Episode 65: Atlantis Diplomatic Relations (Tales of Suspense #43) -- June 1963

  
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In this episode:

In this episode, Mike and Ed discuss the implications of the discovery of Atlantis deep within the Earth’s crust. How will diplomatic relations be maintained? Are we comfortable with the threat of attack from below at any given moment? Also, is Iron Man now an employee of Stark Enterprises? And how is Thor paying for his enormous appetite?

In This Issue:

Tales of Suspense #43

Tony Stark, who is secretly Iron Man, intervenes at a Stark company experiment that goes haywire. After that event, Tony is kidnapped and drawn far below the surface at the behest of Kala, Queen of the Netherworld. Kala explains to Tony the origins of their advanced civilization, and how it originated with Atlantis before it was swept away by the sea many years ago. She then reveals that she has been kidnapping geniuses such asTony to help them work on devices that will allow their army to tunnel to the surface and invade the world above them. Tony agrees, but only to rebuild his Iron Man suit, following which he defeats the Netherworldians (Atlanteans?), and returns to the surface world.

Journey into Mystery #94

A nuclear warhead veers off course from its testing site. The nations of the world call out for Thor to help, which he does, diverting the missile and blowing it up where it would not harm anyone. It turns out that Loki, while imprisoned in Asgard, caused the missile to deviate from its path. Loki continues to plague through with further pranks, and finally causes Thor’s hammer Mjolnir to hit Thor in the head. This causes Thor to change his personality and become susceptible to Loki’s lies. Loki convinces Thor to free him. The two brothers head to Earth and cause various disasters, terrorizing humanity. Odin eventually comes to the rescue, causing Mjolnir to hit Thor in the head once more, freeing him from Loki’s control and, fortunately for Loki, erasing Thor’s misdeeds from the memories of the people of Earth.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering why Iron Man is so connected with Start Enterprises, and why Thor is so connected with the American military.

This episode takes place:

After Iron Man intervenes to assist Stark Enterprises at their testing facility, and after Thor helps avoid a nuclear disaster.