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62: Journey into Mystery #92 (v1)

" The Day Loki Stole Thor's Magic Hammer "
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Journey into Mystery #92 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Joe Sinnott
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Letterers: Martin Epp
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1963
Release Date: March 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,272                 Times Rated: 659
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales to Astonish #42 (v1)
Tales of Suspense #40 (v1)
Journey into Mystery #92 (v1)
Fantastic Four #14 (v1)
Tales to Astonish #43 (v1)
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61: Tales of Susp...
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#14 (v1)
64: Tales to Asto...
#43 (v1)
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Loki is still imprisoned on Asgard but he uses his mastery of magic to bewitch Thor's hammer, sending it to Asgard. In pursuit of his hammer Thor too comes to Asgard. Little does he know that on Asgard, Loki is his equal!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #91 (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #93 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #91 (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Journey into Mystery #93 (v1).
Odin last appeared in Journey into Mystery #91 (v1). Odin next appears in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1).
Heimdall last appeared in Journey into Mystery #88 (v1). Heimdall next appears in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Fricka in the mainstream continuity. Fricka next appears in Thor #274 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Neri in the mainstream continuity.
Loki last appeared in Journey into Mystery #91 (v1). Loki next appears in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1).
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The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #91 (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1).
New York Police Department
New York Police Department last appeared in Tales to Astonish #42 (v1). New York Police Department next appears in Tales to Astonish #43 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 23, 2013
Constantly silly. Happening after happening seems childish and simplistic. Seems wildly different in tone from the rest of the series (so far). 2/10
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-20 12:04:05  
  Why did Thor have to tape his hammer to the table before throwing it? Couldn't he have just thrown the table?

Sinnott has drawn the best looking Thor yet.

Can Thor fly without the hammer while in Asgard?

What I learned: Mjolnir in particular isn't the key to Thor's power. Any old hammer will do. Can you imagine the power he would have inside a Home Depot?

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-04-02 04:41:56  
  Surelly Joe Sinnot does a puny looking Don Blake (just look at his first appearence, pg3, panel 4), and a very colorfull Thor.

I sure would run to be the first one to watch a movie with a Hero-God acting, filming and providing special efects!!

Magnetism, radioactivity, unstable molecules, I should be counting how often they appear!!

Yes, I learned that too, thomassp74.

  TheMarvelMan Says:    
  2012-06-06 08:01:05  
  I love this issue! The first use of the word "verily" (by Loki) and the last panel really cracked me up (Jane Foster commenting on Dr. Blake's skill with a rubber mallet)!  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-06-25 13:50:27  
  Lots of rabbit trails but amusingly so.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-30 23:14:22  
  Doesn't Thor have better things to do then help make a film? Not only that, but how many times are they going to use basically the same plot over and over again.

This is the second time thugs force Don Blake to preform life saving surgery on their boss and then kill intend to kill him afterward. Also, 3 out of the last 5 Thor issues have revolved around Loki (or a puppet of his) trying to separate him from his hammer. Come up with some new ideas already, this is getting stale.

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-14 12:41:11  
  I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this one, since Thor's had a rather blah run so far. I really like Loki as a villain, and the story was just a lot of fun, especially early on when Thor straight-up flings a criminal strapped to an operating table down the street post-op. As a big fan of ridiculous, over-the-top silver age stories, I got a kick out of Thor just randomly creating new hammers out of crap he stumbles upon. The ending was pretty weak, but I got a good laugh out of that corny joke in the last panel. I've felt pretty indifferent to this character so far, but I'm starting to warm up to Thor and the various parts of his character's mythology. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this is the start of a good run.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-23 10:40:40  
  I'm not super fond of thus one. I guess that I don't like the idea of Mjolnir being so easily replaced? Yeah, that's probably it.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-12-11 23:16:08  
  Thor is way too overpowered in my opinion. Carving a hammer out of solid rock with his fingers and chopping a tree down perfectly with one karate chop? Gimme a break!  

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-14 04:02:10  
  Journey into Mystery #92 has a few promising items in its pages that I'd like to point out.

For one, it seems that Stan is beginning to understand the basic physics behind magnetism. With the Iron Man comic that was released just recently before this piece, it seems that some general rules are starting to be followed.

Also, it is good to see the developing setting of Asgard. More characters are being introduced, and with the appearance of [Fricka] (the queen of Asgard), it seems like either the writer or the scriptwriter are actually researching some of the content that is chosen with which to develop stories around. This pre-story-writing study is a new development for Marvel so far, and it is just good to know that things can turn around for Thor's stories.

I don't yet know if I enjoy Sinott's work. His monsters are golden though, it cannot be argued.

I loved the pace of this comic. For half of it he was dealing with daily bullshcrit, but I still felt myself entertained because action was a constant.

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-14 04:02:28  
  Now, for every two steps forward, we have to take one step back, it seems.

The previously stated pace that made the read fast and action packed was necessary because the main plot was unworthy of more than 5 pages. I can just imagine Stan walking into the office for a plot discussion with his team after smoking a joint in July: "Alright team. Jack, I'm taking you off Iron Man and replacing you with Don. Joe, instead of lettering FF, I'm gonna take you and have you draw and ink Thor. Hartley, you're fired. Now, Larry, my brother... Get this, for the next two Thor stories, I'm thinking Don Blake is gonna get held at gunpoint until he fixes up some mafia boss for one, and then let's have that Loki guy try and steal Thor's hammer for the other! Yeah! Alright!" And then coming back to the office in January of the next year saying "Alright Larry, you're fired. Robert, here's what I'm thinking for May's Thor magazine: Don Blake gets held at gunpoint... Loki tries to steal Thor's hammer. It's genius!"

Last time we saw Loki, he wasn't chained to a rock for being a bad boy. The 'rents must've found out about Sandu...?

In order for my brain to accept the whole wooden and uru ore hammer thing, I had to imagine them as a giant club of their respective materials. I'm sorry, but I can't cut trees that straight with a god-damned chainsaw. The finger-chiseled uru alloy hammer, I don't even want to begin with. If I'm forced to keep readjusting my brainwaves in order to accommodate these stories, I can no longer start giving breaks to these silver age 'gems' while I consider my ratings.

One star for formative Asgard mythos, one star for angry dragon clouds and mechanical movie props.

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-23 22:28:59  
  3stars I really enjoyed sinnotts artwork.And the story (though there were holes)well paced and solid. And the story was in Asgard. Thats 3 stars easy.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-01-07 11:39:15  
  Thor is helpless against trees without his hammer

*Chops tree in half with his hands to make a hammer to fight trees*

  kalle Says:    
  2013-04-20 21:24:40  
  I just love the fact that Thors attack on the fjord was in the 500 kt range. I would be very worried if one of the old gods of my country (hey, scandinavia) began nuking the coastal areas for movie directors.  

  gonzo Says:    
  2013-06-13 20:17:56  
  Dr. Blake should really hang a "No Gangsters Will Be Treated" sign outside his office.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-20 08:51:05  
  Does every thug in New York have Don Blake's card in their Rolodex?
We get our first story taking place mostly in Asgard with Odin and Heimdal. This is just a taste of some of the great fantasy epics to come from Thor.

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-08-29 20:29:07  
  I'm finding I really love Loki as a villain I hear some of you are bored... I want more!! And I really love Asgard and his Gods it's great to see most of the action there! and new character Fricka yay!  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-06 20:20:08  
  Meh, this comic was just meh. I had a hard time concentrating on it because nothing really interesting happened in it. Thor carved a hammer out of a stone wall with his finger. That's some pointer you have there, Thor.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-10-22 23:24:44  
  Introduction of Frigga. Not much more to say about this ne. Oh, and I learned that time stands still when Odin comes to Earth.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-11 18:19:34  
  2 stars for scenes in Asgard, and that's about it.

Hammer Time - It's a good thing that Thor's hammer knew to stay long enough for the cops to cut it from the gurney before it returned to him.

Action - Is that the great B.J. Cosmos directing the movie!

Pegged Out - Who knew that Thor is a master at croquet?

Crutch - If Thor's one finger can chisel into Uru....why even need the hammer? His fists are living weapons! I guess he just likes to attack from a distance.

'Nuff Said - "Loki, that master of magic, might have had something to do with my hammer's disappearance!"-Thor

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-18 16:26:32  
  1. Cover and splash page are very good
2. Page 2 panel 1...I always love this image
3. Page 3 panel 3..very striking image of Loki
4. Thor has the worst transformations in all of Marvel...Look, something shiny! *poof*
5. Cool submarine camera
6. Too much hypno-silliness
Meh...2 stars

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-07 13:20:35  
  Not a big fan of this one. These Thor stories are really starting to wear thin on me, with essentially the same plots over and over, without any real continuity. Much like Gilligan's Island, only nowhere near as good. :-/

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-06 18:58:41  
  Boy, do these guys ever love Loki! This issue wasn't half bad really, although you'd think Thor would have better things to do than film a movie.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2014-10-28 17:06:21  
  His paycheck is going to various charities he said.  

  NAFilip Says:    
  2015-01-31 19:00:29  
  Thor's hammer struck with a force equal to 500 Kilotons of TNT? That's equal to the output of the largest pure fission nuclear bomb ever tested by the United States. It was called the Ivy King. The force of the explosion reached upwards of 14 miles and its mushroom covered an area of almost 8 miles. While this is credit to the power of Thor, it also means those filmmakers would most likely be dead. They looked pretty close to the impact point to me.  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-23 07:59:59  
  I enjoyed this one. Especially when Thor constructed his wooden hammer. It reminded me of the often used trope of ripping someone's arm off and beating them to death with it.  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-25 15:21:11  
  It's very easy to tell that Lee didn't devote all of his energy to the early issues of Thor. Regardless, I'm enjoying them far more than I originally imagined.  

  hendrica Says:    
  2015-10-27 08:21:13  
  Stan needs to do a better job of "defeating" his villains. Right now they are being defeated and put into situations that Stan can't bring them back from without getting down right ridiculous with his plots.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:49:57  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 08:15:44  
  Nice to see Fricka in this issue! Loki is classic and plus we get Thor chopping a tree down with his own hands.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-12 22:20:14  
  • That’s my line – “Now climb aboard the operating table, boys! You’re going for a ride!” (Thor)

  • The splash on first page is gorgeous! Sinnott is the best in this series so far.

  • Fastened to a rock till the end of time. Now, THAT’s a punishment!

  • Other than Thor, Loki and Odin, this is the first time we see Asgardians interact. I like that!

  • Second time thugs ask Dr. Blake for medical assistance. What the hell is written on his front door sign? Did he make it a professional specialty or is it just a reputation that precedes him?

  • Thor sure can make an entrance! Such a show-off!

  • One of the jewel thieves was strapped under the operating table. Probably had the trip of his life!

  • Thor should consider a career as a lumberjack!

  • Best Thor story so far. Too bad the whole “Thor, the Hammer-Maker” scene spoiled it a bit. But for sheer amusement, for the amazing art, for a longer glimpse at Asgard, and for no Jane drooling over Thor, 4 stars!

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-15 14:14:42  
  Great art in this one. Kinda of a rehash of other issues but I enjoyed it.  

  Shentenza Says:    
  2016-07-31 12:01:55  
  Don't like it very much. A few things are cool, like visiting Asgard and seeing them interact or Frigga but the story is nothing new, we have some stupid stuff like Thors obsession with making hammers and Loki behave like a stupid idiot.  

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-03 12:28:19  
  58 comics into the order and the first time I've felt compelled to leave a comment. As much as Loki is one of the most compelling villians thus far (even though his look reminds me of the Monarch from "The Venture Brothers" and thus I read everything he says or thinks in the Monarch's voice), I want the Thor stuff to fully commit to Asgard instead of just having one foot in it (once again we see mobsters, so utterly outmatched by Thor, used as a framing device). I'm around for the whole ride, so it'll be interesting to see when this character comes to be the one we know nowadays.  

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2016-11-21 16:16:02  
  1. The first 7 pages of this 13 paged comic is just filler.
2. Why couldn't Loki have just turned into a snake and slithered out of his chains?
3. Yet again, why the hell is there no guards making sure Loki doesn't get free, it makes no sense..

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-12-07 14:15:56  
  "Now climb aboard the operating table, boys! You're going for a ride!"
Oh, Thor, you big charmer. Show them what you can do with that 'magic hammer' of yours

  spb Says:    
  2017-01-16 04:09:11  
  did anybody else notice the first half of this story is a whole lot like the thug thatcher story a few issues ago?

that bugged me

  philvt101 Says:    
  2017-03-24 17:00:54  
  If he can carve a hammer out of solid rock with his fingertips, why would he need any weapon besides his bare hands to fight anything?  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-07 09:07:46  
  The stories in Asgard seem to be better than most of the ones on earth  

  qwybie Says:    
  2017-07-23 17:01:38  
  This is a weird one. I normally like the Loki stories, but this one pushed me to the brink.

First, it takes 8 pages (out of only 13) for the main plot to start. The first part is just random happenings in the life of Thor, including the repeat "threaten the doc to treat the criminal" plot. Then, the way Thor gets to Asgard and what happens there just seems...random. There's no real rhyme or reason. It felt like somebody wanted to see, say, purple dragons, and so there are purple dragons.

2/5. Would've been higher if we had more time on Asgard or a more cohesive plot by Loki (who is still the best part of the Thor stories).

Also: more Heimdall.

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