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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!

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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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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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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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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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  • 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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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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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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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!"

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

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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!"

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

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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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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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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"

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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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Journey into Mystery #99.

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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 18th story

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



Synopsis for 18th story

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


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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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