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217: Journey into Mystery #108 (v1) [A Story]

" At the Mercy of Loki, Prince of Evil! "
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Journey into Mystery #108a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Sol Brodsky
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Chic Stone
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: September 1964
Release Date: July 1964
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 850                 Times Rated: 484
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1)
Tales to Astonish #59 (v1)
Journey into Mystery #108a (v1)
Journey into Mystery #108b (v1)
Tales of Suspense #57a (v1)
215: Amazing Spid...
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216: Tales to Ast...
#59 (v1)
218: Journey into...
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#57a (v1)
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Odin leaves Asgard for a battle and in his absence Loki escapes to Earth. He slyly parts Dr Blake from his cane, rendering him powerless to become Thor and stop Loki from kidnapping Jane Foster!
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Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #108b (v1).
Supporting Characters
Heimdall last appeared in Journey into Mystery #105b (v1). Heimdall next appears in Journey into Mystery #110a (v1).
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Strange Tales #123b (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #107a (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Journey into Mystery #109a (v1).
Odin last appeared in Avengers #7 (v1). Odin next appears in Journey into Mystery #109b (v1).
Giant-Man last appeared in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1). Giant-Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #58a (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1). The Wasp next appears in Tales of Suspense #58a (v1).
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #57a (v1).
Loki last appeared in Strange Tales #123b (v1). Loki next appears in Journey into Mystery #110a (v1).
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The Avengers (Roster III)
The Avengers last appeared in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1). The Avengers next appears in Tales of Suspense #58a (v1).
The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Strange Tales #123b (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Journey into Mystery #108b (v1).
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-12-01 11:52:54  
  Oh Stan, Stan, Stan…you’ve been doing so well of late, and then you throw it all out the window with a ridiculous opening scene in this one.

Nice to see Doc Strange venturing out into the Marvel Universe more and more.

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-06-23 12:01:26  
  Yeah, that's nice :)

But oh Heimdall, the one that all sees, bees can come and go through the rainbow bridge, that's so normal...

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-07-02 15:29:34  
  Wow Odin sucks. Has a small temper tantrum and cuts the power to an entire town? Great job o great king.  

  Gym1963 Says:    
  2012-07-28 10:18:07  
  A few chuckles in this one!

"Moving at the almost indescribable speed of sound..." I always thought the speed of sound was quite easy to describe. Just calling it "the speed of sound" seems to describe it fairly adequately.

Don Blake: "That sudden mist -- The haze -- You're no ordinary ailing patient!" Come on Dr Blake, haven't you ever come across a case of severe flatulence before?

Loki: "There!! While you fume helplessly in the trap I have set for you..." Erm... This so-called 'trap' consists of a hole in the ground. Let's think about this for a moment. Thor is the immortal Asgardian god of thunder, strong enough to go toe-to-toe with the Hulk. He's got a hammer that appears to have more powers and properties than is possible to count, with new ones appearing every issue. Yet falling into a simple hole leaves him fuming helplessly? Seriously, who writes this stuff? Oh yeah, it's good old Stan.

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-30 22:09:20  
  So why did Odin untie Loki from that rock again? Ever since he's been untied he's been finding new ways to stir up crap. Come on Odin. Don't you have more sense than that?

Also, good move telling Don you chucked his cane out the window after he says out loud that he lost his power. Wouldn't have been smarter to just let him keep thinking that instead of telling him, "no, you just need to go get your cane!"

I was really hoping Thor would ask Doctor Strange for a third favor, just to test his patience.

  ringsting Says:    
  2012-12-05 03:58:21  
  This story is OK. The Thor stories in the order up until now have never been spectacular but always pretty solid.  

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2013-07-15 01:30:48  
  Everything annoying about Thor is in this isssue. As listed above, a hole, Odin the All Seeing being a child, a new power for the hammer, etc.

But everything good about Thor is also in this issue. Loki just plain hating Thor and giving him trouble for no reason, a camaraderie between the two actual doctors, an expandingly interactive Marvel Universe, and Jack Kiby's art. Chic Stone I like on Kirby. Tales of Asgard art also good.

Not horrible, not great.

  Ben Reilly Says:    
  2013-07-24 23:50:15  
  I'm not a big fan of Thor, he talketh funny, but I liked how this issue showed how connected the marvel universe is. For that alone I'll forgive the silliness in this issue.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-01 18:45:33  
  That was a pretty basic switch Loki pulled on Dr Blake. I'm surprised he fell for it. Then having to steal afishing pole from some poor homeless guy. Some days you just can't win. Dr Strange is also a welcome addition, one of the underestimated characters in the Universe.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-12-22 21:53:39  
  I thought this issue was a big improvement over some of the other recent issues. In fact I've been having a lot more fun reading the 616 order lately. Doesn't seem so much like work all the time :)  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-04-26 20:12:37  
  I really like the art in the large panels...but that was pretty much the only good thing in this Thor story.
Tales of Asgard was...meh.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-04-26 23:19:02  
  2 stars for more Loki shenanigans with Dr. Strange joining in!

Cover Me - The image of Thor throwing Loki is cool, but all the blurbs take away from it.

Splash - Great pose of the most handsomest noblest Thor!

Kill Many To Save One - So, how many people did Thor injure with his shockwave to save little Billy?

Like Moths To A Flame - Wow, that is one huge candle in Dr. Strange's inner sanctum!

Stay Hidden Years - Strange talks about fighting Mordo yet again. I'm good with not having to read about that!

Not A Hair Out Of Place - On some panels Kirby draws Strange's head in a weird triangle shape.

Me Time - Robe of Conquest??? It's really just a bath robe that Odin stole from a Hilton years ago!

Frequent Flyer - This is the second time that poor Jane has been banished to Limbo!

Pole Position - Who knew that Dwarfs have Totem Poles?

'Nuff Said - "Bah!! I sneer at your bumbling brute strength!!"-Loki

  Psychopat Says:    
  2014-04-28 15:14:13  
  That cover was epic... nuff said  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-07-05 00:45:54  
  1. The opening scene is a bit fantastical, even for comic books
2. Page 4 panel 4 - very detailed OR art
3. Heimdall rox
4. The Asgard story was so-so

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-07-25 09:49:51  
  Solid story, Loki really invoked Thor's anger. I wonder if Loki will try and mess with Jane Foster again. I still wonder if Thor only has half his power as he was easily able to defeat Loki in this issue. Did Odin ever grant it back in prior issues? Or was it a forgotten aspect by Stan Lee?  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-07-29 06:04:23  
  Kirby's pencils + Stone's inks = Pure Heaven. Loved the artwork in this one, especially the detail in the operating room, including the unique way each person wear's their surgical mask. Great stuff!

It was nice to see the Avengers make a quick appearance, but Giant Man seemed to be overcompensating for his feelings of inadequacy or something... he was really spoiling for a fight!

What would have made this great would have been if Loki recognized that it was Dr. Strange who was assisting Thor, since we last saw them go head-to-head in Strange Tales 123, especially considering Strange almost met his end there.

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-08-12 09:35:36  
  Wow, Loki's escape from Asgard calls for another issue of 'When Heimdall Failed.' What happened to his indescribable senses?  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-10-23 16:51:28  
  I enjoyed the art in this one and the story was entertaining too. The Asgard was also decent, though I can't help wonder how much better they would be with more than 5 pages to work with.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2014-12-15 17:39:18  
  I honestly had a hard time telling if I had already read this issue. All the Thor stories are blending together because Loki is way overused. But it was a decent issue, nothing awful about it. But all the highlights in this issue have been done before and I think it's time Thor got a new writer.  

  Zimek Says:    
  2015-01-27 16:39:16  
  Despite two stars given, I quite liked this story, but I think it had an opportunity to be much better.
The save-scene from first page is literally stupid. My God, what a horrible opening.
If Loki haven't told Thor about switching sticks and he have been still believing that he actually lost his powers, that would be a real badass story. Thor would be in serious trouble then! Pity it didn't happen.
Another Deus-Ex-Machina ending has ruined a long-rage battle between godlings. Awww, why is that, Stan?!

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2015-07-10 14:27:40  
  Some beautiful artwork in this one  

  Urgat Says:    
  2016-01-19 07:30:03  
  the Dr. Strange appearance saved this issue from a 1*-Rating...i just love crossovers too much

  wingot @ specialque (original post):    
  2016-02-05 02:29:59  
  To be fair Loki was stirring up crap even while he was chained to the rock. Besides, wasn't there some story line about Thor himself destroying the chains (since his hammer matched the material of the chains, and Loki made him hit himself in the head with his hammer)?  

  wingot Says:    
  2016-02-05 02:34:03  
  Was good to see the returned crossover (in the very next issue no less) of Strange + Thor vs Loki in JiM after the previous Loki vs Thor + Strange in Dr Strange's previous story.

Stick switch was a bit of a joke, and besides Don became Thor previously when someone else tapped his cane on the ground (i.e., it was out of his hands when it hit the ground): Did his cane somehow just not happen to connect with the ground after Loki threw it? And "Thor being trapped" after falling into a hole in the ground was just painful.

  JimboJangles Says:    
  2016-03-11 20:09:21  
  I love that Loki is always complaining about losing. Though he'd seem much more threatening if he weren't such a whiner. I still enjoyed his antics, he's always good for a laugh at the very least. I've actually never read a comic with Loki before starting the 616 order on this site, so I hope he gets better with age. I'm anxiously awaiting some further background on Loki, as he's been called both step and half brother to Thor so far. Perhaps this is the 60's playing tricks on us again, but I'm guessing it's lack of continuity and/or forgetfulness from Stan himself.

Tangent: I also love the long arm of the law reaching across dimensions to bring Loki to justice in Asgard.

3 stars, mostly for Loki, but also for Dr. Strange, who I'm enjoying enormously more than I ever did as a kid. And you gotta love Thor dissing the Avengers, they suspend Iron Man for a week but Thor gets whatever days off he wants. Must be hammer envy.

  Hovis @ JimboJangles (original post):    
  2016-04-22 15:28:27  
  about the Avengers....Honestly, would you argue with a God? lol  

  JimboJangles @ Hovis (original post):    
  2016-04-22 15:47:43  
  Lol, Gods are all bullies I guess!  

  Calion @ MattzLadd (original post):    
  2016-06-05 20:45:15  
  Bees and snakes get free passage out, apparently.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-06-05 20:47:55  
  1. I'm a little confused as to why the feverish and exhausted Dr. Strange needs surgery. Or is that just what "Doctor stuff" looks like?
2. Odin's an ass. Not that that's surprising, but requiring an answer to a summons in five seconds is a bit unreasonable.
3. Loki…threw Thor's hammer (in cane form) out the window. Really? How idiotic. He could have kept the damn thing, held it safe from Blake, taken it to Asgard, whatever, and permanently defeated Thor, barring intervention from Odin. But no, he throws it out the window, where I'm sure it will be recovered shortly.
4. Blake is lame. He needs a cane. He has a cane, that Loki left with him…but he refuses to use it because it's not his cane? Man, these Thor comics are stupid.
5. I hate Kirby's depiction of Dr. Strange. I'm not a huge fan of Ditko's art most of the time, but no one else should be allowed to draw Strange.
6. Aah, how much I haven't missed Lee's ludicrous pseudoscience. Free-flowing electrons, indeed.
7. Loki, you put Jane in limbo, a realm which Thor apparently cannot penetrate…but you didn't think to put his cane there? You're a moron. And Loki is not usually a moron, so I blame Stan.

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-07-17 21:35:37  
  • That’s my line – “In this traffic?? You’d get there faster on a pogo stick!” (Enthusiastic cabbie)

  • Let me get this straight. Thor is in the air, sees a truck miles away, too far for him to fly and stop him, yet he has time to land, slam the ground so the impact wave throws that truck in the air, in one second and one fifth no less, so it misses a boy that the hero just happened to know would cross the street to… stop, stop, stop!!!!! If I did not read about a blind man landing a rocket in a park earlier in the order, I’d say this is the worst bullcrap ever written until now! Of all possible solutions to save the boy, you know, like lightning or throwing his hammer, he had to pick this nonsense?

  • That giant panel on page 4 in the OR is absolutely awesome!

  • Damn, how I hate Odin, that self-centered, ill-tempered, narrow-minded son of a bitch!... There!... I said it!... I feel better now!

  • Anyone noticed that lately, in Thor stories, everything but the main characters is colored in pastel shades?

  • Why is it that Loki is able to go past Heimdall unnoticed a second time?

  • Loki should have taken Blake’s cane with him. You know, for safety!

  • Now immortals have an aura of free-flowing electrons! Why not just a mystical or cosmic godly aura? That would have made a lot more sense.

  • Why not tell his identity to Dr. Strange at this point? If he’s half as bright as he should be, he probably has figured it out. It’s not like he couldn’t learn about it if he put himself to it, is it?

  • The amazing artwork, the general storyline and the Dr. Strange crossover would have been worthy of 5 stars. But the crap I mentioned above, added to the rest brought up by other readers, take it down to 3.

  Calion @ RobinHoodMtl (original post):    
  2016-09-04 20:07:14  
  >Why not tell his identity to Dr. Strange at this point? If he’s half as bright as he should be, he probably has figured it out. It’s not like he couldn’t learn about it if he put himself to it, is it?

That's…a really good point. Of course he could. And if he could, then Baron Mordo could. Meaning Mordo, or anyone trained in the mystic arts, could discover the secret identity of any hero. This never occurred to me before. That would seem to be useful. Except that mystic folk don't seem to care much about what happens in the mundane world…

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-28 04:06:02  
  After an interminable two issues featuring the tiresome Cobra and Hyde -- followed by the ridiculous Grey Gargoyle -- the reappearance of overused Loki actually comes as something of a relief, in comparison. *That's* how dire things have been with series, of late.

Overlooking the breathtakingly stupid opening sequence involving a runaway truck, a small child, and Stan Lee's woeful ignorance of even basic physics, the rest of this issue is actually quite entertaining, with numerous small pleasures adding up to something genuinely pleasing by story's end. Lee's dialogue (along with Kirby's patented flair for the mystic) lend guest star Doctor Strange an appropriately otherworldly distance and reserve; Loki's scheming versus his half-brother seems more openly spiteful and malicious than it has in the past, in closer accordance with the actual mythology; and the Kirby/Stone artwork is alive and sumptuous throughout, whether detailing the claustrophobia of a hospital operating room or the cosmic grandeur that is Asgard.

Four stars.

  Jobbertrev Says:    
  2017-06-28 16:36:16  
  still isn't great compared to the rest of the comics going on right now...but this issue goes in the right direction for Thor.

Better than the last few. Hopefully Stan can keep it up.

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