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66: Journey into Mystery #93 (v1)

" The Mysterious Radio-Active Man! "
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Journey into Mystery #93 (v1)
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Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Letterers: Ray Holloway
Cover Date: June 1963
Release Date: April 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,273                 Times Rated: 662
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Out of the scientific laboratories of Red China is spawned a new kind of menace designed only for one purpose...to destroy the mighty Thor!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #92 (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #92 (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Journey into Mystery #95 (v1).
  Radioactive Man
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Radioactive Man in the mainstream continuity. Radioactive Man next appears in Avengers #6 (v1).
  Mao Zedong
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mao Zedong in the mainstream continuity. Mao Zedong next appears in Captain America #106 (v1).
Group Appearances
People's Liberation Army
People's Liberation Army last appeared in Incredible Hulk #5b (v1). People's Liberation Army next appears in Avengers #18 (v1).
NYPD last appeared in Tales to Astonish #43 (v1). NYPD next appears in Fantastic Four #15 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Mjolnir last appeared in Journey into Mystery #92 (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1).
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Issue Review
   December 6, 2013
Ignoring the political bias (and some truly absurd moments) this is actually a very strong, well structured story about a foreign power (it works best if you keep in vague in your own head) and one man’s ambition. The pace is fast, and there are some clever moments. As well as… very silly ones. But, truth be told, this was a pleasure to read. 8/10
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-20 20:04:40  
  What I learned:
In 1963 the Soviet flag is flew in Peking.
You can immunize yourself against radiation.
All of a sudden, Thor can produce lightning bolts without his hammer.
Radioactivity can hypnotize people.

Wow, the Chinese navy took the long way around to sail from China to New York.

  zweineuf Says:    
  2011-11-23 12:48:53  
  Dr. Blake's dilemma with Mjolnir at the bottom of the river was surprisingly effective ... the frail man must dive, risking death in an all-or-nothing gambit with the fate of the world at stake ... a real stand-out moment in an otherwise blah issue.  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-04-06 18:03:02  
  What I learned:

There was in fact a war between China and India from October 20 to November 21, 1962, at the same time of Cuban missile crisis.
Dr. Don Blake was helping in India but would come back to his lab and Jane Foster wouldn't notice.
You can hypnotize someone radiocatively.
Mjolnir will not come back sometimes, for no apparent reason, and yes thomas, Thor now releases bolts from his bare hands!!!

  lmcontaldi Says:    
  2012-05-15 19:31:28  
  Peking? Oh boy, that is certainly dating this issue. But it really is never explained at what points Mjolnir will come back and when it will just say "f*%k it" and never return.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-01 21:45:00  
  I actually enjoyed this issue despite its lack of logic. It's about time Thor finally fought someone who's name isn't Loki, or a villain who isn't a regular mortal.  

  DirtyMarco Says:    
  2012-07-15 22:00:33  
  Hindu and Indian is interchangeable? ONE STAR just for that.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-15 00:03:48  
  "Watch out, Radioactive Man!"

Man oh man, talk about your limp endings. So Thor can't do jack to beat Radioactive Man and gets hypnotized to boot, and then it takes him a minute to beat the dude when he finally gets his hammer back. Also, according to the Marvel universe doctors are also super-scientists who can create amazing tracking devices. At least he wasn't fighting Loki yet again. Instead, we get commies...again. Screw you, Thor. Just when I thought your blah adventures were starting to get good, you spread your cheeks and squeeze out this dud.

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-23 10:46:26  
  While I appreciate that Their fights an appropriately large-scale threat in this issue, The Radioactive Man is defeated far too quickly and easily.  

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-19 12:25:38  
  Jack Kirby replaces Sinott in penciling this issue. Wtf is going on? Does Stan not realize that I'm trying to determine if I like Joe or not? I don't get it.

In this issue, Thor strings a bunch of tanks together and sends them flying away to [Hindu] attached to Mjolnir. He also knowingly causes a major atomic explosion in RED China with the help of his tornado creation. He also has taken the control of rockslides and avalanches into his portfolio, and has permanently destroyed one of the most historic trade routes ever known to man.

Aside from all of this nonsense, I enjoyed the backdrop of a current world event taking place with one of our heroes getting involved.

I'd like to see an end put to the hypnotism of these heroes, it is getting a bit old. Much like magnetism in the previous year's works. And Thor reverting back into Dr. Blake and thus breaking a seemingly solid defeat through hypnosis of said hero happens too often.

Kirby... A Buddhist temple housing a scientific lab... And Chinese-style robots. And Gremlins controlling the Red China Army.... Sigh.

One star for Mjolnir on strike. One star for Thor actually breaking a sweat.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-13 08:24:15  
  Wow this was bad for all the reasons already addressed above. It's a good thing this was only 14 pages because all the radiation would have given me cancer if it was any longer  

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-07 16:15:52  
  i don't like the radioactive man. i don't like the communism stories especially in the thor books. more understandable in iron man or cap but i prefer thor against asgardians. i know we've seen rather a lot of loki but it works and they have been some of the best stories in the run. also as much as i love kirby, i felt the art in this book was rushed. i really enjoyed joe sinnots work on the previous books.
i was going to award this two stars until the part where don blake invents the machine telling him where mjolinir is and how he got it back, and how he desposes of the radioactive man. just bloody awful! one star!

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-20 17:39:06  
  Never realized the hypnotic power of radioactivity. Thor meets a formidable opponent this time around without having the villain powered by Loki. The dive to recover the hammer was worth a couple stars.  

  Alex Daily Says:    
  2013-07-28 08:11:31  
  Am growing tired of these plots where the hero is briefly enslaved by the villain.  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-01 21:12:27  
  The villain is real average.... another atomic thing.... the flying tanks were badass!  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-08 14:22:40  
  I'm starting to get a little déjà vu with these Thor comics. Didn't Iron Man just get shot out of a Torpedo Tube. Something else that happened reminded me of another comic too. And that ending, it didn't seem like anything was resolved. Must get hammer. Get hammer = win. The End. I'm so confused.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-10-26 15:38:32  
  Well, it's the introduction of the Radioactive Man. That's about all I can say about that there.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-12 13:23:46  
  2 stars for the 1st app of Radio-Active Man, and that's about it.

Cover Me - Is the Radioactive Man wearing hosiery???

Red Scare - If only Gen. Fang was there to help attack Thor...

Lair Of The Green Worm - I liked the Temple Lab and robot assistants. I was sorry to see him destroy it all later. The Mr. Freeze helmet was a nice touch also.

Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness - Is Dr. Blake's cane sterilized? Also that male patient looks more feminine to me!

Holy Hypos - If Thor didn't know who the Radioactive Man was. Then why did he call him Master?

Holy Hypocrites - Radioactive Man giving off radiation is bad, but Dr. Blake's 10 MILE x-ray machine is okay ???

'Nuff Said - "That's your problem, my radio-active friend!"-Thor

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-22 21:45:58  
  1. Cool splash page.
2. Some very interesting artwork on pages 3 and 4
3. Avalanches?

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-02-06 19:19:16  
  Three stars - could have been more, but the repetition of certain tropes (Hammer Tossing Auto-Transport, Human Torpedo, Hypnotism of the Month Club) is killing me. On the plus side, making us look up the Sino-Indian War of 1962, a cameo by Chairman Mao, and confirming that the flag of the Communist Party of China does in fact have a hammer and sickle - your Google-fu is weak, thomas.

Oh, and does anybody else think page 3 panel 5 looks suspiciously like the actor Mako Iwamatsu? He was apparently just beginning his career about this time, so it's possible, but I'll bet Marvel never gave him a red cent (sorry, that pun negates the added star I should give him).

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-09 16:33:33  
  Man, these Thor stories really seem to go nowhere. I expect they pick up at some point. It's strange to hear Thor talk about the "Reds."

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-06 23:54:58  
  How many more instances of temporary hypnosis must I sit through? Not the best issue. Still not entirely sure what Radioactive Man does. Honestly, what are radioactive powers supposed to do exactly?  

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-13 17:46:08  
  Well, on one hand it was a nice change of pace from the back-to-back Loki battles, however I wasn't exactly yearning for more Communists...  

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2014-10-18 13:02:31  
  "Thor, protector of democracy"

Isn't his dad like a king?

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-25 15:22:39  
  A pretty ridiculous premise, yet the villain is still somewhat sinister. It's amazing how much plot can be thrown into 12 comic book pages.  

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-16 21:44:58  
  1 star strictly on tank throwing panel.....lol sorry, a little far fetched even for Thor

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-10-29 11:14:18  
  Another hypnosis issue, another communist issue, another radioactivity issue. Par for the course in the silver age.  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 08:22:16  
  I have to agree with the comments of finally a issue without Loki. Radioactive Man is a classic!  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-13 18:00:09  
  • That’s my line – “Get me Peking at once! What do you mean you can’t hear me? I’m shouting, you idiot!” (General Fu)

  • That’s my line 2 – “And it’s not my words which are drowning! It’s us!” (General Fu)

  • Thor’s stories revolve a bit too much around his hammer.

  • Hypnotism is a mandatory class in crime school! But they always forget to teach that changes in identity neutralize the effect! – Seriously, I hope that Stan drops this pattern once and for all!

  • Isn’t it a bit out of character for Thor to actually nuke the Chinese?

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-17 00:30:01  
  Radioactive man vs. Thor. For me it was good. Yes, overused ideas but I liked it.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-06-01 10:45:01  
  1. What I learned: Radiation trumps Divine magic. Interesting.
2. And electricity, too? This is not what I learned in Physics class.
3. Ooh, and radiation can hypnotize people! Is there anything the magic of radiation cannot do?
4. Really? An X-Ray type device? If Radiation Man hasn't already given everyone in a ten-mile radius cancer, now you have! A device that detected the magical emanations of Uru, like Loki can do, would have been much more plausible.
5. So he doesn't become re-hypnotized when he becomes Thor again? Hypnotism works in inconsistent ways.

That was…pretty bad. Two stars.

  Calion @ Webslinger (original post):    
  2016-06-01 10:46:49  
  >Mjolnir will not come back sometimes, for no apparent reason, and yes thomas, Thor now releases bolts from his bare hands!!!

It's been established that Mjolnir will not come back if Thor doesn't want it to. Which invites the question: If Thir can control the hammer mentally, why does he need the rigamarole of tapping it ump times?

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-07 11:04:45  
  Only second time in the order that I've felt compelled to give a story one star, the last being the one where Hulk walloped a bunch of PRC soldiers. Not that I'm pro-PRC, but Thor and the Hulk can do better on the enemy front than having one-sided battles with armies. Expect to see redundant phrases like "Red Chinese", learn that all Indian people are apparently Hindus and vaguely racist depictions of Asians that look like Jack Kirby is drawing Golden Age Captain America again.  

  nickeyelysse Says:    
  2016-09-26 10:36:13  
  Stan Lee has really been obsessed with hypnotism in these last few months. It's getting pretty old.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-04 07:26:54  
  Profoundly grateful, at this point, that we weren't subjected to yet another interminably boring Loki story.  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-08 15:47:17  
  Why does Red China have a backwards hammer and sickle on their wall as seen in page 5 panel 1?  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-08 16:39:19  
  Don Blake has a bum leg yet he can dive 80 feet into the Hudson River  

  qwybie Says:    
  2017-08-01 11:23:11  
  So, apparently Thor nuked China in the 60's. Can't imagine any political repercussions of that at all.  

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-12 14:44:29  
  The Simpsons' Radioactive Man is 10000000 times better than this one. I thought I would be impressed with this rare yet recurring villain, but he sucks in his debut. On paper he sounds like a deadly enemy who could have wiped out NYC on his radiation leaks alone. No need to give him so many other powers and ability to block the Hammer.  

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Essential Thor, Volume 1
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 #90 (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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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 #97a (v1), Journey into Mystery #89 (v1), Journey into Mystery #90 (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 #98a (v1), Journey into Mystery #99a (v1), Journey into Mystery #100a (v1)
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