> Thor Masterworks Volume 1

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"It's so wonderful being here with you like this, Don! Away from the office, where we can be Don and Jane, rather than Dr. Blake and Nurse Foster!"

- - Jane Foster, page 4

Thor attempts to stop what is probably the nuttiest "master plan" of all time.


Thor and Tales of Asgard
from Journey Into Mystery #100

January 1964 • 18 pages

Publication Date: November 5, 1963

Letters Page: No letters page was published in this issue

I: Feature Story: "The Master Plan of Mr. Hyde!"

Pages: 13

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Don Heck
Inks: Don Heck
Letters: Sam Rosen

Villain: Mr. Hyde

Guest Appearance: Odin, Jane Foster

Synopsis: (continued from JiM #99)

Thor comes out in public the next day and finds that people are confronting him as if he were a criminal. They hurl insults and warnings to each other's safety, while the cops come on the scene and start shooting! Thor flies away, and later overhears two cops wondering aloud why Thor would go out and rob a bank. When Thor hears this, he realizes something funny is up, and it probably has something to do with Mr. Hyde! Thor decides to head back to his office and take his role as Dr. Don Blake, so he can lie low for a little while and work on getting Jane Foster to appeal to Odin. Later, while taking a stroll, Dr. Blake asks her out to a dinner date at the Ritz Terrace, but lurking in the shadows, Mr. Hyde overhears their date plans and decides to crash it.

While the two enjoy a romantic dinner on the terrace, Mr. Hyde comes up behind them with a gun and pushes them out into his waiting car. He demands Blake drive them up a secluded street to his mountain hideout, all the while threatening Jane's life if he does anything untoward. Once there, he ties Blake up to a post and then sets a bomb with a 24-hour timer on it. He tells Blake that only he can stop it from detonating, so if anything happens to him while he's gone, Blake is done for! He grabs Jane Foster as his hostage, and away he goes to hatch the next step in his devious plot.

Mr. Hyde takes Jane to the East River Naval Yard, where he attempts to steal a Polaris submarine! "Once the sub is mine," he says, "I shall roam the seven seas like a king!" And, of course, Jane will be his queen! Mr. Hyde tosses an armed guard overboard and heads to the sub. Meanwhile, Dr. Blake is trying to reach his cane, and is able to stretch his hands just far enough through his bonds to grab hold of it. Once he becomes Thor, he snaps the ropes that tie him and flies to rescue Jane.

As Thor flies into action over the Naval Shipyards, he spots Mr. Hyde and Jane trying to gain entry to the submarine. It is at this time that Odin decides to look in on his favorite son to see how he is doing. He watches the events unfold, and sees Mr. Hyde and Thor face off on the deck of the submarine. Mr. Hyde manages to climb inside the sub with Jane and shut himself inside, but Thor rips the metal door open and takes after him. Mr. Hyde takes Thor by surprise and binds him up in heavy rope, while Thor accidentally drops his hammer. Thor hurls Mr. Hyde over his shoulders, and during the struggle, Jane Foster finds herself in a quandry. She knows if Thor beats Mr. Hyde, it will mean death for Don Blake, since only Mr. Hyde knows how to stop the bomb from exploding. She decides to cover Thor's hammer with a canvas so he won't see it, and then lose to Mr. Hyde.

Thor realizes he cannot find his hammer and will change to Dr. Don Blake, so he creates a furious wind storm that obscures everyone's sight as he scrambles to find his hammer. As Dr. Don Blake, he finds it after the wind blows the canvas away, and he turns back to Thor. While Jane pleads with Thor to take no action against Mr. Hyde or Don Blake will die, the villain leaps out of the sub and swims away. Thor reassures Jane that Dr. Blake will be alright, and he flies away to feign saving him. Later, Thor visits with Odin, who tells his son that he witnessed Jane Foster thwarting his efforts to apprehend Mr. Hyde and considers her to be unworthy of immortality. Thor tries to explain, but it's no use. Odin has spoken.

II: Tales of Asgard: "The Storm Giants"

Pages: 5

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Paul Reinman
Letters: Artie Simek

Featured Characters: Young Thor, Young Loki, Storm Giants; Agnar, King of the Eagles; Odin

First Appearance: Young Thor, Young Loki, Storm Giants; Agnar, King of the Eagles

Emblems of Asgard: Golden Apples of Goddess Iduna

Synopsis: Young Loki and Thor follow the young Storm Giants to their home in a bid to recover the stolen Golden Apples of the Goddess Iduna. Loki pushes Thor out in front of the barbarically dining Storm Giants, and they grab hold of him. Thor escapes and fights them off ably, while Loki makes his way to recover the apples. He finds them on the back of Agnar, King of the Eagles, another captive of the Giants, and tries to escape with the recovered eggs before Thor can fight his way out. But Thor manages to hitch a ride on the eagle along with Loki, and they return home. Odin shows favor to young Thor, knowing Loki is a trickster, which Loki deeply resents. Thor tries to pick up Odin's hammer, but can only lift it a little bit off the floor.

--synopsis by Gormuu

Issues Reprinted
Thor and Tales of Asgard from
Journey Into Mystery #83-100

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.

JiM #83 JiM #84 JiM #85 JiM #86 JiM #87 JiM #88
JiM #89 JiM #90 JiM #91 JiM #92 JiM #93 JiM #94
JiM #95 JiM #96 JiM #97 JiM #98 JiM #99 JiM #100


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