May 3, 2021 • 13M

Episode 19: Norse Mythology... LIVE! (Journey Into Mystery 85) -- October 1962

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What if the Marvel Universe was real? Mike and Ed are radio commentators in 1961 discussing the ramifications of a world with super heroes, monsters & aliens. Why is no one asking, "Is Ironman a good use of StarkCorp shareholder capital?"
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss if we should “update our priors” based on a second superpowered individual who appears to be based on Norse Mythology.

Journey Into Mystery (1952) #85 | Comic Issues | Marvel

In this issue:

The issue begins in Asgard, with Loki recounting how he ended up imprisoned in a tree. He finagles his escape and immediately heads to New York City to take revenge on his brother, Thor, who is entertaining children in the hospital and otherwise being a pretty decent guy/god. In order to get Thor’s attention, Loki disfigures people. Thor races to their aid as Loki had planned, and returns the people to normal. The brothers eventually fight, in full view of the city dwellers, with Loki showing his deviousness and Thor his bravery and strength. Loki, realizing the battle is lost, tries to escape on a winged horse, although Thor is able to catch him. Thor then ties Loki to his enchanted hammer Mjolnir and hurtles them both back to Asgard. And with that, the city is saved!

Assumed before the next episode:

People are starting to question whether gods are real, as they have now seen two gods from Norse mythology continue their eternal struggle in front of them.

This episode takes place:

After the city has been rescued by Thor, and Loki has been returned to Asgard.