Journey Into Mystery (Vol. 1) #94

Credits:

“Thor and Loki Attack the Human Race”

Cover Date: July 1963

Plotter: Stan Lee

Scripter: Robert Bernstein (credited as R. Berns)

Penciller: Joe Sinnott

Inker: Joe Sinnott

Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers

What’s Going On?

From his Asgardian prison, Loki has once again been scheming to get revenge against Thor. Loki used his magic to cause an emergency that only Thor could fix. This was just part of an elaborate trap Loki had set up. When all was said and done, Thor’s personality had been reversed; he and Loki are now loyal friends, enemies of Odin, and indifferent to the suffering of humans. How can the people of Earth defend themselves from the combined power of Loki and Thor?

Is It Good?

I’m going to go on record and say that mind control stories (this is sort of one, right?) are never good. It’s kind of silly, so it has some redeeming value, but it is certainly not “good.”

Sub-Plots

  • Loki has been punished more severely since the last time we saw him; he is now manacled to a wall in a dungeon, but he can still use magic to observe Thor and cause trouble.

  • While in the act of catching his hammer, Thor is distracted by Loki’s magic, causing the hammer to hit Thor in the back of the head. This causes Thor’s personality to change from good to bad, just as Loki had planned.

  • Thor and Loki demand to rule Asgard. When Odin does not immediately allow this, they decide to terrorize Earth until Odin gives in.

  • DAMN. Thor knows how to wreck stuff.

  • Odin saves the day by causing Thor to get hit in the head again by his hammer, restoring his proper personality. Thor and the other gods quickly subdue Loki.

Continuity:

  • I didn’t know Thor’s hammer was actually a croquet mallet!

  • This is the first time we’ve seen Thor use a phone. It’s a good thing the cops choose not to trace the call back to Dr. Blake’s office.

  • Thor is still tapping his hammer to access certain powers.

Comics Are Goofy:

  • That’s not a real thing.

  • Shake harder, Odin! They’re getting away!

  • I like that a key point to this plot is Odom’s love of Earth. My understanding of Odin is that he thinks Thor wastes his time on Earth, so this is very weird for me.
  • Yes, it’s funny that the entire Taj Mahal is being lifted in one piece by wind, but what made me giggle here is that Loki is riding Thor like a pony.

  • Odin: “I’ve got a plan to fix Thor and defeat Loki. We’ll need to install trap doors in the United Nations building, and we’ll need some rubber masks!”

  • It’s interesting that the problem and solution in this story involves hitting Thor in the head hard with a hammer. Concussions are rarely the cure of anything.
  • How convenient.

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