The Mighty Thor! “The Cobra and Mr. Hyde!”
Written By: Happy Stan Lee, Drawn By: Healthy Jack Kirby, Inked By: Husky Chic Stone, Lettered By: Hasty Art Simek
Jane Foster has had it with waiting for Don to make a move. She lets him know that she is going out dancing with some guy named Paul. Spurred by competition, Blake once again considers renouncing his Thor aspect to live a mortal life with Jane. He decides to lock up his walking stick for a day, as a test case.
Jane Foster, out on her date and wearing an ugly hat, decides that Paul sucks. She would rather do dull office work with Dr. Blake than be out with anyone else.
Meanwhile, Mr. Hyde and The Cobra, Thor’s two lamest enemies, decide to team up to find Thor. Hyde has invented a Time Reversal Ray, a machine that shows where a person targeted with it has been. They use this machine to learn that there is some connection between Thor and Doctor Donald Blake, which of course, Hyde already knew. Ah well.
They attack a caneless Blake at the office. Naturally, Blake has to find a way to access his cane so that he can turn into Thor to defend Jane. This involves tricking Hyde into ripping open the case that holds Don’s cane and striking it on the ground himself. Thus do we learn what happens when someone other than Doctor Donald Blake strikes the walking stick on the ground: It turns into the Uru hammer, and falls to the floor in the hands of the unworthy. At the same time, Doctor Blake turns into Thor. This is an eyebrow-raising thing. What if somebody as worthy as Blake had used the stick? Would they have become Thor or is Thor somehow imprinted upon Blake now?
At any rate, Thor and Cobra and Hyde fight a whole bunch, taking the fight to a “Heavy Machinery Show”. It is at the show that the Cobra theorizes that the lifting restriction only applies to humans. He discovers that machines, even human controlled-machines, are capable of lifting Thor’s hammer. He grabs Thor’s hammer with an atomic-powered hydraulic hoist, depositing it within its storage compartment, out of Thor’s grasp. To be continued.
First Appearance: Paul