Episode 79: Lava-People Cultural Attitudes (Journey Into Mystery #97) -- October 1963


In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the invasion of New York City by the “Lava Man”. There is apparently an entire race of lava-based humanoids beneath the Earth’s surface who can cause dormant volcanos in the Adirondacks to explode. We should be entering diplomatic negotiations with this society as soon as possible. Also, why was Thor the last line of defense instead of the first? And where were the other nine New York-based super heroes?

In this issue:

Thor saves a jet pilot from his plane as it spirals out of control over New York City. All in a day’s work for the god of thunder, Thor! He seems somewhat agoraphobic when the city media approach him, leading him to flee and return to his mortal guise as Dr. Donald Blake. Meanwhile, people are terrified to learn that a Lava Man is causing dormant volcanoes to erupt, leading many to leave the city. Lava Man defeats the military with his intense heat, and he gives Thor a run for his money. After a ferocious battle, Thor defeats Lava Man, returning him below the Earth’s surface.

Assumed before the next episode:

People slowly return to New York City, now that Lava Man has been defeated.

This episode takes place:

After Lava Man has been defeated.