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40: Journey into Mystery #89 (v1)

" The Thunder God and the Thug! "
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Journey into Mystery #89 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Letterers: Ray Holloway
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1963
Release Date: December 1962
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,436                 Times Rated: 745
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales to Astonish #39 (v1)
Strange Tales #105 (v1)
Journey into Mystery #89 (v1)
Fantastic Four #11b (v1)
Fantastic Four #11a (v1)
38: Tales to Asto...
#39 (v1)
39: Strange Tales
#105 (v1)
41: Fantastic Fou...
#11b (v1)
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#11a (v1)
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Issue Blurb
A gang boss is wounded during his escape from police custody and Dr Donald Blake is taken by the gang to save the wounded man's life. He is knocking on death's door but he finds the mighty Thor!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #88 (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #90a (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #88 (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Journey into Mystery #90a (v1).
Odin last appeared in Journey into Mystery #88 (v1). Odin next appears in Journey into Mystery #90a (v1).
  Thug Thatcher
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Thug Thatcher in the mainstream continuity. Thug Thatcher next appears in Thor #368 (v1).
  Ruby Mortensen
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ruby Mortensen in the mainstream continuity. Ruby Mortensen next appears in Thor #369 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #88 (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Journey into Mystery #90a (v1).
NYPD last appeared in Strange Tales #105 (v1). NYPD next appears in Fantastic Four #11b (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Mjolnir last appeared in Journey into Mystery #88 (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Journey into Mystery #90a (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 23, 2013
An actual story this time! Still with plastic dummies and astonishing sexism (both of which provoke unintentional chuckles). But, with this gangster tale, the series demonstrates constant versatility: they really are willing to do any type of story. 5/10
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Issue Synopsis
Following from his previous adventure, Thor returns to his office and his mortal identity as Dr Donald Blake. As he does some lab-work, he muses about his love for his nurse, Jane Foster. At the same time, Jane is dreaming about Thor and about how she would love to take care of him by polishing his hammer, doing his ironing and cutting his hair.

Meanwhile, Thug Thatcher, the mob leader, is leaving court heading for a spell in prison. The car taking him to prison is intercepted by Thatcher’s mob and there is a gun battle. Thatcher is freed, but not before he takes a bullet to the shoulder. As Thatcher is driven away, two of his boys go looking for the nearest physician, who happens to be Dr Blake. Jane is left tied up and locked in the office, while Blake is captured and taken to Thug Thatcher’s hideout.

While one of the gangsters holds Blake’s cane, the doctor removes the bullet from Thatcher’s shoulder and cleans and bandages the wound. Once the medical work is completed, Thatcher orders his boys to kill the doctor.

Unable to reach his cane, Blake cannot become Thor. The only way he can save himself is to send a mental plea to his father, Odin, for help. Odin hears the plea and lightning flashes down, striking the gangster holding the cane and causing him to drop it. Blake is then able to reach the cane and transform into Thor.

Thor protects his secret identity by telling the gangsters that he just happened to be passing when he saw what was happening. He says he’s tossed the doctor to safety. The gangsters are no match for the God of Thunder and he soon has most of them tied up inside a handy tablecloth. He then goes after their boss, who, at the first sign of trouble, had fled in his car. Thor brings trees down around the car, trapping it, but Thug Thatcher and his girlfriend Ruby still manage to slip away before the police arrive on scene.

Thatcher has guessed that there is some connection between Thor and Dr Blake, and heads to Blake’s office where he takes Jane Foster hostage. Thor arrives, but Thatcher forces him to drop his hammer by threatening to shoot Jane. Thor distracts Thatcher by using his super-developed vocal chords to throw his voice across the room and making it sound as though the cops have arrived. While Thatcher looks away, Thor kicks his hammer, using it to knock the gun from the mob-leader’s hand. Thatcher once more reaches for his gun, so Thor uses his hammer to create an updraft, blowing Jane to safety, and then going after her. The Thunder God then returns to deal with Thatcher, who by this time is climbing the metal girders on a construction site in a bid to get away. Thor creates lightning to melt and weaken the metal girders and, as the man falls, Thor saves him before handing him over to the police.

Finally Thor sends another to plea to Odin that all memory of Thug Thatcher be removed from his girlfriend Ruby’s mind.
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-18 18:13:19  
  Jane Foster dreams of polishing Thor's hammer? HAHAHA

"using his super-developed vocal cords, he throws his voice across the room."

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-03-26 22:11:43  
  Just four points:

Thor, trashing the seas since 1963!

Jane daydreaming description was pretty fun!!

This is the first time Thor gallantly flies with his loved one and wtf, he simpl finds himself in the right to erase others personal memories because he believes he is doing her good???

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-28 16:52:03  
  Decent issue which seems to be the standard for the Thor stories. I'm wishing they would actually give Thor more decent villains to fight. He's only had one good villain so far and the rest have either been commies, petty street crooks, or a man from the future.  

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-09 10:14:57  
  The panels where Jane daydreams about looking after Thor are pure comedy gold.  

  TaoTaomona Says:    
  2012-07-12 21:07:49  
  The mannequin double of Thor steals the show. Entertaining issue, nothing essential but the plea to Odin to erase someones memory.  

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-19 12:35:42  
  It's interesting that Thug Thatcher makes a come back in the '80s. I'll be looking forward to how relatively modern comic creators tackle these whacky/half baked Silver Age stories.

I gave this one an extra star just because Jane's day dreaming was that entertaining. Polishing his hammer! Classic!

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-12 17:10:05  
  This story was only good for Jane's hilarious daydreams about taking care of Thor. Other than that, it's pretty blah. What the hell kind of criminal is named "Thug"? Give a kid that name and he ain't growing up to be a doctor.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-23 10:08:45  
  I don't usually like it when Thor is fighting such a street-level foe as Thug Thatcher, and this issue is not an exception.  

  Donuil23 Says:    
  2012-10-27 14:00:51  
  The dummy Thor and the throwing of the super vocal cords were actually my only complaints!  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-11-13 19:59:44  
  Already sick of him trying to hide his identity.  

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-03 14:45:03  
  not so great this one. thor against gangsters? janes daydream was quite funny though. polishing his hammer! dear me!  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-04-29 09:06:47  
  Super-developed vocal cords? Hwuhhh? I'll be interested to see at what point, if any, Lee and Kirby et al give up on adding new gimmicks by the score each issue.  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2013-05-08 09:47:21  
  It's always interesting how a simple criminal can defy a God and have a good run at it for a while.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-19 16:13:49  
  In her daydream, Jane is thinking of Thor as her boss, so she doesn't want to marry him, she just wants to do menial chores for him. Also VENTRILIQUISM DOESN"T WORK THAT WAY!!!. You don't move your lips (or barely move them) but your voice is still heard originating near your person. The dummy on the ventriliquist's lap is there to give the illusion that the voice from that spot is actually coming from the doll. A ventriliquist can not make it sound like the voice is from more than a very slight distance away from him. Sorry for the rant, but it's a pet peeve of mine from way back in comics. And there is probably an ad somewhere in the book for a "throw your voice" book marketed to kids around that time.  

  dpaone Says:    
  2013-08-28 21:42:21  
  Love the science. Lightning melts steel girders.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-09-06 00:28:59  
  Is that patient really lighting a cigarette in a doctor's office?!? And the Thunder God is a tailor?!? Why didn't he change into Blake before going back into his office? I assume those are magic scissors she's using to cut Thor's hair, isn't he like bullet proof or something? Why does everyone keep yelling when they talk? "You can go home now Jane!" He throws his voice across the room?!? C'mon!!! Wouldn't the hammer that Thor kicked shatter Thatcher's hand? OK..I just wanted to try and point out all the dumb stuff I could find. Truthfully I actually liked this story. Art was pretty good. I can't wait to see them bring Thatcher back in a more modern issue. Should be neat. 3 stars.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-09-30 00:01:11  
  I'm looking forward to seeing where Don and Jane's relationship goes. It's a good story element that keeps me interested in the Thor comics. I still can't get over how gullible people are in these old comics. I guess they just can't believe that a lame man could also be Thor. That's what I'll keep telling myself. :D  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-11 21:14:49  
  I've noticed that any story involving Larry Lieber so far is utter crap.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-03 13:28:30  
  Eh, 2 stars. I just really can't stand Jane.

Cover Me - A very strong cover.

Shiner - On the splash page it looks like Thor's got a black eye!

Annoying Mortals - On page 5, panel 4 Blake sounds a little peeved.

My Tenders - On page 7, panel 6 that poor gangster's about to get racked.

The Brains Of The Outfit - Thug mentions reading about Thor always being in the same place as Blake, and thinks it might help him. Even though earlier having just been chased by Thor after he changed from Blake....right in front of him!!!

Catch Up - I guess the bystanders at the end of the story didn't hear what the earlier bystanders said. You know, about Thug Thatcher the mob boss selling sub-standard steel....

Freak Flag Fly - Um, Thor that guy behind you is wearing lipstick...page 12, panel 7. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

'Nuff Said - "Ya dumb dame! You're nuthin' but a millstone around my neck!"-Thug Thatcher

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-06 00:38:56  
  1. Silly diversion
2. New powers for the sawbones
3. Thor's identity change can happen in plain sight with no one noticing
4. Super vocal chords?
Men...1 star.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-01-24 10:21:47  
  Ugh. This one was pretty pedestrian. Polishing Thor's hammer, though? Oh my... Which reminds me, I'm not a big fan of the whole "Modern Romance" they're taking with these. Lee and Kirby couldn't romance they're way out of a paper bag... Er, you know what I mean.  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-05 14:51:13  
  Ahh yes... We had the doctor, there was a bright light, and suddenly Thor appeared in his place! I wonder what could have possibly happened! There must be a connection between them! Honestly, how many times will people see the doctor turn into Thor and somehow manage not to connect the dots?  

  Pope_Snarky Says:    
  2015-02-06 09:48:01  
  Hail Eris!

Stan Lee: Great "big picture" guy, has had lots of stupendous ideas; not-so-great writer. Only excelled with Spider-Man, when he did his best writing (though he wasn't so bad in some of his later issues of the FF, and the story arc he began around #38 was possibly one of his best -- like a giant boulder rolling implacably downhill, or, indeed, an avalanche, lasting dozens of issues, several years' worth of writing, and multiple crossovers).

"The flows of magic are whimsical today."

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-16 17:06:10  
  "Look! That man has been impaled by a spike helmeted mannequin! Who would do such a thing?!?"  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-23 23:20:37  
  Total nothing-ness by the Lightning god.  

  Carlo Says:    
  2015-10-03 21:18:18  
  When Thor has a haircut, he looks EXACTLY like Don Blake.

"I remember readin' that Thor and that creep Dr. Blake were always seem to be in the same place at about the same time!" Where did you read THAT, Thug? You showed no hint that you knew who Don Blake was at ALL. And you just saw him CHANGE in front of you.

Thor calls Jane by her name, even though (as far as she knows) he doesn't know her, and she doesn't notice.

Why does he have to change identities in his office? Seems like the best way to get found out.

The Blake secret identity has no reason to exist. For a secret identity to work, a hero needs a REASON for it to be secret. Thor doesn't. It just makes things difficult, and puts everyone at risk.

Not one of the better issues. But Don Blake is now called Thor's "role."

  Carlo Says:    
  2015-10-03 21:45:09  
  By the way, both throwing the voice to distract a criminal and erasing the memory are common features of the Doc Savage pulps. Stan was certainly a fan, Larry Lieber may have been, too.  

  hendrica Says:    
  2015-10-23 21:09:10  
  I feel like this entire issue was created the day before the deadline. Nothing seems too thought out at all.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:34:08  

  Shioxus Says:    
  2015-12-22 00:22:00  
  Surprised there aren't more people talking about the ridiculousness of Thor changing in Thug's hideout. For some reason he assumed that this room full of people had the cumulative IQ of a donkey and would be fooled by a flash of light, but the "bright light" wouldn't have hidden his change back in his own office? Also the awkwardness after the change was ridiculous. "Where'd the Doc go?" and Thor in all of his brilliance tells them he "tossed him to safety" where the heck exactly did the thugs think Thor tossed him too? The room's walls were in tact, and the only possible window in the room was closed and the glass still intact... That made me laugh out loud.

Guess we aren't going to talk about the bucket of red hot rivets still falling into the crowd when the beam broke?

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-22 12:33:53  
  A God against gangsters! Not sure why they thought this was a story for print.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-06 16:53:14  
  • Not the best, with an ordinary bad guy, yet a still solid story.

  • Reading the same origin stories over and over is getting annoying.

  • OMG, now that does it! Stan really needs to start working on female characters. Betty cannot put two and two together and make the Bruce=Hulk equation, and she is treated like an idiot by her father! Sue is completely messed up in her love affairs, and not only she isn’t an asset for the team, she’s a liability! But the worst is Desperate Housewife Jane! How insignificant can you get? Run, Thor! Run! Jane daydream will be your nightmare! RUN! – Thank Goddess we evolved out if this era!

  • I do have to confess that Jane’s domestic madness with the hammer made me laugh. A lot! On unspeakable degrees!

  • I’d like to see Namor’s reaction when he sees that mannequin taking a dive!

  • How come no one wonders how the doc gets in his office.

  • Last panel page 6 offers a very crude looking Odin!

  • In the other hand, page 11 panel 2 is great!

  • That is a lot of Odin fire and lightning for a little Ow!-grade shock! I would have expected the Stun setting!

  • Thor is now a ventriloquist. Fresh!

  • Ok, now there is a fourth pound? Did I miss the memo? How many are there anyway?


  J-hat Says:    
  2016-03-25 10:14:15  
  Again, why does thor need to battle these low to mid-level criminals. Send Ant-Man or the torch to deal with this.  

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-10 20:11:27  
  Lightning and metal are conductors right? Shouldn't the whole beam be electrified? Also, a Thor mannequin floating in the water won't draw any attention.  

  Calion @ dpaone (original post):    
  2016-05-23 18:43:06  
  Why not? Lighting is hotter than the surface of the Sun, as they say. This is one of the *more* scientifically plausible things in these Thor stories.  

  Calion @ marvelcomicslover (original post):    
  2016-05-23 18:44:27  
  Ah, the good ol' days, when both doctors and patients smoked in doctor's offices…  

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2016-10-21 08:00:47  
  ugh, the secret identity is still bugging me  

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-23 17:14:37  
  The title says enough: not a worthy challenge for Thor. And why were "colorful" heroes so important to Stan? It's one of his favorite adjectives when describing his characters; this won't be the last time a hero is credited as being "the most colorful super hero of all!!!"  

  spb Says:    
  2017-01-12 14:20:45  
  in jane's daydream she picks up mjolnir to polish it, i believe in the current run of thor, jane is actually thor, so her daydream was in way prophetic

(fire + lightning) x norse god = force wave

  razzledazzlepg Says:    
  2017-05-04 02:38:48  
  Erasing someones memory without their consent seems like some sort of assault to me. Definitely not a "gift".  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-04 14:35:58  
  I want this cover as a poster on my wall  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-04 15:00:11  
  The Secret Identity and the Love Triangle are getting annoying  

  SamScrolls Says:    
  2017-06-21 18:21:24  
  2/5. Thor and Odin get to decide who remembers what...  

  wrmsnicket Says:    
  2017-09-22 16:23:13  
  Anyone else have difficulty getting to this comic? It's not available by going through Marvel Unlimited independently. You have to use the link in the info here. And already be logged into MU.  

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-11 21:25:03  
  Worst Thor for me in the Order...took too long to stop THUG, and once again turned from Blake to Thor in front of everyone. Last issue in The Order, Human Torch changed to Johnny Storm in front of the Wizard (in Strange Tales, his ID is a secret).
Stan Lee's brother Larry scripted both........

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This collection includesJourney into Mystery #83 (v1), Journey into Mystery #84 (v1), Journey into Mystery #85 (v1), Journey into Mystery #86 (v1), Journey into Mystery #87 (v1), Journey into Mystery #88 (v1), Journey into Mystery #89 (v1), Journey into Mystery #90a (v1), Journey into Mystery #91 (v1), Journey into Mystery #92 (v1), Journey into Mystery #93 (v1), Journey into Mystery #94 (v1), Journey into Mystery #95 (v1), Journey into Mystery #96a (v1), Journey into Mystery #97a (v1), Journey into Mystery #98a (v1), Journey into Mystery #99a (v1), Journey into Mystery #100a (v1), Journey into Mystery #101a (v1), Journey into Mystery #102a (v1), Journey into Mystery #103a (v1), Journey into Mystery #104a (v1), Journey into Mystery #105a (v1), Journey into Mystery #106a (v1), Journey into Mystery #107a (v1), Journey into Mystery #108a (v1), Journey into Mystery #109a (v1), Journey into Mystery #110a (v1), Journey into Mystery #111a (v1), Journey into Mystery #112a (v1)
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