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35: Journey into Mystery #88 (v1)

" The Vengeance of Loki! "
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Journey into Mystery #88 (v1)
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Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Letterers: Artie Simek
Cover Date: January 1963
Release Date: November 1962
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,424                 Times Rated: 731
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Incredible Hulk #5 (v1) [A Story]
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Journey into Mystery #88 (v1)
Strange Tales #104 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Loki escapes from Asgard with a scheme to forever defeat his brother the mighty Thor. Having learned the secret to Thor's power his plan might succeed this time.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #87 (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #89 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Odin last appeared in Journey into Mystery #86 (v1). Odin next appears in Journey into Mystery #89 (v1).
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #87 (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Journey into Mystery #89 (v1).
Balder last appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (v1). Balder next appears in Journey into Mystery #104a (v1).
Tyr last appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (v1). Tyr next appears in Journey into Mystery #106b (v1).
Heimdall last appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (v1). Heimdall next appears in Journey into Mystery #92 (v1).
Loki last appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (v1). Loki next appears in Journey into Mystery #91 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #86 (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Journey into Mystery #89 (v1). Members of the Gods of Asgard appearing in this issue include Thor, Odin, Baldar, Tyr, and Heimdall. This is the first time the Gods of Asgard have been seen as a group, and not just visigaes of Odin..
Soviet Military
Soviet Military last appeared in Journey into Mystery #87 (v1). Soviet Military next appears in Incredible Hulk #6 (v1).
United States Military
United States Military last appeared in Incredible Hulk #5b (v1). United States Military next appears in Strange Tales #104 (v1).
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Issue Review
   October 17, 2017
3 stars for your standard Loki vs. Thor pranking hijinks.
   November 23, 2013
No real story, just Loki doing things to get back at Thor. Some parts are hilariously silly. 4/10
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Issue Synopsis
Following his previous defeat by Thor, Loki arrives in Asgard bound and humiliated. He is told by Odin that he must never again leave Asgard. However, as time passes, and his anger towards Thor grows stronger, he casts a spell in order to observe his hated brother.

Spying on Thor, Loki discovers that if his brother loses contact with his hammer for more than sixty seconds, he turns into the mortal, Donald Blake. Deciding that the hammer is Thor’s “Achilles’ Heel”, Loki turns himself into a snake in order to escape from Asgard. Once free of Asgard, he reverts back to his true form.

Arriving on Earth, Loki disguises himself as an old man and, entering the reception room of Dr Don Blake, he uses his powers to hypnotise Blake’s nurse, Jane Foster, giving her whispered instructions. He then confronts Blake directly, shedding his disguise.

Finding himself face to face with Loki, Blake immediately stamps his cane onto the floor, transforming into Thor. Loki challenges Thor to a battle, to take place in Center Park in one hour. Thor accepts the challenge.

Thor arrives in the park at the appointed time and confronts Loki. He throws his hammer at Loki and Loki dodges. At the same moment, following the implanted instruction that Loki gave her earlier, Jane Foster arrives in the park. Loki transforms a nearby tree into a tiger, which attacks the nurse. Thor is faced with the choice of catching his returning hammer, or saving Jane; he doesn’t have time to do both. Without hesitation, Thor leaps forward to battle the tiger. Unfortunately, despatching the tiger takes almost a full sixty seconds and, before he can once again lay his hand on his hammer, Thor is transformed into Don Blake. Loki then creates a magic force-field around the hammer, preventing Blake from touching it.

Having beaten Thor, Loki transforms himself into a bird and flies off to have fun creating mischief.

Unable to get to his hammer to become Thor, Blake can only watch helplessly as Loki causes problems and creates havoc around the planet. Until Blake suddenly has an idea…

The next day, the newspapers publish a headline saying that Thor had vowed to defeat Loki. Thinking that Blake must have somehow come up with a way to get through the force-field, Loki immediately flies to the park to check that the hammer is still safely shielded. In the park, he sees Thor standing beside the force-field, his hammer in his hand!

Unable to believe what he is seeing, Loki removes the force-field to check that the hammer is really gone. At that moment, Blake rushes out from behind what is revealed to be a plastic dummy of Thor, grabs the hammer and is instantly transformed into the God of Thunder.

Loki tries to escape by once again turning himself into a bird, but is quickly captured by Thor with the aid of a net from a nearby tennis court.

Thor returns the defeated Loki to Asgard.
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-18 15:15:13  
  I'm liking Thor much more than FF or Antman. I like Loki as the prankster--ice cream car? haha  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-03-23 15:34:09  
  Just great, one of the best issues so far, thank Odin Lieber gave up the reds for a time and make a very funny issue. Also, Loki as a foe is being great, for the first time now I'm willing to know how this will develop, in the near as in the far future!!

A candy town? just wow!!

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-27 22:43:57  
  lol I must ask, what is Loki's obsession with pigeons? Other than that this was the best Thor story so far. 60s Silver Age zaniness usually bothers me, but for whatever reason it didn't here.  

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-08 03:00:36  
  I think that JiM is my favourite line at this stage in the order. I particularly enjoyed this one, because he's not so overpowered when he's up against Loki... and because Loki is always good value as a villain.  

  ringsting Says:    
  2012-10-21 02:06:19  
  One of the best ones yet...but what would have happened if loki had come into the park via another entrance and walked up to find Don hunched down behind a giant lifelike thor dummy. In fact where did he even get the dummy from?  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-23 09:56:00  
  This issue is good fun. It manages to be weird in a good way, which is a rarity for Silver Age comics.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-11-10 02:13:08  
  I loved how they tied this into the last issue. Overall a great story (except turning people into blanks)  

  gonzo Says:    
  2012-11-15 20:02:59  
  This remains the most consistently entertaining title of these early Marvel releases.  

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-03 14:16:53  
  very good. i enjoyed loki wreaking havoc on the city once he'd kept thor at bay. it was like reading the beano!  

  Borealis Says:    
  2013-06-05 22:13:04  
  And...we're back! I read this one on my own a couple of months ago, but tonight I read it again with my son. He enjoyed the story, but it didn't make much of an impact on him. We stopped partway through to recap, and he understood the story. But it was just an average story to him. We'll see when he gets permission to read another one with me.

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-18 20:24:08  
  Loki bests Thor and returns to his trickster god roots. REminds me of the Mxyzptlyk stories in Silver Age Superman. (That's a good thing.)  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-09-04 01:53:01  
  My only question...Why couldn't Loki see the hammer under the magical force field..?!? Ok art. I just couldn't find an answer to that.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-09-28 09:15:43  
  On the last page of this comic a picture of Asgard is shown. Odin describes Loki as "wily" and Asgard looks strikingly similar to Dr. Wily's fortress from Mega Man. o.O  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-11 08:23:55  
  Loki's face as he danced out of the way of Thor's hammer - Priceless!  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2013-12-29 21:51:23  
  4 stars for a Loki fun filled issue.

Cover Me Bad - Nice cover, although I would like to see some orange in the Rainbow Bridge.

God Of Excess - Why does Loki use a mask when he can just use an a illusion.

Tourist - I wonder if Loki said Center Park when he really meant Central Park.

Candy Land - With all the sweet candy items. No one notices the dog standing on his hind legs!

We Can Do It - On page 10, panel 6 Dr. Blake does his best Rosie the Riveter!

God Of Being Duped - Who's the dummy now, Loki?

Flash - Funny panel of Thor using super speed to go nuts!

'Nuff Said - "Priceless! I haven't had this much fun in centuries!"-Loki

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-02 22:43:37  
  1. OK, I hate to say it but Thor is the character I don't look forward to. I'm tired of the Loki melodrama. Odin should just take care of him and be done with it,
2. I do like the cover though.
3. Loki finding Thor's Achilles' heel...the mind marvels at the mixed-up mythology.
4. Page 3 panel 8 is a nice image
5. Page 6 panel 1 is classic. It could be hung on a wall
Not bad...3 stars

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-01-21 21:38:50  
  I think this is the first mention in the Marvel universe that Thor and Loki are brothers (Odin's quote on the cover). Strangely, it's never mentioned in the actual story.

I also find it strange that Don Blake is a physician, with a reception room and a nurse, yet behind closed doors, apparently he has expensive mad scientist lab equipment and he does strange chemical experiments.

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-01-24 17:08:51  
  I like Thor the best so far but this issue didn't impress me. I find it annoying that they still haven't gotten around to the idea that Blake is just a public identity and he's always Thor underneath. Some of the Loki stunts were a little too hokey even for Silver (blank people especially). Not quite a 3, but close.  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-04 00:17:21  
  Loki is honestly one of the few consistently amusing characters in these past few issues. He has the chance to do anything he wants and he chooses to turn the city into Candyland? And his obsession with pigeons? Thank God for Loki.  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-16 11:26:47  
  Ditch the commies, keep Loki aka "Pigeon Boy". This episode was definitely a cut above the previous drivel.  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-23 21:39:22  
  Loki is still a nightmare.  

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-11 19:38:31  
  Who know that Loki was Anti-Commie......

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-11 19:39:09  
  I mean, Who knew......

  hendrica Says:    
  2015-10-22 00:55:51  
  I'm surprised only one other person got enough of a laugh to mention it here when the Norse God Loki made the Greek mythology reference to Achilles  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:28:59  
  Loki is a dick  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-22 12:28:07  
  A pretty decent read .... Loki is holding it together as a classic villain.  

  J-hat Says:    
  2016-03-25 10:07:08  
  I'm really enjoying Thor so far in the order.  

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-10 01:18:44  
  Loki returns for a really decent story. I honestly thought I'd hate Thor but he's growing on me.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-23 16:34:30  
  Unquestionably the best Thor story so far. No real plot holes (I'd bet you can buy a life-size plastic Thor at a novelty shop) except for the fact that Loki couldn't see the hammer under the force-field. And—surely Don Blake doesn't have Thor's voice, does he?

But overall, the story was a great romp. I loved seeing Loki cause trouble. He's not genuinely evil, just a troublemaker. It's good to see Thor doing Thor-stuff, not fighting commies or toad-men.

The mysteries of Thor continue to intrigue me. Where does Thor go when Don Blake appears? Back into the cane? Or is Blake physically transformed into Thor? That makes sense, given that Thor has none of his own memories (or does he? How did he know how to get to Asgard?), but then how is it that Thor vanished and got his essence transferred into a cane? The hammer says that whoever holds it gets the *power* of Thor, but wasn't Thor an independent entity at one time? He has a father after all. Or is this one of those Divine things that mortals aren't meant to understand?

  Calion @ Calion (original post):    
  2016-05-23 16:37:52  
  Maybe the hammer *is* Thor, and that's what his mother gave birth to. Maybe she became the first Thor when she picked it up. That would actually not be too weird for a mythological story.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-06-04 20:28:35  
  • Great picture of Loki on first splash.

  • I thought Blake was a doctor, not a chemist!

  • This is a bit confusing now. As a God, Thor existed before Don Blake, right? So what happens to Thor if you kill Don Blake? Where does Thor go when Don Blake is Don Blake?

  • A whole city turned into candy was indeed priceless! One must admit that Loki’s mischief is creative.

  • Is Loki also God of Pigeons?

  • It’s a bit too much that Blake was able to outsmart Loki with a plastic human-scale statue of Thor – where do you get those anyway?

  • With the U.S. Army who also owns a replica of the Hulk, super-hero dummy business must be flourishing.

  • No one ever heard again of the candy city, for its citizens ate it up and died of sugar overdose!

  • I’m looking forward to see more of Loki. This was a fun issue. 4 stars.

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2016-10-19 09:03:01  
  Why did the hammer disappear in the force field??  

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-22 20:34:29  
  Loki will soon come to be a little overused in this title, but at this point, he is a more than welcome addition to Marvel's slowly expanding rogue's gallery. You really do have to wonder where that Thor statue came from though, but hey, at least it wasn't cardboard like most of the Marvel universe  

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-04-02 19:15:44  
  For those of you reading contemporary Marvel too, Jane Foster absolutely remembers this fifty-three years later. She refers back to this issue - her first meeting with Loki - right before Mjolniring his head off in Mighty Thor #3.  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-03 20:56:03  
  Not a very bad issue. There wasn't many obvious gripes that I usually have. And that Soviet sequence made me laugh  

  SamScrolls Says:    
  2017-06-15 00:47:44  
  3/5. Loki plays pranks and gets put in time out.  

  beerzerked Says:    
  2017-10-10 11:31:38  
  Why didn't Loki just eat a peanut?  

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