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Days of Thunder – October 1963: Journey into Mystery #97

The Mighty Thor Battles… The Lava Man

Written by Stan Lee/ Drawn by Jack Kirby/ Inked by Don Heck/ Lettered by Art Simek

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This is the first issue scripted by Stan Lee and shit gets real!  Loki lures one of the Lava Men that live within the Earth’s magma to cause trouble for Thor and Thor eventually tosses it into a volcano, whatever.  That is not what this issue is about.   The real action happens in the office.

Thor petitions Odin, begging permission to marry Jane Foster and is flatly denied. Blake decides to forsake his life as Thor and straight-up, I have no idea what that means, so poorly defined is their dual identity. I mean, presumably, he just has to give his magic stick to somebody decent, right?  That person will become the new Thor, yes?

This is all cut short because before Blake can tell Jane how he feels, she interrupts him and tells him that despite her feeling for him, she thinks he sucks and so she is quitting his employ to go work for Doctor Basil Andrews, that wolf who has always tried to date her who has never been mentioned in the comic before and who is called Bruce Andrews when he shows up at the end of the comic, leaving with Nurse Foster presumably forever!

First Appearance: The Lava Man, Doctor Basil or possibly Bruce Andrews

Days of Thunder – September 1963: Avengers #1

“The Coming of the Avengers!”

Written by Stan Lee/ Drawn by Jack Kirby/ Inking by Dick Ayers

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The stories of Thor depicted in Journey Into Mystery have stood alone until this point. However, as of the publication of this comic magazine entitled  The Avengers, Thor becomes established as living in a overarching fictional universe shared by other heroic characters prominently featured in other comic periodicals published by what has come to be known as The Marvel Comics Group.

This story features several characters originating from other magazines. Ant-Man and The Wasp are two heroes capable of shrinking to the size of insects. Iron Man is a wealthy arms dealer wearing a transistor-powered suit of armor that secretly powers his crippled heart. The Hulk is mild mannered scientist that regularly transforms into a giant green tragic monster. Rick Jones and the Teen-Brigade are a bunch of teenage radio enthusiasts with affiliations with the Hulk. The Fantastic Four are the greatest superhero team of all time.

Despite the addition of all of these characters, this is essentially a Thor story. It begins when Loki tries to menace Thor by using Hulk as his catspaw. Follow the chain on Loki’s plan: In Asgard, Loki uses his magic to make the Hulk smash some things, which seems like the sort of thing that Hulk routinely does without divine intervention. In the Southwest, the newspaper reports that Hulk is at it again. Rick Jones reads about this in the paper and freaks out. He dispatches his Teen-Brigade to radio the Fantastic Four in New York, in case they haven’t read the paper. Loki diverts the message to Doctor Don Blake’s office radio but somehow it is also heard by Ant-Man, Wasp, and Iron Man, as well as the Fantastic Four. Mr Fantastic blows off the news, but all the other heroes show up.

Thor assumes that this must be the work of Loki because basically everything that happens to him is either the work of Loki or communists, so he heads to Asgard to confront his brother. He fights his way through a gauntlet before confronting Loki, who ambushes him with his troll allies. The trolls are apparently the natural enemies of the gods, and have an unbreakable grip. Thor beats the trolls and Loki runs away but Thor uses his hammer to soak up the strong flow of magnetic currents which apparently is what the Trolls eat, snaring Loki who is apparently magnetic. This probably has something to do with the mental link Loki shares with Thor’s hammer, established in Journey Into Mystery #85

Meanwhile, the Hulk has been hiding in the circus and we the readers are treated to maybe my favorite image that Jack Kirby ever drew:

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The Hulk dressed as a sad clown, juggling a horse, elephant, and seal.
The heroes attack him in the middle of his act, surrounded by circusgoers. The Hulk, totally the wronged party, runs away.

As Hulk and his persecutors continue to fight, Thor returns to Earth with Loki to explain that this is the real bad guy of the story. Loki uses his magic to turn radioactive, but unfortunately for him, he happened to be standing on a trap door, which Ant-Man’s ants spring open, dropping him into a tank for storing radioactive waste.

Almost as an afterthought, the Wasp suggests that they form a team, which they do, Hulk inclusive. They call themselves the Avengers.

First Appearance: Trolls, The Avengers, Mechano

Days of Thunder – September 1963: Journey Into Mystery #96

The Mighty Thor! Defying the Magic of… “Mad Merlin!”

Plot: Stan Lee/ Script: R. Berns/ Art: Joe Sinott

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Nurse Foster is understandably angry with Doctor Blake because every time he hears of an emergency on the radio, he blows off his patients and locks himself in his lab for hours on end. She tells him, “I kept making lame excuses to your patients!” which is in questionable taste given who she is talking to.

Later, Merlin wakes from a thousand year sleep and decides to become President John F. Kennedy’s adviser.  Merlin is not a real wizard, he is a mutant.  He challenges Thor to a duel because he believe the thunder god to be the only threat to his plan. Thor convinces Merlin that he is a shape-changer by turning into Doctor Blake. Cowed by this show of power, Merlin agrees to go back to sleep for another thousand years.

First Appearance: Merlin, John F. Kennedy

Days of Thunder – August 1963: Journey Into Mystery #95

The Mighty Thor! Faces the Menace of… “The Demon Duplicators!”

Plot: Stan Lee/ Script: R. Berns/ Art: Joe Sinott

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Another fever-dream of an issue, this one starts with Thor popping by Asgard to help Odin stop a drought. It is fairly clear in this issue that Thor has regained his pre-Blake memories. Maybe he regained them when his chromosomatic gland was tinkered with,  or maybe he has slowly been remembering his life as a god over the past year.  It is not explained.

After starting a week-long thunderstorm on Asgard, Thor returns to Earth where the might of Thor is needed at a scientists’ convention. Doctor Blake, in addition to being a general practitioner, genius surgeon, world-traveling philanthropist, and Thor, is also apparently a genius inventor, as previously hinted at in issue #93. Blake has invented an android that is not only self-aware, but capable of solving the world’s most complicated math problem and strong enough that it cannot be harmed by Thor’s hammer.

Thor and Dr. Zaxton, a physicist acquaintance of Blake’s, are showing off this new wonder, positing it as the first in an army of invincible ultra-intelligent androids. Forget poor benuked China, every nation on Earth must be in a panic to develop an-anti-Thor contingency. The demonstration ends when Zaxton accidentally sets the android to explode.  Naturually, Thor hurls him into the air where he safely explodes.

Later, Zaxton visits Blake, informing him that he has invented a small hand-held device that can create perfect duplicates of things from thin air. Zaxton is not satisfied with his mind-bogglingly amazing invention, he wants to also be able to duplicate life, specifically human life. Blake finds the idea of human duplication immoral but when Zaxton reveals that Nurse Foster has been kidnapped for hostage reasons, he agrees to help Zaxton.

A few hours later, they have succeeded, and while Zaxton is making a bunch of duplicates of a cat, Blake switches into Thor, only to be caught changing by Zaxton. Zaxton makes a duplicate of Thor, and reveals that his machine secretly creates duplicates with the exact opposite personalities of the original.

So Thor has to battle a Reverse Duplicate Thor, who quickly ends up with a second hammer, all the while dealing with additional complications caused by Zaxton’s duplication ray. At one point he creates a dozen duplicates of an airliner.

Eventually, er, the duplicate’s unworthiness to hold a duplicate hammer causes him to fade from existence?  I think that is what happens.  Meanwhile Zaxton creates a reverse duplicate of himself and then drops the duplication device off of a parapet and falls to his death trying to grab it. Thor decides to allow the reverse Zaxton to take over the original’s life, but nothing is revealed about the fate of all the duplicates of the people on the duplicated airliners. I bet that led to some complicated and tragic drama.

Thor hides the Zaxton corpse and then saves Nurse Foster.

First Appearance: Dr. Zaxton, Dr. Blake’s Green Android,Reverse Duplicate Thor

Days of Thunder – July 1963: Journey Into Mystery #94

The Mighty Thor! “Thor and Loki Attack the Human Race!”

Plot: Stan Lee/ Script: P. Berns/ Art: J Sinnott

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This is easily the greatest issue of Thor to date. While Thor is averting a rouge U.S. nuclear missile that Loki has magically hijacked, Loki uses his last ounce of magic to divert Thor’s attention just as his hammer is returning to him. The result is that the hammer strikes Thor’s head in the chromosomatic gland, the gland that determines and changes personality. This must be a gland that only gods have, because last I checked, humans ain’t got that shit.

With his chromosomatic gland altered, Thor’s nature becomes like Loki’s.  He heads to Asgard, punching Heimdall as he passes, so he can free his brother. Once free, Loki tells Odin that he and Thor intend to rule Asgard and that the two of them will cause terrible havoc on Odin’s beloved Earth, until Odin cedes his rule to his sons.

And then they straight up Mars Attacks Earth for three pages of a 14 page story. Thor smashes monuments with his hammer and with his weather, while Loki brings the Sphinx to life and reawakens dinosaurs in museums. And though the text does not really suggest it, it is hard not to see this as Loki’s greatest wish: His brother standing alongside him as they challenge Odin and cause chaos.

But all good things must end and Odin and the gods of Asgard, posing as U.N. experts on Norse gods, trick Thor and Loki and drop Thor’s hammer on Thor’s chromosomatic gland, reverting his personality. Once again, the day is saved by Odin.

Thor captures Loki and addresses the U.N., promising to use the combined supernatural powers of Asgard to repair all the damage caused by he and Loki. Mind you, this is one month after he nuked China. If I was planet Earth, I would be so very very scared of Thor.

First Appearance: The chromosomatic gland

Days of Thunder – June 1963: Journey Into Mystery #93

The Mighty Thor! Versus “The Mysterious Radio-Active Man!”

Plot: Stan Lee/ Script R. Benrs/ Art: Jack Kirby/ Inking: Dick Ayers

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At the start of this issue, Doctor Don Blake is out of town again. This time, Thor is helping the people of India fight the Red Chinese. Amongst his many anti-communists feats, Thor chains four Chinese tanks to his hammer than hurls the hammer along with the trailing tanks to a nearby Indian Army camp in a feat described by a caption box as “Stupendously epic.” It is almost as good as the time he used peanuts to capture pigeon-Loki.

Meanwhile, in Peking, Chairman Mao is understandably freaked out by the fact that a genuine thunder god seems to be single-handedly waging war against Communist China.  One of the CPC’s scientists, Chen Lu, has devised a counter-measure, which he tests on himself, not trusting anyone else. He becomes the Radio-Active Man, an amazing reservoir of radioactive power. Up and atom!

The Chinese government sends him to New York City.  Upon arriving, he challenges Thor to a duel on live television.

After performing a life-saving miracle surgery, Blake changes into Thor and meets the Radio-Active Man, where he is startled to discover that this villain can deflect not only his hammer but his lightning bolts (which he can now apparently shoot from his hands without tapping his hammer on the ground.).

Complicating matters further is the fact that the Radio-Active Man will apparently go off like an H-Bomb if he takes any serious damage. Also, he can hypnotize people with his radiation. So he hypnotizes Thor, making him toss his hammer into the Hudson River. Sixty seconds later Thor reverts to Blake, which as usual breaks the hypnosis.

Blake returns to his office where he invents a machine that can scan for his hammer within a 10 mile radius. Having found it, he swims to the bottom of the bay to retrieve it.  He then creates a giant tornado that sends the Radio-Active Man back to China, nuking it in the process.  I repeat:  In this issue,  Thor nukes China.

First Appearance: Mao Zedong, The Radio-Active Man

Days of Thunder – May 1963 Journey Into Mystery #92

 

The Mighty Thor! “The Day Loki Stole Thor’s Magic Hammer”

Plot Stan Lee/ Script by R. Berns (Robert Bernstein)/ Art by Joe Sinnott

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Thor is starring in a film about himself, currently being filmed in Norway.  Having a real god play himself lets the production company do absolutely amazing stunts.  At one point in the course of filming he throws his hammer but shockingly, it does not return to him!

The reason the hammer does not return is that in Asgard, Loki is bound by chains made of the same Uru metal as Thor’s hammer and Loki has magnetized them, pulling Thor’s hammer all the way from Earth, smashing the chains and freeing the trickster, now proclaiming himself to be a God of Evil, not just mere mischief.

Thor petitions Odin for help yet again, and is transported to Asgard, where the 60 second rule does not apply. Also, we learn that time freezes when Odin appears on Earth.

Odin has an emergency meeting of all the gods to discuss Thor losing his hammer. They conclude it must be on Asgard, although they do not explain how they have come that conclusion.  They also report that they are all much too busy to help Thor look for it.

As Thor searches for his hammer by wandering aimlessly around Asgard, Loki attacks him with enchanted trees, but Thor fashions a giant mallet out of other trees with which to smash his foes. Loki burns this mallet and then transforms clouds into snarling dragons to attack his brother. Thor gouges a new hammer out of stone with his fingers to fight the dragons. Thor really likes hammers.

It turns out that the stone Thor used to carved his new makeshift hammer contained Uru, and so it flies straight to the magnetized chains while Thor follows.   Thus, Thor gets his favorite hammer back.

Meanwhile Odin Heimdall and Fricka stumble upon Loki and re-capture him.

First Appearance: Neri handmaiden to Fricka, Fricka

Days of Thunder – April 1963: Journey Into Mystery #91

The Mighty Thor! Battles… “Sandu, Master of the Supernatural”

Plot — Stan Lee, Script — Larry Lieber, Art — Joe Sinnott, Lettering — Terry Szenics

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Loki gives super mental powers a minor psychic named Sandu, most notably telekinisis. Sandu starts stealing banks and jewelry stores, whole buildings at a time, taking the valuables and ditching the buildings on the moon.

Emboldened by his early successes, Sandu lifts the United Nations Building and threatens to kill everybody inside if they do no make him absolute ruler of Earth, which leads to the following delightful exchange:

“We haven’t the power to do that!”
“The man is mad! Humor him!”

Thor tries to stop Sandu, but the psychic ties him in chains, and drops a building on him. Thor once again begs Odin for some help. Odin sends some Valkyries to return to Thor his Belt of Strength. Two ethereal Valkyries wrap the belt around Thor, which gives him a major stat boost.

Sandu teleports Thor’s hammer to another dimension. There, Sandu tries so hard to lift Thor’s hammer, that he gives himself a mental short circuit, returning both hammer and villain to Earth.

For some reason, Thor does not keep the belt, and the Valkyries return to Asgard with it.

First Appearance: Sandu, Valkyries, Thor’s Belt of Strength

Days of Thunder – March 1963: Journey Into Mystery #90

The Mighty Thor! “Trapped by the Carbon-Copy Man!”

Plot — Stan Lee, Script — by Larry Lieber,  Art — Al Hartley, Lettering — Terry Szenics

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Artist Jack Kirby is off the book for a while, and his absence is felt.

Doctor Blake has finally decided to tell Nurse Foster how he feels and also that he sometimes turns into a thunder god. But before he can, Odin appears before him, commanding that he never reveal his dual identity to any mortal.

While limping around feeling sad about this, Doctor Blake notices that all sorts of crazy things are happening such as cars driving on sidewalks.  It all seems to be happening due to civic authority giving strange orders. Even crazier, Nurse Foster quits the practice because Doctor Blake is too nice! Thor decides to visit his good friend, Mayor Harris to clear up this mystery, but Harris tries to have Thor arrested.

Confused, Thor has an idea: he will send his mind back in time and space to when Odin gave him advice, something we mortals call “remembering.” What he remembers is Odin teaching Thor about Occam’s Razor, which is a pretty strange thing for the Norse Allfather of the Gods to be teaching. Of course, it is even stranger that Thor should be able to remember Odin’s counsel at all, given that his memories should all be that of Doctor Don Blake. Thor and Blake seem to be growing into distinct personae as time passes.

To Thor’s way of thinking,  the simplest explanation for the nuttiness is that everyone he knows has been replaced by doppelgangers. Which, after he stumbles upon the spaceship belonging to a group of shape-changing invaders from the planet Xarta, he discovers is correct. The Xartan leader, Ugarth tell Thor that they have been capturing and replacing people in key jobs throughout the city, even though the only two human captives they seem to have are Mayor Harris and Nurse Foster.

Thor fights a bunch of Xartans, eventually hurling Ugarth into space (where he presumably dies?). Remaining on Earth is Ugarth’s son Zano, and a bunch of other Xartans. Thor tells them all to turn into trees, which they do, which apparently makes them dumb as trees. They must have been pretty dumb to begin with.

First Appearance: Ugarth of Xarta, Zano of Xarta, Mayor Harris

Days of Thunder – February 1963: Journey Into Mystery #89

Plot: Stan Lee, Script: L. D. Lieber, Art: Jack Kirby, Inking: Dick Ayers Lettering: Ray Holloway

The Mighty Thor! The Thunder God and the Thug!

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This issue starts with some hilarious business wherein Thor steals a mannequin, dresses it as himself and then hurls it into the sea as part of an elaborate ruse to allow him to sneak into his office window undetected. Back in his office and back in human form, Doctor Blake pines after Nurse Foster while she pines after Thor. She imagines ironing his cape, cutting his hair, and, er, polishing his hammer.

All this daydreaming is interrupted when gangsters kidnap Dr. Blake, taking him to their hideout so that he can treat their injured boss, Thug Thatcher. Blake does treat the gangster,  and eventually extricates himself from this mess by telepathically messaging Odin in Asgard, who responds by shooting a force wave down to Earth, striking the gangster holding Blake’s cane.

Blake transforms into Thor, but Thug Thatcher escapes and ends up holding Nurse Foster hostage, the third time in six issues someone has done so to Jane. Thor takes out Thug Thatcher by distracting him with ventriloquism, and then kicking his hammer straight at Thatcher’s gun.

Thor captures all the male mobsters, but the one female in the gang, Thatcher’s girlfriend Ruby, is spared that fate. Instead, he uses his mental link with Odin to convince him to use his Odin powers to erase all memory of the man she loves from her memory, thus freeing her to attach herself to someone less mobstery. Thor and Odin may need to take Professor Xavier’s Ethics of Telepathy classes.

First Appearance: Thug Thatcher, Ruby

Days of Thunder – January 1963: Journey Into Mystery #88

Plot: Stan Lee, Script: L. D. Lieber, Art: Jack Kirby, Inks by Dick Ayers, Lettering: Art Simek

The Mighty Thor! Starring in: “The Vengeance of Loki!”

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Our tale starts in Asgard, where a seething Loki has been using his magics to spy on Thor, thus discovering Thor’s secrets.  Armed with this knowledge,  Loki escapes to Earth and confronts Thor.

Using Nurse Foster as bait, Loki maneuvers Thor into dropping his hammer, and one he does, Loki envelops the hammer in a force-field, thus causing Thor to revert to Don Blake with no way to become Thor again.

Loki goes on a mischief rampage throughout Earth, at one point screwing with a Russian bomb test, because even Loki hates communists. Eventually Blake uses the old-create-a-fake-Thor-plastic-replica-so-the-villain-drops-the-force-field-to-check-thus-allowing-the-hero-to-grab-the-hammer trick.

To escape, Loki turns into a pigeon and hides amongst other pigeons that are milling about. Not about to let Loki escape, Thor uses his superhuman speed to run to a peanut vendor, run back and hurl the peanuts at the pigeons so that the one pigeon that doesn’t love peanuts reveals himself and is thus captured and returned to Asgard. Thor’s peanut plan is easily the greatest thing to happen in this book so far.

Days of Thunder – December 1962: Journey Into Mystery #87

The Mighty Thor! “Prisoner of the Reds”

Plot: Stan Lee, Script: Larry Lieber, Art: by Jack Kirby, Inks: Dick Ayers Lettering: Art Simek

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The Russians are kidnapping American scientists and faking their defections so Don Blake goes undercover to rescue them in a largely uneventful story that does feature Thor falling into a tank full of man-eating sharks.

The highlight of this issue comes when a Russian soldier shouts “He carries a hammer, like our hammer and sickle emblem! Is he one of us??

Days of Thunder – November 1962: Journey Into Mystery #86

Thor the Mighty  “On the Trail of the Tomorrow Man”

Plot: Stan Lee, Script: Larry Lieber, Art: Jack Kirby, Inks: Dick Ayers

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Three hundred years in the future, (only 248 years from 2014) war and violence have been transcended as humanity has moved on to a world free from all conflict. But one human, Zarrko, is not content with contentment. And so he constructs a time machine so that he may travel back to the 20th century to steal a nuke, with which he can conquer the pacifist world of the 2262.

Meanwhile, in 1962, Thor is helping the United States army build better weapons. This is probably at the same army base where the Incredible Hulk was unleashed upon the world. I think Thunderbolt Ross is in a panel.

Today, they are testing something a cobalt bomb, which Wikipedia informs me is a nuclear weapon designed to salt the earth with particularly horrible nuclear fallout. This test involves blowing it up while Thor stands next to it so they can see what happens to him. Before the army can nuke Thor, Zarrko appears out of nowhere, snatches the bomb and before Thor can stop him, disappears again.

As an army scientist puts it: “He faded from sight,… as though moving into another segment of time! And since there was no Time-Travel in the past, he must have come from the future!”

Thor, that is to say Doctor Don Blake in the guise of Thor, petitions Odin for help. He asks the Lord of Asgard to give him the power to journey into the future. Odin (who has two eyes, by the way) is confused, because Thor seems to have forgotten that time travel is a power that Thor already has. All he has to do is spin his hammer so fast that he enters the dimension of time. Which he then does.

Thor arrives one month after Zarrko, who has already used the only weapon on the planet to enslave the entire world. Guards attack Thor because they are afraid of the only weapon on Earth, despite the fact that they have no weapons and Thor is holding a weapon.

Thor fights his way through Zarrko’s defenses, and when Zarrko sees which way things are going, he tries to use the bomb to destroy the world. Thor catches it, in the process injuring Zarrko so badly that he loses all memory of being evil. Thor returns to 1962, giving back to the U.S. Army a doomsday device capable of destroying the world.

First Appearance: Zarrko, The Tomorrow Man, Thor’s ability to travel through time

Days of Thunder – September 1962: Journey Into Mystery #84

The Mighty Thor vs. The Executioner

Plot by Stan Lee, Script by Larry Lieber, Art by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers

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Doctor Don Blake returns to his private practice in the states, where he pines over his nurse, a woman by the name of Jane Foster. He believes that she could never love a man as lame as him. In reality, she is totally in love with him, and spends her days wishing that he could act like less of a pussy.

Soon, Blake again leaves the country, this time with Nurse Foster. They are part of an effort to provide medical aid to the tiny war-torn South American nation of San Diablo. San Diablo has been overthrown by communists and is now led by a warlord only known as “The Executioner”, who wars against the democratic resistance.

Naturally The Executioner is too communist to want the peasants to live, and so he orders that fighter planes destroy the ship containing the doctors. Naturally, Thor intercedes, smashing the shit out of planes with his hammer. Jane is mighty impressed. Blake continues to fight the commies on land both as himself and as Thor, until Jane is captured and used as a hostage. Blake turns himself in to save her, at which point The Executioner takes his stick and orders that Blake die by firing squad.

Jane offers to marry The Executioner in exchange for Blake’s life, and act that riles up Blake enough to get him to goad the warlord into beating the doctor with his own walking stick. This of course allows him to grab the stick, make the switch right in front of Jane, The Executioner and a firing squad, but the blinding flash that accompanies the change provides sufficient cover to muddle the issue.

Thor fights some more commies, and then the democratic faction shows up, and then Thor stamps his hammer four times, which is apparently the setting for volcano eruption, and then the rebels shoot The Executioner to death.

Blake and Foster help the refugees, and prepare to head home to America. Jane though balloons about what a wuss that Blake is, never mind the fact that he went into a war-torn land on an errand of mercy, and twice confronted a warlord to protect her. Jane Foster: Total asshole.

First Appearance: Nurse Jane Foster, The Executioner

Days of Thunder – August 1962: Journey Into Mystery #83

Thor The Mighty! and “The Stone Men from Saturn”

Plot by Stan Lee, Script by Larry Lieber, Art by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

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The first Mighty Marvel adventure to feature Thor was a straightforward tale. A lame American physician named Doctor Don Blake is visiting Norway, when the country is invaded by green rock-skinned invaders from the planet Saturn. Pursued by the invaders, Blake hides in a cave, where he discovers a secret chamber that contains naught but a gnarled wooden stick.

Still trapped in the cave and fearing capture by the aliens, Blake strikes the stick against a boulder in frustration. Upon doing so, he is transformed into a tall, muscular, becaped man, with long flowing hair and a helmet with wings on it. The stick has become a hammer bearing the following inscription:

“WHOSOEVER HOLDS THIS HAMMER, IF HE BE WORTHY, SHALL POSSESS THE POWER OF… THOR”.

Blake, startled to discover that he has been transformed into a Nordic thunder deity, begins experimenting. He soon discovers all sorts of complicated rules governing the hammer. If he goes sixty seconds without holding the hammer, he reverts to human form (wearing, for some reason, different clothes than he was wearing pre-transformation). He can create rain or snow, his hammer will return to him like a boomerang, and he can hurl it with so much force it will pull him through the air. The hammer does specific things when you stamp it on the ground as follows:

One stamp – Switch to human, or vice versa

Two stamps – Create storms

Three stamps – End storms

Blake uses his new abilities to beat the crap out of some Saturninans and their Mechano-Monster. They flee, assuming the Earth to be filled with muscular hammer-wielding defenders. Blake reverts to human, taking his new super-artifact with him by rite of finders keepers.

First Appearance: Doctor Donald Blake, Thor, Mighty Uru Hammer, Stone Men from Saturn