Journey Into Mystery (Vol. 1) #110

Credits:

Cover Date: November 1964

Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Chic Stone

“Every Hand Against Him!”

Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scripter: Stan Lee

Penciller: Jack Kirby

Inker: Chic Stone

“Tales of Asgard: The Defeat of Odin”

Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scripter: Stan Lee

Penciller: Jack Kirby

Inker: Vince Colletta

What’s Going On?

In the main story, Cobra and Mr. Hyde kidnap Jane Foster, at Loki’s suggestion. Loki also increased their powers. Will Thor be able to defeat these enhanced villains and save Jane?

In “Tales of Asgard,” Odin loses a battle! Or…does he?

Details:

In “Every Hand Against Him”:

  • Loki has snuck out of Asgard, and is up to no good on Earth. His first action is to bail out Cobra and Mr. Hyde.

  • Loki has a plan to defeat Thor. He augments the powers of both Cobra and Mr. Hyde, and instructs then to kidnap Jane Foster.

  • …and that’s what they do.

  • Blake transforms into Thor, and chases after them. Hyde threatens to harm Jane, so Thor agrees to not attack…for now.

  • Meanwhile, back in Asgard, Loki manipulates Odin into spying on Thor, just in time to witness Thor allowing Cobra and Mr. Hyde to escape, unharmed. Odin doesn’t like seeing his son disgrace the family like that, so he banishes Thor from Asgard.

  • Thor quickly comes to the logical (and correct!) conclusion that Loki has caused his problems.

  • Thor heads to Asgard to confront Loki, but Heimdall won’t let him in (Thor being banished and all). That means Thor needs to fight his way in.

  • Many of Asgard’s best come to back up Heimdall, but Thor is too strong.

  • Thor fights his way to Loki, who happily directs Thor toward Cobra and Mr. Hyde.

  • Odin walks in and pitches a fit about Thor’s disobedience, but Thor manages to convince his father to suspend his angry judgment until after this adventure was through.

  • Thor returns to Earth and finds the hideout of Cobra and Mr. Hyde. He enters and battles the villains, but quickly learns that they have booby-trapped the building. While fighting Hyde, Thor accidentally causes an explosion.

  • Jane Foster was hurt in the explosion.

  • Jane is near death. Thor heats Cobra and Hyde approaching, and knows he will not be able to escape with Jane fast enough to save her life. Instead, he uses his hammer to remove the hideout from the time stream, to (presumably) buy him enough time to defeat the villains and get Jane out safely.

  • This story will be continued next issue…

In “Tales of Asgard: The Defeat of Odin”:

  • Odin leads his warriors against a weaker foe, but he makes several strategic choices that are foolhardy. Indeed, before the battle can commence in earnest, he is forced to command his army to retreat.

  • But it turns out that Odin lost the battle on purpose, to ensure that Asgardian legends show that all opponents are flawed.

Is It Good?

It’s okay. I don’t like Cobra and Hyde as a duo, and don’t really understand why they stick together as a team; sure, they’re both Thor’s enemies, but it’s not like either of them have a strong personal grudge against him. I did like the fight scenes in Asgard, and Thor’s interactions with Loki and Odin. The plot doesn’t make a lot of sense, but the story chugs along fast enough to (almost) keep you from noticing.

I will say that this issue’s “Tales of Asgard” is pretty lame. I like the idea of Norse gods that are flawed, so seeing Odin lose in battle should make for a good story, and one where a lesson is learned. Instead, it’s spun like Odin tales the well-being of others to heart, which is not the Odin I know.

Continuity:

  • Cobra and Mr. Hyde last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #106.
  • Loki last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #108.
  • Thor can apparently stop time? I wonder if this power is ever mentioned again.

  • Check out Thor’s pin-up —- apparently, he signs it like he’s got a fan club:

Comics Are Goofy:

  • So Loki paid the bail for Cobra and Mr. Hyde. It seems like Mr. Hyde has not transformed back into his Calvin Zabo persona the entire time he was imprisoned. And why did the police give Cobra his costume back? Shouldn’t that be held as evidence or something?

  • It’s nice to know that we’re not dealing with sympathetic villains here. Most bad guys would at least protest being called “evil,” but this bunch rolls with it.

  • Thor’s moral code won’t let him attack someone that refuses to defend himself? Why does Loki ever fight back?

  • If the plan is to meet Thor at this street corner again, why did Cobra and Hyde booby-trap their hideout?  And why would Thor agree to letting them leave when he’s so close to them?  It’s not like she’s in any less danger when he lets them escape.

image-2757

  • How many powers can one superhero have?

<<<Journey Into Mystery #109

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s