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81: Journey into Mystery #95 (v1)

" The Demon Duplicators "
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Journey into Mystery #95 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Joe Sinnott
Inkers: Robert Bernstein
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: August 1963
Release Date: June 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,177                 Times Rated: 615
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Universes:   Earth-616  
Go to Issue #94 Go to Issue #96a

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Thor battles his evil twin, a creation of Professor Zaxton's duplicate creator. How can Thor defeat himself?!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #96a (v1).
Supporting Characters
Odin last appeared in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1). Odin next appears in Avengers #1 (v1).
Heimdall last appeared in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1). Heimdall next appears in Journey into Mystery #101a (v1).
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #93 (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Journey into Mystery #96a (v1).
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The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Avengers #1 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Mjolnir last appeared in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Journey into Mystery #96a (v1).
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Issue Review
   December 25, 2013
Another awful story. Utter nonsense with every panel bringing something new and stupid. 2/10
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-22 10:48:19  
  Don Blake invented an android? Stan Lee must have some kind of scientist fetish. Every one of his characters is a genius.

Why would Blake invent an android that was stronger than Thor? Twisting all the knobs at once causes an explosion? That makes perfect sense.

Totally ridiculous story.

  fragsel Says:    
  2011-12-11 13:02:56  
  "After Thor disposes of the dead man"... Creepy!!!
I wonder how he did that...

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-04-12 01:13:03  
  Dude, this one was crazy!!

With such a machine one can easily rule the world, ruin industry and farming (just duplicate all goods and sell them) and beyond :o

Only 'good' point here was about Thor's home: what personality prevails while Thor? Or Dr. Blake also loves Asgard as he was born there???

  Daredevil Says:    
  2012-07-02 06:53:23  
  Is there no end to Dr Blake's talents? A world renowned surgeon who can invent an indestructible android. One is then destroyed. Fragsel - you beat me to it.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-03 19:22:11  
  Other than the ludicrous android scene which made no sense and holds no importance to the story, this issue wasn't horrible. But you have to feel kind of cheated that Thor didn't really battle anyone in this issue, and his duplicate was basically useless.  

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-18 22:20:40  
  While Sinnott's primarily an inker, I really enjoy his pencil work here, both in his depiction of Thor and the other characters.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-16 00:36:47  
  Out of all the Thor stories I've read so far, this one is by far the worst. So, so stupid.  

  sputnix Says:    
  2012-09-20 01:03:18  
  No joke this is my favorite Thor issue so far  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-27 17:25:37  
  I know that I've given worse stories than this one 3 stars, but I just can't bring myself to bust out more than 2 for this one. Maybe it's just my discomfort with the way the core premise of it's plot is treated in it...  

  Maidel Says:    
  2012-12-09 15:23:35  
  I seem to be in a really bad run. The last 10 issues have all been stinkers and this is no exception. The plots bizarre, Donald Blake has become another reed Richards and everyone can invent things over night that can change the world. Sigh...

Ps, it duplicated 10 airliners, so now there are ten plane loads of exact duplicates that are all evil. Wow, talk about plot hole.

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-26 18:29:11  
  Just a really strange issue. Stan must have saud screw continuity. (oh nm he does that all the time)  

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-01-09 14:15:52  
  As most have already said, this issue is a lot of rubbish. The story starts with drought in Asgard. Thor taps his magic hammer four times and creates rain. And then, for five pages we are invested in a plot that has Don Blake who, in all previous instances has appeared to be a general practitioner of medicine and not a biosynthetic engineer, create a seemingly indestructible human clone out of some crazy material found only in silver age comic books. Said indestructible clone then self destructs, and only the unexplained presence of the mighty Thor at this biosynthesis conference saves the general population from death. Here is a good place to say: poor construct, I am so sorry that Stan chose to eliminate you, one of the coolest characters I've seen yet, after only two pages of daylight. You had such a good heart, and I will miss you.

Suddenly, at this point the plot does a 180 and Marvel's newest scientific genius has a duplicating machine that will provide said villain genius with the means to acquire absolute power over the whole of Earth. [Insert generic carbon-copy plot that we've seen three times already here]. [Insert fateful flaw of previously alluded carbon-copy that enables Superman to save the day here]. [Insert evil genius dropping his all-powerful weapon due to a trip trope here]. [Insert death by gravity that we've seen three times already here]. I feel like Stan Lee has a bunch of subplots written on small pieces of paper that he holds folded up in a number of hats and just picks four or five of them at random to come up with his stories. Which, for the silver age is all well and dandy, but Jesus Christ Stan throw out the ones you've already used instead of putting them back in the hat!

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-01-09 14:19:05  
  Did I say Superman above? I meant Thor. Sorry, I often get the two confused.

The story ends with Thor going back to Asgard, tapping his hammer three times to stop the rain, and then having a laugh over tea with Odin. Riveting.

One star for the fateful short lived life of the synthezoid. One star for the black cats. I like black cats. I have one as a life companion. His name is Buckwheat. He's a little rascal. He's my best friend. Minus one star for Stan Lee acting a fool so often.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-30 20:32:20  
  A big old bag of "meh" for this issue  

  Bruce Banner Says:    
  2013-02-15 15:01:44  
  Too many plot holes... gotta be careful if you are doing opposites... it needs to apply to everything  

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-02-25 19:43:04  
  Utter paff.

I understand why this comic is so rare, thousands of cat litter boxes were lined securely.


  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-07 16:27:50  
  again terrible!  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-21 18:04:52  
  Rotten story. There's been a year of Thor stories and the only notable villain has been Loki.  

  Garfieldicus Says:    
  2013-08-01 08:38:35  
  So someone is killed and quietly replaced by a duplicate with the opposite morals of the original. Sounds like a plot worthy of a villain. I expected better than such a deception from a hero like Thor.  

  wedgeskywalker9 Says:    
  2013-09-05 00:51:08  
  Not much to talk about this issue. Having Blake be able to make a super android was dumb, but I got enough of a kick out of the infinite duplicate cats to cancel that out (as long as it doesn't pop up again, mind you). Not mind numbingly awful, but not really anything other than average. 2/5.  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-19 17:16:53  
  I liked blake because he's not a scientist and the first thing you know: he invent an android.... also poor villain and a lot of plot holes...

I liked the creepy part were the villain dies and his replace by a duplicate without remorse... it's also clever that it probably didnt retained the memory of Blake changing into Thor....

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-13 00:12:46  
  Fairly average Thor story. I still feel like the kidnapped female motivation is a little overdone by now. It is funny that the hammer has a disclaimer engraved on it.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-10 17:31:07  
  Would be neat for Marvel to bring back the new Zaxton. Maybe make him slowly turn back to his old self, possibly regain memories. Could make for an interesting story.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-24 22:13:48  
  Sinnott's art was gorgeous here and the inking by Bernstein was fantastic. The art really got me into this story.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-30 05:30:40  
  Just 1 star for double the duds!

Cover Me - So can Thor's duplicate fly? It looks like it on the cover. Also, on the main splashpage they both just float!

Mensa - Just how smart is Dr. Blake to create an android with an 375 IQ?

I Android - Like Dopey said; sad to see him go, but he reminds me of a certain red android that will appear in the Avengers later on.

Double Talk - Thor is all for saving human life, but it is okay for Dr. Blake to create a android to be mass produced to take lives!

Eww - Notice Zaxton said LIVE alley cat. Has he tried it on dead ones???

About Time - Finally a villain that realizes Dr. Blake is Thor by seeing them change in a flash of light!!!

50% - I really don't think Thor put much effort into trying to save Zaxton...

'Nuff Said - "You're wrong Zaxton!"-Green Android

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-02-12 00:36:29  
  A fair amount of Silver Age Silliness, but overall an average story that's not so bad. However I gave an extra star for real death, "disposing of the body" (creepy!), and recognition (finally!) that Blake is just a secret identity for Thor while he's away from his true home - Asgard. Here's hoping we never have to hear that wacky origin story again.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-22 20:46:01  
  I'm not a big fan of these early Thor stories, and this one is no exception. My biggest problem with them is that it seems as if the writers have no clear idea of who Don Blake is, and whether the personalities of Blake and Thor are one and the same, or delineated somehow, or completely separate. There just isn't any consistency.

And in this story, Blake turns out to be a scientific genius, able to invent an impervious android with a personality of its own?!? When does he find time to do this, AND see patients? And what of his patients? When was the last time we actually saw him treat anyone? It's been a while.

  gonzo Says:    
  2014-02-22 22:12:56  
  I can't wait to see what happens when Thor takes on that evil chair in Doc Blake's office.  

  gonzo Says:    
  2014-02-22 22:13:18  
  also, nothing is the kiss of death for a villain like finding out a hero's secret identity.  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-03-05 03:04:54  
  1. The android, the duplicating machine, the two hammers,....pretty bad stuff
Meh. 2 stars.

  Beckic35 Says:    
  2014-05-02 04:04:02  
  Something is very unsettling about Thor disposing of a body. Very sinister  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-08 15:29:24  
  It seems like the writers are leaning more and more towards Don Blake being Thor's secret identity, as opposed to the weird thing they had going on at first. Thank god for that. Weird story, full of plot hole, and Don Blake somehow becoming a genius inventor, but I'll admit I found it amusing and I liked Evil Thor's resolution. That said, Thor disposing of bodies is super creepy.  

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-22 23:56:57  
  I.Q.'s only go as high as 200.  

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-23 00:14:02  
  Now we know why there are so many stray cats around...

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-23 00:30:21  
  Personally, if I had a duplicating machine, I'd just start duplicating the cash in my pocket!  

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2014-10-22 02:58:51  
  I dont know but I liked this one a lot. It was just so stupid it was entertaining.  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-01-27 20:09:07  
  Wow, this was all over the place. I like Sinnot's art compared to Kirby's--cleaner look. The rest was sort of a mess. The ending reminds me to John Weldon's "To Be" from O Canada. The ending and the art got it its two star.  

  Naethen Says:    
  2015-03-11 21:20:32  
  Wow. A definite 1 star. Where to start? Blake can create indestructible human life? Well, except if you twist 2 dials simultaneously... This ish had a real silver age DC comics lunatic vibe, and not for the better...  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-25 15:53:20  
  It's inevitable, a great superhero always battles himself.  

  Urgat Says:    
  2015-11-18 17:34:24  
  i kinda liked this issue and can't really tell why...the Art, especially the face of Prof. Zaxton was super good imho...somehow the conclusion (the duplicate hammers not being as powerful as the Original) came into my mind as soon as the duplicated Thor was created....but not because of him not being worthy, rather the fact that there can only exist one real Mjölnir  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 11:01:38  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 10:16:05  
  Totally unbelievable story!  

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-23 01:05:02  
  Art was great. Bad story. Bad plot. You get the idea.  

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-14 09:00:15  
  Memorable only for how a comic book from 1963 quickly and casually dismisses a character falling to their death.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-05 05:48:22  
  It's a genuine toss-up as to which one I dislike most: Sinnot's drab, by-the-numbers penciling or Bernstein's increasingly uninspired and uninvolving... well, let's just agree to call it "writing," for sweet charity's sake. Either way, the God of Thunder deserves far, far better than this.

Heck, Millie the Model deserves better than this!

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-11-19 21:44:28  
  • A machine that can CTRL-V anything is a little far-fetched, but it makes someone very dangerous!

  • When Zaxton duplicated the airliners, did he also duplicate the people inside? Because that would be a bummer at Customs, especially if they are all evil.

  • So many great inventions that vanish into nothingness.

  • There was potential for a sequel with the duplicate Zaxton. Once you've accepted the scientific nonsense and the weak premise, it is not too bad a story. And the artwork is once more remarkable. 3 stars.

  mvaughn16 Says:    
  2017-07-19 17:50:45  
  Oh my gosh, guys. This issue was TERRIBLE. Some very real writer fatigue is evident here. I really like Joe Sinnott's artwork here, but that's it. The plot is beyond ridiculous, even for the time.  

  qwybie Says:    
  2017-11-06 20:54:39  
  Sometimes the Silver Age produces awesomeness like Paste Pot Pete and sometimes Don Blake becomes a robot inventor.

I'm very curious what the fallout was from the villain duplicating a skyscraper in the middle of the street. Is it still there?

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-12 22:06:17  
  Thumbs up if you think Joe Sinnott is better than Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko so far in the Order, boys and girls!  

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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)
Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty 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 #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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