Journey Into Mystery (Vol. 1) #103

Credits:

Cover Date: April 1964

Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, George Roussos

“Menaced by the Enchantress and the Executioner!”

Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scripter: Stan Lee

Penciller: Jack Kirby

Inker: Chic Stone

“Tales of Asgard: Thor’s Mission to Mirmir!”

Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scripter: Stan Lee

Penciller: Jack Kirby

Inker: Chic Stone

What’s Going On?

In “Menaced by the Enchantress and the Executioner,” Odin is upset that Thor still loves Jane Foster, so he approves a plan to send the Enchantress to woo the Thunder God.

In “Tales of Asgard,” we see how mortal men were created, according to Norse mythology.

Details:

Main Story:

  • Frustrated by Thor’s continued love for Jane Foster, Odin agrees to one of Loki’s suggestions: maybe Thor just needs a more attractive woman to forget about Jane. Why not pair Thor up with the Enchantress?

  • Tasked by Loki to make Donald Blake fall in love with her, Enchantress heads to Earth and introduces herself to the good doctor; Loki didn’t explain that Thor and Blake are the same man, but he promised that winning Blake’s love would win her Thor’s. She expects him to immediately fall in love with her at a glance…

  • …but he resists! She still manages to get Donald into a compromising position in front of Jane, but he does not succumb to her charms.

  • The Enchantress concludes that Jane Foster needs to be removed in order for her to win over Blake. She asks the Executioner, who is madly in love with Enchantress, to get rid of Jane. He complies by sending Jane to Limbo.

  • Having heard news reports of a gigantic Asgardian-looking thug causing problems, Thor shows up and battles the Executioner. While the Executioner’s axe is powerful and magical, Thor and his hammer quickly defeat him.

  • The Executioner offers a deal: if Thor spares his life, the Executioner will bring Jane back from Limbo…in exchange for Thor’s hammer! Thor agrees, even though giving up the hammer will also mean that Donald Blake will never be able to become Thor again.

  • The Executioner is true to his word, and brings Jane back. However, he quickly finds that he cannot lift Thor’s hammer. This leaves him vulnerable to an attack from the Enchantress, who is upset that he brought Jane back from Limbo.

  • To save himself from the Enchantress, the Executioner gives the hammer back to Thor. The Enchantress turns to cast her spells on Thor, but he is able to resist them. When the Enchantress admits defeat, Thor her and the Executioner back to Asgard.

  • Thor’s continuing affection for Jane upsets Odin, who vows to do something about it soon.

In Tales of Asgard:

  • Thor travels underground to visit Sindri, King of the Dwarves. He is there to pick up a special ship, one that will take him to a faraway land.

  • Thor’s mission is to give a splinter of Yggdrasill to King Mirmir, so that he can instigate the creation of mankind on Midgard.

Is It Good?

“Tales of Asgard” wasn’t very interesting, but I liked the main story. The Enchantress and Executioner provided Thor with some stylistically different foes, even if he did overcome their attacks with too much ease.

Continuity:

  • This is the first appearance of Amora, the Enchantress. She is an Asgardian sorceress. She is very powerful in general, both physically and magically, and a master of seduction.
  • This is also the first appearance of Skurge, the Executioner. Another Asgardian, he is an eight-foot tall warrior. His axe can cut through sub-space and transport people to other dimensions; it can also project different types of energy. He is obsessed (or bewitched by?) with the Enchantress.

  • Thor appears to have his full power levels again. Odin had halved them in Journey Into Mystery #101, but Thor doesn’t mention being weaker in this issue, even while fighting Asgardians. I guess that was resolved some time between last issue and this one.
  • The Executioner is not worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer.
  • This is the first appearance of King Sindri and the Dwarves of Nidavellir. We don’t get much information about them, other than the fact that they forge Asgard’s weapons.
  • This is also the first appearance of Aske and Embla. Aske and Embla are the first man and woman on Earth (according to Norse mythology).
  • This is the first appearance of Gullin, the boar god. Not much is known about Gullin or the boar gods, except that he is no friend of Asgard.

Comics Are Goofy:

  • I would read the hell out of a comic chronicling Loki and the Enchantress falling in and out of love and hate with each other.

  • The Enchantress sure doesn’t seem to be surprised that a mortal can identify her.

Well, That Aged Poorly:

  • Would it kill Stan Lee to write Jane as someone who isn’t petulant?

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