May 17, 2021 • 9M

Episode 25: Thor, US Military Contractor? (Journey Into Mystery #86) -- Nov 1962

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Edward Nevraumont
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the implications of Thor going public with his role in the US military. Why is the Norwegian God of Thunder working so closely with American interests?

Journey Into Mystery (1952) #86 | Comic Issues | Marvel

In this issue:

The issue opens three centuries in the future. The Earth is a peaceful utopia, and everyone is happy with life other than mad scientist Zarrko, who decides to build a time machine and return to 1962, where he can steal a nuclear bomb. He arrives at a test site in 1962 where Thor is allowing the US military to test bombs on him. Zarrko steals a bomb and returns to the 23rd century. Thor follows him into the future after he MacGyvers his magic hammer into a time machine. By the time Thor arrives in the future, Zarrko is already the despotic ruler of Earth. Thor battles his way through various obstacles that Zarrko sets in his path but eventually emerges victorious, defeating Zarrko, recovering the nuclear bomb that Zarrko had stolen, and returning back to 1962 so that he can continue helping the military test weapons.

Assumed before the next episode:

The military continues to test weapons on Thor.

This episode takes place:

After the public learns that Thor is helping the US military test weapons.