Appearing in "The Day Loki Stole Thor's Magic Hammer"
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Synopsis for "The Day Loki Stole Thor's Magic Hammer"
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 Remedy Oil"
Synopsis for "The Remedy Oil"
An ancient tomb is guarded by hypnotists.
Appearing in "The Man Who Hated Monstro"
- Karl Krumm
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Synopsis for "The Man Who Hated Monstro"
A showman's jealousy and cruelty to the circus' new attraction, a giant ape, leads to his doom when the ape, Monstro, takes his revenge!
Appearing in "I Used to Be Human"
- Unnamed Space Pilot (Only appearance)
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- P184, a single occupant spacecraft (Only appearance)
Synopsis for "I Used to Be Human"
A man lands on a planet where eating the native fruit transmogrifies you into a monstrous hulking creature. He tries to hold out for as long as he can, but he finishes his food supply, and still no rescue ship arrives. He eats the fruit and changes. After the change he finds he has gained telepathic abilities to share with the other creatures and has gained a sense of empathy and peace. A rescue ship finally arrives and they state the reason for the delay is that scientists were developing a serum that would revert him back to human and they ask him to step forward from the crowd of creatures. His fellows tell him he is free to do so if he wishes, but he is content and does not move. The spaceship thinks that too much time has passed and the brutes can no longer understand their words and depart. The former human muses that the people of Earth are so conceited that it would never occur to them that there are better forms of life on other planets.
- Sequence 1 The Day Loki Stole Thor's Magic Hammer plot by Lee, script by Bernstein (credited as R. Berns).
- First appearance of Neri. Though not in mainstream continuity, Neri is seen again in What If? #47.
- While it is not expressly explained in this issue, the reason why Thor does not change back into Donald Blake after being away from his hammer for 60 seconds is because he is transported to Asgard, where -- apparently -- the enchantment responsible for this change is null and void.
- Heimdall recalls the time Loki slipped by him in the form of a snake, which happened in Journey into Mystery #88.