Journey Into Mystery (Vol. 1) #105

Credits:

Cover Date: June 1964

Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Chic Stone

“The Cobra and Mr. Hyde”

Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scripter: Stan Lee

Penciller: Jack Kirby

Inker: Chic Stone

“Tales of Asgard: When Heimdall Failed!”

Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scripter: Stan Lee

Penciller: Jack Kirby

Inker: George Roussos (credited as George Bell)

What’s Going On?

Cobra and Mr. Hyde team up to battle Thor! Thor couldn’t capture either villain when he fought them individually, so can he defeat them together?

In “Tales of Asgard,” we learn a bit more about Heimdall.

Details:

In “The Cobra and Mr. Hyde”:

  • While flying around town, Thor happens to spot the villainous Cobra sneaking about. He gives chase, but Cobra loses him by quickly entering a nearby open window. Never one to miss an opportunity, Cobra decides to rob the apartment. It’s not an easy task, though, because he snuck into the apartment of Calvin Zabo —- also known as Mr. Hyde!

  • After fighting for a few moments, the two realize that they have an enemy in common —- Thor, of course —- and decide to team up.

  • Back in Dr. Blake’s office, Don and Jane’s relationship is fraying. Jane tries to make Donald jealous by going on a date with another man; she is successful, but Don refuses to show anything other than indifference.

  • Elsewhere, Cobra and Hyde use one of Hyde’s inventions to track Thor to Donald Blake’s office. When they arrive, though, they find only Blake.

  • Just then, Jane Foster cut her date short and returned to Blake’s office to check on him, only to fall into the clutches of Mr. Hyde!

  • With Jane’s safety at risk, Donald tricks the villains into tapping his cane and transforming him into Thor.

  • Taken by surprise, the villains split up and escape. Thor takes pursuit, and Hyde makes sure that Thor follows him.

  • Cobra and Mr. Hyde went to a heavy machinery showcase, where Hyde distracted Thor long enough for Cobra to use a machine to snatch Thor’s hammer away from him. Without his hammer, Thor will transform back into Donald Blake! But that’s a concern for next issue…

In “Tales of Asgard”:

  • The Storm Giants send a Vanna —- a fairy-type creature —- to Asgard, with the intent of spying on the Asgardians. They sent the Vanna because it can become invisible and silent enough to pass Heimdall undetected.

  • While he can see or hear nothing amiss, Heimdall does sense trouble when the Vanna passes.

  • Nevertheless, Heimdall passes a warning to Odin, and the All-Father detects and captures the Vanna.

  • Heimdall thought he would be punished for allowing the Vanna to pass into Asgard, but Odin complimented him for being loyal and honorable.

Is It Good?

It’s okay! The romantic subplot with Jane Foster is starting to seriously drag this title down, but I don’t see that changing anytime soon. The pseudoscience and villainous plan were both silly and illogical, but I thought it was fun. The “Tales of Asgard” back-up story focused on Heimdall again, and I liked the unusual bravery that story highlighted.

Continuity:

  • Cobra last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #98.
  • Mr. Hyde last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #100.
  • Iron Man’s new armor (or mask, anyway) debuted this month in the pages of Tales of Suspense #54.

  • The Avengers have an agreement to not invade each other’s privacy.

  • Heavy machinery can lift Thor’s hammer.

Comics Are Goofy:

  • I like the idea of Cobra just hanging out on rooftops and building spires in the middle of the day.

  • This is a brilliant villain plan, part one: Build a device that can defy everything we know about science and…use it to find out where Thor lives. Okay, fine. Revenge may be more fun that getting a patent.

  • This is a brilliant villain plan, part two: Lure Thor to a location where you can target him with your fancy device! Now you know where to attack Thor! Never mind that you just lured Thor somewhere, and could have attacked him there!

  • “I’ll lock my cane in this steel cabinet for a full day! No matter what happens, I won’t retrieve it!” One and a half pages later, he transforms into Thor.

  • The God of Thunder explains to no one! Except maybe just this one time…

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