Episode 51: De-Powering (Journey Into Mystery #91) -- April 1963

  
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss how it is possible to “lose powers” once someone has them. Mike argues that some powers may have their origin in “magic”, while Ed argues that magic is just a word we use for things we do not understand. We estimate how many super-powered individuals exist right now, and make predictions for how many more we will see in the coming months.

In this issue:

Loki chomps at the bit to cause mayhem, but is prevented from leaving Asgard. And so he decides to cause trouble by given extraordinary powers to a carnival performer named Sandhu. Suddenly, Sandhu is able to levitate and teleport items. Sandhu moves on from simple tricks to trying to take over the world. Thor steps in but is easily bested, with Sandhu dropping a building on him. Thor is able to break free and continue battling Sandhu, ultimately causing Sandhu to suffer a mental breakdown and lose his powers.

Assumed before the next episode:

The world has recovered from the brief threat posed by the mighty Sandhu.

This episode takes place:

After Sandhu tries to take over the world and is defeated by Thor.