Appearing in "Whosoever Wields This Hammer"

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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!

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 "The Vengeance of Loki"

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

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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.

Solicit Synopsis

Thor, smiting threats to humanity throughout the world! In his earliest adventures as the God of Thunder, Thor faces such foes as the alien Stone-Men of Saturn, the evil dictator the Executioner and communist spies behind the Iron Curtain! And closer to home, can Dr. Donald Blake ever win the love of nurse Jane Foster? Collecting JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83-84 and #88, fully remastered with modern coloring. Plus: an all-new framing sequence by Christos Gage (AVENGERS ACADEMY) and Marco Torricelli.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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