plan to follow Thor backward to see where he comes from.

Blake, in his office, hears a news report that Mr. Hyde is on the rampage, and as Thor goes after him. Hyde lures Thor to where the Cobra can shoot him with the Time Reversal Ray. They follow the "movie" backward to where Thor emerges from Blake's office.

Having lost Mr. Hyde, Thor has returned to his office where as Blake he laments his hopeless love for Jane. Suddenly the Cobra and Mr. Hyde burst through the window and seize Blake, demanding the Thor's location. At that moment Jane returns to the office, only to be seized by Hyde who threatens to harm her unless Blake summons Thor.

Blake tells them to get his walking stick out of a nearby cabinet and to tap it on the floor. It's supposed to be a signal to attract Thor. Turning their backs on Blake to watch out the window, Hyde taps the stick and Blake (unseen by them) reverts to Thor.

The villains split and escape in different directions. Thor follows the slower Hyde knowing that eventually, he will lead him to the Cobra. Escaping through an auto junkyard, Mr. Hyde leads Thor into a crowded Colosseum exhibiting a Heavy Machinery Show. Hyde believes the crowd will keep Thor from using his magic hammer effectively. As they battle, unseen by Thor, the Cobra uses a huge mechanical arm to grab Thor's hammer and lock it away from Thor.

With only 60 seconds before he reverts to his human form, Thor is attacked by both villains....

Appearing in "The Thunder God Strikes Back"

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Synopsis for "The Thunder God Strikes Back"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #106.

In the last issue, Thor had chased Mr. Hyde and the Cobra into a "Heavy Machine Show" that exhibited various large devices, one of which Cobra had used to grab Thor's hammer. This issue picks up mere moments after last issue's story, where Thor's 60-second time limit is rapidly running out. Causing a quick distraction, Thor hides in the fleeing crowd of bystanders, just as he is forced to change into Dr. Blake. As police surround the show building, Blake is unable to retrieve his walking stick from the machine, and thus cannot change back into Thor. When Mr. Hyde threatens to attack the crowd if Thor doesn't reappear, Blake offers to find Thor for them, if they will retrieve his walking stick from the machine.

When the Cobra fails to retrieve it, Mr. Hyde rips open the machine and gives Blake his cane. Blake charges into the crowd again, and uses their fleeing panic for cover as he changes back into Thor.

During his battle against both the Cobra and Mr. Hyde, the police storm the building, just as Thor has his foes on the ropes. Mr. Hyde escapes by changing into his alter ego of Calvin Zabo. After the Cobra is apprehended by the police, Thor searches for Mr. Hyde, little knowing that Hyde (as Zabo) is following him.

Zabo changes back into his guise of Mr. Hyde and attacks Thor when he least expects it, knocking Thor's hammer from his hand. Thor decides that he can defeat Mr. Hyde with his bare hands before the 60-second limit on his powers runs out. Thor takes advantage of Mr. Hyde's temper to defeat him, and then turns him over to the police.

Changing back to Donald Blake, Thor returns to his office to spend time with Jane Foster. Jane storms out on Blake, after hearing on television the story of how Blake "betrayed" Thor, by "aiding" Mr. Hyde and the Cobra. Slamming the door behind her, Foster leaves Blake wondering about the price he paid in order to defeat his foes.

Appearing in "When the Grey Gargoyle Strikes!"

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Synopsis for "When the Grey Gargoyle Strikes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #107.

Lamenting over the fact that Odin still will not allow him to marry Jane Foster because she is a mortal, and how she thinks that Donald Blake "betrayed" Thor (in the previous issue) to the Cobra and Mr. Hyde, Blake changes into Thor and confronts Foster, pretending to be looking for his alter ego because he had heard of his "betraying" him. Foster, in a panic, tells Thor not to seek revenge on Blake, as he was likely frightened and that she still loved him. Thor, "convinced" not to seek "revenge" on Blake, leaves Foster to bask in the joy of knowing that Jane Foster loves his alter ego.

Meanwhile, a transcontinental plane from France lands at JFK airport and a lone man exits the plane. When an airport official boards the craft to check on the other passengers, he finds that they have all been turned to stone.

This man is revealed to be Paul Duval, a young chemist from Paris who one day, while being rushed to complete a chemical solution, spilled its contents on his hand. Duval soon found that his hand had turned to stone, and consequently, anything he touched would also turn to stone, including himself (although unlike his future victims, when he turned to stone he was not immobilized). Duval soon began a crime spree, turning jewelers and bank guards into stone and stealing what he wanted. Growing bored with his wealth, Duval learned about Thor's recent battle against the Cobra and Mr. Hyde. He decided to steal Thor's immortality, figuring the power must come from Thor's hammer, and traveled to America to do so.

The flashback ends when the Duval's cab arrives in the center of New York City. Duval turns the driver into stone and waits for Thor to take the bait. Thor eventually overhears a radio report about the rash of reports of people being turned into stone. Investigating the most recent report of the cab driver, Thor uses his Avengers priority to have the stone cabbie taken to Donald Blake's office. As Don Blake, Thor examines the the stone cabbie and determines that within the hour he will turn back to normal. He vows to Jane Foster that he will learn why these people are suddenly turning to stone.

Meanwhile, Duval has donned a costume and turned his body into stone, calling himself the Grey Gargoyle. He goes to Dr. Blake's office in the hope that Thor will appear. He attacks Blake and attempts to turn him into stone; however, Donald manages to escape to the roof of his office and change into Thor.

The two titans battle in the streets, where the Grey Gargoyle causes a nearby gas pump of Marvel Oil to explode, knocking Thor's hammer out of his grasp. He fails to lift Thor's hammer and turns its owner into stone when the thunder god attempts to grab it back. The police soon arrive with a flame thrower and chase the Gargoyle away. While the police are busy, the stone statue of Thor falls over and his hammer strikes the ground, causing him to change back to Donald Blake.

Blake dares not change into Thor until the Gargoyle's stone spell wears off. He thinks that it would last for twenty-four hours, and decides to defeat the Grey Gargoyle in his mortal guise. Using his connections with the Avengers, Blake obtains a projector camera from Stark Industries that allows him to project a 3-D image of Thor. Mounting the camera to a motorcycle, Blake travels around the city, projecting an image of Thor in an attempt to flush out the Grey Gargoyle.

The Gargoyle takes the bait, but soon figures out what Blake is attempting to do and chases after him. Blake then tricks the Grey Gargoyle into driving off a pier and into the Hudson River, where the current of a passing boat drags him out to sea, and he sinks to the bottom.

The next day, changing into Thor, the thunder god stops by Blake's office. He learns that the stone cab driver changed back to normal and Blake is being hailed as a hero, the story of the Gargoyle's defeat making the front page of the paper. Satisfied, Thor flies off into the sky.

Appearing in "At the Mercy of Loki, Prince of Evil!"

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Synopsis for "At the Mercy of Loki, Prince of Evil!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #108.

Our story begins with Thor rescuing a child from being run over by a speeding truck. On his patrol of the city, Thor receives the telepathic summons of Doctor Strange for his aid. Arriving at Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, he finds Doctor Strange passed out on the ground. Reviving him, Thor learns that Strange was severely weakened after stopping Baron Mordo from casting a spell on the city. Strange loses consciousness, prompting Thor to call for an ambulance and resume his mortal guise of Dr. Blake.

At the hospital, Blake preforms surgery on Doctor Strange. At that moment, Odin attempts to contact Thor telepathically, to ask him to aid his fellow Asgardians in battle. Blake chooses to ignore Odin's summons as he is in the middle of a surgery. This prompts Odin's wrath, causing an electrical storm on Earth that knocks out the power to the hospital. Blake is determined to continue the operation, and in Asgard, Odin leads his warriors into battle without Thor's aid. With Odin gone, Loki transforms himself into a bee and flies past Heimdall and crosses the Bifrost Bridge to Earth.

Later, after Doctor Strange's surgery, Blake checks up on his patient, who offers to repay Blake for saving his life. Blake returns to his office, where Jane Foster shows him to an old man with a lame leg. The old man trips when standing up to greet Blake, so that he keels over and the two drop their canes. Getting back up and grabbing one of the canes and handing the other to Blake, the old man suddenly states that he is well, tossing the cane in his hand out a nearby window. The old man then transforms into Loki, who uses a magic mist to put Jane Foster to sleep. Blake attempts to change into Thor, but soon realizes that during the confusion, Loki had switched canes, and the one that would change him into Thor was tossed out the window. Loki grabs the unconscious Foster and leaps out of the window, taking her hostage.

Blake, unable to find his cane, attempts to contact Odin, who doesn't answer his summons. He then enlists the aid of Doctor Strange, who uses his ectoplasmic form and mystic amulet to find the cane. Blake locates it near the harbor, where a bunch of hobos are using it for a fishing rod. Doctor Strange's ghost form scares the hobos into giving Blake back his cane. With Strange gone, Blake turns into Thor and begins his search for Loki. Meanwhile, Odin returns from battle and, feeling he was too harsh on his son, attempts to contact him again. Thor snaps at Odin for not responding to his request for aid, and tells Odin to leave him be.

During his search for Foster, Thor runs into his fellow Avengers Iron Man, Giant-Man and the Wasp, who offer their aid. Thor turns them down, stating his quest is a private matter. He uses his hammer to locate Loki, who is hiding out in the Adirondack mountains.

Before confronting Loki, Thor contacts Doctor Strange mentally and asks him to use his magic to help save Jane from Loki. Confronting the god of mischief, Thor learns that Loki had banished Foster to Limbo and threatens to destroy her, should Thor attack. Thor battles Loki, until his foe knocks him into a pit that he set as a trap. Then Loki casts as spell that will kill Jane Foster and sends it into Limbo. However, his spell is blocked, due to a counter spell conjured by Doctor Strange.

Thor gets out of the pit and fights Loki into submission, forcing him to return Jane from Limbo. Just before Loki can attack again, a soldier from Asgard sent by Odin arrives and takes Loki back to Asgard. Odin contacts Thor and the two make peace. Thor flies back to the city with Jane, leaving Odin to wonder why his son still loves a mere mortal.

Appearing in "When Magneto Strikes!"

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  • X-Men's submarine

Synopsis for "When Magneto Strikes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #109.

Thor visits a local fair, where a statue honoring him is on display, along with statues of other heroes from the New York City area. Thor is flattered, and is invited to visit the opening ceremonies.

Meanwhile, in a hidden craft (disguised as a floating log) in New York Harbor, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants are attempting to locate the secret base of their foes the X-Men. Learning that their enemies are in New York somewhere, Magneto sends Mastermind, Toad, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch into the city to locate them. Launching them in a submersible craft, Magneto uses one of his new devices that causes many metal objects in the city to suddenly float in the air. Among the many panicked people witnessing the strange phenomenon is Don Blake, who -- after the abrupt end of the event -- seeks to locate its source as Thor.

Using his hammer to track the source of the power, Thor stumbles upon Magneto's hideout and confronts the master of magnetism. Thinking Thor is a mutant, Magneto offers Thor a chance to join him and enjoy his vast wealth. When Thor refuses, Magneto attacks, separating Thor from his hammer in a steel room long enough to cause Thor to revert to his mortal guise.

As Donald Blake, he barely avoids all of Magneto's traps, until Magneto is distracted by a distress call from his minions who are requesting assistance in a battle against the X-Men. Taking advantage of this free moment, Blake recovers his walking stick and changes into Thor.

Thor resumes his attack on Magneto, easily overpowering the foe, who manages to escape to a lower level of the craft where a Proton bomb is stored. Magneto is about to use the bomb to destroy Thor, but suddenly he is stopped and chased out of the ship by the X-Men.

Thor observes Magneto escaping in a submarine with the X-Men in pursuit, and finds the ship's escape hatch. He discovers that the X-Men saved his life by rendering the proton bomb useless. Thor exits the craft and uses his power over the storms to destroy the ship, then returns to the city.

Magneto eludes the X-Men and speeds off to rejoin his comrades, while back in the city, Thor resumes his moral guise and pays a visit to Jane Foster. She feeds him supper and the two go out for a night on the town.

Appearing in "Every Hand Against Him!"

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Synopsis for "Every Hand Against Him!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #110.

While patrolling the city, Thor gets the ominous feeling that evil is waiting for an appropriate time to strike, little knowing that Loki has once again traveled to Earth, seeking revenge on the thunder god. Disguising himself as a mortal, Loki pays the bail for both the Cobra and Mr. Hyde.

Meanwhile, Thor returns to his mortal guise of Dr. Donald Blake and resumes his daily routine of tending to his patients, little suspecting his three most sinister foes are organizing together. In a hotel room, Loki reveals his true form to Mr. Hyde and the Cobra and orders them to defeat Thor on his behalf, using his magic to double their strength. Loki sends the two goons out to kidnap Jane Foster, telling them that this will aid in defeating Thor.

The duo tear a path to Donald Blake's office, where the Cobra snatches Jane Foster, prompting Blake to change into Thor and pursue his opponent. He finds the Cobra with Mr. Hyde and is about to attack when Hyde threatens to harm Foster. The two villains escape with Foster in a cab, telling Thor to return to that street corner in 24 hours to surrender his hammer, if he wants to see Foster alive again.

Meanwhile, Loki returns and directs Odin's attention to Earth, where he watches Thor allow the Cobra and Mr. Hyde to escape. Angered that his son has once again allowed his love for a mortal to interfere with his duties, Odin banishes Thor from Asgard.

Realizing that Loki has something to do with the events, Thor travels to Asgard and fights his way past Heimdall and the entire Asgardian army to confront Loki. He forces the whereabouts of Hyde and Cobra from Loki, when suddenly Odin enters the room and scolds Thor to disobey him. Thor apologizes and explains his situation. He asks Odin to help him save Jane by transporting him to her location. Odin does so, suspending his judgment over Thor's insubordination until his mission is accomplished.

Arriving at Mr. Hyde and the Cobra's hideout, he finds that the entire house is decked with numerous traps. Thor fights his way through them and gets into a battle with the now twice as strong Mr. Hyde and Cobra. At the battle's climax, Mr. Hyde causes an explosion that he believes finally kills Thor and leaves his body behind. Thor is merely stunned and revives shortly after and continues his search for Jane. He finds her in another room and finds that she has been mortally wounded in the explosion.

While Thor is distraught that Jane will soon die, Mr. Hyde is on his way to the very room with the Cobra to prove that he finally defeated Thor.

In a last attempt to keep Jane alive, Thor uses his hammer to create a time warp around the building to keep her alive, just as he is found by his two foes.

Appearing in "The Power of the Thunder God!"

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Journey into Mystery #111.

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Synopsis for "The Power of the Thunder God!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #111.

Continuing the story from last issue, Thor battles Mister Hyde and the Cobra, who have him and a mortally wounded Jane Foster trapped. Thor's time is running out, as he cannot maintain the Time Warp that he created to prolong Foster's life, and he must defeat the two foes who have had their strength doubled by Loki.

Thor escapes from his two foes with the unconscious Foster, and breaking through the many traps in the house, he finds a safe place to keep Jane's body until he can defeat his foes.

Meanwhile, the whole display is being watched by Odin, who feels that he should not interfere. Balder, hearing this, offers to play a ballad for the troubled Odin, and sings a song about Odin's own rebellious youth and a forbidden romance. Loki stops the song.

Back on Earth, Thor finds Mister Hyde and the Cobra and battles them again. During the battle, Thor redirects some of the Cobra's poison pellets back at him, causing him to seek refuge in the air ducts, and smashes Mister Hyde through a wall.

While in Asgard, Odin is moved enough by Thor's battle to get involved and instructs Loki to see Hardol the Healer, who can create a potion that would cure Jane Foster. Knowing that Loki will not do this, the warriors of Asgard stop him. Balder takes Odin's written request and travels to find Hardol. On his way, he travels across the Swamps of Endless Flame and is confronted by the Phantom of Asgard.

On Earth, Mister Hyde and Thor duke it out. Thor pushes Mister Hyde into one of his own traps, a ray-beam that knocks Hyde out. Thor sends an electrical surge through the house, the shock forcing the Cobra out of the vents, weakened enough for Thor to capture. Knowing that he cannot maintain the time warp, Thor returns to Jane's unconscious body and laments over her condition.

Meanwhile back in Asgard, Balder destroys the Phantom with his sword, travels across Forest of the Eternal Nightmare Plants, crosses the Valley of Swords and survives the Valley of Avalanches to finally arrive at the home of Hardol the Healer and present Odin's request.

On Earth, Thor finally decides to face the impending death of his love and dissipates the Time Warp. At that moment, Balder's sword falls from the sky and lands in the room with the potion for Jane attached. Thor gives the potion to her, curing her of her fatal injuries. Balder's sword then returns to its owner.

With Jane healed and revived, Thor thanks Odin for his aid and carries the sleeping girl away from the house.

Appearing in "The Mighty Thor Battles the Incredible Hulk!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #112.

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Synopsis for "The Mighty Thor Battles the Incredible Hulk!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #112.

While flying through the city, Thor happens upon two groups of children arguing over the who is the stronger between Thor and Hulk. Interested in the debate, Thor lands to see what all the commotion is about, and the children ask him if he knows who is the stronger of the two.

Thor recounts for them his last encounter with Hulk. However, he goes into a part of the story that was not previously recorded.

In Thor's recounting of the events, he and Hulk are separated from the Avengers and Sub-Mariner during their battle. Realizing Hulk's strength, Thor asks Odin to lift the enchantment that forces Thor to change to Donald Blake after being kept from his hammer for sixty seconds, so he can pit his strength against Hulk.

Odin grants Thor's wish, giving him five minutes free of the enchantment. However, Thor's hammer is now vulnerable to damage, and can be picked up by anybody. Hulk to attempts to destroy the hammer, keeping Thor on the defensive during the battle.

During their combat, the integrity of the cavern is compromised, and the cave-in covers Hulk with tons of rock. Soon, the five minutes Odin granted Thor expire. Thor smashes through the rubble to continue the fight, but discovers the Hulk has escaped.

Thor attempts to follow Hulk, but cannot pick up the trail. The test to see who is the strongest is inconclusive. Thor rejoins his comrades and battle Namor, until Hulk arrives again.

Thor stops his story, and explains that he has no proof that he is stronger than Hulk; therefore, he won't make such a claim, and flies off. Elsewhere, Hulk turns his thoughts to Thor as well, wondering when next they'll clash.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Journey into Mystery #103



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